Friday, January 11, 2013

Vintage Scarves and A Wonderful Surprise (Reminder)

Several weeks ago I went to an auction and purchased
2 boxes of vintage, retro scarves for my Etsy shop.
Tonight I was sorting thru the 50 to 75 scarves/sashes.
And at the bottom of the last box,
I caught a glimpse of a familiar OLD friend.
 I warn you now that this post is a bit lengthy but stay with me if you can.
In the middles 80's I had a shop in Rotan, Texas.
The oil boom had busted and Joe was laid off.
We were in a tight place, waiting on his severance package.
We had no groceries and the water bill was past due and it was the last day
I sat at my sewing machine and I prayed.
I asked My Heavenly Father for inspiration.
For an idea of something that I could make and sell that day.
Something that I could make with the resources I had on hand.
 I piddled on with whatever project it was that I was
mindlessly working on. I looked toward the rear of my work area
and there, in a stack, were 3 old quilts.
I had salvaged them from a house that Joe and I had torn down in East Texas.
They were nothing special - worn and raggedy,
neglected and left behind in the old house.
As I looked at them there was a nudge in my heart.
Make a collar. 
What? A collar? Hmmm! I've never seen anything like that.
I dug thru my pattern boxes and found a pattern for a dress
with a round yoke. "Hmm,I think that might just work."
I cut out the pattern pieces and taped the shoulders together, 
so there wouldn't be a seam on the shoulders. 
I laid the pattern on a pretty section of the quilt and started cutting.
 I had lace trim that looked like crochet and I had satin ribbon.
 I had just pinned the lace and ribbon to the edge of the collar when a friend came in.
She always wanted to know what I was painting, sewing, or making.
(***I made all this stuff!)
I stood her in front of the mirror and put the collar around her neck.
She oohed and ahhed and asked the price and 
if she could take it (unfinished) with her to the beauty shop.
About half an hour later she called me and asked if there was anyway
that I could make 2 more before closing time. 
WooHoo! Thank you, God!
Absolutely! Cut, cut, pin, pin, stitch, stitch. 
And at the end of the day the water bill paid 
and groceries were on the table!
 That creation was the beginning of a fun ride.
When Joe's severance check arrived we took a chance 
a bought a 1" ad in the back of Country Living Magazine. 
That proved to be a very good step. 
A friend designed me a label. Gotta have a label!
 There are a lot of 15's in this story. 
We bought A LOT of old quilts for $10-15.00 each. 
I could get 15 collars out of a quilt and sold  the collars $15.00 for each .
Over the next 2 years thru the ads and craft shows we sold 1,000's of collars. 
 I actually had lost track of how many.
What a wonderful surprise 
and a sweet reminder
that God is always faithful beyond our wildest expectations.
 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, 
nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man,
 the things which God hath prepared 
for them that love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly  above all that we ask or think,  according to the power that works in us, 
  to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, 
forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21
Thanks for stopping by!

1 comment:

  1. Really loved seeing pics with a story I learned this last year. Really enjoy knowing you and following your story.


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