Monday, December 14, 2009

Etsy and other stuff.......

So here are the latest items in my Etsy shop:

1920's Velvet Jacket with Fabulous Metal Hardware


1980's Nautical dress with anchor embroidered on the front.

Fabulous 1970's Tooled Leather Bag

Vintage carry case with my handpainted artwork and polymer clay bird nest attached to the handle.

1970's burgundy red dress with rouched sleeves.

1960's Levi jacket with the big "E".

Suede coat with mink collar

1970s Mexican top.

I must say that my sales started out really well on Etsy.  They've sort of slowed down.......not sure why other than people are looking for "gifty" things.  Mine aren't really gifty, but more for the vintage clothing lover hoping to buy for themselves.  I'm still trying to figure out how to market my items.  Any suggestions would be very helpful since I'm sort of discouraged at the moment.  I'm not giving up.  I've given myself a certain amount of time to see if Etsy will work for me.  If it works then Fabulous, if not, then thank goodness I don't depend on my Etsy sales to pay the mortgage.....that's all I have to say!  Now I gotta start packing for the Wyoming trip.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

My Etsy Shop Banner

Haven't blogged in a while. I've just been too busy with my Etsy shop. Basically photographing and uploading my items and putting them into my shop. It takes a lot of time to do all of this. I'm really enjoying taking the pics. Any opportunity I get to be creative is so exciting and fun to me.

Thanks to Amanda Magonigal, I have a new banner in my Etsy shop (below). This banner is more reflective of what I'm selling. I could not have done this without Amanda. I've also got business cards that are soooo cute. I'm picking them up tomorrow. I'll show y'all what they look like when I get them.

Some time the beginning of next year.  I'm going to be changing my blog a bit and giving it a new name.  Hopefully, this will help promote my Etsy shop a little more.  The blog will focus just a little more on vintage clothing, but still do spot light on artists and interesting places in the area, etc.  I'll let you know more after the holidays.

We're headed to Tallahassee tomorrow to celebrate Christmas with my parents.  My sister Tiffany and her family will be there also.  Next weekend we're headed to Wyoming.  We will be gone for almost 2 weeks.  I'll tell everyone more about that next week.  Ciao for now!

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Newest Additions To My Shop

Just wanted to share with you some of the newest pieces of vintage I've added to my shop:

1960's wool plaid skirt SM-MED

Beautiful 1950's cotton day dress SM

Wonderful graphic1950's sweater.

To see my complete collection of vintage clothing currently up for sale visit

Amy Butler Canvas Coverings

My friend Christina Barrington mentioned how the fabrics from my last post would be great canvas coverings. Great minds think alike. That's exactly what I have done in two places in my own house. Here they are:

This canvas is in our family room. I did this huge 5 feet wide canvas for $13, and that's including the price of the fabric. I found a very ugly, but well stretched painting on canvas at a thrift store for $1. The fabric was around $12. A chic and cheap piece of art. One of my display mannequins for my vintage clothing shop on the side.

I did the same thing in my daughter Regan's room. I took her to Simply Unique and let her pick out the fabric. The only rule was that it kind of had to go along with the other colors in her room. This is what she chose. I think it turned out just great, and it was chic and cheap.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Designer Fabric Haven: Simply Unique in Ozark, AL

One of my favorite places to shop for fabric in southeast Alabama is Simply Unique a shop in the back of Bill's Hardware in Ozark, AL.  It is owned by Paula Carroll, super talented and friendly.  Actually, Simply Unique is one of my all time favorite places, ever, to shop for fabric.  I had to think about why I feel this way.  Paula's choices of fabrics that she carries has a funky, retro vibe to them.  Her shop has been creatively decorated with antique displays that enhance the creative feel of the shop.  And the fabrics aren't formal and stuffy, just fun.

Here's the entrance to Paula's shop, come take a peek.  It takes up a large portion in the back right corner of the hardware store.

One view of Paula's shop. Wow, look at all the fabric!

I am lovin' the wonderful designs and colors of these Michael Miller fabrics.

She also carries Amy Butler and Heather Bailey as shown above.

More of Amy personal favorite fabric designer before I even knew about Paula's shop.

And another fabric display.  I'm embarrassed to say I don't remember which designer this is.

One of her gorgeous pieces of antique furniture used to display threads.

Another very cool display.  What a great idea!

Another wall with buttons, batiste and some patterns

One more wall.  Paul collects those cute little mannequins.

You just saw some of the main fabric area.  In addition to this area, she also has a workshop where various sewing classes are held.

I've always admired this fabulously distressed antique sideboard she uses as a counter top and for storage.

Such an adorable chair that Paula reupholstered using Amy Butler fabric.

Paula carries the fabric designers listed below:
**Michael Miller fabrics by: Sandi Henderson, Paula Prass, Patty Young, Laura Gunn and even a couple more.
**Moda fabrics by: Tula Pink, Lila Tueller, Fig Tree and more.
**Westminster fabrics by: Amy Butler and Heather Bailey and even some more.
**She also carries the Fabric Finders brand.
In addition to these fabrics she carries broadcloth, batiste, laces, and patterns.

I personally am not much of a seamstress, but I use most of these fabrics for window coverings, upholstering, decorating, etc.

Simply Unique is located in downtown Ozark at 203 Wilkins St.  Sort of behind CVS pharmacy in Bill's Hardware.  I must add that Bill's hardware is owned by Paula's husband.

If you are in the area, this shop is worth a look!