Monday, April 23, 2018

Red Crinoline Quilts Retreat!!! Yippee!!!











RED CRINOLINE QUILTS

&

OLDE GREEN CUPBOARD DESIGNS

are heading to Menasha, WI to celebrate the Holiday Season
and hang out with Primitive Gatherings!!!




What a fun time we have planned for all of you! Sixteen of you will get to stay at the Primitive Gatherings Retreat House while enjoying the event! We'll all be camped out at a hotel...giving all of you the fun experience of being together, sewing, laughing, eating, and having a blast!


November 13 - 19, 2018


It's time to head back Menasha, WI
to the Primitive Gatherings Retreat House!
(lodging limited to 16 people)  Class limited to 20 students
Join Red Crinoline Quilts (Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison) where they will be instructing TWO NEW QUILT DESIGNS!

Now for the details....

  •  Early admission to Primitive Gatherings Christmas Open House (it's AWESOME!)
  •  Six Nights Lodging in Primitive Gatherings Retreat House
  • Two days of classes with Red Crinoline's Paula Barnes & Mary Ellen Robison
  • Two New Quilt Designs (kits INCLUDED) from Paula's new fabric line from Marcus Brothers
  •  One day full of demos, tips & tricks and some "hands-on" with Mary Ellen Robison
  • Transportation to and from JJ Stitches Quilt Shop and Country Sampler Quilt Shop
  • Breakfast each day along with lunch provided on class and demo days (dinner on your own - kitchen available, deliver in, or dine at many restaurants in the area)
  • Free Days to antique and enjoy additional "retail therapy" (a.k.a.... .shop 'til you drop)
  • Tour of Primitive Gatherings warehouse and Lisa's Design Studio
All travel arrangements to/from/and during the retreat are the responsibility of each individual with the exception of our group trip to JJ Stitches and Country Sampler Quilt Shops.

Retreat Fee:                $1200 
Deposit:                       $250    (Check only - payable upon registration)
Final Payment:            Due by September 13, 2018 
Non-Refundable:        After October 13, 2018


Print and complete the form in full (please SIGN) and mail with your $250 deposit check (payable to OGC) to:
Gloria Parsons
7625  Putters Cove Drive
Jacksonville, FL  32256




Olde Green Cupboard Designs - Event Planner
contact:  Gloria Parsons  904-742-1100 for information/questions
Each person must complete a registration form.

Friday, April 20, 2018

What Great Ideas!!!

Hi Gang!!

I wanted to share a few GREAT IDEAS with you related to..... PLASTIC!!!

Have you ever seen or used the adhesive placemats?  They are more common with babies.... to use in restaurants on the high chair or table!   These are perfect to have around the house and to use when you are working on different projects.... using glue?  Painting?  Clay? ... anything that may make a nasty mess on your work surface... Use one or two... how ever many you need to cover your work surface...then simply peel away and toss when you are finished! 

Do you have wee ones at home that like to color, use water color paint, colored pencils or markers... these are PERFECT!  No more worry about the mess on the table.





Here is my other plastic "love".... simple plastic shower caps.  OH MY GOSH... I use these for everything...   I cover bowls of food that go in the refrigerator.... when I cut my wool strips for my rug hooking, I put all of my wool strips down inside... it captures all of the "wool fuzz" in the bottom!   Sorters... yes I use them to sort items .... thread, floss, fabric strips... on and on!!!  Get yourself a package of them... then think of all the things you do daily.... how you can use them.  You will thank me.... I just know it!




There... you have it... two new ideas to use in your home and in your sewing studio!  

I'm thinking of blogging about how to design your sewing studio with fun new looks.... how to take an item that is normally used in the home... and using that same item in your sewing studio and change the entire dynamics of it's use.  Does that sound interesting?    Of course... my first love is the "Farmhouse" look!   I think I may start there.... with the galvanized look.....  

Stay tuned!

Gloria

There's a "gremlin" around here.....

Oh yes.... he's a crazy "gremlin".... he seems to send you all old posts from our blog!!!!

Who are you????    So sorry for the old blog posting....  I'll try to find this little fellow and tell him to

GET OUT OF TOWN!!

Gloria, Vicky & Heather

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

We Have an Opening for the Black Stallion Retreat!


Are you ready to relax, enjoy the fresh air, play in the pool, walk on the beach, eat scrumptious food, shop and site see, stitch with Lisa, sip your morning coffee on the balcony of your room overlooking the beautifully groomed landscape in this country club....?    We've found the perfect place for you!!

If you were on 'the fence' about attending our Black Stallion Outer Banks Retreat with Lisa Bongean - Primitive Gatherings... you are in luck.





We have a room that has opened up for double occupancy (king bed)!  Oh yes... this is a retreat you will remember forever...!

We have filled this gorgeous house full of gals that love to Wool Applique Stitch!

Lisa has a fall theme this retreat and I've seen the sketches of what's she's getting ready for you and I'm here to shout... you are gonna love it!  along with her teaching the main classes, Vicky, Heather and I will be working with you on some "make-it-take-it" items that compliment Lisa's designs!

