Sunday, August 25, 2013

summer to fall, soft and slow

The shop is softly and slowly turning into fall. 
Summer is fading fast and autumn will be taking her place. 
I'm already making fall hats. Kind of odd you think? Not when you make and sell over one-hundred other things. That's a hand-made shop girls life. Creating all the time it seems. No complaints. I'm fortunate to be doing what I love and for so long. 
Short posts since I'm so busy. 


Jill 00

Monday, June 17, 2013

button, button, who's got the button?

Even though Bittersweet and Calico have a few things in common, they're also different in many ways.
They are similar in that they both prefer vintage over new and cottage over modern.
Someday I may decide to merge the two little blogs, but for now they're still two rather than one.
My busy shop life may push me into it sooner than later.
At any rate blooming|cottage|vintage and the name Calico Petals remains in tact. Honestly, I love the name and it really does represent itself well.
When I ponder those thoughts along comes childhood memories of county fairs and horse shows, bicycle built for two, morning walks to the swimming pool and calico printed blouses hanging in my closet.  
I love the prints in the banner above. I faded them some in photo shop after picking out some of my favorites.
The fabric prints came from this book. I can think of endless idees for the prints. One of which certainly includes wrapping soap!
We made this yummy dish for dinner. If you're like me and love summer zucchini, then you'll love this lasagna. We toasted garlic bread and had peach tea. I'm still in awe over the lasagna.
I hope you're having a great start to the summer.
It comes and it goes so fast.
Don't forget to stop and smell the blooms!

Jill 00

Saturday, May 18, 2013

In between

It's been awhile since I've posted on Calico. Shop life is fast paced especially when you make most of the items that line the shelves.  
The photos were taken from my friend and fellow shop proprietress Julie. She owns Aggieal's Attic Vintage Boutique. We both own shops in this beautiful century old home. 

Sorry about the so-called video. I meant to simply take a picture of the old house. 
Here's a picture of my shop.
If you're a new reader... For the past sixteen years I've been a maker of handmade. Olive oil soap is my specialty. I've always been a fragrance loving girl. Love flowers and smell good stuff of all shapes and sizes. Fascinated with natural plant essences like patchouli, sandalwood, tuberose, etc. 
I will try to post more as time permits. 
If you would like to learn more about my little hand made company you may visit our big sister blog, Bittersweet Soap Company.

Warm Regards, 
Jill 00

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Calico Spring

If you frequent Bittersweet blog or Fussy French then you've heard the news!
We are excited beyond words and tickled pink to be joining retail forces with our friend Aggieal's Attic and opening a new Bittersweet shop in the century old home.
So funny! The new location will be located in our original one that we once occupied ten years ago! We think that's pretty soulful and sweet and the perfect way to usher in SPRING!
I'm planning and designing and creating like never before!
A time for new beginnings and a uniting of kindred spirits... LOVE♥

The Shabby Vintage shopping and French inspired apothecary and alchemy boutique. If you live near by we think you'll want to visit. If you don't...Plan a relaxing get-a-way trip! Julie and I would love to chat with you and show you around our unique boutique!

Enjoy your relaxing visit while browsing through the century old home. Sip on a cuppa fresh roasted coffee from the coffee shop below. Tour the many wonderful historic sites that surround our beautiful town.

In the next few weeks I'll be putting together a brochure of some of my favorite local hot spots.
So if you're planning a visit to our lovely historic area you'll have a jump on the fun exciting places to see!


Jill 00

Sunday, January 13, 2013

warm heart

It's been awhile hasn't it? Sorry I've been catering to Bittersweet and the little soap company. This time of year is our busy manufacturing time. We're creating new spring apothecary. I'm quite excited as I am every year about this time. The pondering thoughts of new soaps and fragrances makes my heart flutter. Speaking of hearts'a'fluttering♥...
That's a picture of the darling crochet "oves" a customer surprised me with on Saturday. I love them! Thank you Gretchen. You are the sweetest! In case you're wondering... I made up the name "OVES." minus the g you see. Oh and I located a similar crochet pattern if you're interested in hooking a few pairs.

I've been making Saturday lounge pants for Bittersweet. I love these pants. It's sometimes hard to not keep the trousers after I get them made. It's also fun to create the pants in pretty floral fabric.

Warm wishes to you.

Jill 00

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Happiest of Holidays...

Calico Petals will be taking a holiday break. Her big sister is busy wrapping, hosting, making, baking up a Happy Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas.
If you want to keep posted on our goings-on you can visit big sis.
She enjoys having visitors.

Jill 00

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Round Top Shabby Retreat

Did you know Rachel Ashwell offers vacation rentals in Round top Texas?
What fun it would be to visit during the flea market and stay at one of her Prairie retreats. 
I can envision gathering a group of my favorite girlfriends to head south and stay at one of her enchanting vacation rentals. What fun we would have!
Here is a link to find out more.
This would be the room I would choose to sleep in!

