Fabric Friday….

So this week we have a lot of new product going online and there is still so much outside my office & in the warehouse it is crazy. Larry (#larrylovesfabric), the owner, has been buying like crazy and I have to say he has found some beautiful fabrics at great prices, which we can now pass onto you. I think you’re going to be very happy over the next few weeks as the fabric continues to roll out.

Here are a few apparel fabrics that caught my eye this week…

As the summer leaves us and we gear up for fall these three wool/spandex blends are perfect. Sometimes a solid is just what is needed for a staple piece.

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I know you all love a good strip knit, so here you go. Navy and white is such a classic combination. Love this!

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This black & white stretch gingham seersucker fabric is a great weight. It is 58% Cotton/29% Polyester/10% Elasthane/3% Spandex. This classic black & white gingham is right on trend for the fall.

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I posted this knit print as I was photographing last week. The modern feel and geometric print just caught my eye.

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This Chambray Stretch Linen by Robert Kaufman is soft and breathable.  It is 54% Linen / 44% Cotton / 2% Spandex. Personally stretch is my bacon…everything is better with it.

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For a little more stretch we brought in a few new rolls of denim. They all have stretch, but this one is called a Super Stretch. It is 98% Cotton / 2% Polyurethane. That should fit like a glove. I don’t have a picture, but it make me think of the beautiful black leather with a spandex coating we just received. Just perfect for the leather pants I keep seeing online and in all the magazines.

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We ordered this 21 wale corduroy in 21 colors. From kiwi to flamingo and many shades in between. It is ultra soft and light weight. I can’t wait to see what amazing items you all are going to make with this.

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Beside fabric we’re really trying to boost our notions department online. This week we added over 50 new products. Here are just a few…

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We have had chain in the retail store for sometime now. Last week we received over 60 new chains so we’re going to try them online as well. They sell by the yard and come in the traditional gold and silver, as well as many colors and styles. Last year I made a few great necklaces for the holidays. They were so simple and really great for all the holiday parties I went to. We plan on making a few new ones in November. I was inspired by a few great ones I saw in Anthropology last week. A little felt, some vintage looking buttons, and E600, and you’ll be ready to accessories. You can take a look at the ones I made last year  here.

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Remember many of these items were just photographed this week. They are in the process of going online. I have linked to where they will be. We just like to give you a little preview of what is coming.  Have a great weekend.

Enjoy!

Fabric Friday (does it count that I started typing when it was still Friday?)

Sorry this is late, but better late than never. Here are a few new products that came in this week.

Have a fantastic weekend!

New Home Decorating prints from Premier Prints

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From Robert Kaufman

Baile Folklorica

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Critter Club

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Ruff N’ Tuff

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Super Kids

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Super Kids

Super Kids, Anne Kells, For the boys

Urban Zoology, Laminated Cotton

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New From Marcus Brothers

Romantic Olde Charleston

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New From Westminster

Lottie Da

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New Headbands

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New Flowers, Feathers, and Bow Embellishments

Flowers, feathers, and bows

Hopefully by next week we will be finished unloading more of our new fall apparel fabrics.  There will be so many beautiful fabrics hitting the warehouse and the retail store in the next few weeks, it is very exciting.  As I take photographs for the web site, I will share a few pics on Instagram. For your up to the minute information don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Have a great weekend.

Enjoy!

Fabric Friday

Happy Friday! I’m keeping this one short. We’re working on updating the site, as well as getting ready for our monthly newsletter on September 1st. So much to do & so little time.  As always, these fabrics are in the process of being put online. I will include a link to where they will be once they finish being processed. 

Rayon Challis

Rayon Challis by Robert Kaufman

Sketch

New colors of Sketch, by Timeless Treasures

Flannel

Flannel Plaids, Checks, and Herringbone from Robert Kaufman

Dear Stella Perrymint from Dear Stella

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Fashion Embellishments

Have a great weekend and make sure to keep an eye out for our newsletter on

Monday, September 1st.

Enjoy!

Fabric Friday…

I swear the weeks are flying by! Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend. Hopefully you will be inspired by some of

the new fabric we got in this week. As aways, these fabrics are in the process of going online.

I will include the link to where they will be once they are processed. 

New cottons…

BenartexFloral Philosophy

Benartex, Floral Philosophy, Paisleys

Robert Kaufman, La Scala 5

Robert Kaufman, La Scala 5

Andover, Thesaurus

Andover, Thesaurus, letters&writings

Robert Kaufman, Grandma’s Garden

Robert Kaufman, Grandma's Garden,

New Apparel & Fashion Fabrics…

Lace

Assorted lace

Rayon Challis

Robert Kaufman, rayon, rayon Challis

MeshMesh & stretch netting

Vinyl
(There are more colors of this. They will all be online next week. Perfect for Halloween!)

Galactic Vinyl, Specialty Fabrics, Plactic, Vinyl, and PVC

Enjoy!

Pillow, dog bed, or kid magnet?

When “Best In Show” came in, we all thought it was a great new Home Decorating print. Robin thought it would make the cute dog bed, so off she went.  She combined it with our brand new chenille fabric and a winning combination appeared. Making a pillow or dog bed is a pretty quick project that can infuse some pattern and color into any room. Here are a few pictures of the pillow coming together….

