Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter Weekend ..

Debra at Talking Trash posted a pic of herself as a child in all her Easter finery, which made me want to do the same .. so follow suit .. pull out all the pics of yourself as a child at Easter and post them on your blog or facebook ..

Here I am with my brother, Wendal and my older Sister, Joyce.. We called her Sister and I called my brother Bubba .. and he called me Toe .. he couldn't say Troy and it came out Toe ..

Wendal died in 2006 and Sister died a year ago this coming June 30.. I cherish these memories ..

This was taken in 1960. I would have almost been 2. I am the little one in the middle. Our parents dressed Bubba and I alike until we were old enough to protest.

Miss those Easters. Enjoy yours and I hope you have a Joyous Easter.

Love ya'

Sunday, April 17, 2011

on slipcovers, collecting kitchen and my niece ..

Here are the two new slipcovers we will be introducing at Canton this month .. along with a lot of other things ..
Though one is done in natural cotton muslin and the other in bleached cotton muslin either slipcover can be made in either fabric .. Both of the slipcovers are our answer to the long ruffled slipcover .. there may be changes made over time .. but this is the prototype ..

The bright white slipcover was inspired by the petticoat of a Victorian era slip I have carried around for years .. it is my favorite one ..

I spent yesterday working in our kitchen .. unpacking things and putting things away .. one thing I realized .. all these years of collecting .. I / We have collected with the intention of having a huge old fashioned country kitchen .. when in reality, what we ended up with is a small compact kitchen where I can stand in the middle of the room and stretching my arms out almost touch the wall on either side .. bottom line, we have too much stuff .. as for shelving in the kitchen .. there is one more shelf like this on the other side of the sink .. with a small window open to the back yard in the middle ..

the cute canister set houses nuts, gluten free crackers, tea and the like .. I don't use sugar or flour ..

What better way to end the weekend than showering family with love and affection .. this is my Princess .. the Little Divine Miss Em - Emma Nicole Rash - she will be 1 year old next month .. we also call her E Nicky to the R .. she is my angel .. oh and she's my niece .. love her bunches .. she gives the best kisses and hugs .. and she loves her Uncle Toe ..

love you all .. have a glorious Sunday afternoon and evening ..

Friday, April 15, 2011

Twitter & Facebook / Status & Tweets ..

We now have a Facebook page ..

Junk Exchange .. stop in and be our friend ..

We also have a Twitter page ..

Junk Exchange .. follow our Tweets ..

not sure I understand how all of this is going to come together .. but they tell me it will .. lol ..

Aside from that .. watch for some new slipcover designs .. I have two new designs that will be making their 'debut' this month at Canton .. with a special preview photo shoot coming here this weekend ..

In the meantime .. enjoy a pic from 2001 of some slipcovers I made gathering for a garden party .. it's one of my favorite pics ..

love ya'

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

How was Canton ?

Canton was beautiful this past weekend.. the crowds were large and even though it was a bit cooler, we had a lot of travelers. Louisiana seem to all come for a visit. Seems like every other customer was from Louisiana, with some saying they were having so much fun they were coming back next month.
Met some customers all the way up from Austin and San Antonio who fell in love with the booth.
Here are some pics from our booth this past month. Enjoy and we hope to see you there next month ..

tufted french bench .. you can't really see them in the pic, but i made some buttons for this bench using cotton string .. they look like little pom poms ..

love the little slipcovered childs chairs .. Rod made a table to go with using old banister spindles as legs ..

i love the look of a sweet little antique chair stacked with pillows .. the top pillow is from our new line of vintage pillows .. just the sham, ma'am ..

darling ruffled initial shams .. cute!

don't you just love this pair of stools .. i believe they originally were a pair of cocktail tables .. the base is heavy metal and was already painted gold when we found them .. i covered them in burlap and i love the way the tufting turned out .. i also made some special buttons for them using threads of the burlap ..

another pillow from our new line of vintage pillows - just the sham, ma'am - the pillows are made using discarded and saved scraps of vintage fabrics blended with burlap, canvas and muslin ..

just the sham, ma'am - vintage toile pillow ..

i love our union jack pillows ..

We hope to see you in Canton this coming month.. keep watching the blog for updates on finished projects for the show.

Love ya'll