Thursday, October 25, 2012

Owl Invitation

Had to share this clever invitation. Will be going to this barn show this week-end and can't wait.  Trish is one of the most creative women, I have ever met. To me, she is the "Queen of DIY".  She has a beautiful 200 year-old stone barn complete with an amazing sound system. At last year's barn show, there was a band playing soft jazz, while Trish served trays of brioche grilled cheese sandwiches and prosecco. The smell of fresh apple cider wafted through the barn while guys, out at the pond, practiced their fly-fishing, and kids roasted marshmellows at the stone fire pit. Inside the barn, the walls were graced with 19th C. Bucks County quilts. In one room there was an apple pie contest.  We were able to sample Trish's Dad's home-made peach ice cream, which at 94, he made himself.  In another room, Kady was making fascinators for girls of all ages while a local ventnor was letting us sample his latest cabernet. Little angels trimmed in German glitter, were circling overhead, waiting to go home with someone and adorn their Christmas tree.  And if we were lucky, some of us were able to purchase some of Trish's velvet pumpkins or her linen napkin sets, stockings, and tissue cases.
The little owl above is one-of-a kind. Trish sent each of us different fabric owls. My friend Kate, received a turquoise blue brocade owl. The owl pictured, is made of green wool and his little wings are attached with brads.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Vintage beaded bag

This  beaded flapper purse is a beauty, even though it has seen better days. It is surprising how heavy it is. It's a great little piece to study, simply for the pattern.  Someone removed the purse frame and the purse lining. The beading was entirely executed on black netting. The purse straps are made of rolled black netting and were then beaded. This little piece is now living on my etsy site, OldElements.

Monday, October 15, 2012

20% Off Sale Now at RibbonSmyth thru Oct 22nd

Place any order at RibbonSmyth over $25 and automatically receive 20% off the order total and this offer is for every order! Sale ends Monday at midnight, October 22nd
Great time to order embellishments for holiday creating.
If you enjoy working with vintage motifs, I now have a large assortment on both of our etsy sites. Check out our Etsy shop at OldElements for affordable vintage lingerie motifs.  Or if you want to create your own colorways, we sell  non-toxic RibbonSmyth Rainbow Dyes, which are imported exclusively from Switzerland, and our white rayon motifs...and everything is 20% off at