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Saturday, August 29, 2015

We are Movin' and Groovin' !

Hi there!

Heather, Vicky and I are movin' and groovin' ... sossssssooooooo much... we are just not exactly sure which end is up!  We have so many fun, fun, fun things coming up.. plus our designing... then we just got a beautiful NEW, HUGE, CABINET for in our sewing studio.... it's AWESOME!  

Here's the down side... the room (at this very moment) looks like WWIII ! 

 OMG.... it's just unimaginable.... However, the flip side... it CAN'T get any worse.  I would show you a photo - but I'm TOO EMBARRASSED TO DO SO.  You know what they say... you have to make a REAL BIG MESS to get things organized.... and we are living up to that me!

Vicky and I will be headed to Utah... then on to San Diego, CA to help Joyce Weeks - Geoff's Mom Patterns - vend at the San Diego Quilt Show.   We'll be doing some playing and sight-seeing also.  Vicky has not been in either of these she's really, really excited.  We're getting our hand-work ready for the LONG flight.... UGH!  That's the only down side.

Then when we get home we have another retreat at Camp Blanding!!!  5 days of great sewing....!  We still have openings!!

I simply adore getting together with all of these women...they are a BLAST! PLUS... it's so cool how we all learn something from each other....(lots of things) at each retreat!

Then... in October we will be heading to Houston Market & Festival to help Red Crinoline in their booth.  They have a NEW BOOK (their first one) that will be debuted at they will be moving around the floor with their "book signing" !!  Isn't that cool? 

Of course... in between all of this we will still be designing for K & K Interiors.  January is our magical month... we will be working the Atlanta Gift Home Decor Market in the K & K showroom. It will be so exciting - our designs will be offered to the public.  I can't wait to see how they are received!!  (sure hope they sell like hot popcorn!)

PLUS.... we will be selling FUN, NEW items on our website/blog!  Yes... we've decided to share many of our "creations" and wonderful treasures with all of you... !  Keep watching your email for further updates.  Sneak peeks.....  "These are a few of our favorite things".....

It's a secret.... you can't see the entire project until it's finished!!

Handmade from an old cutter quilt.  I look adorable
in your potted plants!
A little cross stitch surprise....
Add me to a Christmas package
for an additional holiday treat!
I'm a MUG RUG!!!

I'm coming back...
It's Saturday morning... and soon my computer will be going crazy!  It's sign-up day for our Saturday retreat lodging!  Everyone will be on-line at 8:00 am to be sure they get a sweet place to lay their head while joining us at Camp Blanding for 3-5 days.  
Sweet little ornaments!!

I'm off for another cup of coffee and maybe a tidbit of a snack!
Have a super weekend.... we'll chat again soon!

Gloria, Heather & Vicky
Olde Green Cupboard Designs

Friday, March 6, 2015

2 days in a row!

Can you believe this????

Yes... I've posted two days in a row!  I know you are shocked... !!  

I wanted to tell you about the retreat we recently went on - to Laporte, TX!  Yes.... it was fabulous...we visited our sewing buddy Ronda Stockton at her NEW RETREAT HOUSE and had a blast.  13 of us sewed, antiqued, ate, and so enjoyed each others company... 

Ronda and I met through Red Crinoline Quilts.  Paula Barnes had taught at her guild, stayed at her home, and then brought her to Camp Blanding for a retreat.  We all had such a good time together...she's crazy just like us.  Then we found out she and her hubby (David) were working on building a retreat house from an old Sears house!  Now... for those of you that are young.. you used to be able to order house kits from Sears and then build them on your lot!  Can you believe that?

Well, the demolition began... you can read all about the entire building adventure on her blog - "and sew it began".    Now... her retreat has a website:  And Sew It Began     From this site you can see what the house looks like... but I have other pictures I want to share with you....

Here they are.... Ronda and David!  They have worked so hard on this house... David has done tons of the work himself along with working a full-time job!  He's soooooooo talented!

This is the front of the house before they had all of the landscaping in and the porch decorated.

