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When I was just a little girl, my Grandma began teaching me to sew. She kept a special box full of odds and ends -- pretty snippets of lace, and bright wiggly snakes of rick-rack and sew-on-snaps. Her scrap bag was always full to overflowing with magical pieces of fabric destined to become baby doll dresses. Buttons by the hundreds would sing their little clicky-clacky songs against the side of the big blue tin as Grandma slid
it down from the cupboard shelf.

I’m all grown up now and live in a 100 year old house in a small town. My formal parlor has become my inspiring studio space. The library shelves are filled to overflowing with dreamy vintage fabrics, hand-crocheted doilies in every color of the rainbow, yards of antique tatting and handmade lace and trims, and stacks of embroidered pieces painstakingly stitched decades ago. My aged wicker trunk, to…

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  • Joined March 5, 2009

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Vintage fabric, handmade lace, crochet doilies in unusual colors, old ribbon and rick rack, hand embroidery work especially those made before 1959, aged buttons, and vintage costume jewelry

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When I was just a little girl, my Grandma began teaching me to sew. She kept a special box full of odds and ends -- pretty snippets of lace, and bright wiggly snakes of rick-rack and sew-on-snaps. Her scrap bag was always full to overflowing with magical pieces of fabric destined to become baby doll dresses. Buttons by the hundreds would sing their little clicky-clacky songs against the side of the big blue tin as Grandma slid
it down from the cupboard shelf.

I’m all grown up now and live in a 100 year old house in a small town. My formal parlor has become my inspiring studio space. The library shelves are filled to overflowing with dreamy vintage fabrics, hand-crocheted doilies in every color of the rainbow, yards of antique tatting and handmade lace and trims, and stacks of embroidered pieces painstakingly stitched decades ago. My aged wicker trunk, topped with an equally aged gorgeous needlepoint covering, is stuffed with pretty old quilts made by someone else’s grandmother.

An emotion that can only be described as bliss pours over me each day as I settle into my studio to “work”. The first order of the day is to pilfer through my scrumptious collections, deciding which piece of art will be this morning’s inspiration. That piece of fabric, lace or embroidery will be the beginning of a new favorite treasure for someone.

Often, the finishing touch is a special button. As I pull the button box from the shelf, I’m sure I hear Grandma’s laughter once again.

Step back in time. Browse Blissful Notions to your heart’s content. Take in the beautiful details of each project. You just may hear something calling your name.

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