Friday, January 24, 2014

Victorian Roses

Nothing makes me happier than roses! 
So what does a girl do in the winter when there aren't any blooming?
Makes her own of course!

Hand cut, dyed, painted and crumpled to look Victorian, I put these on everything!
(You can buy some too from my Etsy shop)

In orders, with business cards....

And hats of course!  Pink cashmere hats to be exact. ;)

No end to the possibilities!
Now to wait for spring...

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Giveaway!

It's finally here! Time to post pictures of our giveaway!  The rules are simple.
***Share the link to this page on your timelines or blogs (or both) (and keep sharing please!), come back and tell me you've shared in the comment section and your name will be added to the list to win! Please add a picture to your link or it's won't show. (There are instructions on how to do this under files) Just right click on the photo, save it and add it to your post)
***YOU MUST BE A MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE!***  USA Shipping only. Sorry! :(
A big thank you to the contributors!
Martha McDonald for the crocheted lace huge doily and children's mittens.
Tea Jeanette Groves for the rose soaps, handmade tags and lace.
Carole Colca for the gorgeous rose brooch and earrings.
Cathy Scalise for HUGE strawberry. (I use mine as a pincushion) :)
Leah Woods for those long white amazing gloves with a glove holder clip.
Brenda Cantrell (yes, that's me!) added the vintage thread, silver puffy Victorian brush and two Italy girl pictures with frames.
And finally...yes, that's one of my hats in there!  The winner can choose either a handmade cloche hat or a pair of lace leggings from me. The hat will not be exactly like the one in the picture, but similar!
Paulette Andrews will be adding a picture of what she will be sending! Slow poke! ;)

The winner will be chosen by a random generator on the 20th of December. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Surprise me! De-hoarding the Brenda and Sacha way!

So everyone knows that Sacha and I have started an Ebay store together, no surprise there!
My barkcloth listed!
I wonder if we are the first people to ever do this from different sides of the world?
Now that's a question for Ebay. And I have such a funny blog to write about the service call to Ebay to explain that!  But that's another story..maybe tomorrow?
Anyway...I was talking to Sacha last night...and it occurred to me that everyone probably thinks we plan out everything...discuss listing stuff...have a strategy...a plan...and I had to laugh.
I drag myself out of bed...get my coffee..turn on my computer...and Sacha is there...having wine and dinner and a relaxing bath, already having finished her day in France.
Our conversations usually start something like this...
Sacha: "How was work last night?  Is your rosemary plant still doing well?"
Me: "Still alive! It and me. :)  Did you list anything today?"
If this poor Rosemary plant lives, then lavender should too...right?
Sacha: "You know you can separate your rosemary now to have more?  Yes, one of my favorite pillow cases! What are you going to list today?"
Me:  "I don't want more rosemary plants, I want your lavender!  I haven't had enough coffee to decide about listing anything yet, I'll decide later. Oh I love your pillow case, I want it!"
Sacha: "No we're selling!!  Selling!  And I love the lace you listed..I want that!"
Me: No! We're selling..not buying..just say no!"
Sacha: "Here's my recipe to the Clafoutis you asked for. I'm going to finish knitting my shawl, have a great day!  Can't wait to see what you list while I'm sleeping!"
Me: "Me too! No clue. LOL  Thank you, you have a wonderful night. Thanks for the recipe and say hello to hubby for me!"
And that's how Sacha and Brenda De-hoard!

I've shared here!


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

As always, I never know what I'll be getting into next.

This time it turned out to be a joint venture between myself and my friend in France!

We've always wanted to do something together, however the distance
obviously would be a challenge.

So we said "Ha! We say Phffttttt to that challenge!"

So now Sacha and Brenda are together at

And an Ebay store...

It's going to be interesting to say the least!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Magnolia Pearl...really? Yes! Really!

 So what would YOU do if one of your favorite designers name showed up on your Etsy transaction page???  Well stopped breathing...then you would stare at the email afraid to open it...surely you're seeing things right?'s late...been a long night at work...would that make you hallucinate?  You walk away..come's still order for lace's what???

Some background...

I've always been pretty vocal about my love for Eileen Fisher and Magnolia Pearls designs. 
I know, that's about as far apart as you can get in the design world, but that's just
how my mind works.  I love the simplicity of Eileen Fisher and the romance of Magnolia Pearl.

  Someone awhile back told me my designs reminded her of Magnolia Pearls line. I had never heard of her ( I know, I know been living under a rock here in this small town)
but it didn't take me long to fall in love with her and her clothing!
The romance, the story and just the joy that radiates from everything she does is an inspiration.

I've always went my own way when it comes to creating and sewing garments, so I really love it when I find designers that do that same!

Anyway...enough about me...

Back to the Magnolia Pearl order!

So after getting measurements I started sewing the lace leggings she had ordered. 
They were for a friend, but still they are going through Robin's hands first so they had to be perfect, every thread exact...and can we say I was a tad stressed by this point???

Sewing a garment that was going into Magnolia Pearls camp was such a huge compliment and yet such a bigger OMG what if they hate them?...they don't fit?...the postal service eats the package?...
Well you get the picture!

Finally they are done and wrapped and on their way!

I've been dying to say something, but couldn't until I heard back from them...

And yes! They made it just fine and said she loved them. Whew.

So there was my brush with fame.
  Out of all the sellers on Etsy they picked my lace leggings!
  I'm still twirling around the room and pinching myself!  

 So thank you Magnolia Pearl for the boost in confidence and for being my sign.

My beautiful inside and out Whitney so NOT liking the feet and head on the mink stole props for the photo shoot.  At least I didn't try to make her wear it!

I had asked God for some answers whether I should just work like a normal person and stop sewing for the shop. It's difficult to work a full time job and keep a shop going at the same time.

  All I wanted was a sign..just any kind of sign..that I should keep designing and selling and boy
did I get one!

Monday, July 23, 2012

SILK Romantic Robe 1920s French Boudoir by TheWiltedMagnolia

The first garment in my new French Boudoir collection for my Etsy shop!

Thank you Whitney, you are gorgeous inside and out!

And Greg for being the photographer extraordinaire! 

Haven and Adrianne for cheering us on all day!

Love you all!

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