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I heart autumn.

We are soon going to be back from our little ::front room:: break, with lots of great crafting going on for the fall. This time of year is always especially creative for me, maybe something to do with all those years of school starting at this time….full of possibilities and promise.

I just got in a huge order of great fall fabrics which I am so excited to be working with. There are some really fantastic Japanese designer fabrics, some vintage one of a kind pieces and lots of great sweaters to keep those wee legs warm this winter in their new life as baby pants.

Some things I have been working on…

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Also, I am happy to announce that I am starting a monthly crafty night (which needs a more catchy title I know) for anyone who is interested. This month we will be learning how to make yo yos, which is a simple technique that can be used to embellish pretty much anything. These are a great craft because they are super easy, but still look complicated and cool enough that people are approriately impressed that you made it yourself! For an idea of the kinds of things this craft is good for check out this site. Cost is $8 per person and includes all materials for a medium sized project (10-15 yo yos). What will most likely happen is that you can learn the technique and start the project at the class and then take home whatever you need to finish it. We will be meeting at my house for now so get in touch with me if you need directions. Oh, and this month the event is on September 13th at 7pm.  So…hope to see you there. I think it will be a good chance to hang out and learn something creative together.

Ciao,

Ames

 

 

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studio quarry

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If you wandered into my studio right now you would find these stacks of sweater pants cut and waiting to go together..

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…these stacks of new fabrics waiting to be cut into bags…

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 …and this little face saying “mama come play”!

So….I’ll be playing peek a boo and reading stories if you need me.

Disclaimer: Don’t worry FR fans….she does sleep sometimes and my in-laws are here this week to baby-wrangle so the little shop won’t be totally neglected.

 Ames

 

 

 

Photos and such…

I have some pics from the Shopping and Sangria Garden party that I have been wanting to post, but we were away on holidays and it was a bit crazy. Those of you who joined us know all about the fantastic cheesecake (thanks Jen!) and the sangria but the rest of you are out of luck. Maybe next time….

So…some photos of the digs

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I know it looks like no one came to my party, but that is because everyone was so busy shopping and eating and drinking that I didn’t have time to take photos and be the hostess too!

So…that was our summer party. The next party is our fall collection launch on September 22, which is coming up incredibly soon. Yikes. I need to get busy. So…I’ll be sewing for the next few weeks but I will send more details your way about our fall launch.

See you soon!

Amy

We will return…

::the front room:: will be closed for a summer holiday from August 20th to Sept 3. We will re-open on Sept 4 at 1pm. I am away for a week in Kamloops and Kelowna with my little family. Also, finding some great vintage fabrics and other fun things for the shop! So…I hope to see you in the fall. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer…do some lounging, sun catching and playing in the water. Thats our plan!

I am working on getting some “craft-along” type groups/classes going in Quesnel and just wanted to put the word out there and see if there is any interest. I mostly work with textiles so probably any class things would involve fabrics somehow, but my mom Cindy may offer some crocheting or knitting classes if you want to learn that kind of thing. Anyways….any thoughts, comments, ideas, input etc. would be great!

garden party

This Thursday we will be hosting a “Shopping and Sangria”  garden party at the front room from 5-9pm. Hopefully the weather is good for us, if not it may be really cozy!   Feel free to bring a friend if you like to have a look and a sangria, it will be great to have a bit of a girl’s night.

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dsc00475.jpgI have been experimenting with some new bag designs this week, partly inspired by the arrival of my copy of “bend the rules sewing” by Amy Karol. It is great, although I haven’t actually made any of the projects yet, they have inspired me to try some new techniques in my bags. For example, this is my first attempt at a drawstring type handle, a variation of one of the designs in the book:

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I also tried out this handle design, also by Amy Karol which has one short handle and one long. The long one goes through the short one making a closure. I really like it because it has a closure but it stays reversible. Usually, if I put a snap in it, it isn’t reversible anymore, so this is a nice alternative.

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 Also inspired by my new book, I tried a technique called “free-motion quilting” which is basically just drawing a picture with the thread. I am pretty happy with the results and it was a lot of fun and more creative than just the straight seams that I am used to.

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These three bags, along with a lot of other new designs will be with me at the Farmer’s market tommorrow if you feel the need to snap them up (or just have a visit and look).

Also, we now have gift certificates at the shop in any amount, and we are launching a customer appreciation program next week involving free stuff for things like shopping, bringing friends, and having parties. All things that most women do well, so it should be easy for most of you to be “appreciated”!