What a finish to a weekend … Easter and April Fools all in one day!
Weekend began with a trip to the Vet for our sweet boy Kent but he is doing great.
I finished a limited supply of stitch markers for some upcoming Brioche Cowl knitting workshops this coming weekend at Bliss Yarns. Stitch markers will be available at Bliss. I’m sure for those of you who are interested and aren’t local, Deb or one of the lovely ladies there would be glad to assist you. It’s a fun place to hang out, buy yarn, meet fellow knitters and knit. So many talented knitters.
I’m really looking forward to taking the class. Had a surprise opportunity to attend one of the workshops. The workshops are going to be taught by Lavanya Patricella. I’m always up for a challenge. As Lance says, that doesn’t surprise him after all these years, he’s learned to expect it.
As I was sitting down making new stitch markers and reflecting on what inspires me, I thought about colors, music, my experiences and everyday life. I was working with the color “Light Siam” and one of the songs from the Walt Disney movie Lady and the Tramp popped into my head. The Siamese cat song, words and music by Peggy Lee and Sonny Burke. It starts out “we are Siamese, if you please, we are Siamese if you don’t please…” such a catchy tune. We had cats when I was growing up and it so reminded me of them. They were always into something and always pestering our dog.
I thought about the products and projects that I’ve been working on. I have this one yarn that’s called “Fiesta.” It reminded me of a time when we attended “Fiesta San Antonio.” Such a fun time, lots of color, music and food. I’ve made stitch markers and am working on a pair of boot socks each inspired from the colors in this yarn.
Then there are other times when you are specifically looking for something to match what you already have and all of a sudden it just pops out at you. I had gotten this great pom pom as a Christmas gift and wanted to make a hat to attach it to. I found this beautiful Malabrigo yarn at Bliss Yarns.
When you look at nature, there is so much around to inspire us. This past fall I was sitting out on our patio and noticed the yellow and green leaves as the trees were changing their colors. I found a great 100% baby Alpaca yarn at The Joy of Knitting that I just had to buy. It’s going make a great pullover sweater for next Fall and Winter.
It’s amazing to me how songs, our life experiences and the environment that surround us affect what inspires us.
Inspiration can come from anywhere as long as we keep our eyes and ears open. I hope you take the time to think about what inspires you, where it comes from and that it puts a smile on your face and gives you new ideas.
A little over a year ago I fulfilled a life long dream of mine and started taking private knitting lessons. That opened up a whole new world of fashion and designing for me. All that lovely Alpaca, Merino, Silk and Linen just waiting for me…
As I progressed, I started realizing that I wanted some beautiful but functional stitch markers. There aren’t many choices out there. So I sat down, took out my stash and started making my own. Well, they seem to be very popular and every time I finish a set, off they go.
So, my stitch markers are for sale. Until I get them into some local shops and up on this site, you can email me at: email@example.com
They will be available as a set of 12 for $25.00 (that includes shipping). I only have a small stash so each order is created for you, so please allow 7-10 days of production time.
Its been a long time since my last post. Let’s see probably about a year. So much has happened, but the most exciting was our decision to pick up and move to “Nashville, Tennessee.” What a great place. So vibrant and beautiful.
What an experience it has been getting here. Between selling the house, finding a place to live and yes, of course, figuring out how we were going to get our belongings cross-country, I learned one thing that has really stuck out in my mind:
It is so true. It does all work out.
The “Workroom” is crammed full between computers, a desk, 2 sewing machines and cabinets, plus loads of containers with fabric, paper, markers, etc., but we are settling in.
We have beautiful mountains all around us, historic sites to visit, music, great fabric shops, my favorite craft shops and more at our fingertips.
I hope in the coming weeks to be able to get some projects started and be able to post them here. My Etsy shops are still open and I plan on adding more items to both shops.
and update you on what I have been working on. But, before I get into that, I want to say that I really enjoyed the Mini-National Rose Show (July 24 thru 27, 2014). The West Jersey Rose Society put on a fabulous show. They really know how to get things organized and get it done. I met some great people and got a few invites to be a vendor at a few shows across the Country.
Now on with my update. After the Mid-Winter Getaway in Harrisburg this year, I started collecting fabrics, making bags, collecting graphics for some journals, note cards and a few special items that I had never made before.
At the Mid-Winter I was asked if I had any neckties. Well, I didn’t but that I would consider adding them. After I got back, I set out researching how to make a necktie since I had never made one before. I never realized how much handwork was involved in making at necktie.I also didn’t realize that there are a few ways you can tie it and that the necktie is very personal to the one wearing it. It makes a statement.
