Thought that I would share with you my sweet scarecrow friend from a couple of years ago. I designed her for a scarecrow contest at our ARMSTRONG GARDEN CENTER. She was a big hit and I won first prize!! (I usually never win anything!) I thought you might like to see her and get some ideas for decorating in your own gardens this fall. I hate to admit it but I wish I had her figure!! She is wearing a couple of old shirts, an apron with seed packets in the pocket, old faded jeans, garden gloves, a tin watering can and her old stuffed friend the crow! Her straw hat is really fun and is filled with sunflowers, dried status, a birds nest, lots of little birds and spanish moss for filler. Just think, you might have a cute fall scarecrow in your house just waiting for you to put together. So start gathering!! Have a very HAPPY FALL season!!!
I know that Halloween is nearly here, but trust me there’s still time to pull off an adorable yet spooky table scape for your Halloween dinner. Many of the items I used, you may already have in your home or from past Halloween parties. Start by thinking roses and skulls!! “What's that you say…are you crazy??” Don’t knock it till you see it. It’s pretty festive and I call it “Shabby Shriek“. Take a look for some scary, yet festive ideas. Turn an ordinary black plastic cauldron into a breathtaking shabby centerpiece using lovely pale yellow roses and orange gerbera daisy's. Add spooky spider webbing and candles in pewter goblets. We always have Chili on Halloween so I picked up some pumpkin orange bowls from Target and paired with some scary black coffins I got at a party shop (for the utensils). Add a couple of creepy skull candles, and some little vintage silver trays filled with Halloween chocolates, sour gummy worms and candy corn, and you are pretty much set. Now, these may not be your typical decorations, but they are sure to delight your family or guests and they will add the perfect balance for the gal who wants to decorate for Halloween, but keep that Shabby Chic (Ooops!! I mean Shriek) flair!! After the party or the dinner is over and the place settings are put away. I put all the skull candles around the centerpiece for the rest of the Halloween holiday. (Can you tell I have boys? They love the creepy stuff!) Well, I hope that you saw something that got your creative ideas flowing!! If so, then head off to the Party Shop, Target, or the florist and start creating!! You’d better hurry tho, no time to waste!! Be sure to have fun and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!! Also be sure to check out all the other blogs participating in this fun Tablescape Thursday!!
Make or buy your darling baby a shrieky, fun pair of HALLOWEEN baby shoes. Aren't they cute?? Why do I feel like saying "Beetle juice, Beetle juice"!!! How adorable would they look with black leggings! They are such an easy, fun little shoe to make for babies 0-9 months. Buy the pattern and whip up a pair or buy them already made. Both patterns and shoes available in my etsy shop. And how about the little SKULL button to add to the SPOOKY cuteness of it all?? Leave a comment and follow Curbys Closet on facebook and receive FREE SHIPPING on your etsy order!! Better hurry they'll be going fast!
So many wonderful people have left me really sweet messages and feedback about the treasures they found or made from Curbys Closet. I thought that I would share a few of them.
I come across SOOO many wonderful blogs, so I thought that I would share them and send them your way. Today's favorite blog is "FRESH CUT QUILTS" a bright and fun blog with lots of creativity. Check out the darling quilting patterns and now new fabrics too. So CUTE! Also check out "FILM IN THE FRIDGE", "LOVELY LITTLE HANDMADES" and "AMY LOU WHO". Very delightful blogs for quilters, sewers or crafters. It is fun to see what they have to share. So many blogs so little time! Tell me which one was you favorite...
Head on over to a darling blog called "Jandi in Stitches" and follow her easy instructions to enter her blog giveaway and win a FREE Curbys Closet Quilted Baby Cowboy Boot Pattern. They are fun and easy to make! Giveaway closes Friday, July 23rd at 11:59 PM MST. Winner will be announced Sunday, July 25th. Thanks so much Jandi for hosting this giveaway!!
