Saturday, May 31, 2008

And The Winner Is...

Heidi, aka What's in a name? Congratulations!
Heidi has a lovely blog called Dreams Intertwined.
I'd like to thank everyone who joined in on the 2nd Annual Cottage Charm giveaway. It was a lot of fun seeing so many new names and blogs. And it looks like next year it could really be a grand event. (see the latest news on the Twice Remembered Cottage Blog).
Well, I better go get a hold of my winner and see whether she has chosen the fabric or the wristlet.
I have some garden and patio pictures coming up this week, so be sure to stop back.
Thanks again, everyone! Enjoy your weekend. :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

2nd Annual Cottage Charm Giveaway Day!

***Congratulations to Heidi of Dreams Intertwined! She is winner of our Cottage Charm Giveaway.***

**~Sign up for the giveaway is now closed. I will post the winner later this evening.
Thanks so much to all that entered and participated in the Cottage Charm Giveaway Day!~**

Its time for the 2nd annual Cottage Charm Giveaway! (Yes, I know...I'm coming in kinda late)

Kim from Twice Remembered Cottage~One Woman's Cottage Life , is once again hosting this blogwide giveaway of cottage goodies. Check out all of the participants and their offerings by clicking the link on the sidebar.

Here at Niesz Vintage Home ...and fabric, I've put together some vintage floral fabrics and bits of lace trimmings. (I'm sure I'll be adding a few extra goodies to the pack, as well).

The first fabric is a pink and cream faille with swags of roses and scrolls. It measures 17"W x 20"L. The second piece is perfect for a large cottage pillow; it measures 23"W x 21"L.

You'll also receive various pieces of crocheted lace and machine made lace, wonderful for sewing projects or collages.

Now, I can already hear some of you saying..."Kim, those fabrics are lovely, but I don't sew!"
Well, we have thought of that and so we also have an alternate giveaway gift.

A wristlet/clutch and matching key chain made by me. It incorporates a funky vintage 1960's fabric of pink and yellow squares with one of the new Amy Butler prints.

Giveaway rules:
1. Anyone is welcome. US and international bloggers, regular posters, lurkers, first time visitors, ...really anyone.

2. I have to be able to contact you. If you have an active blog, great! If you don't, you'll need to make sure I get your email address. (you can contact me from the side bar)

3. Just leave a comment on THIS post between now and 3:00pm EST Saturday May 31st. I'll lock the comments at that time.

4. A winner will be chosen and announced in the evening on Saturday May 31st.

5. You can choose either the fabric and lace package OR the wristlet and keychain package.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

For Love of Roses

Sorry for the quick post and run. :(
I'll leave you with a few pictures of my latest project. I love having coordinating pouches to go with my totes, well, I even made a little key fob to match this set. I decided to indulge my "girly" side with this beautiful pink roses linen. The wristlet is lined with a pink and green plaid. I can't believe how well it matched! I've had it in my stash for over a year. And here's the back side of the wristlet. I reversed the patchwork, so I could get a bit of the berries in there, too.Have a fun and safe weekend everyone! I'll be up to my armpits in potting soil. :)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Busy Sewing and Gardening

Busy, busy, busy! May is a busy month, isn't it? Here in Ohio, May is when we get the OK to start planting our annuals. Usually, I try to get everything done by the second week, but this year its been a little cool and rainy, so I've had to hold myself back. It has been sooo hard for me not to go running out to purchase flats and flats of annuals.

So to distract myself, I've been sewing. You can see the beginning stages of a couple of projects in the above picture. The main focus is an adorable children's print fabric from the 1940's. The selvage says, "Guaranteed to Be A Puritan Print" "Mail Time". It shows scenes of bunnies, bluebirds, pigs, and dogs delivering the cute! I have only small pieces, but they're just the right size for zippered pouches. Here's a few of the finished ones on Etsy...

I've also been working on some applique projects. I'm not sure if I've thanked Katherine lately for her tutorial. Thank You, Katherine!!!
This first one is made with a vintage Indian Head cotton fabric of tossed strawberries. I've appliqued a natural linen blossom on the front.

And this one allowed me to use those small scraps of 1930's fabrics I've been drooling over for the past year. I call it "Spring Showers and Flowers". :)I hope to get my flowers in this week and then I can take some pictures of the patio and yard. Have a great week, everyone!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Color Challenge ~ Yellow ...Here's Mine

Angela, from Cottage Magpie, has posted another Color Challenge. This time its Yellow. Brace yourself, I have a LOT of yellow. :)
Above is a picture of my bedroom. I have the walls painted a soft yellow and all the trim, linens, and headboard are in a crisp white. Step by step instructions on how you can make you own fireplace mantel headboard are posted here. And, of course, you know I'm going to include some of my vintage fabrics. Above are quilt weight cottons and below are decorator weight fabrics. So pretty.Vintage trims and buttons are next... This cute little piece is from my grandmother. I love the little chicks and eggs so much and it brings back fond memories of grandma's kitchen.

I purchased this pretty clothes pin bag from a seller on Ebay (I wish I could remember her name).

What's a Yellow Post without a flower? Well, the daffodils are long gone, the pansies are multi-colored, so that left me only one choice...a dandelion. It doesn't look so bad close-up, though huh?