Saturday, November 24, 2012

New Zippers

These are #15 molded tooth zippers.  In England, these are called 20 gauge.  I'm now stocking these in SEPARATING zippers & as yardage.  Only Black for right now, but am thinking red or purple teeth on black tape.  These are used a lot for costuming because they are so big (yes, that is a quarter next to the box & pin) & the quarter also fits inside the ring on the pull.  They are on my website: Monster Zippers

Sunday, November 18, 2012

97 Yards of Hand Sewn Trim!

I was so happy to have my tacker needles for this project!  When done, this job didn't look too hard but the fabric is burn-out silk velvet that took over 7 months to get, it shipped in 13 pieces from about 3 mill runs.  All of the hems were reinforced then hand sewn.  All of the 97 yards of trim was then hand applied!  It took Mary, Kathleen & me 4 weeks of 10 hour days to complete.  Took Ted 3 hours to hang!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Zippers That are More Than Zippers

Artist Kate Cusack’s Zippered Flower
All things zipper!  If you google Kate Cusack you will see how amazing her work is.  This is rather early in her exploration of zippers as art.
Life is SHORT! Zip up the Flowers!

Monday, October 08, 2012


OK, so it's not much, but snow on October 4th really surprised me.  My tomatoes are still producing beautifully & hopefully I'll be able to gentle them along for another month.

Life is SHORT! Savor your day!

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Just found this "innovative" duvet cover & bedskirt from Hunter Douglas Hospitality. Click this link:  HD Hospitality

I've been making bedskirts this way for about 12 years? Maybe 15?  Only I've been attaching them to a fitted sheet to keep the whole bedskirt from shifting.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Fall Already!

Can you believe the hot, dry summer is over?

I've always loved summers: dogs in the pool, checking the progress of my tomatoes, mint juleps under the apple tree, getting ready for the installations for Thanksgiving & Christmas (we do 60% of our sewing biz in Oct-Christmas for the year!)

But this year, summer was different.  Instead of lounging under the apple tree, the hills around Ft. Collins were burning.  Instead of enjoying the yard, my husband filed for divorce.  I moved back into my little 900 sq.ft. victorian house downtown from the fabulous 1920's tudor revival we were making into a bed and breakfast.  I closed the store in Denver, but we have enough sewing to keep Mary & Kathleen busy through Christmas.  The Zipper Lady is moving into the victorian stable/garage, just as soon as my carpenter gets finished updating the electric, putting in doors & windows and maybe some heat!

Change is good!  Every time I sell an antique, I buy more interesting zippers!  So you will start seeing some hard to find zippers on shortly.  Plus I'm working on my website & videos.

Onward & Upward!