whiteside design... and salvage part II

my friend, susie, is quite talented!  i had a chance to visit her at her shop located in the black dog salvage shop last week when we were at home (roanoke, va).  her interior design business is...

this is susie's business!
she has such a beautiful selection of furniture coverings, carpet, rugs, and sooo many great misc. accesories! 

isn't this furniture amazing??  i love it!

more items...

and then... here are some more photos from the Black Dog Salvage Store, too...

i. want. this. swinging. daybed. 
(excuse my sweet husband from pretending to be sleeping on it!)

more stain glass loveliness
so many shutters...

funny face fountains
i hope you had a great weekend!  and did something fun... our work went well in southern ohio!  one house painted and looking good!

happy monday!

~ julie


mission work

i was hoping to get more on here about black dog salvage & whiteside design... but this morning was just too busy. i am on my way to southern ohio on a work weekend with my church. it will be a great weekend with a wonderful group of people! soooo... be patient & on monday i will post more pics & info. happy friday! ~ julie


Salvage heaven!

i spent the last weekend in roanoke, virginia at my husband & my 30th high school reunion! 30... that is just craaazy...  it was so much fun catching up with many friends we hadn't seen in years. lots of talking over friday and saturday evenings. we also spent time with our parents which was nice, too.

 at one of our reunion events, i got to chat with my high school friend, susie, and found out about her business and about her husband's salvage business in town...

so, of course we had to go check it out before we left town. It was amazing! soooo many unique items all in one place.

this is just the first... small... room!  love the iron gates. 
there is just so much to love in this place.   there were 2 full rooms of just doors!  all kinds of old doors.  bathroom sinks, toilets, vanities.  there was even a full staircase to be purchased! 

beautiful stain glass windows

they had huge stain glass windows, windows, and other large pieces that we can't imagine how they moved them from their original 'home' to the store. 

so many things, so little time...
there was a large warehouse room that had 'booths' from various businesses ranging from woven bags to antique furniture to chalk paint.  anyone use annie sloan's chalk paint before??  it isn't paint that you can use chalk on... it looks wonderful and has lovely colors.  wish i had taken a picture of that booth. 

kitchen cabinets, rocking chairs, pharmacy signs...
it was such a wonderfully eclectic place to be.  we were limited in our time to spend there, but i could have looked for hours!  and spent a few dollars too! 

more tomorrow about black dog salvage & my friend susie's business, too... 

happy thursday!

~ julie


the washington post...

something exciting has happened!  woo-hoo!  yesterday, i was featured in an article about floorcloths.  that, in and of itself, is exciting no matter when or where it is... but, i was so surprised when it first came in... the washington post online!  wow!  i don't know what i was expecting... but this is pretty cool. 

this floorcloth is included in the article...

take a peek at the article here.  i even found where it was in an international paper this morning!  crazy fun.

today is going to be a great day, don't you think?

happy thursday!

~ julie


2 floorcloths & a quilt

it has been a busy two weeks for me.  i have been trying to get some new floorcloths into my shop, finish up a couple quilts i have been working a... uh... a little to long, and also just keep up with life.  i am happy to say that i have now, today, finished two new floorcloths...
i really like this blue, black & white floorcloth.
the whimsical polka dot border balances the geometric design.

this one is turquoise with an orange/white border...
underneath is light green with brown swirls

and... i was able to send off a finished quilt to a wonderful friend down south who is moving to boston! 

front of the plus quilt!  so sweet!
and the back... i really think this turned out well.
and mostly, i love cam & alan. 
not a bad week... now to work on more wonderfulness.

happy monday!

~ julie


new binding technique

so, i have always used the same handsewn binding technique since i made my first quilt 2 years ago.  i love it, and think it looks lovely on my finished quilts... but it does take a bit of time.   here is what i usually do...

french binding technique
it has a clean neat finished look which is very nice, don't you agree?  i learned this technique from mary over at molly flanders

new binding technique... first pin in place...
but, this time i wanted to try a technique i found in simplify by camille roskelley.  in her book, she gives directions which are very simple for raw edge binding (page 36).  i love the warn, frayed look of the edges of the binding... so, i gave it a try.  in the book it looks as if she actually sewed two lines of stitches.  i only sewed one line using the my machine's reinforced straight stitch.  so this is a double stitch, but the stitches are right beside each other. 

trimming the excess fabric
i did modify hers a little... i sewed about 1/2" from the edge & then trimmed the excess fabric.  i think next time i will make the binding a little wider, sew two lines of stitching, and not have to trim it.  but, all in all, i like the look of it! 

finished look after washing.  i like the crinkled look with the soft edges.
happy thursday!

~ julie