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As anyone with children knows, the best toy is something that was not intended to be used as a toy. It can be the shoe box from you new shoes or the work pillow I brought home to photograph. I came home and left the pillow on the fire-place to photograph later that day. When I came downstairs this is what I found…photo copy 6

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It immediately became a great place for Sarah to play. Before I knew it the doll was out and the pillow was not mine any more.  As you’ll see below, she took her dogs and gave them a dog bed. Needless to say it took a few days to get the pillow back to work with. It is now in the window for you to see, but let me tell you Sarah was  not happy about it. While the intention was a dog bed, it would also be a great throw pillow if it was a bit smaller, but for Sarah it was a great comfy new play place. I guess you’ll have to make up your own mind, dog bed, couch cushion, or perfect play place?

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Enjoy!

We’re finally here!

I am so excited that we finally made it to Hawaii. The last six months have been extremely busy both professionally and personally and I am so ready for a break.
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For those who have been following, you know the first time we tried to get here it didn’t go so well, but that is all behind us now. As I look out from my balcony I have forgotten all about that. I am ready to soak in my seven days of ocean, sand, and air. While we really don’t have much planned, I can’t wait to explore Kauai. It is the only island I have not been to and I can’t wait to see why it is called the “garden island”. I will most definitly post a few pitures later in the week.

Before I show you the two adorable dresses Robin made I have to give you a little backstory…

Since my oldest was about 2 old we have gone to Hawaii every year.

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That is until I had my youngest, and after we took her twice, 9 weeks and 13 months, we realized she was not as easy as the other two.

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We have not traveled there, or anywhere else on an airplane, in almost 5 years. Before Sarah, we had been to all the islands except Kauai. I can’t really pin point what it is, but I love it there. I love the quiet single lane highway of the Big Island, I loved seeing the volcano at dawn on Maui, I loved visiting friends and going to Pearl Harbor on Ouahu, and I loved the romantic surprise birthday trip to Lanai.

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Everytime I go I feel relaxed and at peace. When we went the very first time, Sydney, the oldest, was around two years old. She was fascinated with the hula dancer that danced nightly in the hotel lounge area. She would ask to go every night and just sit there for over an hour watching her dance. Sydney was a very early talker, and when we returned from that first trip she started asking to learn how to dance the hula. We of course thought this was a passing phase and pretty much ignored her. The next year we went back and it was the same thing. Every night we had to watch the dancer. Sydney was just captivated by the music and her dancing. She was still asking to dance and now slept with Hawaiian music playing in her room. Finally, when she was almost 3, we realized this was not going to end and we started looking for Hula in Los Angeles. I figured this would be non existent and that would be the end of it. I was wrong. My husband found a hula school only 10 minutes from our house. I have to say I was pretty surprised. We both agreed it couldn’t hurt to let her try it. While Sydney wouldn’t dance at first, she loved to go and watch. She picked up the chanting immediately and would walk around the house singing and chanting. The Kumu hula, the head, Keali’i Ceballos, assured me it was fine that she didn’t want to dance. As long as she wanted to come he said to bring her. He suggested she watch and that the few moms in the class, who had young children, should get up and dance. That the children would dance along side us after a while. He turned out to be right. Pretty soon she was dancing. What I didn’t expect to happen was that I too would really enjoy it. I loved the music, learnig the stories, and the Ohana (family), I was dancing with. Sydney continued in the Keiki (children) class, and I moved to the adult class along with three other moms.

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Sydney and I both danced for years. I even competed once in Florida. I only stopped dancing when I was 8 months pregnant with Sarah and was litterally falling over as I danced. Once I had a third child I just couldn’t find the time to get back. I still hope to get back one day. Sydney stopped dancing when she was 10 years old. Her gymnastics was becoming increasingly demanding and she just couldn’t do both any more. We still go every year to see their Hoike. This is a beautiful performance of hula and story telling that both Sydney & I both took part in for years. If you ever get a chance to see Hula Halau o Keali’i o Nalani dance make sure you do. They are just wonderful. All three of my kids still listen to Hawaiian music at night and I will always be grateful for the ohana I gained from hula. The culture is so warm, the stories run so deep, and the respect for their elder and community is amazing.

Okay, back to the fabric. When I saw the new batik coming in it made me think about my summer travels. I immediately thought Sarah would look so cute in a batik dress when we’re in Hawaii. While I know batik didn’t originate in Hawaii, seeing it reminds me of the islands. Though Batik may have originted in Indonesia, it is very prevalent in Hawaiian apparel and home decorating. It is used in sarongs, tops, and dresses, as well as for mens Hawaiian shirts. You will also see beautiful batik pillows and quilts in Hawaii, as well as on the main land. There are so many great choices it was hard to pick just a few.

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If you’re curious about the roots of Batik and how it is made you can read more about it here and here.

Here is the fabric and pattern Robin used.

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Batik fabric for childrens dress

Here are a few pics as it went together….

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Sarah loves her new dresses, as you can see. Perfect for fun in the sun. Well the roosters are calling so I’m off.

Enjoy!