This house is gorgeous... all 20,000 + sq. feet of it!  You will love it tooo... our menu is such fun this retreat...  We will be utilizing that wonderful barbecue area along with the HUGE pool and pool house.

If you've never been to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.... you MUST VISIT.  We may even see some wild horses roaming the beaches.  It is amazing to see them and then to realize... they belong to no one... they eat and exist off the land.  So Cool.  If you can't stand it any longer and you want to come.... go to Olde Green Cupboard Website - Look for Black Stallion Retreat on the right side of the screen and GET SIGNED UP!



Front entrance to this HUGE home.

No... this is not the house... THIS IS THE POOL HOUSE!!


One of the most beautifully decorated retreat homes we've
 been fortunate to find!  It has a great classroom and 3 kitchens!
Oh my!!!! 
Please don't pass up this wonderful opportunity to have a great time with all of us.  I promise... you won't regret spending a week with us in this great house, making great friends, having THE BEST TIME EVER!

Visit Olde Green Cupboard for more details on the flyer and registration form! 
 See you on the beach!!

Lisa, Gloria, Vicky & Heather





Sunday, April 8, 2018

"My Favorite Things" (for you toooooo .... we hope...)

These are a few of "my favorite things"..... from my Favorite Friends!  It's time to brag on them!!!

Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison work so hard on their company - RED CRINOLINE QUILTS.... designing new patterns, working with Marcus Brothers Fabric Company, designing wonderful block of the month programs, vending at quilt shows and writing beautiful books!  This is their first book.... and they are now working on their second one!!

Red Crinoline's NEW BOOK!!!!  


(Click on book cover for a link site to purchase your OWN copy!)

Here's another NEW BOOK from my sweet friend Lisa Bongean - Primitive Gatherings.  Oh my gosh...this fun book is wonderful and you will LOVE IT!!  It's such a sweet gift to give to one of your quilter friends for a "surprise" (just cause you love them) or as a birthday or Christmas gift.


(Click on book cover for a link site to purchase your OWN copy!)

Keep more than just a journal - keep a record of your quilting life! Photographed at designer Lisa Bongean's beautiful lakeside home, this inspiring week-by-week journal is filled with eye candy to enjoy year-round. 

Answer fun prompts to create lists for must-do quilting adventures, keep track of projects, document gift and charity quilts, or simply keep this gorgeous date book as a memory journal for future generations of quilters in your family to cherish. All in a perfect size to carry in your bag on the go!


Then.... we have Rebekah Smith - Fork Artist that will be with us in July of this year.  We are so excited to have the opportunity to learn her technique in making these gorgeous pieces of wool art!  If you also would like to learn from her... please look to the right of this page and you'll see where you can sign up for her classes!  It will be great fun...!  We have gals from all over coming to Jacksonville/St. Augustine to be with Rebekah... why not you too?



(Click on book cover for a link site to purchase your OWN copy!)


(Click on book cover for a link site to purchase your OWN copy!)

....and last but not least is my sweet friend Susan Ache!!!  We met Susan about 15 years ago when we had our store in Mandarin.  In walks this bubbly blond that was so excited to learn how to quilt.  She was NOT confident in picking out colors for her quilts.... and at that time she loved the primitive palette.... I had such fun helping her pick out the colors she loved and before we knew it she would be back in the store with the quilt ALL FINISHED!  SHE WAS A LIVING MACHINE!!!  We teased her all the time that we've never seen anyone sew so fast in our lives... and guess what?  She was self taught!!!  She's never taken a class in her life.  I don't care what she does... cook, decorate, sew, quilt, cross-stitch... she's so good at all of them.... one of those gals that can fall in a pit of tar and be perfectly fine when she crawls out!!!  Gosh... I admire and love her to death! 

Then one day she asked me to come to her house and she wanted to chat about "making pattern designs".  I told her if that's what she loved...go for it.  If she didn't like actually writing the patterns herself... find someone that did and she can design and they can do all the computer portion.  Guess what?... she now designs tons of quilts and has HER OWN BOOK!!!   SUSAN ACHE.... WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!  HERE IS HER BOOK!.. YOU MUST ALL OWN ONE!!!



(Click on book cover for a link site to purchase your OWN copy!)

This book must be in your library TODAY!!!!

Then ... there is one of my most talented friends in the photography field... she doesn't quilt... I don't think she even knows how to sew on a button (sorry Susan....) Susan Michal!!!  She just returned from Africa with lots of photos of African animals.... but this book... it is so awesome... especially when you see how some of these beautiful ballet dancers pose....

Susan Michal... you are so awesome and I'm so 
proud to be your friend....
God has given you the most wonderful talent... showing the beauty of others....  

If you have children (or if you have taken ballet), please gift them with the beautiful book... it's breathtaking!


(Click on book cover for a link site to purchase your OWN copy!)


This now ends  "my favorite things"  for you today.  I decided we all like certain things... wonderful things in our lives... that we do, we use, we eat, we see, we touch... and I'm so happy to share all of them with you!  

We'll chat more!!

Gloria