This weekend has been full of fun! I met so many amazing and talented people! I had the wonderful opportunity to meet the Scientific Seamstress herself, Carla Crim, and her very sweet husband, Del, and her adorable son, Louie!!! What a lovely family! They were so down-to-earth and friendly. I feel like we have been friends forever. Carla is an excellent pattern designer and e-book author and I have been using her creations for the past few years! She is very good at explaining and teaching everyone how to sew...from the beginner to the experienced! Her blog, http://scientificseamstress.blogspot.com/ is filled with advice and inspiration and beautiful items she has made.
So with the opportunity to attend the Sis Boom Spring Open House, Carla and I made plans to get together. She and her family came from Maryland to my house on Friday. We visited for a bit and the kids played. My girls loved "little Louie"! We went to dinner and filled up on yummy seafood. Then we walked some of it off on the Cape May boardwalk. It was a lovely evening!
Here are Carla and I trying to take our pic...
Checking out the building blocks...
Visiting whilst the kids played...
Walking on the Cape May boardwalk after dinner....
We got our feet wet in the Atlantic!
Some of us got wetter than others....lol!
It was cold!!!
Riding some kiddie rides!
Bopp em on the head, Devon!
So the reason for Carla's visit was that she had invited me along to Jennifer Paganelli's Spring Open House in Wilton, CT. Jennifer Paganelli is the talent behind Sis Boom Fabrics. Her blog, http://jenniferpaganelli.typepad.com/sis_boom_day_dreams/ tells it all. Her fabrics are to die for...really gorgeous, color-filled, inspiration artwork....something to be admired and savored. Her fabric masterpieces NEED to be integrated into everything...quilts are a good start but the fabric is for everything...clothing, furniture, household items, accessories....you name it, it should be made with her fabric! And that's exactly what her lovely home is....it's like a store and an inspirational museum wrapped up into one!!!
So here are some pictures of our visit:
All ready for our Sis Boom Day!
We truly landed in Sis Boom Heaven.
She had a beautiful wrap -around porch filled with color and tables of goodies.
Her back room filled with gorgeous clothing and accessories...
Her front study with a pretty painting and a sofa filled with pillows. Fabric swatches of her latest lines filled the table in front...
Outside on the side porch, your could pick out and have your fabric cut and packaged for you.
Beautiful quilts, a bed and neat fabric hobby horses brighten this corner of the room...
Ribbons, wallets, bags of goodies, purses, and handmade cards on the dining room table...
A women sat and painted pretty pictures on the front porch...
Del took most of these pictures while we were shopping. We tried not to get pictures of other attendees but there were lots of people milling about and shopping through out the day...
Del made the funny comment about how Louie seemed to disappear when he went into the house....I mean he really was camouflaged in his adorable bowling shirt amongest the fabric and slipcovers and pillows! LOL!
Here I am looking over the newest line of fabric by Jennifer, Dance With Me.
And more gorgeous fabric....
Carla, Jennifer and I visiting in the side yard! Jennifer was so upbeat and happy and personable! She was so fun to talk to!
Carla and Jennifer have teamed up to make some patterns for clothing made with Jennifer's fabric. What a winning combination!!! The latest design, the Patricia Tunic, is an adult-sized tunic and it is so easy to make and comfortable to wear. Carla and I made ours and wore them....many people stopped us with compliments! It was so fun to be able to share the news of the upcoming pattern release. Hopefully it will come out in the next couple of days! So be on the lookout!!!!!
Watching Louie play with his new cool toy ATV and action figure. It was a special present for Louie from Jennifer...isn't that sweet?!!!
Jennifer and Louie, who is really taken with his new "engine guy"
Smile! Louie was being shy....lol
We found this comfy sofa and kind of set up camp here during the party. The yard and woods were so pretty.
Carla made Louie this stunning bowling shirt with some of Jennifer's fabric. Carla designed the bowling shirt and it is another one of her patterns you can purchase. It is so versatile!
Here is the cool ATV guy, also named Louie, in the driveway!
Out by the driveway, there were some ponies! Nancy Geaney from Dark Horse Farm (see her blog http://darkhorsefarmdesigns.blogspot.com/) came with some of her smaller friends. They were giving rides to the children and showing off their Sis Boom saddle pad and ribbons.
Here is Del asking Louie if he wants to ride...he said..."Noooo, I'll just pet the ponies!" Right behind them are two guests. The person on the right in the blue top is the creator of the pretty belts made with Carla's fabric...her blog is http://fireflyhilldesigns.blogspot.com/
Is this pony not just darling???
I had the chance to chat with Maritza, who makes all of those gorgeous pillows and slip-covers, and Nancy, who also loves horses and sewing, and is oh so talented!
Notice the Sis Boom apron that Nancy is wearing... I am pretty sure she made a handy horse grooming apron which works great at events like this or horseshows...it holds all your tools!
Shortly after, Jennifer joined us and we got another chance to talk and take more pictures...can you ever have enough???
Carla and Jennifer out in the beautiful yard and gardens which surround her home!
Carla's hubby, Del, made the yummiest homemade bread! Here is Jennifer opening hers. I believe she mentioned something about hiding it away .... hahaha.....its so delicious with butter or jelly.....mmmmmmm!
Our ride home was long and uneventful. We talked about sewing and ideas and things like that. Poor Del! Here is Louie busy playing stickers! He was the most excellent traveler! I am not kidding! He kept himself amused with stickers from Jennifer, his "engine man and 4 wheel drive" and making straws...1000's of them!!! lol What a smart, well-behavied, personable and cute little boy...he stole my heart I tell ya!
I would just like to thank Carla, Del and Louie for the wonderful visit this weekend! You are the best! I really enjoyed getting to know you better and I hope we continue our friendship!! I really appreciate your help and thank you for including me in this fun-filled weekend!
Thank you to Jennifer Paganelli for the beautiful open-house and lovely warm manner in which you conduct yourself. I felt like I have known you forever. Your outpouring of love, generosity and talent fill us all up!