She has so many cute things decorating the house.  This sewing machine lamp is in the red, white, and blue quilt room.  On the table is this sweet Americana table mat!  It was calling my name...
 Loved it!

In our dining area...she has a wonderful Hoosier cabinet ... Look at this sweet collection of rolling pins sitting on the top!  

Then... this was the coolest ironing board I had ever seen.  It was really, really wide and had entirely different type of legs on it.  She used it to hold her flat TV screen...  and to hold the necessary boxes (for cable, etc.) she had an old advertising box underneath.  Then... of course is the little footstool I made for her... it look so adorable under the ironing board!

Now.. this is right up my alley...and pure "Farmhouse Country".... yes that is our toilet paper in the downstairs bathroom (she has 4 of them in the house) and it's stored in an antique galvanized bucket!  Now tell me... how stinkin' cute is that?

Then... on the other side of the Hoosier... is this antique coffee pot that has been made into a lamp!  Sara loved it so much she found one at an antique store !  She's going to make her one for her house!

See... here is the full photo of the Hoosier!

Upon entering through the front door... you'll see this wonderful antique hall tree.  These were made back in the days when men had to hang their top hats up, remove their boots ...this gave them a place to sit down to make that all happen.

Look at this table!!!  It is is also by the front door.... sitting near the stair case and a big soft fluffy chair for reading.  Here is her guest book...where we all signed our name!

I wanted to show you how delightful and beautiful this staircase landing is.... they just don't make them like this anymore.  Don't you love how it curves around to the side?  So pretty!

Now the kitchen... it is ALL BRAND NEW and so much fun to cook in..... I adored these wonderful mustache pulls they have installed on the kitchen drawers

The windows have sweet red gingham curtains... a "farmhouse sink"  (LOVE THEM) brand new stainless steel appliances... a BUNN coffee pot unit that makes coffee faster than 
I've ever seen before!

Beautiful tall white cabinets and tons of counter space for all of us to prepare, cook,
 and serve our meals.

The back porch has been turned into a bedroom... so if you decide to come to the retreat and hire a caterer.... they have their own room to stay in...right off the kitchen.  Now how clever is that?

Tomorrow I will post the photos of the classroom and the bedrooms... what a treat they are!

Red & White Room,
American Room
Aunt Gracie Room
and Reproduction Room!



Chat with you tomorrow!


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Lots and lots and lots going on....

Good Morning!

Wow...that's all I have to say is WOW!!!  I don't even know where to begin on telling you what has been going on in the lives of Olde Green Cupboard!  But I'll try!!!...  

Our fabric has ("Farmhouse Blooms") arrived here at the house (3 yards of each) that we use to make our samples!  Let me tell you.... it was pretty exciting.  I was at Camp Blanding when I heard Jack had signed for the box.  I hopped in the car and drove into Mandarin to pick it up!  I took it out to the retreat and it was wildly received with two thumbs up.  The gals were a bit confused because it doesn't look like our normal color palette.  However, it was styled with the 50's in mind.... when we were kids living on our country farm in Indiana... when the big floral tablecloths were popular and mom had the coolest aprons she wore... I still remember her wearing them in the kitchen and garden... especially when she was canning!

Then... Heather and I have been working on designing our ad boards... 

The red/yellow fabrics are designed for the kitchen.  We have a quilted tablecloth (Vicky is sewing on it as I type), apron, hot pads, hot pad towels, casserole carrier, ruffled stool, trivet, and a framed message board!  The framed message board is easy to find at your local stores (Hobby Lobby, Target, Walmart, etc.)  Simply add our fabric and you have an adorable addition to your kitchen.

Our pink/teal line is so adorable... we just had to redo the laundry room!!!  We've designed an ironing board cover with pocket runner to hold your ironing supplies, Laundry Sign, AWESOME rug (made with cotton clothesline and our fabric cut into strips), and then we'll show you how to measure and line ANY basket you may have in your home.  Then... we found this awesome clothes sorter that we have recovered and added sweet ruffles around the top.  It can even be made specialized for your home with family names (I especially like this... it can be filled with their clean laundry - pop out the bag using the handles) so they can take to their room and put away!  Or you can use it for dirty laundry... "lights, darks, towels, etc."   Then we have little girls dresses that will be shown at the spring Minneapolis Quilt Market!!!  Thanks Pati Violick (Marcus Fabrics) for making them for us!!  

