Friday, March 17, 2017

Here is one of our Collage Ladies.  She is printed on cotton fabric and is ready for you to stitch, embellish or otherwise dress her up with your creativity before using her on the front of a pillow or the back of a jacket.  She would be just as lovely in a frame.  She and others like her can be found on our website at

Friday, February 24, 2017

For a project with heirloom results, try one of our heart button pins.  These pins are created using a stuffed muslin heart base.  The larger one measures 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".  We cut the heart out of muslin, then stitched all around the edges cutting a slit in one side or the other to turn the heart.  Stuff lightly with fiber fill, then slip stitch the slit closed.  You will cover this side with buttons, so not to worry.  Now for the fun part.  You will want to use tiny buttons.  I have a passion for vintage mother-of-pearl buttons and have collected them for years.  So that was my choice, but you can use any buttons you want.  Just keep in mind the smaller the better.  Larger buttons tend to obscure the shape of the heart. Start sewing the buttons at one edge and work toward the center.  They look prettier if you overlap them slightly.  When finished you can add one or two really special buttons over the top of the others to create a focal point.  We finish it with a pinback on the back of the heart.

Have shown a darker heart pin showing larger focal point buttons.

Monday, February 20, 2017

A quick pic of a few of our fabulous Czech glass buttons.  These are the real deal and you will look far and wide to find the beauty and fire that these display.  You will find these and everything else on our website, with the exception of our Trim and Treasure Club, discounted 20% during our Presidents' Day Sale.  Visit the sale at to shop, but don't wait too long as the sale ends Tuesday night, February 21.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Oh, and one more thing - this adorable heart pin is easy to make and so vintage!  An old friend, Charlene Birkle made this years ago and it remains one of my favorite things.  I have it pinned to a vintage little girl's eyelet coat, but it would be equally smashing pinned to your blouse.  This one is made from an old Ralph Lauren sheet and is embellished with some vintage millinery flowers, a bit of old lace and some krinkled rayon seam binding.  So easy!

Thought you might like to see what the March Trim and Treasure Club looks like.  Visit for ordering details, or call us at 817-313-5310 to order by phone.
Hi Everyone,

It's been a while since my last post.  No good excuse.  Let's see if we can get back on track.

I'm sending you a pic of a sort of collage, really just an arrangement of some of our most popular and most beautiful items.  Shown here is a luscious fabric collage, some rococo trim, some silk ribbon, a fabulous Czech glass button, a vintage looking lace flower, some gorgeous ribbon with a little bit of metallic bling and more!

We are sending out a magical combination of spring flavored embellishments, ribbons and things this month in our Trim and Treasure package leaving here around the 20th of February.  There is still time to order yours.  Take a look at the March package in the Trim and Treasure Boutique.

Visit all the things you have been missing since my last post at


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Little Inspiration

Just a quick note to add this picture of a padded silk velvet heart embellished with a gorgeous piece of vintage beading, half of an Edwardian buckle and a photo pin.  I wear it on my coat lapel or as the centerpiece on a vintage lace colored blouse.  I made it years ago and just found it in a drawer recently.  Actually, it is inspiring me to get out the old lace, etc., and make another one or two.  Easy enough - just find (or make) a heart pattern the size and shape that suits you.  Cut two hearts out of a piece of fabric (soft velvet is nice, but you can use any fabric - I think a faded vintage print would be wonderful, or turn a piece wrong side out to show the much more faded side).  Sew it up with wrong sides together - this gives you a little ledge to attach your edge trimming.  Then cut a slit in the back and push in a little bit of stuffing.  Don't make it too full or stiff - you want it to be soft.  Then get in your vintage stash drawer and pull out your very best stuff.  Drape it, dangle it, collage it - just have a good time until it pleases your eye.  I always like to have a focal piece, so I usually finish with a brooch or a particularly lovely piece of bric-a-brac.  Just somewhere for your eye to rest.  The possibilities are endless and the results can be stunning.