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. 

Warmly,

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!

Warmly,
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. 

video
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!

Warmly,

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


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