Saturday, December 18, 2010

Such a Versatile Little Machine

Have you seen a Singer Featherweight?
Personalized Keep Calm and SEW ON Print 11x14 (Pale Blue featured)
(via PosterPop)

After much thought and consideration, I've decided to sell my collection of Singer Featherweight sewing machines. If you don't know about Featherweights they are light weight and great for traveling. If you're headed to a quilt retreat or class, you can just pick up the black (or white/green) box that it comes in and be on your way. The black machines were built, primarily, in Elizabeth, NJ, and the white
machines were built in Clydebank, Scotland. I bought my first Featherweight in 1996 and fell in love with these simple but efficient machines.

These little ladies fit perfectly in our cabinets.

I just love the white machines!

This is the 222K machine, a free-arm Featherweight. It was made in 1955 in Clydebank, Scotland.

The traditional black Featherweight is the most common since it was manufactured in America.

Most of the Featherweights have the original accessories, such as ruffler foot, bobbins, manuals, and some of them have tiny screw drivers.

Friday, December 3, 2010

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It's been a busy past week and a half. I'm sure most of you are bombarded by all the holiday planning, cooking, decorating, and airport trips. Somehow after Thanksgiving and ArtWalk, I found time to decorate the store for Christmas. Here are a few pictures.

An old carnival popcorn machine is now home to some angel ornaments.

Rosemary tree and Scarborough Fair!

We got in new tables just in time for new books and Christmas tress.

6 foot Christmas tree with our Victorian Salt Clay icicles and wrapped with a vintage quilt.

Our real tree in an antique bread tin.

The fireplace mantle is another Round Top find, decorated with some patriotic flare.

And now a little video to get us in to the Christmas spirit.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Black Friday Sale

Black Friday Sale

This Friday, November 26th, we will be having a Black Friday Sale! Everything in the store* is 10% off. Yardage of Somerset Cottage, Beach House, and Fancy Hill Farm is 25% off. You better hurry up, Fancy Hill Farm is going fast this holiday season and we won't be able to re-order!

The first 20 customers to purchase something will receive a free kit for Charmed, I'm Sure (pictured above). It's a great patchwork pillow with simple applique.

* Black Friday Sale is only in the physical store at 2214 Postoffice Street, Galveston, TX 77550

Galveston ArtWalk

Join us Saturday, November 27th, for another great Downtown Galveston ArtWalk! We'll have the street blocked off again on Postoffice (between 23rd and 22nd street). Bring the family and enjoy art, wine, live music, and historic Downtown Galveston!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

New Things Around the Studio

We've been quite busy around here lately, but we took some time to take pictures.
I finally went through boxes of old fabric and now have them for sale in the store.

Nothing better than freshly cut fat quarters perfectly folded and stacked.
After all that cutting and folding it's nice to see them altogether.

Before Market we got in some beautiful dishes.

Silk ribbon for sale by the yard in the store.

So much more attractive than sweets, I think.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

International Quilt Market

A lot has been going on in the last week and a half. We had International Quilt Market, a lot of great quilters stop through the shop from all over, and the Lone Star Rally in Galveston. Here are some pictures of the booth for Scarborough Fair!

I was inspired by maypoles, street festivals, and carousels.

This is the other side of the booth with the quilts displayed.

I did a Canadian line through Trend Tex called Canadian Cottage. There was a quilt contest with large size and small size quilts. This is the winner of the small quilt category: Beyond the Rose Arbor by Sylvia Brassington.

The winner of the large quilt category is The Long Road Home by Stacey Day. All of the quilts were beautiful in the contest, but, as they say, there can only be one winner (well, two in this case). We had a lot of fun at Market this year! Now it's time for some relaxing before the holidays.

Monday, November 1, 2010


In honor of the International Quilt Festival in Houston, we are having a store-wide sale in Galveston*.

New fabrics are 10% off, close out fabrics are 25% off, and fabric bundles are 10% off!

The sale runs November 1st - November 7th. Can't wait to see you!

* - does not include online sales.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

It's hard to know it's autumn when you live off the Gulf of Mexico

September through November are my favorite months. Well, that was true when I lived in a place where the trees changed colors, you could wear your favorite sweater, and go out pumpkin or apple picking. In Galveston, it's a little hard to tell it's supposed to be baking season. Since I still don't want to turn on my oven in this 80° weather, here are some pictures of the shop. We've moved something around a bit.

The cabinet from Round Top was a little bigger than memory had served.
But it's snug in its new home now.

We got in new dishes and bake ware. You can also see the antique French bee skep.

