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Thu April 8, 2010

It's an Egg-cellent contest!! These eggs are not just for Easter but for decorating all springtime long. I made an assortment of bright and fun mod podge fabric eggs. I call them "GLAMOUR EGGS!! Because they are frilly and have a touch of bling! I got the idea from the DIY Dish.com. Kim and Kris always have such adorable ideas. You should check them out. They are my new favorite place! I used fabric from charm packs torn in strips and then I embellished them with ribbon, gems, and scrapbook accents. On this plate they almost look good enough to eat. This style has a gathered ribbon ruffle rosette with a gem in the middle. This one has a skinny ribbon butterfly bow on end with a scrapbook flower accent in the center. I gave away 4 packs of assorted "GLAMOUR EGGS" to family and friends last week and they liked them so much that I decided to offer a package of 4 as a giveaway to you. So here is how you enter and win... leave a comment below. Include your email address or contact info. Be sure to leave your comment before Sunday April 11th at midnight. Winner announced on Monday April 12th. Good Luck! And HApPy SPrInG!!

Mon April 5, 2010

Take a peek at the table scape I designed for our Easter dinner yesterday. I used quite a bit of green with just a splash of orange! I thought that I would share with you some of the crafty and fun decorating ideas I used and thought you might like to try them on your table. I used gold chargers to accent the green plates from the green tablecloth. Then used vintage white linen napkins in a cute clay pot napkin ring. Have you ever seen carrot eggs?? This was a really cute and easy idea I found online. ( I can't remember where) You blow out the raw eggs. Dye them orange. Then at the top of the egg where you have the largest hole, you cut some green tissue paper and insert it in the opening. I decided to write every one's names on them and use them as place cards. They are held in egg cups. The centerpiece was another idea I found online. (Not sure where on this one either)  I took a basket and filled it with lots of lovely assorted house plants. (Got them at Home Depot) and then just added a large chocolate bunny. I found some darling green and brown polka dot ribbon at Jo Anns and added a bow on each side. Then I decorated the base of the centerpiece with ecru shredded paper, more greenery in pots and then accented the table with some fun "Glamour Eggs" (I call them). I found the idea for these eggs on the DIY Dish.com. Here are a couple of styles. They are made with plastic eggs that you mod podge fabric pieces onto and then embellish with gathered ribbon, gems and paper scrapbook flower pieces. I will show you closer pics and how I made them in my next blog post. I thought that this table scape looked so springy that I am keeping it up all month. I must admit the chocolate bunny may not make it!! Yum!

Mon March 22, 2010

Welcome to another fun Vintage ABC Party at Etsy Cottage. They are always so fun to participate in. I love to see what treasures every one shows. Come join me... C is for China... My favorite is an English china set I got at a wonderful antique shop. I love the tiny pink flowers. It looks pretty great with my blue transfer ware. Don't you just love mixing and matching? C is for centerpiece... I loved doing this English garden centerpiece, starting with a pretty vintage tea pot, lovely flowers, vintage china and vintage tablecloth. All for a garden tea party for my friends. D is for Dolls... some of my favorite treasures are my 1940's Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls. Such as Goldilocks and Little Bo Peep. One year I participated in a Valentines Day Tea Party featuring several of my Vintage Dolls. This picture shows my adorable Cupie doll from 1967, a darling unknown doll from 1961 and of course another sweet Nancy Ann doll. D is for Dresses... Vintage baby dresses that is. I have refurbished and restored vintage baby dresses for several years now and here are a sampling of some of my favorites. Take a look at this peach one with all the sweet embroidery details. It is from the 1940's. This fun bubble bum pink checked dress is from the 1950's. I just love the details of buttons and lace on the bodice. Let's not leave out the little boys! Here is an adorable sailor set from the 1940's. I like the cute little anchors along the front and of course the sailor collar! There you go... that is my Vintage ABC collection for today. Thanks for stopping by. Please feel free to leave a comment. Now off to visit yours.

