Friday, December 31, 2010

Fabric Baskets in the Etsy Shop

I've been busy this week working on fabric baskets for the Bede Sisters etsy shop. They are great for storage, both functional and beautiful. The three above are made from a vintage quilt top.
The sets pictured below are made from new, cotton fabrics in ...

owls and apples

Amy Butler's Soul Blossoms, passion lily--

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Reading in a cozy corner--the high tech version

My dear husband gave me an e-reader, the Nook, for Christmas. I really like it. It allows me take loads of books along wherever I go, without hurting my back.

It also, and it pains me to say this, allows me to change the size of the text so I can have a "large print edition" anytime.

And it's almost as cozy in a corner of the family room as a paper and glue version.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Snow in the Swamp

Sorry, bud, the chickens don't care if it's snowing. They still want to eat.

Hmm, the pool is much less inviting this time of year.

I love our driveway when it snows.

Did you get much snow at your place?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Our Christmas

Our Christmas tree, with it's blue holly bow--

Snuggling with Daddy on Christmas Eve--

Hot chocolate, anyone?
Yes, that's my daughter, very excited about getting her very own copy of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Nothing says "Christmas" like a wild-eyed cousin--
So, how was your Christmas?

Friday, December 17, 2010

Last Minute Christmas Giveaway

Okay, all you last minute Christmas shoppers, I've got a deal for you. I'm giving away one of my stockings made from a vintage quilt. This one is soft cream, pink and green and trimmed with lace.

To enter, just leave a comment (and a way to contact you) on the Bede Sisters blog! That's it! I'll draw a winner Monday, Dec. 20, at 12 noon, EST. As long as I have the winner's shipping information in time, I'll ship on Tuesday, Dec. 21, Priority mail from USPS.

And, to say thanks for being here, I'm offering a coupon code to Bede Sisters's blog readers, good for 15% off your entire order, now through Dec 31, 2010. Just enter BEDESISTERSBLOG1 when you checkout and Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Quick Updates

It's been busy around here! The etsy shop got busy there for a few days. Our Christmas stockings made from vintage quilts and quilt tops sold well, although I think people are done shopping for decorations at this point. I'm hoping customers will go for a scarf of two. I mean, I'm offering a free upgrade to priority shipping! What's not to like?

Domino the Cat is much better. He was patrolling the downstairs last night, and not a moment too soon. We've seen "evidence" of a mouse. We spent a lot of money on you, Domino. Time to earn your keep, buddy.

Lori, my sister-in-law and business partner, has been nursing a sore elbow for several days and finally went to the doctor. She appears to have fractured it. She's renting my college daughter for the weekend to clean, decorate and wrap gifts. Seriously, Lori, LET ANN DO IT.

And last, but not least, I'm starting to choose spring fabrics for our etsy shop. Love those bright colors!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

New in the Etsy Shop

I've had the best time working on new Christmas stockings for Bede Sisters. These may be my all time favorite project. Recently I found an old quilt for sale on Etsy, from DesignsforReta. It was past it's prime as a quilt, but with a gorgeous softness that only comes from loving use. I took a deep breath and ...made the first cut.

I'm so glad I did, because these stockings are beautiful! They are lined with new muslin, trimmed with new lace and have a grosgrain ribbon loop for hanging by the fireplace .