Finally able to sit for a few minutes and share what I have been up to.

We attended a great Rose Weekend Get Away earlier this month.  While there I attended a Rose Judging audit and reconnected with fellow Rosarians.  I was also able to have a table to sell our items.  I customized a couple of Chambray shirts, beautiful silk chiffon scarf, some new note cards, 1 soft bound calendar, 1 mini journal and debuted a wonderful, color recipe organizer.

Here are 2 pictures of my table setup at the Rose Getaway:

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Amongst doing the Rose Getaway, commuting and shoveling this winter, I have managed to get a few items done for my shops.  Those items include:  a Journal, an Organizer and a mini Calendar.  They are available now in my shop here on the top of the page on the Featured Items.

Now on to some custom orders and a special raffle item for Happy Homes Animal Rescue.

Stay tuned for more….

Leslie

 

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.

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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.

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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 …….

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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.

Morris ArboretiumA walk around the garden…

Morris2and this lovely little flower…not sure what it was.

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Looking forward to sharing more this Summer and will keep y’all posted on the new Items I will have available on Etsy.

Leslie