June 17, 2011

  • Sewing Projects 101.

    It’s late. 12.:04am late. I’ve been working for the past 5 hours straight on yard sale things, preparing for our big 7-Family Yard Sale at our home on Saturday. I’m probably 75% of the way finished. :} I haven’t been pricing things the whole time – most of the time, actually, has been up in the 200 degree attic. Clearing away things in there that we thought we could fit in this house. We were wrong. Wrong wrong wrong.

    Yes, I’m embarrassed by all the things we have – and I even had a yard sale last year before we moved!
    Living in a smaller house definitely is causing me to now be more ruthless and just get rid of things that we aren’t using, and won’t use in the near future.

    Ridiculous how much “stuff” was upstairs in a little un-airconditioned landing, cause an unnamed person to be covered in perspiration from head to toe within minutes. I was ruthless in getting rid of things – if it’s been upstairs a year and I haven’t missed it, I’m not keeping it. Well, I only kept two things. :)

    Even Zoe has been talking about “getting rid of stuff” – her stuff! Which is amazing, because she is Pack-Rat 101. We save, save, save, and then we save some more. I’m happy that some of the purging is rubbing off on her.

    Except, wait, it wasn’t rubbing off. It was only talk. As the boxes were being brought down the stairs, into the air that was 50 degrees cooler (I’m being generous with my estimates), the girls thought Christmas had come, and went through every box and bag, finding “treasures” that I was hoping were never to be seen again.

    “Mommy!! You were going to sell my PETS!” Zoe told me emphatically, after discovering some stuffed animals that I was hoping to hide from their sight and begone forever. Pets, huh? Now that IS sentimental. And emotional attachment. How dare I get rid of PETS?

    Now, I’m exhausted after a busy day, but I also need to wind down, so I’m going to attempt to finish this post that I started yesterday. Posts usually take me at least a day or two. :)


    Let me just interrupt this post briefly to share some breaking news:

    I’m the only sibling out of six that is in the United States at the moment!
    My two brothers are in Canada,
    two of my sisters are in Cambodia for 3 months,
    and my other sister has been touring Paris and Italy the past two weeks.

    Soo, while my sister is dreamy-eyed and touring Italy,
    and my brothers sing sonnets,
    and my sisters love on poor children in Cambodia,  
    I sit at home and sew. :)
    Ha, that sounds like I’m having a hard time, but really, I’m so excited for all of them!

    Especially when Jana shows us pictures like this:

    [Venice, Italy] {yes, this is a real picture that she took! slay me!}

    or this [Paris on a Rainy Night]:

    I’m not sure which of these two I like the best, but they are definitely my favorites from her trip so far. 
    Romance just oozes out of them!
    I think Venice, especially, is a small glimpse of what Heaven is going to be like. :)
    At least parts of Heaven.
    I think Heaven will be a creative mixture of the best of the world as we know it.
    Only, infinitely better. I can’t wait!

    Seeing pictures of Venice has me thinking… If Venice, a mere man’s creation, is so unbelievably beautiful and breathtaking, how much more beautiful and break-taking will Heaven be, created by God Himself? It’s unfathomable!

    I’m thinking also of living intentionally, with purpose. My sisters are writing on a blog while they’re in Cambodia. Both of them are incredible writers, with hearts fully of love for God and love for others… You can follow them here.

    On to the Sewing Projects. My sewing projects have nothing to do with Venice, for that matter. But Venice has had me thinking of heaven. And until I get there, I want to embrace my life right now, the life God has given me! Little sewing projects and all!

    Being very much inspired by baileyandme2, inanorchard, and fruitloops in the past few months by all their genius sewing projects, I decided to put my hand to the plow and be brave enough to try the [frightful, daunting] attempt to make clothing for my little girls.

    I’ve done quite a bit of projects around my home. Window panels, pillows, and such like.
    But clothing scared me.

    Probably because I remember an attempt two or three years back when I was trying to be cool like another amazing seamstress and sadly failed.
    The little dress I had tried to make for the then one-year old Zoe was a hopeless failure.
    So much for a wanna-be seamstress on her glory-streak of amazing clothing.

    And I resigned myself to the fact that I can sewing window panels and pillows.
    Not clothing.
    Except simple embellishing, like so:


    ^^ This was not technically a sewing project. It was a, um, hot glue gun project. :) That is my all-time favorite household item! Hot glue and a strip of lace around the front of a plain tank, and it makes a great layering accessory.