So, once I found a pattern that I thought would work, I set out making a sample tie. As I mentioned earlier, there is a lot of handwork involved.
First, you draft and cut the pattern.
Then the pieces are cut on the bias so that the tie has the flexibility to be twisted and turned to form the knot. The only machine stitching I did was to sew the front, middle and back together.
You then go to work marking seam allowances, ironing, folding, putting in the lining for the tip, iron in the interfacing, then more interfacing and more folding, hand basting down the folded pieces so they don’t slip; and
Hand stitch it up the middle. Oh I forgot to mention, making the loop and finding the cleanest way to attach it.
Finally it is done.
After all of that, I got 4 neckties made and sold all but 1. I have to say, I really enjoy making them. For my first ties I decided to make them out of good quality cotton fabric and, of course, since I was going to a “Rose” event, they had to have roses on them in some form or fashion. I had several requests for Silk neckties so that is one of next projects to look forward to.
I added a few new bag designs, new journals, some great note cards that I had not offered in the past. I wanted to add something really special to the mix so I decided to create a hand painted SILK scarf with a rose motif on it. That was a fun challenge and I will write about that in my next blog.
Till next time, I would like to share with you some photos of the new items, views of the neckties in production and my table from the Mini-National Rose Show.
Well, Christmas and New Years are almost here. I am taking a week off. Spending time with my husband and our 2 crazy Shelties “the Boys”. I have been enjoying cooking, cat sitting and relaxing.
I have some new projects coming up for the New Year. The Penn-Jersey Mid-Winter in Harrisburg, PA in March, as well as, a Bridal Show the end of March in Colts Neck, NJ. Need to make a couple of items for them. Ideas are swirling in my head. I am anxiously awaiting a new book on making handmade journals and books which I can’t wait to get.
Had fun making some new items for Christmas gifts. Made a great eyeglass case, couple of small holiday clutch purses and holiday wine sacks. Below are pics of what I have been up to, in addition, to the Holiday Cards that were a BIG HIT and sold a bunch of them.
I want to thank all my clients, family and friends for their support this past year. I look forward to many more years and a want to wish all of you …….
I love the Holidays…Thanksgiving and Christmas are a great time to experiment with new recipes, new designs, creating handmade gifts, and spending time with family and friends.
After returning from a great time at the Penn-Jersey District Rose Society Convention and Show, I began thinking about what new fun–creative items I could make and add to C’est Lea’s line.
I love mixing up fabrics, colors and different mediums. I have always loved vintage, shabby chic journals, scrapbooks, and handmade cards. I love to cut out, color, paste and stitch, so, I decided to add a line of items to sell in my Etsy shop.
With the holidays approaching, I thought about how much fun it would be to make some holiday cards and envelopes. I was inspired by the wealth of information and graphics that are offered through designers on Etsy.
These are the first of what I hope will be many items to include in my shop along with the handbags, scarves, bridal items (sashes, fascinators) and gowns.
I am offering these cards for sale in my Etsy shop……..
You can purchase them as a set, mix and match the collections or buy a single card. Each collection has a unique Christmas theme. Each card and envelope are handmade by me in my studio. The graphics were digitally created by Jen Bishop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/dreamzetc.
The cards are 5.5 x 4.25. The inside is left blank for you to insert your own message. Made from high quality cardstock (archival safe). Each card comes with a matching envelope (full color). If you don’t see the card on Etsy when you visit, please let me know which one you would like. I am working to get them all up shortly. Enjoy….
Well, it is finally warming up…was beginning to wonder if we were going to have any Summer. Rose shows are over for the Summer.
For my rose friends who do not know, I made the decision to resign as President of JSRS. I have been an officer in some capacity for many years, first as Recording Secretary, then as Vice President and then for the past 3.5 years as President. Sometimes life throws you a curve that you do not see. I am thankful that I had so much support. I have made lots of friends and look forward to still spending time with my rose friends.
This will give me more time to smell the roses, focus on family, sewing, cooking, photography etc. I have several projects in the works. Wraps, bags, etc. I believe in the old saying…”when one door closes another opens“….
I want to share a few shots I took at the Morris Arboretum on June 2nd at the Philadelphia Rose Show. The Rose garden was beautiful that day.
A walk around the garden…
and this lovely little flower…not sure what it was.
Looking forward to sharing more this Summer and will keep y’all posted on the new Items I will have available on Etsy.