On Sept 1st, one of my blog readers, Gwen, who is a miniaturist, and now an online friend, forwarded me an email with a picture of a fabric called "Vintage Shabby Rose". She had been sent the email from one of her online friends, who had passed away over a year ago. Gwen had received hundreds of emails from this woman that she was still working her way through. She picked Sept 1st to open and share the rose fabric with me.
Hours later that same day, I got an email from someone who had seen my furniture and wondered if I took commissions. She was looking for a shabby chic sofa in the same style of my traditional sofas, for her Momoko doll room. She mentioned "maybe something with a rose that has a beachy feel". I had never done a shabby chic sofa, but I was very familiar with the style from my interior design days. I told her I would look for a fabric and get her approval before beginning the project. I immediately thought about the fabric that Gwen had sent me earlier, but it was about $20 a yard + shipping, just for the one piece.
That weekend I went to my favorite home decor discount store. I buy most of my upholstery fabrics there because the fabrics are priced right and I can usually find some really unique fabrics. I went through the whole store and I only found two fabrics that I thought might work. I was hoping to find more, so the buyer could have a choice. If she didn't like either of these, I would have to go to the other upholstery stores that were a lot more expensive.