Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Fun With Fabric Scraps

It's so much fun to make things with scraps of fabric that some people would just toss. We organized our scraps by color and got to work.

We decorated the store with a couple of styrofoam wreaths covered in long strips of scrap fabric sewn together and embellished with little fabric roses, made using smaller strips of fabric scraps and a glue gun.

We made Christmas bulbs to hang in the store window - again using long strips of scrap fabric wrapped round and round and round different sized styrofoam balls.

We made little lavender sachets using locally grown lavender lovingly cleaned by our very own Ellen. These are for sale and make the perfect small "I'm Thinking of You" gift - $3.00 each!

We made wine bags that have been flying out the door - and up until now we haven't even promoted them. But rest assured that we are busy making a whole bunch more - $7.95 each!

And we are even selling small scrap fabric bags - a mishmash of sizes - empty for $2.00 each!

Stop by the store and we will be happy to share crafty tips on how we made these goodies. Maybe you even have some fabric scrap tips for us!

Ho Ho Ho 'tis the season for fun!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sister Soap Company

Your nose will know the minute you step inside!

For the holiday season, once again we have Sister Soap Company's wonderful natural soaps and other goodies available for purchase at Picking Daisies.

Owned by another local sister team, Sister Soap Company's products are handmade, organic, and completely natural. You can read all about the sisters right here.

Perfect for stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, and the special friends in your life, stop by Picking Daisies for Sister Soap's Lavender Linen Spray and Skin Relief Lotion Tins, as well as the following wonderfully aromatic soaps:

Pumpkin Spice
Peppermint Clove
Auntie's Sweetgrass
Mandarin Bergamot
Lavender Serenity
Sensual Silk (my favorite!)
Santa Barbara Sea Spa
Grannie's Garden

You can purchase all of these goodies at Picking Daisies, or by visiting the Sister Soap Company's at or by clicking on any of the above product links.

Monday, November 1, 2010

I have a Crush!

I have a great big crush on these fantastic fabrics from designer Anna Maria Horner. They are from her new fabric line: "Innocent Crush".

Their fabulousness overwhelms me and I feel myself growing weaker by the day - succumbing to their siren call.

I suspect that we shall soon have these available as napkins at Picking Daisies.

Don't you think we should?!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Cupcakes and A Surprise Sale

25%-off SALE on Halloween and Fall Napkins
and a Free Mini Cupcake from Amy Bakes Cupcakes
* 3 Days Only *

Only the fabrics pictured above are 25% off in remaining dinner, cocktail and coaster napkins.

We are celebrating a birthday with cupcakes
for our in-store customers combined with a 25% off sale
this Thursday, Friday and Saturday only.

(October 28, 29 and 30, 11:30am - 5:00pm)

We have cotton Trick or Treat Bags still available
in this wonderful fabric "The Ghastlies" in
green (shown below) and in gray.
At 25% off, they're only $14.25 each.

Fall is in the air (finally) and the pumpkins are ripe,
so it is time to set your table for Autumn celebrations.

Picking Daisies Fall Sale

The fine print....

1. 25% off applies only to napkins (of all sizes) and bags in the Halloween and Fall fabric prints shown above.
2. Quantities are limited, so the sale is on a first-come, first-served basis while the napkins and bags last.
3. Cupcakes are limited, and quite delicious, and therefore also first-come, first served while they last.
4. If you are shopping online for Halloween and Fall napkins during this 3-day sale, please simply write "Fall Sale" in the Notes during checkout, or follow your order submission with an email to us indicating that you want to take advantage of our sale on Fall napkins. When we process your order, we will take 25% off your Fall purchases.
5. Know what you want but can't make it to the store during those three days? Email us and we will help you place your order online and you can pick up your napkins at Picking Daisies at your leisure.
6. Need to contact us? Click here.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Photo Blog from Sunset's Savor the Central Coast

Here's a photo blog of our adventures at Sunset's Savor the Central Coast last weekend in Santa Margarita, California. Enjoy...

Set-up ready to begin in our bare tent...

but cannot start without Dede and Jed

Dede and Jed arrive

It's a family endeavor

Mark and Kay are on computer set-up

Dede and Jed are on napkin display

Open and Ready for Business!

The happy guests arrive

The beautiful tent top of The Pavilion
where cooking demos take place
...including from Chef Tyler Florence


The rustic barn where the meals are hosted

Tables in the barn set with our
napkin rental collection

Our wonderful rental napkins

Day two's gusty winds made the Volvo people
decide to go "topless"

The original Disneyland Train now
lives at The Santa Margarita Ranch

Dede and Kay have fond memories of
riding this train at Disneyland

Packed up at the end of day two -
A final look at the beautiful tents and sky
We met so many lovely people and basked
in so many compliments about our napkins.
We look forward to doing it all again next year!

Friday, September 17, 2010

"Savor" Event Ticket Giveaway

Picking Daisies is giving you an opportunity to win 2 two-day passes to Sunset's Savor the Central Coast. (a $300 value!)

Here's all you need to do:

1. Come in to Picking Daisies. (hours & location found here). Make sure it is before next Saturday, September 25th at the 4:00pm deadline.

2. Fill out one of our cards (one per customer please!). There is no purchase necessary to enter this drawing.

3. Cross your fingers on Saturday, September 25th at 4:00pm when we draw the name of the lucky winner. The winner will be notified that evening by email or phone.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sunset's Savor the Central Coast

We've been busy little napkin makers these last few weeks in happy preparation for Sunset Magazine's food and wine festival "Savor the Central Coast" which takes place October 2nd and 3rd at the beautiful Santa Margarita Ranch in Santa Margarita, California.

There will be much to do and see at this event, and I encourage you to check the "Savor" website for all the details.

There is a wonderful kitchen garden that has been planted. You will be able to tour this garden as well as attend events and seminars using freshly grown goodies from this garden.

Picking Daisies will be part of The Main Event, selling and showing off our wonderful napkins. We are excited to be there along with the Central Coast's finest food, wine and culinary vendors.

Farm-fresh breakfast anyone? ... Our napkin rental collection will be garnishing the dining tables during the Fresh From the Fields breakfasts both Saturday and Sunday mornings.

See you at the ranch!

And yes, there will be chickens!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Farmdale Napkins

We've been waiting for what seems like ages for Alexander Henry's wonderful Farmdale fabrics to arrive. Take a look at how adorable they are and you'll know why we were so anxious to get our hands on them.

Their fabric names are (l-r clockwise) Blossom, Crossing, Curio, and Delicious. We got busy right away sewing them into our wonderful napkins and they are now available either in the set you see above, or individually.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Whooo picked this fabric?

This "Spotted Owl" print just landed at Picking Daisies.

We acquired a small amount of this fabric a few months ago, and it flew out the door.

Now we finally have enough yardage to make enough napkins and bags that we can offer them on our website.

In addition to the lovely Natural color, we also have this fabric in Green Tea and Smoke.

Give a HOOT - make the switch to cloth napkins!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Comfortable Napkins

Most of our napkins are made from fabrics with vibrant, colorful, bold prints. But we fell in love with this line from fabric designer Tanya Whelan.

They have such a comfortable and flowing look to them that I am tempted to sew up some new bed sheets so that I can wrap myself up in their softness each and every night. But in the meantime, we are enjoying them on our table display:

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Picking Daisies Bike

Picking Daisies is the proud owner of a new-to-us vintage bike. After a little sprucing up and the addition of a sign, it is looking quite smart.

And it is going to be working hard for us parked out on Higuera Street for all to see. We hope you enjoy seeing it as you drive by!