You may already know, I own a little site called Fairy Davis and Friends which sells vintage images and graphics by download for use in crafty projects. I started it as a way to share my crazy huge vintage paper goods collection with those who love those sorts of things like me. (The name, in case you are wondering, was the name of a young girl from the early 1900's whose scrapbooks I found in a flea market many years ago.)
Recently I decided to get back into a long neglected hobby that I have really loved for a very long time, silk ribbon embroidery. After sharing a few examples I began getting some requests to sell my ribbon work. I decided to create a site dedicated to my ribbon work samples to make it easy for anyone wanting to see samples for custom orders. To make it easy on me, I added that new site as a second part of Fairy Davis. I call the new shop "Fancy Goods" which was a term used often in the old days to refer to the "pretty stuff" available in the general mercantile. In addition to the showcase at Fairy Davis Fancy Goods, I have also opened up and Etsy shop (FairyDavis.Etsy.com) (see the side bar also) to make it easy for anyone wanting to find my ribbon work. For the most part, my ribbon pieces are all by custom order online, with the exception of a few pieces I will be selling in my sister-in-law's new shop Candid Gifts in downtown Belleville, IL.
And with all of the changes and additions under the Fairy Davis name, in case you are wondering, yes, the vintage image shop is still there. From the site's home page you will see links to both shops, with the vintage image portion being under "Paper Goods".
So speaking of Fancy Goods, I have a new piece to share . . .
This is my "Caroline" bonnet. All of my ribbon work pieces always incorporate something vintage, either the fabric, trims, or the whole item itself. This piece combines new cotton batiste with vintage handmade lace. The embroidery is silk ribbon which is accented with the teeniest seed beads there are. You have to look very closely to spot them.
Tomorrow I plan to post to share a little with you all about a little something else I have been working on. Stay tuned!