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December 2006

December 2006 Newsletter
Catching Up
Common Question
Feature Article
Some Extra Stuff


Please stop by and visit our What's New Page for recently added vintage tablecloths, napkins, handkerchiefs and fabrics!
Catching Up!
Seems last we spoke, Spring was in the air and now we are into Holidays!  Where did the time go?
We have had an exciting few months.  We purchased a new home and start to finish was less than 60 days!  Talk about a whirlwind!  We weren’t even planning on moving.  But a wonderful home and a beautiful piece of property (at a fantastic price) bumped into us and we HAD to have it.  The home was built in the late 60s and needs a lot of updating. My kitchen is right out of the Brady Bunch. 
So we sold our home and moved:  the home, the hobbies, the kiddies, the business, and the hubby.  Material Pleasures now has a fabulous 22’ by 15’ studio to operate in.   As you might guess, home businesses are operated from the home: inventory in the bedroom, pictures taken in the diningroom, computer work in the family room, etc.  But with this new space, Material Pleasures is now in one room. 
And with this move I found so many things, put away for so long, it was like rediscovering old friends and shopping in my own closets!  I have been in the business since 1999 and did not realize how much inventory I had stored away.  Some stuff has not seen the light of day in over 5 years.  So over the next few months I will be adding TONS of inventory.  I have found BOXES of handkerchiefs, BOXES of lace, doilies galore, printed tablecloths, some nice early tablecloths, lace tablecloths, BOXES of fabrics, over 300 cards of  buttons, not including the loose ones, and even a couple of quilts.  There are about 20 boxes, big boxes, of inventory to list.  So if you are looking for something in particular, place ask.  I know I have some handkerchief and lace customers who have been very patient, so that is where I have started.  
Material Pleasures does not vend at shows during November, December, and January.
Our next show is February 3-4, 2007  Princeton/Lawrenceville Antiques Show at the National Guard Armory, 151 Eggert Crossing Rd, in Lawrenceville, NJ.
Our Holiday Special is Free US Standard Shipping on your Order of $29.99 or more.  Use coupon HoHoHo. 
We are more than happy to gift wrap your item, just let us know in the comments of your order. 
And upgraded shipping is always available. 
Common Question:
”Can you use Restoration and the All American Quilt Wash in the new High Efficiency washing machines.”

Gotta love technology.  When we moved in, one of the first things we did was purchase new appliances.   Including a new washer and dryer.  My Joe is a Tech Guru and loves all the latest toys and gadgets and wanted in the worse way to buy me one of those Front Loading High Efficiency Washing Machines.  So we did some research and I even emailed a few manufacturers and the fact of the matter is the front loading machines don’t soak.  Yes, some have a soak cycle, but it’s a short soak.  And the machines are HE for a reason.  The use less electricity and less water.  And it is not recommended to add the soap directly into the drum.  Restoration is a soaking agent.  You let your linens soak in it for hours.  Whirpool and Maytag do not have the ability to soak for hours.  The biggest advantage to having a front loading machine is that there is no agitation and is much gentler for washing a quilt. 
That does not mean every antique quilt can be washed.  Please see my July 2005 Newsletter for more information.  But it does mean that those quilts, meeting the criteria, can be washed in a machine in a safer, gentler way. 
Then we moved onto the new HE top loading machines.  We purchase a Kenmore Oasis HE.    These machines have a very small agitator.  They can be stopped in mid cycle, top lifted, and items left to soak.  Theoretically, since the Restoration does not make a lot of suds, as long as you use a temperature hot enough to completely dissolve the product, you should be able to use it in the washer. What I have been doing is  dissolving the product in hot water, and when the machine is in it's wash cycle and a considerable amount of water is in the machine, pouring the Restoration in and letting it sit there.  This took a lot of trial and error and was as exciting as watching your washing machine run, literally.  So, you can use these products in an HE top loading machine.
When I don't have the time to babysit the washer, I just hand soak everything in a tub for a few hours.  Products that I use Restoration on, I can finish in the washer with a quick Rinse and Spin cycle. 
If you have questions about using your HE machine, the best thing to do is to call the manufacturer. 
Feature Article: "Granny Style"

I have said it before and I will say it again, everything old is new again.  “Vintage” has been “in” for a while now…who would have thought!  You see vintage and retro influences everywhere: clothing, furniture, décor, fabrics, quilts.  And just last month I saw on the Today show a segment on “Granny Style”.  Well my ears perked up.

Now, the thing to do is not just use those vintage pieces, but use them in ways other than intended.  The example shown was to take all of Grandma’s doilies and display them on the table, all helter skelter, in no particular pattern.  Nana would have never used them that way, they would have to have a vase or plant on top of them, right?

Use handkerchiefs as a curtain valance, or aprons as a café curtains.  Edge a shelf with wide lace trim.  Sew some damask napkins together to make a duvet cover or throw.  And they don’t have to be the same.  Think Eclectic.  The possibilities are only limited to your own creativity. 
Some Extra Stuff:
Love Aprons?   This is a wonderful article on the net about them.  Everything you wanted to know about Vintage Aprons and more!
I was recently chosen as Quilt Historian of the Month for Dr. Kimberly Wulfert's Antique Quilt Dating Website.  Stop by and read the interview!

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