Friday, September 26, 2014

Goodies Galore!!! Like Mother, Like Daughter

Hi again.

This is going to be a fairly long post so I suggest before you sit down to read it that you grab a cup of your favourite drink and then come back and relax.

It was about a couple of weeks ago that I went to stay with my daughter for a few days. They have to be the most exhausting days I've ever had. What with visiting the doctors for my routine checks, going to the craft fair to sell our things and then all the shopping we did not to mention that I took some orders whilst I was there and was sewing like crazy to finish them. I've only shown you my share, my daughter bought loads too.

Remember I did a post HERE about the wallets and fabric baskets I made. Well the day after I arrived we got up at 5am to leave the house at 6am to be ready to set up at the craft fair. My daughter took loads of her things and I took mine. We were there till about 4pm and some of my wallets sold but the fabric baskets didn't although they attracted lots of attention. My daughter on the other hand had an excellent day. I'm so proud of her. The large wallets in the photo below are her work along with matching fabric earrings and rings you can see at the back.

She also works in a little shop a couple of days a week run by a young lady who loves all things vintage and had said I could put the remainder of my things there to sell. Good move becasue the fabric baskets all went the first day except for one and that one too has sold now. I got permission from the girl to take photos of her shop to post on my blog so I could share them with you. The shops name is Olive.

Panta who owns the shop also makes some gorgeous boxes, magazine racks, wooden key holders, like the one on the left on the wall, the front has a hinged door that opens up to hang your keys, little wooden chest of draws, trays and mirrors. So pretty.

You can see her things better in this photo. Isn't that little sewing machine so cute. The wallets at the front are my daughter and mine. Hers are the larger ones and on the left bottom corner there are watches with long fabric straps which are also made by my daughter. They go like hotcakes. 

Here is some of Panta's work.

See the little red polkadot fabric basket in the picture below. That was the last one that was left that I was telling you about.

These are some of the wallets my daughter sells in the shop and a few of the things that I make too. You might recognize some from previous posts.

In the shop there's also a selection of gift boxes and jewelery made by Panta.

It was from this little shop that my daughter saw a box before I arrived and bought it for me. It's the blue one in the photo below. I was absolutely delighted with it so ordered the pink pen holder from Panta which she kindly made in time for when I left. I'm going to be redoing my sewing room very soon in the future and it's going to be pink and blue inspired by these two purchases.

Now I had decided on the colour scheme I was on the look out for other things to add to my room and came across these two polkadot dishes that I wanted for keeping pins at the side of each of my sewing machines.

I just couldn't resist the green bag which I use to keep my tiny scissors and seam ripper.
Now I'm on the look out for curtain fabric to match my new goodies. Not as easy as I thought as I can't get the right colour pink.

I mentioned that I took an order while I was away and was busy sewing. These hearts were for the 'Olive' shop and I also had eighteen cushions made up in the same fabrics as the hearts but forgot to take photos of those. The fabrics were provided by Panta the shop owner and she also told me where I could buy them. Wait till you see what I bought. LOLL You may wonder why all the excitement but you see for those of you that don't know I live in the Middle East and can't get hold of these kinds of fabrics so when she told me about them I was bursting with excitement.

The red ones are made from felt.


Finally my purchases. Thirteen meters of fabric. I went over my budged and my daughter had to practically drag me out of the shop. She wouldn't let me check out any others after I bought these or else I'd have emptied my bank account LOLLL

The ones that got me really excited though were the three cupcake fabrics below and I also loved the hexi fabric. The blue one in the top right hand photo below has an apron print on it. So pretty and the quality is gorgeous. Ladies that do quilting abroad are so lucky to have these kind of fabrics. I won't be making anything to sell from these fabrics. They're just for me LOL

I also found felt sold by the meter and in every colour of the rainbow but just bought red and green. I must have been thinking of Christmas. I also bought reels of ribbon and lace and the acrylic colours my daughter gave me from when she was at uni.

Another thing I needed was zips. I bought 100 9" zips and 50 21" zips. One thing I would have loved to find but couldn't were the lace zips I've been seeing alot of on the web lately.

These I didn't buy, my daughter had them in her stash and gave them to me. Isn't it wonderful having a daughter who shares the same work and interests. The colour of the plain one didn't come out very well, it's should be a light greenish yellow, a bit like the colour of English mustard.

And she also gave me some of her scraps.

And that's it. Only other thing I didn't mention I bought was loads of white fabric in the top left hand corner of the photo below under the dark green one my daughter gave me and a pot of blackboard paint that I can't wait to start using.

Phew!!!! Did you manage to stay with me to the end. I should have taken my own advice and brought a cup of tea with me before I sat to write this post. Thanks for hanging in there.

I'm busy making things for the Olive Shop and my daughter will hopefully come in about three weeks time so I can hand them over to her. It will also be near my birthday and she has promised to buy me more fabric like the ones I showed you. I can hardly wait.

You probably won't hear form me for a few days until further test patterns are released. Did I hear a sigh of relief. LOLL

Thanks again for stopping by. I had so much fun sharing this post with you and hope you enjoyed it too.

Happy Sewing until the next time.

~ Maria ~


  1. I love everything in this post!!!! I want to reach into my screen and pluck that green bag out for MY scissors and seam ripper, LOL.

  2. Oh, how much fun you both must have had. I love Panta's shop and how she displays things in little shelves on the walls. Really makes you want to buy something! I'm gad that you found something successful to sell your items.

    I can't wait to see what you make from your fabrics! And those zippers!!!

    The best part is that you and your daughter collaborated together!!


    What do you think of craft fairs? Do you like them? I'm considering the possibililty but am not sure it's really for me.

  3. Wow Maria, you really had fun. So much fabric and goodies. Is great that your daughter shares the same passion for creating, fabrics and sewing!!

  4. I love your daughter. Mine has absolutely no interest in what I do. I also love the containers! You'll have to drag me out of Panta's shop.

  5. What a fun post. Loved the fabrics you found. Also delighted to learn your daughter shares your sewing interests. As always, a very delightful post. Hugs!

  6. How fun, Maria. You remind me of how lucky I am to have access to so many great shops. The time you share with your daughter is to to display at a craft fair this AM myself.

  7. Wow what a great time you had! Glad you sold your things and your daughter too. That's so wonderful. Oh I love those fabrics you got so looking forward to seeing what you make with them, plus seeing the progress of your sewing room makeover will be fun to see. Get some rest now and I'll see you again when you post those bags you tested.

  8. OMG María you almost bright the shop with you LOLLL You're lucky that you daughter has the same passion than you. Those fabric are beautiful but the wooden boxes are gorgeous.

  9. WOW !!! and omg love those fabrics you bought and 100 zips? this post was just filled with amazing talent and wonderful inspiration.
    and how nice to spend time with your daughter like that doing something you both love so much. hope all your tests went ok.

    Happy Creating

  10. OMG I can't even pick a favourite picture - I love everything, and want most of it, LOL! My favourite purchases are the zippers and the pink cupcake fabric ;) Zipper eye candy, fabric eye candy, pouch eye candy, goodies for sale eye candy, beautiful displays - this is a SMORGASBORD post :)

  11. OMG, María your creations are so beautiful, I imagine your joy sharing so many beautiful experiences in the company of your daughter. Thank you for sharing all these pictures and everything you did, you've taken a step forward .... I congratulate you and your daughter, beautiful creations and is a beautiful feeling to see all these creations in a boutique. Thank you for sharing everything with us, you have given me inspiration and a great urgency to go next to my sewing machine. Have a beautiful day!!!!


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