September 16, 2009

Vintage fabric and prizes oh my!

Not too long ago, I went into the city and spent the day with my oldest daughter, Nicole. She took me to this really cool fabric store called "Urban Burp." We had a lot of fun looking at all the beautiful vintage fabric, and I just had to buy something! The above photo is a small 1930's linen piece, that I have some really fun plans for.
This one is from the 1950's It has maps of Italy, France, and other European countries, with various illustrations of food and drink, that you would find in each one. I want to make a really cute apron with it.
This fabric is from the Moda collection, they are tea towels. I got these from a vendor at the flea market that I went to a couple of Sundays ago.
I'm most excited about this piece, because it is an antique grain sack, that has been sanitized, and made into a pillow cover. Click on the photo, and you will see the detail of it better. I love the feel of it, and how thick it is. I was looking at the newest Pottery Barn catalog, and they had some pillows similar to this. I think this is more special, since it is so old.
When I bought this pillow cover, I was thinking about the fabric that I bought a couple of summers ago in St. Helena (wine country), and I was so hoping that it would match with it. They look so pretty together. My next project is to make some pillows out of it to go with this vintage cover.
I won this book from a giveaway over at Nom de Plume. Rebekka has the nicest blog about food and sometimes she gives us a peek at her charming home, and outings with her husband. They are the cutest couple! Check her blog out. Thanks Rebekka, I can't wait to try some of the recipes.

I also just finished working on, get this, a Christmas project! I can't even believe it myself. I will post it when it is more seasonal, I love fall too much to start putting Christmas stuff up now.
I'm also finishing up an embroidery piece that I started in 2006, and then set it aside. I got real close to finishing it last Christmas, but pooped out. I'm happy to say it is almost completed!
Hope everyone is enjoying the changing season, and looking forward to some cozy weather, and everything that goes with the up coming holidays.


  1. Hi--
    Your fabric is beautiful, I love the one that you are going to make an apron out of. Hope you show it in a post.


  2. Hello Elizabeth,

    My favorite is the old grain sack and it does look lovely with the sweet floral.

  3. I agree with you, there is just something special about items with age.
    What a cool apron it will be, can't wait to see!

  4. beautiful fabric especially the pillow cover.
    have i mentioned how much i love the cupcake book i won
    my goodness it's hard to pick which one to make first!

  5. Love all the fabrics! Show us your creations when you are done!

  6. The fabric is so pretty! Somehow your blog got deleted from my reader and all this time I thought you hadn't been posting and today I realized it wasn't in my reader. I have missed so much!

  7. i always learn so much about the bay area when i visit your blog. Urban burp??? How rad is that? I'm going tomorrow.

  8. Can't wait to see your works-in-progress!


    And thanks so much for the birthday wishes!

  9. Congratulations! You've won another giveaway! Let me have you details, Elizabeth, and I'll have the goodies on their way.

  10. oh, i never heard of that fabric store while i was living there! i love old fabric like this too.

    what recipe are you going to try from that book first?

  11. Hi, I'm Laura from Italy! I have a blog and I'd wrote a post where is cited also your blog:

    I'd like to invite you to visite my italian blog, bye bye Laura!