I’ve always thought mug rugs were a great idea and always meant to stitch some.Â Finally, a need arose and a set of these unusual “rugs” seemed like the perfect hostess gift for a perfectly gracious host and hostess.
The second set was made for the guest of honor and speaker, extraordinary Pastor James of Ghana.Â So two gift sets of 4 mug rugs were made.Â I don’t enjoy stitching identical designs again and again, so I changed the thread color of the background stitching and some of the lettering.
At a lovely dinner at the home of members of our church, Pastor James spoke passionately to a large group ofÂ guests about the challenging conditions in Ghana.Â Our host and hostess, a physician and nurse, had gone there on a medical mission trip this past summer. Continue reading →
FF (formerly feral) Rusty with FF (finally finished)Â CC Jane for Vivian Rose
This little outfit has been sitting at the back of my cutting table for almost a year now.Â Why?Â Because after embroidering the tricycle I thought a lighter pink applique fabric would have looked better.Â I got as far as cutting out another front, but never got to the re-embroidery.Â So it sat. Until last week.
Children’s Corner Jane, one of my go-to-patterns for wiggly Vivian Rose, with an added angel sleeve ruffle. The pattern is so simple, perfect for embellishing one way or another.
When I took it outside to photograph because the lighting is so much better, my ever-loving, always-seeking-affection feline fella Rusty jumped into a pot of geraniums to be near me.Â It was a cat photobomb. But IÂ just kept shooting as sunset was approaching.
Some readers might remember this photo of grandson Alastair with kitten Rusty, who was discovered with his recently feral mama in our old vacant chicken house.Â That was in an earlier post, Sew Lucky, Sew Beautiful, .
Grandson Alastair is wearing his Big Brother shirt and holding tiny Rusty. Â Mama Alina is keeping close to her kitten. He never was camera shy.
A most unusual cat, he has grown up to be as social, loving and attentive as any dog we’ve had.
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Children’s Corner “Jane” with elephant applique
This was made while spending a week at our mountain cabin.Â With our daughter and her two children and all their activities, it was a busy time.Â And yet, I managed to finish this Children’s Corner Jane for 18 month old Vivian Rose.
What a terrific pattern this is!Â Fast as a New York minute, easy as pie and cute as a button.Â How’s that for a lot of cliches?Â But it’s all true.Â This may be the perfect pattern for our 18 month old granddaughter Vivian Rose.
I love a pattern that is simple enough to alter easily for different looks.Â For the size 2, the basic top required just 1/2Â yd. of 60″ wide fabric.Â On this gray gingham top, a lace edged ruffle was added over the regular elasticized sleeve.Â An appliqued gray ultrasuede elephant adds textural interest.Â The loose tail is a bias tube made from the ruffle sleeve pink fabric.Â I hope she doesn’t pull it off. Continue reading →
circa 1940 organdy baby dress
The bassinette skirt I’ve been working on is coming along, but it surely takes a lot of time to arrange the designs.Â So while I continue working on that,Â I thought you might enjoy looking at this sweet baby dress which has so many exquisite details.Â It was given to me by a friend but she knew nothing about its history or origin.
The fabric seems to be a soft organdy, if there is such a thing.Â It may just be that it’s old and has lost some–but not all–of its crispness.Â Labeled Tiny Tots OriginalsÂ hand made Philippines, every stitch is done by hand.Â I googled Tiny Tots and could only find references to a company by that name in the garment district of New York City.
The search also turned up other Tiny Tots Original garments for sale on etsy or eBay.Â The information is not corroborated, but those garments were dated 1940-1960, though every vendor seemed to be giving it their best guess.
But my-oh-my the details! Continue reading →