Our demo last Saturday was German glass glitter banners. I forgot to take a picture of the Christmas
banner, and then someone bought it. Sorry! But here is our Halloween banner. I just love aged
sheet music. I wish I could spend all day creating these cute decorations, but Quilt Market is just
around the corner!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Victorian Salt Icicle Recipe

When I was growing up, my mother would make Victorian salt clay for me and my brother to play with (like play dough). And about 12 years ago I made some icicles for our family Christmas tree. Surprisingly, most of the original icicles survived 12 years, 4 moves, and much handling. They do have to stay in an air-tight container (I wrap mine in tissue paper, seal in a freezer bag, and placed in a box container).

Victorian Salt Icicle Recipe

2 cups salt
2/3 cups water
1 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup cold water
paper clips or ornament hooks

1. Mix the 2 cups salt and 2/3 cups water together in a sauce pan. Stir constantly over low heat for about 4 minutes (do not boil). Remove from heat.

2. Quickly mix 1 cup cornstarch and 1/2 cup cold water together in a bowl, and add this combination to the heated mixture, stirring quickly. If the resulting mixture is not a thick paste, place it back on low heat and stir for a minute until the mixture is dough-like.

3. Knead the salt clay dough on a flat surface until it is as smooth and pliable as bread dough. If you don't want to form it immediately, store the dough in plastic or foil and keep in an airtight container.

4. Form the icicles by rolling small bits of dough between your hands to make long, thin and pointed icicle shapes. Stick a paper clip or ornament hook into the icicle top while the dough is still soft.

5. Let the icicles dry for 2 days at room temerature. Or, to dry quickly, preheat the oven to 350° F, turn the oven off and place the icicles in the oven on a wire rack. Leave them inside until the oven has cooled off.

Victorian Salt Clay can also be rolled like cookie dough and cut with a cookie cutter.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Parisian flat, untouched for 70 years

article from The Telegraph

Can you imagine stepping into a Parisian flat that hasn't been inhabited since before the Second World War? The paintings, letters, furniture, books, and clothes must be lovely (even if a little dusty). The apartment "was like stumbling into the castle of Sleeping Beauty."

I wonder what other strange treasures were found in the corners and cupboards.

Postcards from the Past

Beautiful ad for Galveston brewery.

What Broadway once was

the colors are so pretty here

Hopefully the new Pleasure Pier is just as nice!

This is the old UTMB building and it's just as pretty today.

Friday, October 1, 2010

French Cooking

It's French cooking week over at and I've been drooling over everything from pastries to French rolling pins.

This is a bistro styled kitchen. I just love the library ladder and giant windows.

This recipe is definitely on my "To make" list this fall!

If any of you have seen It's Complicated with Meryl Streep, Steve Martin (my favorite!), and Alec Baldwin, then you know the scene where Ms. Streep pulls a tray of bubbling, cheesy goodness out of the oven. I don't know about you, but my stomach started to groan just watching that scene. The croque monsieur is to the French as grilled cheese is to Americans. Stop by thekitchn and go through the past week of great French inspired posts!

Au Revoir!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Round Top, Texas

It's been a year since I've made the pilgrimage to Round Top, Texas. In April, I was held hostage by a volcano that exploded, leaving me trapped in England (poor me, I know). But, that Icelandic volcano did make me miss one of my favorite events in Texas.

Antiques for miles and miles! I spent a wonderfully relaxing week in Round Top going from tent to tent looking at all the antiques. I've learned over the years to only buy what you can't live without. This is a golden rule when you're driving a 4-seater vehicle (even though everyone should probably bring 27-foot U-hauls).

Sometimes I forget how beautiful and lush the hill country of Texas is. Grasshoppers were everywhere, watching all the women shopping from a table, clinging to the back of a white shirt, or just hopping next to your feet. The sky so open and so blue, it makes you never want to leave.

One of the bigger purchases, the white cabinet with glass doors. I know exactly where it's going to be in the store.

I have a standing reservation at A Light Unto My Path Retreat Center. There's nothing like visiting with good friends while staying in one of these cabins. The cool night in central Texas reminded me that the autumn season, did in fact, start already.

Don't barn-red dining halls just pull on your heartstrings? The community breakfast is always a great way to start the day.
The property is animal friendly.

I love sitting in those rocking chairs on the front porch listening to the hum of the cicadas and trying to not let the fire ants bite my feet.

There are many things I love about A Light Unto My Path Retreat Center. One of the nicest things is that Dave, one of the owners, will drive his truck to the tent that you bought a giant white cabinet (for example) and bring it back to the retreat center for you. He'll also store it until you figure out how the heck you're going to get it all the way back to Galveston. Please check out their website but make reservations early because they tend to fill up fast.
Don't forget to drop by and see all the other treasures we found!