Ticking Trends & Zipper Pouches

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The use of ticking for decorative purposes is not a recent trend. Seventy years ago, the American decorating original, Sister Parish, made use of ticking fabric evoking a “cozy old-money, part opulent, part hand-me-down, English country house aesthetic. “¹  

An online perusal attests that ticking featured décor has not diminished, but rather expanded. Reminiscent of a more humble time, the clean simple lines and color tones of cotton ticking inspires a modern-vintage lure without kitsch. 

 

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g. roslie designs

 

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I was so inspired that I recently had fun creating with ticking fabric and scrap cotton myself!  I made these small zipper pouches for storing a mobile or charger, cosmetics, or for organizing lose items in your backpack or tote bag.

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Have a good week! – – Joanne

¹Aronson, Steven N. L. “Design Legends: Sister Parish | Architectural Digest.” Architectural Digest. Conde Nast, 31 Dec. 1999. Web. 10 Jan. 2016.

2015: A Pretty Good Year Afterall

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2015. Hmmm. . .  It started with snow. A lot. We played rustic in a tiny cabin. In more snow. :)  My family was healthy. George retired. Summer was idyllic. I learned how to preserve blueberries. Concerned about cut-backs at work, I promoted an online shop featuring quilts and assorted vintage collectibles. Even with some fantastically hectic days, I was able to fulfill holiday orders on time. I acquired a new past-time; walking through a nearby maritime forest, which has proven to be quite restorative from the weekday rush.  All in all, it was a good year. . . And it ended with humid, 80°F (27°C) weather. The botanicals are very confused.

My 2015 year in photo review:

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Crabtree Falls, Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia

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First Landing State Park, Virginia on Chesapeake Bay

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Yum. Blueberry Preserves

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Designer Fabrics. Getting Prepared for Online Shop.

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First Landing State Park. Maritime Forest. Virginia

2016?  It’s starting out to be a very good year, too. My oldest, a childhood cancer survivor, just celebrated another birth year on Earth. 

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A Piece of My Heart.

Wishing All a Very Happy & Healthy New Year!  – – Joanne

 

 

 

Maritime Forest Bald Cypress Trail

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George, Phoebe Darling and I hiked the Bald Cypress Trail in First Landing State Park during the quiet wee hours of a recent Saturday morning.

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This trail lies inside an old maritime forest full of bald cypress swamps, lagoons, rare plants and wildlife. The Smithsonian Marine Station defines maritime forests as “narrow bands of forest that develop almost exclusively on stabilized back dunes of barrier islands, inland of primary dunes and scrub.” Maritime forests occur along the Atlantic coast of the United States.

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ALS Association’s Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge

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Well. Here is my humble contribution to the ALS Association’s Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge. I chose the friendship star block pattern, using navy and mint Moda and Kaufmann cottons on a Kona white background. 
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Donated quilts will be given to an ALS patient, used to raise awareness, or used to raise funds for Lou Gehrig’s Disease/ALS research by being photographed, displayed, auctioned, or raffled.

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The guild I belong to hopes to break last year’s contribution of over 65 quilts!als2015-3

Counting my blessings. Have a good week! – – Joanne

Fall Camping

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The family got together to camp in Virginia’s Bear Creek Lake State Park over the long weekend.  Lovely fall weather – perfect for hiking, kayaking and taking in all of the flora and fauna. Crisp cool nights. Thank goodness for the heated mattresses in our camper! I’ll let the images do the talking…

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Tin Buttons

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A couple of years ago, I opened up a little vintage and collectibles etsy shop, tin buttons. An art education degree and an ISTE Capstone certification (international society for technology in education) has certainly helped with the online business learning curve.   

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Constantly with my head in the proverbial clouds, imagining, creating; I’ve decided put my love of color and sewing to use by including hand-created wares, mainly quilts, on tin buttons. 

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Oh, the planning and preparation! I’m trying to figure out facebook and instagram in order to reach a wider audience. LOL.  I’m starting out slow, toe-testing the waters. doll quiltAlways looking for ways to improve; I’d be very honored if you’d visit my shop to view my hand-created wares and let me now your opinion.

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Who knows? Maybe I’ll see you on facebook or instagram! Wish me luck!

Have a good week!! — Joanne