So...what do you think?

Oh wait...I'm not finished... We have 3 quilt designs that will be coming out soon too....

Farmhouse Blooms  

Buttons & Bows

Along the Fence

Visit Marcus Fabrics website Marcus Fabrics  and take a peak at the entire collection up close!  It will be in the stores in May... be sure to visit Cinnamon's Quilt Shoppe - the entire line has already been ordered!!!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Good Morning All!!!

What a fun time I have been having!!!

My friend, Joyce Weeks (Geoff's Mom Patterns) has been staying with me!!!  She flew here from Utah to attend her first rug hooking retreat and she's been hookin' up a storm!  Katie Puckett (Kiss Rug Hooking) holds a HUGE traditional Rug Hooking Camp each January her in Jacksonville (I think this was her 17th year).  It's called Off The Ocean Hooking Camp... we had 5 instructors from all over the US and 85 "hookers".  

What fun we had... oh my.. you should see the projects they were working on.... everything from traditional rug designs to hooking their children's portraits, pets... you name it.  I can't wait until NEXT year!  I helped Katie with the retreat since her mom had to stay in Michigan... her Dad had heart surgery (doing very well) so they had to take it easy this year.  The store was great fun and we are already planning fun things to make and have for next year!

Then.... Joyce and I have been working on projects that we have been designing this week... plus I'm getting ready for this coming weekend... at..

We have another super retreat planned and I can't wait to see the guys and gals!  It seems like it has been FOREVER since we've all sewn together!

So... I'm working on last minute details... making door prizes... packing up everything... ...

Here's the issue... I am so easily distracted!!  Oh Yes... we call it..."shiny" here in our family... this is how it goes... you are working on something... a thought comes in your brain... you leave your work area to take care of it...while doing that you see something on the computer that looks interesting...then another thought comes in your head... you remembered something you didn't want to forget to take with you... the phone rings and you are tied up for 15 minutes...while on the phone you have continued to look on the computer (ebay or Pinterest)... you have fallen deep into the rabbit hole of cyber-ville... then... ALL OF A SUDDEN IT "HITS" YOU... "shiny"... you are now wondering what in the heck were you doing... that "shiny" thing or thought has taken you OFF TASK!

OMG!!!!  I need those horse blinders to wear... and FOCUS!  

Okay... I feel better now that I have explained my issues to you!

Tell me... do any of you suffer from this disease?  

Oh.. and here is something else I must comment on.. and apologize for...

I was reading my comments on the blog just now and this is what's posted:

Blogger Lindy said...
you stole a picture of my dresdan heart and did not give me credit. Unbelievable! check your post Thursday, November 1, 2012
January 22, 2015 at 8:24 PM
Blogger Lindy said...
Also you have tons of people re-posting it from your site....I took it off my blog because of people like you!
January 22, 2015 at 8:34 PM


I was in shock... I posted this wonderful piece of work in 2012       (3 years ago) ... getting the photo from Pinterest - with no information attached to it at all.  "Lindy" is not happy that I did not give her credit... and I do apologize for that.  However, credit cannot be given where credit is not available and what a compliment it is when someone loves your work to share it with the world.  So Lindy... if you happen to still read my blog... I do apologize... here is your credit.

The same thing happened to me the other day on Facebook... come on people....  We are designers toooo....   If things are posted to any of our cyber-space worlds... it is out there for anyone to see and do with what they want.... sorry...that's just the way it is these days. 
If you do NOT have information on a photo, etc. do not attack those that re-post and share your super talents... it's a COMPLIMENT - NOT someone trying to steal or take credit for your work!!!  

 I, however, think your work is fabulous and wanted people to see it!

Thanks to all of you that share MY WORK with others...  


