Vintage pillowcases I’ve collected for crafting. But there is more yardage and vintage fabric in the store too. Check it out!
How do you know it’s time to destash? Time to sort through all of things (or ideas?) you’ve been hoarding? What makes it OK for you to let go of something. . . to give it away, or list it on ebay, or donate it to goodwill?
I’ve been struggling with this for a couple of weeks now. After making a concerted effort to get into the studio more (which means you’ll find more listings at Mireio, Yay!) I’m feeling so overwhelmed just walking through the door. Staring at the unorganized mounds of fabric debris from previous creative bursts, I’m starting to dread the necessary clean-up. Folding fabric, odd shaped fabric at that, is for the birds, friends. Not fun.
Beyond my laziness there is something deeper gnawing at me. I’m realizing that no matter how amazing the fabric is, I’m not finding any inspiration in it. Apparently, my muse is not a hoarder! She likes new and fresh and often shiny things in the corner. And maybe she is right! Because, when I catalog what I have… um, some of this stuff I’ve been hoarding for years. Waiting for just the right idea or project: ideas and projects that never materialize. At what point can I admit to myself that I’m never going to do anything with a particular piece of fabric beyond admire it?
Wow. That sentence was hard to type!
So, I’m starting to sort through this disasterpiece of a stash. Setting aside fabric for friends who quilt and craft, creating a pile of “What the heck was I thinking?” for goodwill, and at the urging of a few friends on Facebook I’m creating small craft packs of fabric and listing them in the store.
I’m trying to keep those fabric packs generous for the price (since shipping is so high on heavy fabric!). And I’m crossing my fingers that not only will all this excess fabric find its way to someone who can use it. . . but that in the process of letting go, I can find my way to making once again.
...A shop update on April 1? It’s NO joke!! But it is limited and for a short time… so HURRY!
And I’m serious about the wee bit part! I’m no longer stocking a full store. My work schedule hasn’t relented: but I’ve missed being creative so I’m making time for small shop updates every 6-8 weeks. Small but mighty. Small but BEAUTIFUL!
This month’s update is all about Liberty of London. Soft pastel fabrics from the STILE collection (art deco/nouveau themes in blue, salmon pink, green, and yellow) are perfect for this time of year. There are 8 fabric prints to choose from: and you’ll find two handcrafted Art Bear Sachets as well.
And because I adore you all and to reward your patience and support: I’m creating special gifts with purchase for each of you. Unique, one of a kind, original bits of Mireio just for you when you spend $20 or more. This month I’ve made these wonderful envelopes from antique sheet music and Liberty of London fabric. Each envelope is unique and includes a Mireio postcard and a tiny lavender sachet (retail: $7.50).
And if you come LIKE my facebook page, you’ll find an GREAT coupon too!
♥ April 1st: Liberty of London for Spring — Unique Sachets and Gifts featuring Liberty of London fabric.
♥ Each $20 order (before coupon) will receive a handmade Mireio Gift Package . (fabrics and sheet music WILL vary!) While supplies last.
♥ LIKE Mireio’s FB page and receive a BIG coupon on your order.
♥ Supplies are very limited. Next shop update is May 13, 2013
Friends, it’s not too early to be thinking about Mother’s Day. And between the gift with purchase and an amazing coupon, this might be your moment to get something wonderful for the Moms in your life (and treat yourself in the process!)
Love you all and thank you for your support.
Smelly Photo Props
It’s blooming outside and at Mireio. Which, isn’t news really; Mireio has always been place full of flowers. But the winter garden is devoid of photo prop material and so the listings in the store reflect that. It’s been a LONG season of product shots without flowers. Sometimes I buy a few blooms to use, but I’ll confess I prefer what’s growing in my garden. (or the garden of the corner dahlia sellers)
This fabric reminds me of Rainbow Sherbert. Dreamy Buckwheat Hull Pillow at Mireio.
So, you know when it was time to photograph this pillow I went and cut a bunch of my newest obsession. Cecil Brunner’s are really small roses. Even smaller than spray roses. But for their size, they are fragrant, in that soft musky way tiny roses can be. Cut a bunch of them and they can rival any David Austen.
We planted these roses 3 years ago when we put in the arbor and fence in the yard. But this is the first year they’ve run amok like this. Where they’ve put off enough roses I feel like I can cut a bunch without stripping the hedges bare. Which has me scheming. Rose water tonic? Rose tea? Rose petal cupcakes?
The possibilities are endless. But for today, at least, I’m content with my smelly photo props.