Weddings~it’s always that time of year

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Who doesn’t love a wedding?  For those of us who sew, it’s one welcome opportunity to make special gifts.  Sandee, my sorority sister (a neat discovery made through this blog!),   has used a fabric I covet to make some wonderful items for newlyweds.

When she sent these gorgeous pictures to me, I just had to ask permission to share them with you.  Can you imagine how pleased the young couples must have been?

 

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Sandee said, “I had bought some yardage in a great wedding theme print and the first thing I made was the pillow cases for my god daughter and her husband. I also made a lined drawstring bag from the same fabric and put the rolled up pillow cases into that. My god daughter is a knitter, and I thought she could use the gift bag as a little project bag after the wedding. (there is a great tutorial for he bag on the website “In Color Order”–just google it).”

 

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useful bag for the kntter bride

 

Sandee said, “My niece got married and I made the set of placemats for them to use on their sweetheart table at the reception and to also use on anniversaries (or any day if they wish).”

 

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Sandee was on a roll.  She had yet another newly wed gift in her.

 

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She said, “Then finally, another wedding gift for another god-daughter (and sister of the first one). I was running low on the yardage by now, and the shop didn’t have any more of it. I made a cute throw pillow and used a sentiment that was free on Urbanthreads.com: “Always Kiss Me Goodnight” and also put on their wedding date. I used colors for the applique that match the sheets they had selected for their bedding (I also bought the sheet set for a wedding gift.)”

“Anyway, I just thought it would be fun to share some wedding sewing with you. Of course the biggest wedding sewing I ever did was to make my daughter’s wedding gown 9 years ago! And 36 years ago I made gowns for my maid of honor, two bridesmaids and two flower girls.   I bought my own gown, but had extra trims sent to me by the manufacturer and used those in the other gowns I made plus used some in my daughter’s first communion dress and her own wedding gown and the dresses for her flower girls, and then again in the baptism dresses for her own 2 little girls.”

Everything is beautiful, Sandee.  Thanks so much for sharing these photos and ideas.

P.S.  If anyone has any of this fabric to share or knows of a source, I would LOVE to buy some.

 

 

She wore the dress……

 

but she was not happy about it.

 

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Two yo granddaughter Vivian Rose was crying her little heart out, I’m pretty sure, because she was wearing the Easter dress disaster.    Her mother declares that it was not about the dress, but a grandmother knows these things.

First thing at home Easter morning, she kicked away her Easter basket and refused to hunt for eggs.  (I think she saw the dress hanging.) There is no photo documentation of her hissy fit.  Later the children attended 2 other egg hunts.

She and her happy, easy-going brother,  Alastair, joined a large group of children at a friend’s waterfront home.

 

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Alastair had a great time.

 

A egg basket

 

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Easter Dress~Oh NO!

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Happy Easter to you all!  This is such a joyous season, filled with promise of renewal and new beginnings.  Beautiful worship services, inspiring music, egg hunts and family gatherings all make it so special.

I will enjoy all these blessings, but right now I am dealing with major disappointment–the Easter  dress I made for 2 yo granddaughter Vivian Rose.

For this enormously significant holiday, every mother and grandmother tries to outfit her little darlings in beautiful garments.For me, “tries” is the operative word here.  And believe me I did  try.

 

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This post is not meant to be all about moaning and wailing, though this Mary Engelbreit illustration captures my feelings pretty accurately.  But I do hope listing the details of my failure will be helpful.  Also included are the few (very few!) good things I did.

So, reluctantly, I post this sad photo of the disastrous dress.

 

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Backpack and Dingle Dangles

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Lately, I’ve been on a Disney roll embroidering items for a good friend.   This backpack was a fearsome task, making me wonder if it was a mistake to take it on.   It brought to mind my “sewing in a cave” experience monogramming a large tote bag.  I did NOT want to repeat that.

 

 

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The bag was a Christmas gift for grandson Alastair’s favorite pre-school teacher.  Then I tackled another one for my dear Aunt Rheeta.  But it was no fun at all! Continue reading

Whimsy Dresses

Inspired by Kari Mecca's Whimsy classes.  Sorry for the boring picture but it was raining outside and this was the best I could do.

