Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Very Vera Quilt

Don't you love a finished product? Back story: Last month I sold one of my favorite sheets in my Grow Home store. It was a red, white, and blue king flat sheet made by Burlington. I love all the sheets and pillowcases that I found treasure hunting but some are harder to part with than others. After it sold I received a note from Aaron from Brooklyn Bags, the buyer, who told me the sheet was going to be used as the backing for a quilt. I asked Aaron to please send me a photo of the finished product, which he did.

 The front is covered in vintage Vera napkins.

Aaron used the scallop design from the Vera backing sheet for his quilting.

I am in love with how it turned out. And, I can tell Frank the dog is happy with how it turned out. So, it was hard to part with that amazing sheet but I'm so happy that it went to a good home and was transformed into something truly amazing.

Thank you Aaron for sharing.

 I think that Vera Neumann would be proud.
Vera was also an upcycler. She started her business making scarves from recycled WWII silk parachutes that she found in an army surplus store. Her work can be found in bed linens, table linens, scarves, clothing, furnishings, and more. Her work is still relevant. Target licensed her designs last year.
Jane from Right Brain Jane devoted a full week on her blog to Vera inspiration. Her blog is chock-full of vintage awesomeness but her Vera week posts are a sure delight. For a really amazing look at Vera's work, head to the Goldstein Museum of Design at the University of Minnesota. Jane has a blog post full of gorgeous scarves displayed at the museum. I just need an excuse to go to Minnesota. . .

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Vintage Love Notes For Mom

My mum and me when I was 2
May 14th is Mother's Day in the United States. I'm not a mom but I've worked with kids for several years. They, and their parents are very generous. However, the best gifts I've received are special notes. So, I searched some of my favorite blogs and found some vintage sheet writing inspiration to share with you. Enjoy!
Vintage Mother's Day
Bev designed the cutest love envelope bunting for Valentine's Day but I think love notes (and buntings) are appropriate all year. Bev shared her tutorial on the Lil' Luna Blog. 

And, speaking of envelopes, I love these fabric-lined envelopes from Marthe. The blog is in Norwegian but you can click the translate to your favorite language. 
fabric lined envelopes
It would be so cute to make cards that match your envelopes. Love the simple design from Under the Sycamore.
handmade cards
 I also like this card design.
ruffled cards
 Where can mom keep all the kind letters and notes she receives? How about on a magnetic mail sorter? 
magnetic bulletin board
Maybe mum is very techie. She's more into emails and online chatting. She'll love a mousepad made from your vintage sheet scraps.
fabric mousepad

Mum can jot down her own notes and grocery list with a vintage sheet covered notepad.
fabric covered notebook
Mom can keep her secret thoughts in her vintage sheet stretch journal.
homemade journal

 Mom may be super organized and need a handy place for her pens and notebook. Click on the link below to see one of the cutest blog designs ever.
filoflex organizer
I hope you enjoyed the little round up. I've been naughty lately and haven't taken pictures of my creations. I'll be better, I promise. Here's a more recent picture of the Grow Girls. Have a Happy Mother's Day!

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

May the 4th Be With You (Episode 2)

I love Star Wars. I had all the action figures as a child. I was so jealous of my neighbor's Star Wars bedsheets. Maybe one of his sheets has been repurposed into something amazing. Like these:

Star Wars Home Decor

I love that Jill used her husband's childhood Star Wars pillowcase to make a little Lego Table chair for her son.

Star Wars Lego Table Crate Seat

A pillow case made from a pillowcase. C3PO and R2D2 are on this cute pillowcover.

Star Wars pillow cover

Star Wars Fashion
I love Kendra's Etsy shop. She makes one of a kind dresses for girls and women, wallets, corsets, and other fun items from vintage character sheets. This is a fun shift dress that she made from an Empire Strikes Back sheet.
Empire Strikes Back Dress
Andy makes great shirts out of awesome vintage sheets like Batman, Spiderman, Superman, to name a few. I love this shirt she made from a Return of the Jedi vintage sheet. She makes her shirts to order.
Return of the Jedi Shirt

I am absolutely in love with the placement of Darth Vader on this dress made from a Return of the Jedi vintage sheet.
Return of the Jedi Dress

I'm a fan of Sherry's for 2 reasons: She sews with vintage sheets and she collects Raggedy Anns.
Sherry's Return of the Jedi Dress

There are so many talented people out there creating wonderful things from vintage sheets. I think it's fun that the character sheets appeal to a different crowd than the traditional flower or striped sheets. Vintage sheets for everyone!

If you were a Star Wars character, who would you be? A friend of mine recently called me his Chewbacca.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas from the Grow Family

Every year on the other blog I post a holiday open house. Well, since I mostly hang out here these days, I'm posting my open house here.

Let's start outside and work our way in. In the front of our home is a wooden nativity, hand-painted by my sister.
 Frosty and Rudolph look out the kitchen window.

Our front door is always red but it looks really good at Christmastime.

 Okay, let's go inside. The first thing you see when you walk in is my dollhouse that my dad made for me when I was little. It's all decorated for Christmas.

The fake tree forest is in the window between the kitchen and dining room.
 I made this felt gingerbread bunting a few years ago. It hangs in our kitchen.
 These little corduroy gingerbread people keep us cozy while we watch our Christmas movies. I love Scrooged with Bill Murray.
 The entire piano is covered in different nativity scenes. I play Christmas music everyday in December.
 My stocking is the angel on the right. They are empty for now. ;)
 I like this little snow globe musical nativity.
 Frosty holds our Christmas cards.

 This is our tree by day. I'm the slacker that waits until the last minute to wrap gifts.
 Most of our ornaments are handmade by us our our friends. I love this embroidered "G".

Some of our ornaments are from our travels. I love this clay cable car from San Francisco.

The entire kitchen is filled with Christmas cheer. This is one of the nativities in the cupboard.
I made a couple decorations this year. Snow globe Christmas tree.
 And the page made from vintage books.
 Little Jesus hangs on my niece's door.

We are not Dutch but we like the tradition of leaving carrots for the reindeer. I bought these slippers it the airport in Amsterdam.
That's it for now. I hope that you and your loved ones have a very Merry Christmas filled with love and good memories.

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