Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Banasch's Fabrics

I've been super busy helping with the re-opening of Banasch's Fabric store, here in Cincinnati!  Banasch's has been in business since 1910, but closed this Fall.  We are so excited that they have found a new location in Anderson Township, about 5 minutes from my house!  The owners are good friends of mine and asked if I would like to be involved with the new store.  So fun!  Here are some pics of the window display I did and some other products I made for the store using their beautiful fabrics!

I found some vintage lampshades that I embellished to make a tree in the window and used different sized embroidery hoops for the ornaments.
 Banasch's has gorgeous special occasion fabrics that make perfect stockings!
 Of course, we're selling Tabbo headbands...great stocking stuffers! 
 Look at this awesome Riley Blake sparkle fabric!
 Covered canvases using Sis Boom ruffles and trim from the shop.
 And this is the "Trim" tree I did for the front door!  I took a wire coat-hanger and shaped it into a tree, then glued the green fringe trim to make the tree.  I filled a bunch of red and green bobbins for ornaments, as well as little silver and gold pom pom trim.  The trunk is a vintage spool of thread and I used a rhinestone button for the star from the stores amazing button supply!  The vintage frame came from our favorite local antique booth, The Flea (located at Riverside Antique Market)!  I LOVE how it turned out!
If you get to Cincinnati, come see us!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Studio Space

Years ago I made a playroom in an area of our basement that wasn't finished.  A friend and I literally built the walls and the "stage" ourselves.  We had just re-decorated our dining room, so we used the old chandelier and  mirror to dress it up and then made satin curtains for the stage.  The girls loved playing dress-up down there, and even little Bo got into the "Tabbo Band"!

 It was perfect for a playroom because the doors could be closed and no one had to see the mess!
  Unfortunately for me, these guys all grew up!!  So the room became a storage room again with big plans by the husband to become a "theater room" or a workout room...until I decided to take it over once again a couple of weeks ago!  Now look what's behind these doors...
 A new studio for Tabbo Design!!!
As much as I liked the brightness, I took down the satin curtains and got rid of the stage...sniff, sniff!  Such great memories with that stage!  Once I got that out, I covered the entire room with square flooring pieces. I was able to save a large piece of Corian from our old kitchen counter to use as a cutting table.  I took one of the cabinets from my old sewing room and made it into the base of the island/cutting table.  I also painted some cubbies that fit up against the backside of the cabinet to give more storage space.  The Corian is the perfect surface for a cutting table because it cleans up so well and is practically indestructable!

I spent hours and hours going through bins of fabric and unfinished projects.  The clear bins are from Lowes and are the perfect size.  I can easily see all of my Sis Boom fabrics.
  And I love that I have room for the desk too.  Now I just need a new computer to sit on top of it!
I hung a giant peg board for threads, scissors, and tools.  The work bench is from Lowes and is perfect for me because I am tall and it sits at counter height.  I keep the IKEA wire drawers next to my machines for current projects.

  The white bins on the second set of shelves is for non-Sis Boom fabrics, linings, interfacing, etc.. I realized that I have quite a bit of trim that I don't use.  I thought if I could see what I have, I might be more likely to use it, so I created this space in the corner.  I've had the kids toy bin holder forever and the bins are the perfect size for things like elastic, and packaged trims.  Since I was painting everything, I went ahead a painted the bins black too!

I used foam board to create little cards to wrap the trim onto and then hung them with wire hangers and clips from IKEA.  I love that I can see it all now!
 I'm very excited to finally have a space to work in that I love! And now I can be with the kids when they are downstairs and I can shut the doors when it starts to look messy!