somethinggray

Sharing the little things that mean something...

Thousand Oaks, California · 220 Sales

somethinggray

Sharing the little things that mean something...

Thousand Oaks, California 220 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
(42)

Announcement   Handmade. Vintage. Unique. Each piece has a story. The colors, textures, prints, and trim pieces have been handpicked and created in a pet and smoke free studio. Please visit me @something.gray on Instagram and Something Gray on Facebook!

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Last updated on Nov 7, 2016

Handmade. Vintage. Unique. Each piece has a story. The colors, textures, prints, and trim pieces have been handpicked and created in a pet and smoke free studio. Please visit me @something.gray on Instagram and Something Gray on Facebook!

Lorin Paul

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Lorin Paul

BLESSED ASSURANCE Vintage Hymn Wood Frame
$25.00
OUR DEAREST FRIEND Vintage Hymn Wood Frame
$25.00
SUNRISE Vintage 1936 Hymn Wood Frame Sign
$25.00
CLEVELAND Wood Frame Vintage Map Sign
$20.00
Vintage Chenille Turquoise Bunny
$18.00
Vintage Pink and White Chenille Bunny
$18.00
UTAH Wood Framed Vintage Map Sign
$20.00
FARM LIFE Vintage Scrabble Sign
$12.00
SUNSHINE Wood Bead Garland Banner
$9.00
GRATEFUL Wood Bead Garland Banner
$9.00
FARMHOUSE Wood Bead Garland Banner
$9.00
WELCOME Wood Garland Bead Banner
$9.00
OUR NEST Vintage Scrabble Sign
$12.00
Vintage Brown and Yellow Chenille Dog
$30.00
I LOVE US Vintage Scrabble Sign
$12.00
Vintage Brown and White Chenille Kitten
$18.00
Vintage Blue Chenille Kitten
$18.00
Vintage Floral Chenille Cat
$32.00
Vintage Pale Pink Chenille Owl
$18.00
Vintage Sky Blue Chenille Dog
$30.00
GRATEFUL Vintage Scrabble Sign
$12.00
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5 out of 5 stars
(42)
Katelyn Whitlatch

Katelyn Whitlatch on Feb 24, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

My husband calls me Love Bug so it was love at first sight when I saw the scrabble sign. I love everything about it!

Sarah W

Sarah W on Feb 15, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Love this little scrabble sign!! A sweet little addition to my mantle decor.

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This Lovely Vintage Chenille Cat wants to sit on your favorite overstuffed chair and bring some history to your space.

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Vintage Blue and Mint Rosebud Chenille Cat
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About

Sharing the little things that mean something...

My name is Lorin. I am a wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister, an auntie, a friend, an artist. I believe in God, tradition and sharing the little things that mean something. I believe in making things by hand. I believe in sharing stories from the past with my children. I believe in the comfort of family. I believe in my creativeness. Eleven years ago my mom taught me how to sew on her antique Singer sewing machine. At that time, a new chapter in my story began...
As a child, my bed was always made with vintage chenille bedspreads. My mom had a linen closet full to choose from...pink with polka dots, white with scrolls, peach with flowers, yellow with lines, cream with tufts, green with circles. There was something about the way they felt. The stories that traveled with them. I adored them. When my kids were born, I started collecting bedspreads for their rooms at local flea markets, estate sales and antique stores. I found that many were in perfect condition and many were damaged, but there was a pull at my heart to take them home anyway. Little did I know, at that time, that I was preparing for a dream I hadn't yet dreamt. Within a few months, my son was ready to sit up in the grocery cart. I wanted a grocery cart cover for him but I didn't love the ones in the store. This would be the first big project at the sewing machine with my mom. We created a pattern and used pale blue striped chenille. A few years later, my kids grew older and I spent more time at the sewing machine. I spent even more time collecting vintage fabrics and linens. One day, I saw my daughter toddling around and I felt she needed a little friend to carry everywhere with her. The first "Hugger" I made was a lopsided, fuzzy, pink cat. I look at it now and smile. It wasn't quite the vision I had but over time, and many attempts, it became exactly like I saw it in my heart. Then, my friend's daughter was losing a tooth and she wanted a tooth fairy pillow. I took my tooth fairy idea to the Singer. I hand stamp the word TOOTH on the pocket. The more I started sewing with vintage chenille, the stronger I felt about only using the bedspreads that had been damaged over time. I couldn't bring myself to cut into a perfect bedspread that had made it through so many years without being damaged. So, the good ones got tucked away in my linen closet and now they cover my daughter's bed and I feel such joy in my heart as I pass by her room. It reminds me of home.
Earlier this year, my mom gave me her Singer Sewing Machine. With it came the original box of tools, manual and attachments. And to top it all off...she had the original receipt in the box!! This receipt has been folded up in the box for almost 57 years! The sewing machine was bought on August 1, 1959 in Burbank. My mom was 13. My grandpa, Charles, paid $107.18 cash. My grandparents were not wealthy. This was a very expensive purchase for them. I wish I could ask them, but I would assume that this was a practical gift that they felt my mom could use for a very long time. And she did. I often think about how happy they would feel now that it has become such an important part of my life. I cannot express in words how blessed I feel to sew my vintage pieces on my mom's vintage machine. It is where it all began. From the first time that I put my foot on the peddle and the needle started moving, to now...

So here I am...I am on this journey. I am exactly where I am meant to stay. I have a built a handmade business around my love for all things well loved with time. My hope is that you or someone special to you finds a place for these one-of-a-kind, sweet pieces of the past...

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Last updated on December 9, 2013

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