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Colorado Observations

On vacation in Colorado – Vail area before the Rocky Mountain Sew Expo later this week… Some observations to share: 1. The flowers! Oh my gosh!!!! You’d NEVER see pansies potted with geraniums in Illinois – pansies are only for spring and fall. The Lobelia are prolific…amazing!!! And, combining of colors – all and every colors in one pot. Really quite beautiful. The Lupines and Delphiniums and Poppies – just amazing! Especially fun was the Betty Ford Gardens in Vail. I even LOVE the dead trees amongst it all – what a wonderful contrast. It looked like the dead wood was specifically placed throughout as well…

2. Love to ‘snoop shop’ – though it seems it’s either T-shirts and polar fleece smattered with ‘Vail’ on them – or VERY $$$$ clothing and art galleries. Guess where I linger??????? Yep – the $$$ shops and art galleries. Vail Village was exceptionally fun. Here is what I see: Monochromatic embellishment – yes – embellishment done in the same color – oftentimes even the same fabric. I watch FOX News and I see this all the time on the simple dresses on the women reporters and commentators as well…and of course, sleeveless. I see this embellishment – usually of a knit fabric cut on the cross grain so it will curl, or on the bias for woven fabrics. Definitely adding to the cost – regardless of the price range….as well, it should! WHITE Blouses and shirts with ruffles or pleats – everywhere! I actually really think this is a clean, fresh look – for most everyone – especially those of us who have seen cosmetic dental work ie: whitening. I learned in my color training that you shouldn’t wear white whiter than your teeth or the whites of your eyes. Well – there are many more of us around with much whiter toothies than God ever planned on! Anyway – they look good. I love wearing my Coldwater Creek white blouse as a jacket. More Embellishment than ever…EVERYWHERE. I have a napkin full of drawings and quite a few pictures on my cellphone from my snoop shopping. Many of the ideas I’ve seen will be adapted and utilized on upcoming Creative Sweatshirt Jackets. However, I often think that the designer has gotten carried away. Usually the more $$$ garments do this – in my humble opinion. Even Tim Gunn (Project Runway) would agree with me I’m sure. It all comes down to ‘Less is More’. So – if you need some em bellishment ideas and techniques, be sure to invest an EZ $19.95 in my Refined Embellishments for Creative Clothing.

Off in a jeep today – into God’s ‘closet’ of creation. Stay posted for what inspirations I get today….

For Londa’s books, patterns, and supplies as described in her sewing escapades, please see Londa’s Creative Threads –

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