4.21.2014

How to Make Ticking & Toile Heart Sachets

The Spring Vintage Home Market is only two weeks away, and I am frantically hunting and gathering and creating and sewing for the event. Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd and 4th at the Richmond Raceway Complex, Richmond, Virginia. I sure hope you can make it because I sure would love to meet you. For more information and directions you can click here.  Not only will I have hand crafted creations, but some wonderful vintage garden display pieces......a fabulous old wooden red handled lawn mower, old red tricycle, sweetest blue wagon with wooden handle, old croquet sets, goat cart wheels and the list goes on and on. :)

One of the items I am making in numbers are these sweet classic ticking and toile heart sachets.  They are filled with lavender buds.  A charming little gift for a friend, Mom, sister, teacher , slip in your closet or dresser drawers or even tuck under your pillow.  These have a rustic farmhouse look with the blue ticking, or turned to the other side for an elegant soft red toile look.  :)

Here's a little do-it-yourself directional if you are so inclined.



 I found a nice free clip art heart on the internet, copied on paper and then traced the heart shape on a piece of cardboard for a sturdy pattern.  I made them approx. 4-1/2" x 6".  I used P. Kaufman upholstery weight blue ticking and red toile fabric.  I placed the two different fabrics wrong sides together, since that was the way I decided to sew them together, cutting the pieces with pinking shears.  If you don't have pinking shears, please get yourself a very good pair.  I have Fiskars and love them.  The pinking leaves less chance for ravels.   I tried them with a zig zag stitch and just a straight line stitch and decided I liked the simple straight stitch the best.  

For the hangers I used a thin red velvet ribbon on some for a more refined look and a rustic twine for others.   Don't do like me and stitch a half dozen of them up, totally forgetting to slip the cording in.....ugh!  Leave approx. a 2" opening to insert your poly fill.  I use a chop stick to get the fill in all the nooks and crannies.

If you are lucky to be able to grow your own lavender, then you get those tiny little sweet smelling buds for free.  I haven't had much success growing lavender, so I ordered mine off the internet.  After stuffing your sachet about half way, put in approx. 1-1/2 tablespoons of buds, then finish stuffing your heart.  Sew the opening up and you are done.  Cute as they can be!

tomorrow I plan on making big, soft, squishy porch pillows of that same soft red toile fabric, maybe some fun hand made flowers pinned to them and a vintage button or two.  :)

With a shop website and a brick and mortar space, I don't have as much time to do blog posts lately but I would dearly love to have you follow me on blog lovin' or google and "like" my Facebook Business Page.  Each day on facebook I post a tiny snippet on what vintage and antique treasures I have found, projects I am working on, and a bit of behind the scenes at The Vintage Nest.   Until next time......xoxo
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4.08.2014

Springtime at the Beach & Treasure Hunting

There's serenity in the sun and sweet breezes of the seashore

And I return to the Outer Banks year after year, in all seasons, and still cannot wait to go back each time.  That slim sliver of sand along the coastline of North Carolina carries my footprints, now erased by the incoming tides, but never my fond memories.  

Seeking some calming time from a rough winter,  I jump for joy as I cross the bridge and can smell the ocean air miles before I see it.  I've ridden out angry seas and ferocious storms and nor-easters and hurricanes.  I've ridden the waves and danced on the sand, the only light cast from a million twinkling stars.  I've climbed the great sand dunes and collected beautiful gifts from the sea.  I've met the incoming fishing boats and eaten the freshest of the fresh seafoods.  I've sat many nights by the seashore, beside my father, waiting for the quick tug of a fish on my line and walked hand in hand with my sweetheart, our toes tickled by the incoming tide.






I love being at the beach in the Spring time.  The clarity of the sun and the color of the ocean is so clear, unlike the hazy sun of the summer.  Days of partying late are over for me with an early morning sunrise walk taking its place,  the search for treasures of the sea now my priority. I carry my little yellow sand pale and pink flip-flops as I head for the shore line.

I plan to make some beautiful seashell wreaths with my found treasures soon, a white one, a dark one and a silver one.


Spring temperatures on the Outer Banks change from day to day. Early on in my week of
R & R, it was very windy and chilly.  Taking a walk meant bundling up with ear muffs, jacket and a scarf, while later that week, folks were out sun bathing.  In this photo, you can see the remnants of a sand dune fence, most likely taken down by a winter storm.


Right in front of my beach front cottage, the surfers were out in droves.  I think a contest may have been going on.  The waves were perfect for them.  


A chair for three by a Manteo restaurant.....having a little fun


A fun place to eat......and then "get out".  :)


Much time was spent seeking and buying treasures for my internet shop and brick and mortar.  What fun I had!  My hunts were successful and I came home with not an inch to spare in my car....totally loaded with goodies for you.  This was just from one day of shopping and hunting. :)


One of my favorite finds was this signed painting.  A beautiful mermaid and cherubs.  Love how the cherubs are blowing the conch shell.  The artist was very, very talented and the painting, on board, is about 4 feet tall.  

I even found a bit of French by the seashore.  As I was walking the tiny historical village of Manteo on Roanoke Island, I ran across this intriguing door, a steep flight of stairs behind it.  Oh, how I would have loved to gone through those doors!

Back home now, rejuvenated and full of inspiration. And I give a big hug and kisses to those who filled my days with laughter.  You know who you are.  xoxo

With a shop website and a brick and mortar space, I don't have as much time to do blog posts lately, but I do hope you will "like" my Facebook Business Page.  Each day I post a tiny snippet on what vintage and antique treasures I have found, projects I am working on, and a bit of behind the scenes at The Vintage Nest.  xoxo
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3.30.2014

It 
 may 
be
 cloudy 
 outside
 but it's
 sunny
  in my
 heart

away on a little R & R   
 and doing some treasure hunting too....have found you some fabulous vintage and antique items....(hint: cherubs and white shabby frames)    xoxo 
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