Jill 00

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Hand~made Baby ♥

Handmade baby gifts are truly soulful and sweet not only to make but to receive.
The little dog was made from a favorite vintage 1960 pattern.
I remember years ago when we first brought our little baby home our neighbors came to visit and brought with them a stuffed dog just like the one above only he had been sewn in red ticking.
The thought and idea it had been made special by my lovely neighbor for our new baby touched me with  handmade sweetness as handmade always does.

Later I searched for the pattern online and was thrilled when I found it. I began making the stuffed dogs and selling them at the shop along with the other Bittersweet Baby line of products. Not to my surprise, they were a popular baby item at the boutique.

The baby quilt and the little stuffie are a gift for a friend that's expecting.

The quilt was simple to make. I used four different pieces of fabric, no batting, a contrasting back in the gray polka dot and a ruffled trim in the same textile.

I used my ruffle attachment to create the ruffle. Love that ruffle attachment! You can read more about the handy tool on Calico big sister blog.

Handmade baby gifts are rubbed with love. Each stitch is sewn with soulful happy blessings.


Jill 00

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


This picture of the brown eyed Susan's and Shasta's was shot when we were having a normal summer and arid and extremely hot.
I have several little rock gardens throughout our yard.
Lennis built this rocky path at the side of our home. Isn't it nice? We've since planted ivy and hosta's to line the natural walkway.
Soon summer will be replaced with autumn. I will welcome Miss Autumn with open arms!
I hope you're enjoying some relaxing end of summer days.

Jill 00

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Magical Lavender

The past few days the studio has been filled with the scent of lavender as I make sachets for Bittersweet.
My linen drawers are tucked with a variety of sachets. I'm always pondering design thoughts on how and what fabrics, shapes and styles to create.
I thought it would be fun to share some of the different lavender sachets I've made over the years.
Let me know which one is your favorite.

Jill 00

Monday, July 30, 2012

Fresh for the picking!

It's cherry picking time! 
I do believe I've found a favorite new summer treat. Hand pies. Have you ever made them? Easy and oh so yummy. I fried mine because it's been so extremely hot and I didn't want to heat the oven. 
A little light olive oil  in a skillet on medium, low heat. Turn and allow the other side to brown. 
Top with a sprinkling of powdered sugar, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a Tablespoon or so of the homemade cherry pie filling and one more sprinkle of powdered sugar. Presentation is lovely!
Here is the recipe.

Cherry Hand Pies
Crust recipe makes 2 single-crust pie, or 50 hand pies
For the crust:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
16 Tbs. (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature, cut into cubes

For the filling:
1 1/2 pounds fresh sour cherries, pitted
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 egg (for egg wash)
sanding sugar
In a food processor, combine the flour and salt and pulse briefly to mix. Add the butter and cream cheese and pulse until the mixture just starts to come together. 

Turn dough onto a floured work surface and bring it together by hand. Divide dough in half, wrap each half in plastic, and refrigerate at least 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the filling: heat the 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat until foam subsides, then add cherries with any juices and the sugar and lemon juice and simmer, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. (Cherries will exude juices.) Transfer a few spoonfuls of the cherry liquid into a small bowl, and add cornstarch, whisking to form a paste. Continue to simmer the cherry mixture until cherries are tender but not falling apart, about 8 minutes. Then stir cornstarch mixture into simmering filling and boil, stirring frequently, 2 minutes. Transfer filling to a bowl and put in fridge.
Preheat oven to 375°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat. Or, place hand pie in skillet as I did and embellish with toppings. 
While cherries are cooling, remove one piece of dough from fridge and roll out on floured work surface to  1/8-inch thickness. Use a 4-inch biscuit cutter to cut disks of dough, and transfer disks to one of the baking sheets. When the dough has been cut into disks and one baking sheet is full, gather the dough scraps into a ball, re-wrap in plastic, and return to the fridge. Spoon about 2 teaspoons (depending on size of biscuit cutter) of filling into the center of each disk. Fold each disk over itself to make a half-moon that fully encapsulates the filling, then use the edge of a fork to crimp around the edges of each pie. Transfer baking sheet to the freezer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, repeat with second half of the dough. Gather the scraps from the second piece, combine with the first scraps, and roll out one last time, repeating steps above. Transfer second filled baking sheet to freezer.
Remove baking sheets from the freezer, and brush pies with egg, then sprinkle with sanding sugar. (Regular or demerara sugar will work just fine.) Use a paring knife to make three diagonal vents in the top of each pie. Transfer to the oven and bake 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Cool 10 minutes; serve warm or at room temperature. Hand pies can be frozen in an airtight container between layers of wax paper for up to 1 month.
Happy Summer!
Jill 00

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ruffled Chalkboard

If you read Bittersweet then you'll already know about these ruffled chalkboards. I started by making one with a burlap ruffle and then began making some from calico's and eyelet trims. I used a staple gun to attach the calico onto the wrong side of the ruffle and then folded it down and pressed it. Then I hot glued the trim on top. You could add dried flowers, lavender, (like the one at Bittersweet) or buttons, just about anything really. Embellish until your hearts content.
Not much time to post lately. Fall manufacturing has kicked in!


Jill 00


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