Monday, July 21, 2014

Trying a Different Approach!

Its so hard to start a small business these days - loans are few and far between, unless you have a friend or relative who offer a loan to you.
I had a friend offer me one, but she wanted 10% interest back on it, which I just could not afford!
(especially when I worked all last year on digging out of debt!)

So I decided to try this route: Kickstarter.
Hey, if a guy can get $45,000 pledged for wanting to make a potato salad, then I might have a shot at getting backers to help me in my endeavors to design home accessories/tea towels/sachets/pillows/aprons, etc., using my own fabric designs.

If you know of any philanthropists who might be willing to pitch in to help a small business get off the ground, I'd so appreciate you sending my link on to them!

Have a great day everyone!

Bringing Beauty to Everyday Life

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Friday, June 20, 2014

Setting up for Tea

I am thinking its nearly time for a tea party again! 
While the summer flowes are blooming and its mild enough to either sit outside or at least with the top of the Dutch door open, I should invite some friends over and serve up some hot, liquid gold, strawberry cake and halibut mousse croissant sandwiches!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Dressing the Dining Chairs for Summer

Hi Everyone!
Join me over at PINK PAGODA for the Blue & White Monday bash!
Check out everyone's blue and white inspirations, and hopefully you'll find something to inspire you too.
(or just get your blue ad white fix)

I'm back at it!  Now that it's spring and I have spring fever,
it's time to begin where I left off before the holidays began, last year.
Time to finish sewing up the casual linen/cotton slip covers
for my dining room chairs.  

There are four.  I made the third this past weekend while
watching episodes of "Time Team" on youTube!
(the fourth chair's fabric has not been ordered yet, but I
am having fun narrowing down which one to have printed)

I design all my own fabric and sell it in my shop, Lilyoake,
on Spoonflower.
Here's a link to it:
Lilyoake on Spoonflower
Let me know what you think!  I have pink designs coming soon...

I chose to slip cover each chair in a different pattern.
This works for me because I used the same shade of blue in all
the fabric designs so they really do go together well, without
looking so mixed as to be weary on the eye!
This pattern I used on the third chair, I call "Seaside Garden Stripe".  It's a soft Swedish Gustavian blue and white stripe with a smattering of blue and white roses over it.
(I actually designed the fabric with a horizontal stripe but to fit my patterns on the piece I had printed, to maximize use, I used the pattern in a vertical format. It works well either way!

Thanks for stopping by to take a look at my latest project!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Sewing Projects

Hello Spring!
(at least in our minds, if not reflected in the weather)

Every spring I draw up a list of home projects to complete and hope to get as much accomplished as possible and this year, having designed and printed through Spoonflower, a grouping of my fabric designs, I am hoping to sew up some slip covers!
I love the look of linen slips on furniture - it has such a summery feel.
And now that I have designed over 106 Swedish Gustavian-inspired blue & white fabrics, I am ready to begin the make over.
Eventually I will have wallpaper printed too
and redo my dining room.
But, one thing at a time!

I've also become obsessed with designing tea towels and they can be found in my Spoonflower shop
LilyOake on Spoonflower as raw, unfinished fat quarters for you to bind off as you please, or as finished (prewashed, ironed and edges bound) in my ETSY shop, LilyOake on ETSY
I add more every day.

I design more every day!!

 I am so happy to be joining an amazing group on The Pink Pagoda with her Blue & White Monday linking party!
I wait for each one she hosts so I can see what my fellow blue & white lovers are doing!  I've also got my eye on a couple of her blue & white vases and am deciding which ones to purchase for my cottage!
Check out her online shops and indulge yourself in her art or china - its a look that will never go out of style!!
And do check out the other links to fabulous blogs...I guarantee you will be inspired by their great ideas!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hints of Spring

Bird song and sunnier days with temps nearing 60.
Buds appearing on trees, hydrangeas and lilacs....
Fresh and green.
I love this time of year!

I decided it was time to indulge in a few bunches of tulips for the cottage.
I am counting my pennies twice, lately, as I save up to buy plants for the gardens and relandscaping, and also to buy house paint, now that I have chosen the color!

But a little indulgence in some "spring", can't hurt either!