My Garden Retreat

My Garden Retreat
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Two Weeks...and counting

Hello my friends!
It has been an unbelievably busy time since I last posted.
So many little time!

We are now just two weeks away from the French Market Event in Tipton!
I thought I would quickly show you a few things I have been working on...

To begin with, I usually try to make a few things from some of the reclaimed materials that we have gathered or had leftover from other projects.
This settee is just such a piece. It was constructed from an old footboard, some great table legs, and two full rolls of indigo jute webbing.

I then decided that I needed to make the cushion from ticking stripe and then do a handsewn mattress welting around the front and sides!
Wow! A lot of work but I really love how it turned out!

I now need to start the fun pillows I wanted to fill it with!
 Next, I made 60 water bottle carriers!

Last year I made 24 and they sold out on the first day! So this year...I made 60...hopefully there will be some to put in my etsy store after the event!
Here are the ones I made last year on April and Amanda!

Then, I decided to make a few tote bags...this one is made from a Navy and Cream Sweatshirt material...I am keeping's really a great size.

While I was busy in my studio...Hubby the carpenter made some pedestals from the remaining boards from our island project!

I have just finished putting a metal on the tops of three of them...two to go!
There is still so many things that I have been making but I will have to show you in my next post...I really need to head out and work on my new side walls for the tent.
We just set it up in the yard to air it out and to work on the new valances.

A few more tidbits of information on the event itself...
Admission will be $1.00 per person at the gate, 14 and under are free.
The gate opens at 9 am both Friday and Saturday. The event takes place rain or pray for sunshine!

I will be back soon with more details and to show you some of the smocks I just started to sew this morning from linen!
Have a great week!


  1. Hi Donna! You have been B-Z!! Wow, you and your whole family are all very talented, handy and creative. The sofa is very cool. I especially love the iron sides and ticking cushion. I am so sorry I can't attend the event. Bon courage!!
    Cheers from DC,

  2. PS - I've been meaning to say the logo is beautiful. Very French!!

  3. Looks like you have been wonderfully busy creating! those little water bottle carriers are a great idea!

  4. I am hoping to come again this year! And this time I am going to make sure I meet you!

  5. Every thing you touch is just divine. Your event will be hugely successful. BREATHE and keep creating dear...

  6. I wish I could be there! It's all coming together so nicely, Donna! Thanks for coming up for air and sharing!

  7. Wow you are so talented Donna, and not afraid of hard work. I think the settee is so cool!! And those pedestals are fabulous, I hope you charge a lot for them!!

  8. How I wish I could come!!! I love everything you've shared - especially the pedestals. And the water bottle holders. And, and... it's going to be a GREAT show, Donna! :)

  9. Donna, I adore those pedestals. The settee is are so cleaver. I am getting excited for the french flea market.xo, Susie

  10. WOW!!!! You have been making gorgeous stuff Donna sweet. I LOVE your tent and can't wait to see photos of it full of wonderful treasures!

    I know it will be another awesome show and I will be pouting over here in Idaho wishing I were there too. Thank goodness that in two weeks we have the flea markets here in Hailey and Sun Valley. I am really looking forward to seeing what everyone will be offering up.

    sending hugs...

  11. OMGoodness! I am so excited! Can't wait!

  12. I just love that day bed. What a fantastic way to decorate the headboard. I can't say enough good things about it. Have a great 4th!


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