    ^^ This was an actual sewing project. But I bought the roses in a strip at Wally World (I didn’t make each individually) and sewed it on the top , front only. Then sewed a wide piece of lace around the bottom, to add length and a bit of dressing-up.

    I’ve done quite a bit with lace accents. I hope lace doesn’t go out of style quickly, because I love it so!

    For my sister’s birthday, I bought a simple tank at Target, and sewed 3-inch black lace and tulle on it in random strips. This looked so pretty when she wore it under a simple cardigan!


    A canvas tote that I sewed white and cream wide lace onto, sort of the same idea as the tank, and added a flower. Another sister’s birthday gift.


    I’ve taken plain skirts and tried to make them sort of fancy-nancy like.

    [before & after]

    before 3 after 3

    But this spring, after seeing all the amazing projects of the amazing seamstresses above, I decided to try again.

    My expectations were this high:         .
    Yep, that’s right, they weren’t there. Nonexistent.
    In a very secret place [my house], and without telling a soul, I began my undertaking.
    If I failed, no big deal. I’ve done that before.
    If it worked, then great!

    And what do you know, but I actually sort of liked what my sewing machine turned out!
    Not babygap or anything, but still, some little sundresses and skirts that would work wonderfully for this summer. And made with pocket change.

    Dress #1

    Before: a women’s size dress, but desperately short and not something I’d wear. But Christy found it when we were Goodwill shopping [$4] together, and I adored the fabric! Sort of vintage-y, but ever so fun! She was the one that suggested I make a dress for Zoe from it. And I thought it a wonderful idea! I added it to my stash of about 15 up-cycling projects. :)

    before 2

    Taking something from an existing piece of clothing, I’ve found, is FAR simpler than making a whole new outfit. I had to cut down the sides, which I used to make straps for the shoulders, and cut down the piece at the very top. I didn’t cut the length at all (which shows how short it would have been on an adult), liking the longer length on a little girl for something different.


    Zoe looks less than thrilled on this picture, but truth be told, she is delighted to be holding a cherry tomato from our little garden plot, and is very proud of the dress. :) Much the delight of the mother!

    I call this, The Mini Maxi.
    I made it for Zoe, but Olivia, never wanting to be out-done, wanted to try it on. So I put it on her, and sat back at laughed at the tiny little girl in what looked like a maxi dress! I’ve never seen toddler-sized maxi dresses, but this sure was cute. Paired with some silver flats, it was perfect! :)

    This was made from an adult sized sun dress [goodwill: $4]. I had to remove the bottom ruffle and sew it back on.
    Zoe also wears this, and it’s about knee-length on her.


    The Candy-Stripe Skirt Dress:

    Zoe’s dress was a ladies’ skirt [goodwill: 88 cents] that I cut down and added straps at the shoulders. I liked how this turned out too.

    5 3

    The Green Skirt:

    There is no ‘before’, but I used an x-large or xx-large men’s shirt [goodwill, bargain bin, 88 cents] to make this. Elastic at the waist, a bit of lace at the bottom, and a little bit of sewing. And a flower, made by cutting out circles and ovals of all different sizes and laying them on top of each other from largest to smallest. I think  I saw the idea on an Old Navy shirt earlier this year…



    [I did end up having to sew the 'petals' just right along the edge. The fabric was very lightweight, and the tiny weight of the flower made it sort of hang off the side.]

    The Black & White:

    This is probably my least favorite, but it still works as a play skirt.  I was imagining it to be a bit more full, but two smaller ladies’ shirts from Goodwill [88 cents@, bargain bin] was too good a price to let go. I used a shirt with a scallop on the bottom and lined the striped part with it, letting it hang out underneath.


    And I call this: My Fave.

    Very pretty skirt, castoff from my sister [for an unknown reason]. So, free. :) Had it fit me, I never would have stuck a scissors in its charming design.

    before 1

    Added tucks on the bottom because it was far too long [think, Victorian hoop skirt length]. The gathers in the midst of the tucks weren’t exactly what I was expecting, but because it was so full, and because I didn’t want to cut it lest I loose the beautiful lace on the bottom, the gathered tucks were okay.

    favorite 2

    Something about the color of this dress too, is so perfect with her coloring. Definitely my favorite.
    I made a flower like the one on the green skirt, cutting circle and ovals of various sizes, and adding ‘leaves’ from lace that I cut off the sides. I added a few pearly beads to the center of the flower to give it some little extra pretties.

