Monday, January 31, 2011

New Fabric - Tanya Whelan & Amy Butler

Delilah by Tanya Whelan

Soul Blossoms by Amy Butler

We received our shipment of new fabrics by Tanya Whelan and Amy Butler a few weeks ago and we couldn't wait to start sewing! We have new ironing board covers listed in the shop and hopefully will get more coordinating goodies sewn up soon. 

Both collections are bright and cheery, perfect for waking up our senses during our long dark winter, don't you think? 
It's snowing AGAIN today! And to think, a year ago we were soaking up the sun in Jamaica!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sewing Room Progress

We're in the process of moving my sewing room from the upstairs bedroom to the lower level family room/den. I was planning to show you everything after I had it all set up, but it's taking a lot longer than I had hoped and I figured I'd post updates as each little project in the room gets tackled.

When we first moved into our house, my husband claimed this room and the first thing he did was put up his wall mounted fish (his biggest walleye caught on his annual fishing trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area). After living here for almost 3 years, I realized we really don't use this room. There was a couch and a tv , but we never sat down there. We always watched tv in our main living room. 

I was feeling cramped in the sewing room upstairs and started talking about moving. After a few months, I finally convinced my husband, the fish moved to another wall in the house and now the room is mine! I sold some of the extra furniture on craiglist so I could buy the pieces I really wanted. Today the couch sold and now I can purchase the cutting table! Since it's my birth month (yes, I use my birthday as an excuse all month) my husband has promised to go with me to ikea to get the new table. 

Here's a look at the progress. I've just stuffed the shelves for now and will organize later. So consider these "keeping it real" pictures and excuse the cords and the few "man" items left behind.

This is the empty wall where the cutting table will go. I need to see this one in person, but so far it's my first choice. And I realized I missed taking a picture of the best feature in this room: a fireplace! Yes, it's going to be quite cozy I think :)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Things Said in the Sewing Room

As I mentioned in my previous post, Country Mouse and I spent a good amount of time in the sewing room when we got together over the holidays. Once we set foot in the sewing room, it can be hard for us to leave! We get going on ideas and sewing and only take a break to fill up on coffee (and of course stop at the bathroom!). 

Our husbands and furry friends sometimes don't understand how we can spend all day doing what we do. Our furbabies are not shy about reminding us "Hey, it's time to eat!" or "You better let me outside or I'm going to burst!" They really do mean well and just want to spend time with us, but sometimes we just wish they would cozy up all cute and peaceful in their beds.

We decided to make a wall hanging in case you might have the problem of furry friends (or husbands) that want to play while you are busy in the sewing room. Our shop is now updated with the new items our furry friends allowed us to complete, all made from our latest vintage finds. Happy Sewing!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!

Just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a Happy New Year! The holidays flew by as usual. I had a lot of time off from my day job and spent 5 days at home with Country Mouse. It was wonderful! We played with these new vintage linens I picked up, ordered new fabrics, cut out fabric for a quilt, and caught up on our accounting work. We were quite productive and even managed to stay up to ring in the New Year! Expect to see some new items from us very soon :) 

Thank you for a wonderful 2010! 
Hope your new year is off to a bright and cheery start! 

xoxo, City Chic & Country Mouse