Inspired by Kari Mecca’s Whimsy classes. Sorry for the boring picture but it was raining outside and this was the best I could do.

 

I’m still reeling with ideas from Kari Mecca’s classes at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo ’15.  Fortunately, while there I had stocked up on spaghetti bias, so I was ready to go full steam ahead on this dress and a matching one for and AG doll.

 

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The ladybug button just tickled me. I was especially happy to find a tiny bug button for the doll dress.

 

 

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I started with a Simplicity pattern but wish I had found one without a yoke.  It left precious little room for the applique’ and I doubt the rick rack would have fit even if I had thought about it.  Also, I find the separation of bodice to skirt distracting, even with the coordinating lime green whipstitch piping.  Oh well. Continue reading

Peter Rabbit Blanket

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We’re re-modeling our kitchen.  What, you might ask, does that have to do with a Peter Rabbit blanket?  Let me explain.

We have no counters, no kitchen sink, and until last week, no stove.  Of course, breakfast and lunch are cold or prepared in the microwave and eaten on paper plates.  For dinner, we have no choice but to eat out every night.  What a hardship!  I told the kitchen guys to take their sweet time.

 

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Only for the Love of Grandchildren

Is there no limit to what we will do for our children or grandchildren?  Apparently not.

 

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I can’t believe I’ve just made 43 Pokemon Ninja headband birthday party favors for sweet grandson Alastair.  That’s LOVE!!!

Now 6 years old, he and most of his friends are  smitten with these characters.

 

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Alastair is the little guy standing with his hands in his pockets.

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WOW! OSQ Expo ’15

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a Kari Mecca creation with her signature ribbon trim (made with handy Whimsy Sticks) and spaghetti bias

 

Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Lakeland, Florida– what a fabulous event!  This past week with my dear friend Carol (my son-in-law’s mother)  we took classes and shopped at the enormous and tantalizing market.  Seeing so many friends, making such great buys, and learning so many new things made OSQE a circus of fun.

My schedule included 2 “Whimsy” sessions with Kari Mecca, two serger classes and one quilting adventure.  Each offered great techniques and loads of inspiration.

 

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My classes with Kari Mecca inspired me beyond words.  Being the smitten grandmother of 2 year old Vivian Rose, I dream of making every garment on Kari’s sample rack–a dream that’s unlikely to come true! Continue reading

Monogrammed Wedding Gift

Weddings are important because they celebrate life and possibility. Anne Hathaway

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The wedding gift includes twelve linen, hemstitched dinner napkins like this one.  And in case the bride or groom read this post, please note that nothing else in the picture is part of the gift ;-)

 

These napkins were stitched for a couple who embrace both life and possibility.  They seem to know that

“In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.” —Janos Arnay

And for them, one of those possibilities is a great deal of entertaining.

The gift includes 12 hemstitched linen dinner napkins monogrammed with designs from JuJu’s Adorn Trio Ornamental Monogram. This set comes in 4 sizes and is now marked down from $20 to $5!  I love this collection and Juju’s other designs.  Note: I have no affiliation with JuJu except as a satisfied customer.

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Easter Outfits from my Past

Is there any more joyous occasion for sewing than Easter? It’s time to get started but instead of pulling out the lace and batiste, I find myself looking back at those confections from the past. For me, it’s not about seeking inspiration so much as it is about enjoying the memories all over again, like re-reading a very good book.

Among these outfits, there might be some inspiration for those of you who have not yet jumped into this special sewing season.

Who doesn’t love babies in daygowns?  And with a sweet big brother they are even more precious.

 

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If daygowns interest you, details are posted here Happy Easter ’13.  This post details the daygown with fagotted lace and a hand embroidered front placket

 

The next year Big Brother Alastair wore this little suit.

Another hurry-up outfit, made for my grandson Alastair.

This hurry-up Easter suit  was made for my grandson Alastair.

 

It seems like I am always in a rush to get Easter outfits finished.  This one for Alastair was no exception.

Making this dress was pure joy.  I love the Swiss handloom and laces.

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Baby’s Easter Dress, made for Vivian Rose last year. It was a modification of a dress I made for her mother 31 years ago.

 

And I love this picture of her strolling through the grass.

 

Vivian Rose, 15 months old, Easter 2014

Vivian Rose, 15 months old, Easter 2014

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