OK, now don't expect anything too fancy... and don't expect any thing super expensive... and for heaven sakes whatever you do don't expect CLEAN!! Now with all that in mind you may take a peek at where I create. Keep your eyes peeled for vintage touches here and there. Sitting at the sewing machine is a daily activity for me. So I've got a great cushion for my fanny! I've tried to add some of my favorite touches: like vintage quilts, linens, buttons and ribbons. Believe it or not, I have evolved from a vintage baby dress re-storer, ( say that fast 5 times) to a designer of quilted baby shoes, to now a designer of quilted baby shoe patterns. Which I sell to creative, quilting type gals and also to darling quilt shops. I have collected dolls for years and am still a little girl at heart! Can you tell? I even hide things behind lovely fabrics too, so don't even ask me whats behind the bookcase, cuz I'm not tell'n ya, and trust me you don't want to know. I found this white shelf and use it to display some of the shoes and boots I have created over the last several months. (some are vintage ones too) My little shabby chalk board keeps me on task. Ya right! It sounded good tho didn't it? This is my very cluttered, but very sweet bulletin board. Believe it or not I know where every thing on it is too! When ever I need some storage or something to hang on the wall, I go searching in the back yard. I love using garden elements here and there. Here are some of my favorite little vintage baby gems hanging across the wall. They are so tiny and sweet and come in such yummy soft pastel colors! So fun to fix up and clean. Well, a little fun. The details are so amazing! I would never have had the patience for sewing those "itty bitty" pin tucks. It just wouldn't have happened! I wanted a very simple window treatment, so I did a valance. But then decided to add tied white vintage hankies for a shabby flair and then finished it off with a curved black iron wall piece. One day it almost fell on my head! I know what your thinking , but don't say anything. I love the whole trash to treasure thing! These shutters were left by the side of the road. Yippie, guess they had my name on them. I didn't even have to paint them either. I just cleaned them and hung them up! The vintage china plates are from a garage sale (like 25 cents each) crazy! I thought that this little plaque was so cute. "The beehive is the ultimate Home Sweet Home". Well I guess that just about wraps up my sewing room tour. This is where I create... this is where I sometimes get frustrated... this is where I wait for inspiration to come, (ya I'm usually in here awhile) and... this is where I go to get away from the world. So... ladies, where do you create??
Announcing the latest addition to the "Curbys Closet" selection of baby shoes. This time it's a fun Cowboy Boot! And just in time for all the summer rodeos and western BBQ's! You can purchase the easy to make pattern on our website or on etsy for only $9.00. Wholesale prices for quilt shops available on the website also. Or you can buy a pair already made on etsy for only $16.00! Here's a couple of fun options and styles to choose from. Perfect for little baby girl or boy buckaroos! They also come in a comfy rounded toe style. You'll have a "yippie ki yay" good time making or purchasing these little darlings!! So mosey on over and take a peek!
Around Easter time, some dear wonderful friends gave me this adorable little gift, because they said that it reminded them of "Curbys Closet". (Now if you have ever been to my house your will know why.) As I opened the box I squealed with delight! I could not believe it! It totally looked like my little Curbys Closet, with all my little pastel vintage baby dresses hanging on hangers. And it reminded me of the armoire on the Curbys Closet logo. I just could not believe it! It was just TOO CUTE!! I actually started to cry it was so cute! Here's a closer look. This is from the "Wee Forest Folk" Collection by the Peterson Family. These are such precious and delightful collectibles. The details are just amazing! And they are so tiny and so sweet!! It even came in an adorable box! My friends said that when they saw it , that it just had "Curbys Closet" written all over it! Let's just say that it will be displayed, treasured and loved forever. THANK YOU, THANK YOU to my wonderful friends!!!
E is for Estate Sale!! One of my most favorite things to do on a Saturday. I have found so many gems and treasures over the years. And really GREAT buys too!! An old vintage 6ft. shutter divider was FREE!! ( My favorite price!) It was an ugly dark brown and so I painted it a shabby white. I took out the broken shutters and replaced them with lovely shabby fabrics in blues, pinks and greens. Some are even vintage fabrics. This was a great find too. A wonderful garden shed at an estate sale for only $50.00. It was dark wood and I painted it a sweet country blue with white trim. We love it and use it all the time in our garden. This 5 piece wicker set was also a fabulous Estate Sale find. It was beige and pretty dull until...yep you guessed it. I painted it white!! And only $75.00 for all 5 pieces! I used vintage fabrics to make seat covers. F is for Flowers These are some heirloom flowers we had in our garden last year. Foxgloves are a very old variety and are a very English flower. To me they are pure heaven! We also planted heirloom Sweet Peas. They are so delicate and fragrant. One sniff and you'll be hooked. Thanks for joining me at the Etsy Party today. Which one struck your fancy??