Hope everyone’s New Year is off to a great start! Yes, I know…it's February...13... 2018...*sigh* Honestly, as December came to a close and 2018 crept onto the calendar, I was struggling to feel much inspiration and found myself in a bit of a creative slump. As a wife, a business owner, a mother of four, pet-parent to one yellow Labrador retriever and a recently rescued whippet mix, life is B-U-S-Y. Aaaah, the 50 shades of my life! I just want to sew/craft/create and just can't seam to fit it in as much as I want, which is most of my time. Feeling a bit frustrated, this gal desperately needed some mom-time to take care of me even at the young age of 39 + 1. That's still okay, right?
Lynn and I took the month of January off to do a little "Sew-L" searching. We wanted to regroup after the ever-so-busy holiday season and the opening of Lynn's new brick and mortar shop: Three Labs Salvage.
Lynn at Three Labs Salvage shop with her "Three Labs":
Gracie, Hannah and Stella
Nestled in the Hills of the Ohio Valley, Handmaiden's Cottage has a corner in the Three Labs Salvage Brick and Mortar shop. The creative break did us some good and Lynn has been busy creating handmade items.
Aren't these canvas totes made with Rifle Paper Company and Anna Marie Horner Fabrics gorgeous? Who wouldn't enjoy shopping a little more with these sturdy and stylish bags? Shop this fabric and many more in the Handmaiden's Cottage Etsy Shop.
Lynn's totes inspired me to make a Slouch bag of my own out this gorgeous canvas fabric from Art Gallery, also available in our Etsy Shop.
Not only does Three Labs Salvage collect vintage finds and architectural salvage pieces from auctions and pickings but they carry unique brands like Spicher and Company, Sapling Press, Rifle Paper Company, Sid Dickens, Southern Firefly Candles and much more.
Be sure to follow the Handmaiden's Cottage Instagram and Three Labs Salvage Instagram to see some of the exciting new boutique and vintage items available in the shop. Check out this video for an sneak peek of the new store here: If you are ever in the area, please stop by and say "Hello!."
Finding Creative Inspiration
I am so fortunate that Lynn was able to vacation for a month in Florida and we were able to spend a ton of mother-daughter time together. While she was here, we visited a few creative shops to gain some 2018 inspiration for Handmaiden's Cottage. If you are ever in Tampa Bay, I highly recommend taking the time to visit Whim So Doodle in St. Petersburg, Florida. This cute, well-stocked shop is a crafter's delight with everything from classes, designer fabrics, scrap-booking, art supplies and much more. If you ever in the area, tell them the Handmaiden's Cottage sent ya and say "Hello" to Doug, the shop's super friendly yellow lab :)
Some of my goodies from WhimSoDoodle
Next stop was the Happy Apple Quilts and Florida Quiliting Center in the Westchase/Tampa Area. The two share one building and offer classes, fabric and everything for your sewing and quilting needs. Did you know that you can become certified and rent their long arm quilting machines? Pretty neat, huh? No need to make a huge investment up front, woot woot!
Aren't these Northcott LetterPress from Happy Apple Quilts Sew Cute?
Last stop on the Creative Inspiration Journey was Rainbow's End Quilt Shop in Dunedin. Rainbow's End literally has over 20,000 bolts of fabric, say what??? I love how they have an area where the fabrics are organized into themes which makes it easy to envision your fabrics flowing well together. By the time we arrived to the Rainbow's End, I had already spent my fabric budget ~*hysterically crying*~ but not to worry, this fabric emporium is not far from me at all! ~*jumping for joy*~
(photo credit: Rainbow's End Quilt Shoppe)
Inside the Rainbows End Quilt Shoppe in Dunedin, FL. Btw, this is only one third of their store! It is literally Fabric overload, but in a good way!
Creative Mission Accomplished
Lynn and I kicked our creative stagnation to the curb and have been sewing up some fun projects. I finally excited about the new year! #RutOver. Yippee!
We want to hear from you! Where do you find your creative inspiration in your part of the world? Let us know in the comments.