Thursday, June 17, 2010

This blog is normally about what's happening at Cottage Belles and Cottage Belles Fabric ~ my two Etsy shops. But I want to share this wonderful news with everyone.

We have a new addition to our little family!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hooray! First Delivery of Michael Miller Fabrics Arrive!

I am so excited! I heard a loud thump by my front door and then the doorbell rang.

I opened the door ~ expecting to see a door-to-door salesman. But I found something much more enjoyable!

The first box of Michael Miller fabrics had arrived a day early!

They are so cheerful they make me smile.

My Girls

My daughter and granddaughter were over the other day and I just had to snap a quick photo of them before they headed home. Annebelle was wearing a skirt and peasant top that I made for her and Sam had on one of her new three tiered skirts she created. They both looked like they were ready for a party.

Annebelle loves to pick the flowers around my house and of course they always end up tucked behind her ear.

The fabrics used in Belle's outfit are from the Girly Girl collection by Patricia Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics.
Sam used fabrics from the Plume collection by designer Tula Pink to create her colorful skirt.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

BOGO Sale Back On - Need Even More Room Now!

More new fabric collections will be arriving soon ~
The BOGO Sale is back on again at
A great way for everyone to get super bargain prices on cotton fabrics for making quilts or clothing. And also to make room in my Cottage for the new fabric bolts arriving this week.

I've just ordered Micheal Miller, Amy Butler, and Moda fabrics ~ can't wait for them to arrive!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Confessions of a Fabricaholic

Yes, I know I should be sewing or cleaning or doing something productive but I just can't help myself.
I love to look at (and buy) fabric ~ lots and lots of fabric.
I spend a LOT of time on the internet "doing research" (that's what I call it so I don't feel bad about wasting time).
I really look forward to my visits with the fabric sales rep ~ just to be able to see up close and personal all the upcoming fabric lines. To look at the new color schemes and to touch the gorgeous fabrics is a dream come true. I am in awe of the patterns and colors the designers use to create fabric. Here is a sample of one of the new lines arriving soon at

Friday, June 11, 2010


Some of you may have read my posting yesterday (I've since modified it and you'll understand why) about wanting to make room for more fabric. I had a BRILLIANT idea ~ have a BOGO Sale in my Etsy fabric shop. Simple concept.....Everyone knows what BOGO is (Buy One Get One)......Shouldn't be a problem.......right??!!

So I put an announcement at the top of my shop (with a link to the Sale Section) and I posted an ad with a photo of rows and rows of my sale fabric bolts (about 150 bolts in the pic). In the ad I explained that my Sale fabrics were now Buy One Yard Get One Yard Free. I even included a link to the Sale Section of my shop to make it super easy to see and buy the Sale fabrics.

Sounds good so far, right?? Well, let me tell you it didn't go as planned. Such a simple idea should have resulted in many people getting great deals on fabric and me getting more room in my Cottage.
I was bombarded with question after question after question. Everyone was confused.

It really went down the tubes when one nice lady bought the listing that was the ad for the BOGO Sale!?! I have no idea what fabric she thought she was buying since there were over 100 bolts in the photo but I guess she liked what she saw.

Stay tuned ~ I'll be trying the BOGO Sale again next week as soon as I figure out how to make it hassle free for both my customers and me!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

New Shelving for Fabric Bolts

I just added 30 more linear feet of shelving to my cottage (thank you Samantha for installing all those brackets!). You would think that would be plenty of additional room since it provides space for about 200 bolts of fabric. But guess what?? ~ I've already filled the shelves and more fabric is due to arrive soon!
Where in the world am I going to put all the new bolts???!!??

Maybe you would like to help me free up some space by visiting my Etsy fabric shop
Please give a new home to a few yards of fabric so my cottage can stay looking neat and organized.

Check back soon to see all the gorgeous new fabrics due to arrive in the next couple months.