Thursday, January 20, 2011

Unlocked Treasures

A few months ago I wrote about a Parisian apartment that was opened for the first time since before World War II. Now, another French home has been unlocked, this time after 100 years. The wealthy bachelor, Louis Mantin, said in his will that his mansion in central France should be turned into a museum 100 years after his death. Here are some beautiful pictures (via BBC News).

The mansion is in Moulins, France.

Apparently he spent his bachelorhood collecting artifacts.

Simply beautiful!

I love this bathroom. Can you believe that he had a towel warmer in his bathroom over 100 years ago?

For more information and to watch a video about the mansion please go to BBC News

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A new year means new projects

I feel bad that I haven't posted anything since before the holidays. It's been a long month with so many things to get done and people to see. I'm off to England and France in a few days, I'll make sure
to post pictures. But right now we've been busy in the studio.

What to do with vintage fabric of a hunter?

Why turn him into a deer head pillow of course! I've been working with floras for so long that I have completely forgotten about fauna. I made this gigantic pillow out of vintage fabric.

I'm still stitching away a center block for a new quilt. The background of the block is from Fancy Hill Farm, the pink for Lovely is Somerset Cottage, and the stag is out of my new Holiday line Bowood. The ribbon is from my collection of vintage hand-dyed silk ribbon. As soon as the quilt is finished we'll have the pattern and a kit for sale online and in the store.

Light, soft, and perfect for winter in Galveston, these scarves are made out if European linen and embellished with different trims and ribbons.

We are selling these completed and we'll have some put together in kits for simple projects for those who love to sew themselves. I knew there was a reason I've collected different trims for so long!