Welcome to Deb Strain's studio...

Welcome to Deb Strain's studio...

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Our part of the Country

Hello Dear Friends!

Summer is finally off and running here in Ohio.  The crops are planted and the flowers are blooming.
We live in an area that is unique in several ways.  It is very rural and everyone knows each other!
We also have a wonderful, talented Old German Baptist community here.  Most mornings we see
at least one horse and buggy on the road and sometimes a whole row of them parked beside a home
or church!

My daughters and I visited "Smith's Antiques" in Arcanum, Ohio last week and viewed where many local residents purchase a lot of their clothes and fabric.

Going into this lovely store is like a step back into time.  They carry a little of everything...from hats to antiques to fabric and notions.  They even carry Moda fabric (hurray!) and had several samples made up with my fabric.

I remember going to dry goods stores like this when growing up and have wonderful memories of the rows of clothes, the high ceilings and polished hardwood floors.

Visiting "Smith's" brought all of those memories back and I was able to share them with my daughters. They also have a restaurant attached, where we had a delicious lunch!
If you are ever in the area, make sure you stop by. It is a special way to spend an afternoon!
Happy Summer!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Incredible Creations!

Hello Dear Friends!

Hope you have all been surviving this crazy spring weather!  We had a tornado touch down about a half mile from our house last week and lots of hail.  Considering what others have been through this spring, we are very fortunate.

I would like to introduce you to an incredibly talented young artist named Amanda Stanley.  She has a wonderful blog thatssewmandy.blogspot.com

She also started a flickr group where other fabric artists could share their creations made out of MY
FABRIC!!!  Isn't that something?  I can't believe it!

Please take a moment to visit it and become inspired. flickr.com/debstrainfabrics

  I am truly humbled and amazed at the wonderful creations that have been lovingly made! Every time that I check it, more have been added! Thank you again Amanda, for sharing your kindness and talent.