02 February, 2015

Buffalo Checks and Linen for LaFortune Linens!

I love my Etsy shop, and have decided to add different options when it comes to the fabric I offer.
 Linen has always been a favorite.
It's organic.
It drapes beautifully.
Can be washed and dried...actually, it gets softer the more you wash it.
Is very strong and long lasting if you treat it properly.
And...it's just gorgeous.
So here are a few items I now offer, with more to come.
Linen Café Curtain with a Scalloped top...I love these!
Perfect in a kitchen...would give privacy over a Bath Tub with a window...
a great addition to bedroom windows too!
Another Linen item I love are Pillowcases.
Sleeping on Linen can't be beat.
Especially when you've laundered them and hang them out in the Sunshine!
I don't think many people use clotheslines anymore,
but it's my favorite way to dry laundry...
even towels :)
Here's a new fabric source for my shop.
Beautiful, high quality fabrics.
Classic patterns.
Traditional that's been updated.
They also have wonderful Buffalo Checks available.
This one is Lyme...3 1/4" repeat
Sooo many colors to choose from...
Black & Natural

Rose & White
Then there's Metro Check...
more to love :)
These Buffalo checks have a repeat of 6 3/4".
A really nice large pattern...with quite a few colors to choose from too!
All 100 % cotton, and the pattern is woven, not printed.
These are going to be so much fun to work with!
ann marie


24 January, 2015

Very Late Christmas Update...

Yes...this post is very late...but better late than never...right ?!?
Christmas morning...
Santa was very busy and delivered all the presents to Memere and Pepere's house.
We had all 3 girls,
2 son in laws,
5 Grand Daughters,
2 of their dogs...
am I missing anything?
Oh, Adam wasn't able to be here...
maybe next Christmas?
Leaving all those presents was a lot of hard work,
looks like he enjoyed his milk and cookies...
and the carrots were gone too!
Caroline put that all out Christmas Eve :)
This was the best of several attempts to get a picture of all 5 girls in the dresses I made them.
I also made them a few other Christmas gifts
There were a few other things that got their attention too...
Christmas Breakfast.
and more hugs!
What a day!

It was wonderful...all of it :)
ann marie


30 July, 2014


The last major project to tackle in our
house next door was also the one we were most skeptical of.
When you start with a wood floor that's been exposed to cigarette smoke
for over 50+  years...God knows how many years of dogs peeing on the carpets that covered it...and last but not least a couple of areas that were damaged by water.
It most definitely wasn't pretty :(
Let me refresh your memory :)
Even our very talented floor refinisher had his doubts.
They started by sanding the floors...3 times.
Twice with sand paper and the third with screen.
They sanded the perimeter of all the rooms and hand scraped the corners too.
They even sanded all the thresholds...these guys were wonderful.
And let's not forget about that big hole in the floor where the floor heater was...
I love watching truly talented artisans work their magic.
There was a LOT of dust in here after all that sanding!
Someone had to vacuum ;)
Decisions, decisions...what color to stain the floors.
Couldn't go light because even after sanding there was still some areas where the stains still showed.
We chose Dark Walnut.
The picture above is where the floor heater was!
The final results after one coat of stain and two coats of semi gloss polyurethane.
Gorgeous...Stunning...Unbelievably Beautiful!
My floor guy was in disbelief and this is what he does day in and day out!
This is one happy house :)
ann marie

05 July, 2014

New Memories...4th of July 2014

All of our girls and their families were with us for the 4th.
All their girls too :)
We are 5 house away from Pickrell Park, Schertz Texas.
The 4th is our Holiday.
There's a BBQ competition that friends compete in...
Small town America parade...
Throw in a few extra kids and Ice Cream Cone cupcakes with chocolate frosting...
We are a family that has always appreciated what our military members have done for our country.
My husband retired as a Chief Master Sergeant after 27 years in the Air Force serving this country.
His dad served in the Korean conflict.
My dad and my uncle were/are (once a Marine, always a Marine) Marines in Viet Nam.
my dad served in 3 branches of the military...
My brother and his wife both retired after 20 years in the Air Force.
Thank You
ann marie