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My friend Laurel recently told me about local Raleigh shop, Beleza‘s, efforts to help families in Haiti as well as the inmates at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women (NCCIW).  What a great cause and an easy way to use up my scrap fabric and extra yarn.  If you’ve got any to share, here’s the info. from Beleza:

  • Got old fabric that you’re not going to use?  Know someone who sews and may have some?  The sewing coop we work with in Haiti needs fabric.  Philip is taking a team of 23 folks to Haiti the last week in January and they can take a LOT of fabric with them.  He needs it no later than January 10.  Feel free to drop this at the store.
  • Children in the schools in Haiti still need personal hygiene supplies. If you will donate any of the following items it would be much appreciated. Again, this needs to be delivered by January 10 to the store. All of these can be small sizes. Small bars of soap, tooth brush, tooth paste, deodorants, wash clothes, dental floss, small shampoo, nail clipper, small lotion.
  • Got Yarn? We’re Still Accepting It!  The folks who are working with this program tell us the women are SO EXCITED now because of the yarn we’ve collected.  And we will continue to do this as long as we exist and the program continues.
Several years ago inmates at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women (NCCIW) began crocheting and knitting hats for their children from whom they were separated. In 2003, a local artist created a display of these hats, hanging them from the ceiling with crocheted lines. Her hope was to have 1,200 hats on display – one to represent each of the women in prison in North Carolina at the time.

For the past three years the hats have been displayed at alternative markets and craft fairs hats handcrafted by women at NCCIW. People who attend these fairs and markets can make a donation in exchange for a hat, with the proceeds used to support the planning efforts of Our Children’s Place.

These women need our help. If you have any yarn you are not planning to use, partial or full skeins, as well as plastic crochet or knitting needles, please bring these to the store. We are going to collect for this incredible work on an ongoing basis so spread the word.


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my sister-in-law, meg, is a very talented architect who has an eye for neat vintage finds and colorful fabrics.  these all came into wonderful effect this year with my birthday gift! lucky me.

she wrapped the gift in one of her drafts:

& tucked inside was a heap of beautiful prints, colors & possibilities! thanks meg.

(the fabrics are from: elkabee)

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spring ahead

based on my latest fabric and notions purchases i’d say i’m a little ready for spring!

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my loot

i’m really surprised i didn’t buy everything i saw at the country living fair…i certainly wanted to. i’ve learned, though, that stocking up on tons of things that “would make a really neat project” just makes me really overwhelmed instead. so i stuck to my wish list and walked away inspired and guilt-free!

first off gathered comforts. these gals had all kinds of neat sewing notions, patterns, crafty mason jars (i love me some mason jars!!) and happily, first on my wish list, vintage christmas decor!

i love this gumdrop holly pick and the little containers can be hung as ornaments or displayed as a collection. the ceramic santa and cat remind me of ones my parents have. i can’t wait for the day that my daughter hangs them on our tree!

next up, a neighboring vendor repurposed comfy vintage wool into this christmas pillow:

lastly, our final destination and the spot i seriously wanted to scoop up everything and run for the hills (luckily for Kori my legs were really, really tired!), was the lovely shop olive grace. she has an “eccentric quilt shop” in cortland, ohio. loved, loved, loved her fabrics and kits…she bagged up various notions and fabric scraps and put them in a baggie with a pattern. great idea for those of us wondering “what can i do with all this awesome stuff?!” i heart olive grace!

my stash: quirky fabric including a cat and guitar-playing owl sailing under the moon as well as measuring tape trim. the bright fabric squares will be perfect for little pockets, yo-yo’s, or applique!

the country living fair was my first weekend away since having my daughter (15 months ago!). i was anxious about leaving her and secretly thought the whole thing would somehow bite me in the tush. the night before the fair my sis and i were at my best friend’s house in south carolina. i was getting ready for bed and opened up my toiletry bag to find this note from carter:

“Enjoy your trip! Get inspired, get full on good food and have fun.”

thanks babe (and country living magazine!), that’s exactly what i did!

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country living fair

what an awesome event! well worth the 7 hour trek to stone mountain, georgia. i can’t begin to describe all we saw and experienced but hopefully these pictures will do the trick:

(the clf crew: best friend kristen, moi and big sis suzanne)

(hop over to artgoodies’ shop to see for yourself)

(they had all kinds of demonstrations including upholstering furniture and blowing glass pumpkins)

(i was inspired by the different types of handmade/repurposed items out there as well as creative ways to display them. here are a couple of neat ideas…the first was using the backdrop to write descriptions of the pieces as well as their prices…the second is a pretty way to soften the look of the tent’s metal poles with crepe paper flowers & twigs)

i definitely got in the holiday spirit! i loved all the interpretations of holiday decor.

kristen spots an ewok!

we also managed to squeeze in fried chicken and bbq, chip wade from curb appeal: the block, honey mustard pretzels, mint chocolate chip ice cream, lemonade and later that evening, dinner out (baby free!!!) and a girlie movie.


ps. next post i’ll show you what i bought!

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christmas in october

oh my stars! 

first a big ol’ box of fabric scraps (including some beautiful lace and eyelet trims!) comes my way from the mountains of north carolina.  thanks nana!!

and then a couple of days later another surprise arrives. this time a box of felt pieces from my friend julie in ohio. she wrapped the pieces up in a beautiful purple fabric which is just what i need to finish the backing on a couple of patchwork pillows! to top it off julie included a tin box of handmade barrettes. (julie is oh so talented. she dyes her own wool for felting and makes barrettes, quilts, coin purses and tons more.)

needless to say, i’m in crafty heaven!

ps. when people you care about take you (and your passions) seriously, it’s pretty hard not to take yourself seriously too. i’m very lucky to be surrounded by such support and love.   

sandwich couldn’t wait to get his paws on julie’s goodies. (that doesn’t sound right…you know what i mean!)

what’s really cool about these barrettes is their size. baby barrettes just don’t cut it when you’ve got o’s hair!

sandwich went a little cuckoo for the alphabet bear pieces from nana. “c” is for crazy cat.

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