Thu March 11, 2010

If you want to make super precious quilted baby shoes, but you don't quilt or don't want to quilt up some fabric well.... I just added adorable pre-quilted 12X12" fabric squares to my Etsy Shop and to my website. These fabric squares are perfect for making your Curbys Closet Quilted Baby Shoes. Just buy a Baby Shoe Pattern (choose from 3 unique styles) then buy a pre-quilted fabric square and you will be ready to sew adorable baby shoes in 45 minutes or less! They are so fast and so easy!! The first square (shown above) is the Pink Posey print with a pale green stripe on the back. It would look so cute made up in the original pattern #101 or the new little Mary Jane pattern #110. Or how about this cute Blue and Brown Stripe with tan on the back for little boys? It would look adorable made in our Baby Shoe Loafer pattern #105 This is a darling Pink and White Paisley print with a fun stripe on the back. It would be so sweet made in one of the little girl pattern styles. And who can resist a wild and fun Brown Zebra print with dark brown on the back. I think that it would look so cute in any of the 3 Curbys Closet patterns. Don't you? You pick!

Tue February 23, 2010

Etsy Cottage Style has done it again! Another fun bog party! Come join in the fun and take a peek at some lovely things that begin with the letter "B"! Here are my favs! A sweet vintage crochet BABY BIB. Darling little BIRD salt and pepper shakers. A very lovely BARBIE BALLERINA doll. An adorable BUNNY set from BUNNIES BY THE BAY. Do I get extra points for all the "B's" in that one! lol I hope you enjoyed some of my favorite "B" treasures. Which one was your fav???

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Tue February 16, 2010

Come join in the fun as we celebrate February with our love for all things Vintage (that are lavender or purple) at the Etsy Cottage Vintage Purple Party! Let me share with you some of my vintage favorites. My 1940's  lovely Nancy Ann doll. She is "Beauty" from Beauty and the Beast. I love these dolls they are so cute and have the sweetest little faces. Another delight of mine is collecting tea sets and cups and saucers. These are precious sets that have been given to me as gifts over the years. Here are a couple of little florals I've had placed around the house. The dried heart wreath is from the early 1980's. And I still love it! I almost forgot about this cute little bear that I bought back in the 80's from a darling little tea shop in Monrovia, CA called "FRILLS". My girlfriends and I, used to just love to go there for their yummy tea sandwiches and to die for scones. ( complete with a lit sparkler on the top!) There antiques and gifts were wonderful also. And last but not least.... an old vintage white birdhouse that I adore. It is embellished with a vintage hankie and lots of lovely flowers. Even purple wisteria!! Here's a closer look! I hope that you have enjoyed seeing some of my Vintage Purple treasures as much as I have enjoyed sharing them with you. I'd love to hear your comments. Now off to check on all your blog posts!!!

Fri February 12, 2010

Welcome our newest baby shoe pattern! It's a darling little Mary Jane. So cute and sweet! And just in time for you to make for Valentines Day. They whip up in 6 easy steps and they make fantastic gifts! It's a fun and easy pattern for beginner to intermediate sewers and quilters. To order the Curby's Closet Baby Shoe pattern go to www.curbyscloset.com/boutique/ and place your order. We also sell cute pre-quilted fabric squares for you to make the shoes with. So there's no need for you  to quilt the fabric yourselves. Saves so much time. Also be sure to sign up for out newsletter. www.curbyscloset.com HAPPY VALENTINES DAY all!!!

Sat January 30, 2010

Had such a great day out in the sunshine, pruning my roses!

The flower beds always look so bare. I only did a few today. I will need to work a little every day to finish in time. I have over 70 rose bushes! Yikes!

Can you believe the size of my rosemary bush?? It's HUGE and it smells like heaven!

I love the sweet little flowers that bloom on it this time of year.

I even got one last bouquet. It will really brighten up my Sunday dinner table tomorrow.

Wed January 20, 2010

I'm so excited to say that my new "CURBY'S CLOSET" baby shoe pattern was unveiled at the "Road to California" quilt show, this past weekend. It was fun to see and hear peoples positive reactions. I feel like I have a new baby. It's pretty fun I must admit. We also have a new boutique feature to the website. We will be adding many new items weekly so check it out. If you love to quilt, sew or both. Make a pair of baby shoes for someone you know. They only take about 30-40 minutes. Easy, fun and cute... who could ask for more!! Order a pattern at www.curbyscloset.com

Thu January 7, 2010

Announcing the NEWEST arrival at CURBY'S CLOSET!! And it's a BOY!! (Baby Shoe Pattern that is) And it's cute, easy to make and a must have for every styl'n baby boy for  2010!! Check back to see a photo and where you can get your own. I'm so excited and thrilled to show you. So check back here on the blog or on facebook.

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