Check back with me soon... Happy Sewing!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Farmhouse Blooms!! March delivery.

It's finally about to happen...

Our new line of fabric with Marcus Brothers will be shipping to shops in March.  Here it is!!

This doesn't look like us does it?  Well.... here's the inspiration behind this fabric... when we were little... we lived on a farm in Columbia City, Indiana.  We can still remember these fabrics that we had around the house... mom's aprons... tablecloths we would spread out in the yard under our HUGE maple trees... we would read comic books, color, and play with our dolls.  

They were "happy" fabrics and are vintage today.  So... we decided to bring them back so you too can make happy vintage... colorful quilts, pillows... etc.    The red and blue is the traditional color we remember... however, Marcus thought it would be wonderful to modernize it a bit and bring in a second color palette with pinks and aquas... and we love them!

I know Cinnamon's Quilt Shoppe (here in Jacksonville) will be carrying this line... so keep watch on her website and newsletter.  I'm sure she will announce their arrival for all of you!   Delivery will be sometime in March 2015.

Happy sewing!

Gloria & Vicky

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Farmhouse Blooms !!!

Oh my gosh.... we are almost there...

Farmhouse Blooms is about to be wrapped up and out to the shops for ordering soon.

This line of fabric (by Olde Green Cupboard Designs) is through Marcus Brothers Fabrics.  

This has been a long process to make it JUST right for you and the shop owners.  It's full of great colors, just the right scale, perfect prints... and I simply can't wait to get my hands on it!

I have some fun ideas with this fabric... and it's NOT just quilts!  You  know... I love making other projects too with new fabric lines.... things for the house.

Here's one thing I want to make... a NEW ironing board cover.  Wouldn't it make you "happy" to iron if these sweet flowers were staring up at you?

DIY Ironing Board Cover...good bc I can't find a non ugly one! #sew #quilt #fabric #sacramento #meissnersewing

Oh.... and then I want to make some pillow cases from my little prints... and I may even add a sweet crocheted ruffle to the end!  Aren't these sweet???

  Crochet edge:)

Then... I have this pull cart that I take on antique trips... it needs a liner VERY badly so all of my treasures will STOP falling out of the wire basket.  How cute would this be....  Let me find you some pictures of my ideas....

PDF Sewing Pattern/Tutorial for Market Cart by PerfectPieLady, $10.00

  I must have one of adorable!

So... you see... ideas are all around us... 

Keep watching... I'll tell you more as I hear when it's arriving!


I have ONE done!

It's those "baby" steps that make you feel so good .... don't they?  

Well... I finished up my first project!  NOT a big one... but you know how they go.... you have to make a HUGE mess to clean up a MESS!  OMG!  I ... yes ME... am the queen at making messes so fast ... BOOM.. the room is trashed!  HOWEVER.... this little project made me clean good... dust off all my frames on the wall.... sanitize my desk top. clean up my file cabinet on the inside... organize paperwork in the file cabinet for next year's taxes... see how it grows.  

Then... I have to tell myself - STOP - this is enough for today... move on to those other items on today's To Do list!


From this:

to this!!!

Remember how I mentioned designating a notebook to be with you when you were organizing?  Well... it came in handy.... when going through the paperwork in this filing mess... 3 things came across my brain to follow up on... .1.  Checker back order  2.  Tax Exemption forms  3.  Follow up with my class in Texas  

2 of them have already been taken care of and the third one I already scheduled on my Monday TO DO list!

Wow... I feel so empowered!  

I'm now moving on to do some dancing with my vacuum cleaner!  (ugh!)

Have a super Sunday... I plan on working hard this morning and then stitching this afternoon during SEVERAL good movies (and... maybe a nap....)  aaaahhh.... retirement is the BEST! (I am retired ... right?... ha.. that's a joke!)

Oh... I almost forgot... my next project is this part of my desk!!!

This is my "junk" cabinet area....

This is under my desk!

p.s.  I do want to share with you that I really am a good housekeeper... I'm beginning to wonder who I'm kidding....... arg!