Thursday, February 4, 2010

"Sweet Thing"

Have you heard the song by Keith Urban called "Sweet Thing"?  It keeps going through my head so it seemed appropriate for today.  Only I have 2 "Sweet Things" to share. Remember a few days ago, I mentioned I had some exciting news to share.  That's my first "Sweet Thing"

Back before Christmas, I made purses similar to these for 4 of my granddaughters. My friend Suzanne from Notes from the Patch encouraged and helped me make a pattern for them.  Some time ago, I had shared I wanted to design clothing  and make them from Vintage Linens.  Haven't gotten there yet, but with help from Suzanne and her staff, I now have my first pattern.

I haven't shared until today, because, I guess I still thought it was too good to be true.  Suzanne, owns Strawberry Patches, a beautiful quilt store here in Bakersfield. She was a vender at a large quilt show last weekend and she took my pattern and some of the purses to test "the market" for them. Guess what? They sold....both the purses and the pattern.  I cannot tell you how exciting that is.  Without her encouragement, I would not have attempted this on my own.  She now sells the pattern on her website too. I am just on cloud nine right now.

Okay, enough of that. I think I also promised another "Sweet Thing"  In both my current home and the one before, I had an area built (my son and husband built my cabinets...a post for another time) for my cookbooks and to be used as a baking area.  As the grandkids came along (9 almost 10 now) I started doing little displays for each holiday with Candy Jars, etc.  So, my baking area became my
Candy Counter

I love this little Dept. 56 "Chapel of Love" I found a few years ago on a clearance table for 1/2 price.
The little couple met with a terrible accident this year. After an encounter with a piece of granite they both broke their necks, but I think they look well and happy now on their way to be married at the chapel.
There you are...My Candy Counter.
I have to tell you, after putting Christmas away, I really was thinking about skipping Valentines Day and said as much in front of some of the kids.  My Lexi, with her great big blue eyes, said "Awwww... Maaamaaaaw, why not"  Well there you are....My Candy Counter,


Suzanne said...

So cute - everything! Are your kids allowed to eat the candy or are they props? Either way I know they love them.

Sewn With Grace said...

Oh My Goodness!!!! You're published! That is so exciting. How do I purchase that cute pattern? Congratulations!

Country Dreaming said...

I love the your candy counter. Soo cute!


Sally said...

I am so happy for you!! You are so talented, and it's time for you to be discovered! The purses are so adorable. What a great idea to sell the pattern. Congratulations!
Of course, I love the candy counter. Your grandkids are so blessed! May you receive many blessings in return for your gracious giving.

Tracy said...

Congratulations!! How incredibly exciting! Those purses are so incredibly sweet.

Wow, and your candy counter - definitely swoon worthy! ; )

My Vintage Studio said...

Congrats on the new pattern! So exciting.

Love your candy counter. A wonderful display!

Wishing you a wonderful and safe weekend.


KaraHaus said...

OK....your candy counter looks so inviting and tempting right now!!! Can I be one of your grandchildren??? Hee Hee!

I love the purses and having loads of nieces...I might need to get them some for birthdays! BTW, I LOVE the purple one! So adorable!

French Kissed said...

Congratulations on your creative success! And your candy counter is just adorable--lucky grandchildren! ~jermaine~

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

This is wonderful news!! You'll have to give a link to your friends site. Your little wedding chapel looks kind of like the one Russ and I got married in in Las Vegas. Yes, we got married there.

Farmchick said...

Such wonderful news! I have to say I really love that candy counter. So cute!

Sewn With Grace said...

Hi Beverly, Hope you can stop by my blog on Tuesday, you are mentioned in my post. Have a great day!

Patti said...

I also created a candy area, but there a few children around and I eat most of it I think I need to start buying "glass candy"....Love your counter...very festive and inviting!

MyJourneyBack said...

Very pretty. I loved visiting.
Thanks for sharing.
Hope your Friday is Blessed,