I have a few pieces of silk and cotton that are large enough for a furoshiki (about a yard square or bigger) but not enough so I thought I'd make some. I found a great tutorial at mairuru for making a patchwork one by hand. Mai does beautiful handwork - she stitches about 400 yards a month. Wow!
This is my first one.
I need to make it a little bigger. I really like the way it's turning out. It reminds me of things my Grandmother made. Now back to work...
I've been thinking about how I want to wrap up gifts for customers of the shop. I have brown paper and string for everyday gifts but I want to offer something special for the holidays. I have a lot of fabric so I thought I would try the Japanese technique of Furoshiki. It is used to wrap food and gifts. Pieces of fabric (usually square) are rolled, folded and knotted around objects to make beautiful bundles. I really like that the cloths can be used again and again. I've been practicing with silk and cotton. That alligator patterned silk was a pair of culottes! Much better as gift wrap!
I found a sweater at the thrift shop that was made of beautiful wool yarn and brought it home. It must had been knit for a gorilla - it was huge! I took it apart and have been thinking about what I want to do with it. I have enough for several projects! I started with this neck warmer. The yarn is so pretty I just wanted to leave it as is, so I looped it around and tied it off at one side. It slips right over your head and is very warm. Now on to the next one!
I'm making some more tags for the shop. I cut them out of an old calendar and tie them on with cotton string. I used all the ones I cut from January through April, so today I'm cutting May and June. Now to make more stuff to put them on!
It's another beautiful day in Boalsburg. I've been working on the displays and windows to make the shop more inviting and lure customers in! I put these little birdhouses out on the moss table. I made them out of recycled cardboard and covered them with the pages falling out of my Dickens book. I'm going to hang necklaces on the branches like I did with the ones inside.
I moved some more stuff out into the front hallway so people can see what kind of shop this is and come in.
It's a beautiful day today in Boalsburg. I moved some green chairs out front and Hubert Bunny Little Friend wanted to go out and sit on one of them. I think the pillow suits him too. This is what the shop looks like today. the Verandah Boutique
I decided to put a forest up on the Verandah walls for fall. I wanted something that would look good up close and could be seen from the Diamond. The trees are made of recycled cardboard. I'll go out when it gets dark to see what it looks like from the street. The little owls are sachets made of recycled clothing and buttons and filled with lavender.
When I was visiting my mother I gathered some lavender from her garden and made these bunches for the shop. They are wrapped in newspaper that I got in Williamsburg last year. It's a reproduction of a paper from 1776. I also got a big bag of lavender from France. My lavender sachets are filled with the French stuff. They make the shop smell heavenly.
And I made these little moss gardens for the shop. Some of them have little red mushroom in them. They are vintage spun cotton ornaments from the 60's made in Former East Germany.
I'm still collecting things to display in the shop. Most of the stuff is in the front parlor with some in the hall and some on the front step.
I made this pillow out of a robins egg blue cotton velvet to display my vintage buttons. The tags are recycled from an old calendar with pictures of maps. I've had visitors but not a sale yet - maybe today!
I'm putting a boutique in my B&B and I'm starting to set up my displays. Vintage stuff I've collected over the years will be featured as well as my handmade items. Most of my handmade things are made from recycled materials.
Green Vintage Roller Skate Case
This case came with a cool vintage set of skates with wooden wheels.