    I also hot glued lace on the tank that Zoe is wearing underneath the dress [my whites are washed out in this picture, you can hardly see it], and it adds a nice dress-up touch to an outfit.

    favorite 1

    This was second favorite, a sweater-dress, repurposed from a 50 cent re-use-it shop adult sweater.
    My sister-in-law, Mary Jo, did this last fall, and I thought it was soooo adorable and SO cheap! All credit goes to her for her inspiration!
    The tutorial she [and then I] followed is this.

    I was so pleased with how it turned out! And for fifty cents and a half hour of sewing, it sure beats the expensive sweater dresses I saw various places over the winter. I made this a bit larger so she can wear it next winter.

    No before pictures of this, but it was a medium size women’s sweater.


    I get stuck on my embellishments. Again, a little flower – just three circles cut out of the extra sweater fabric, zig-zagged so it doesn’t fray in the laundry, and a big button in the middle.


    It makes me smile when Zoe goes into her closet, choosing what to wear that day, or to go on an outing, and she’ll put out one of the dresses that I made! Over all the other darling Old Navy and Target and other cute dresses in her closet, she likes mine! And she’ll tell everyone who will listen, “My mommy made this dress!” :)

    Even Olivia caught on to the gist of things, saying constantly, “My mommy made dis!” about all sorts of things. Mainly things I haven’t made, and couldn’t even attempt to. :)

    And a few more projects…

    And in non-sewing things, but still involving fabric…
    [a.k.a. "my safe {non-clothing} zone"]

    A Spring/Summer Wreath

    I picked it up at a local thrift store for a dollar. I wanted the form.  Isn’t it a beauty? :) [read my sarcasm, please] I was laughing to Ben the other day, because I go into this thrift store and buy all the ugliest things they have in there and repurpose them! There is one clerk that is always in there, and she probably wonders what in the world my house looks like, by the looks of the stuff I buy!


    I picked off all the cloth strips, held by hair pins.

    A spring/summer wreath, inspired by JonesDesignCompany.com.  Please don’t look at her tutorial though, because mine looks sadly unlike hers. :)

    You take a very very long piece of burlap [I had linen on hand and used that instead of buying burlap] and sew a loose stitch. (okay, so this does have a little bit of sewing) Gather it, and hot-glue it onto a wreath form, as shown above. Add moss, make little white flowers, add little eggs (mine were grapes that I rolled in glue and glitter because I couldn’t find any at Walmart. Silly Walmart.), look in your yard for cute twigs, pull a mini nest from the mantel, and hot glue it all together. Ta-da! A very happy little wreath.

    spring wreath 2 spring wreath 1

    Comparison aside from the jonesdesigncompany, I love the little nest wreath on my front door.


    Some headbands, made for an order from My Faire Lady.

    June, Hair Pretties 056 June, Hair Pretties 043 June, Hair Pretties 051
    [satin & lace white, satin & tulle hot and light pink, satin & tulle white)

    The best hair bow and flower organizer ever, inspired by Pottery Barn.
    This was a custom-made for my sister-in-law in colors she chose. So pretty!

    hair pretty holder

    A few new pillows for around the house...

    I think I cut out the little flowers for these pillows last fall already. Thinking I was going to sew them all on, I stalled... and stalled.

     The first is felt flowers on white fabric. This is technically not sewing either, since I already had the pillow covers made. My stalling was in vain. It was easy-peasy. This is another hot gluing project. :)

    [note to self: use exceedingly much hot glue, or else the flowers will be found floating.
    shortcuts are not always the best, i sadly learned.]

    felt on white
    [inspiration: Pottery Barn]

    Felt on felt. I’m not sure if I like the slight contrast better, or the tone on tone.

    Hot gluing troubles aside, I really did like how the glue in the center makes the flowers stand out just a bit since the edges aren’t sewn down.

    felt on felt

    And the front porch. Same idea as the small flowers above, but in much larger scale, and layered on top of each other. These I did sew. :) Also felt on felt. I like the looks of it, but it does tend to pick up lint and fuzz very quickly. Oh, and cat hair. :{

    red flower pillow


    And what do my children do while I’m projecting and sewing?

    Well, they play sweetly and happily, with nary a sound or squabble, of course.

    But of course, ’sweetly and happily, with nary a sound or squabble’ is all because they were busy one afternoon doing THIS:

    while i was sewing 3

    and THIS:

    while i was sewing....

    and this:

    while i was sewing 2

    I really do think they know better.
    But in the midst of sewing projects, I’ve also been doing some painting projects – writing words on my walls, and such things.
    So naughty, yes, they were.
    But how could I be too upset when they were just doing what mommy does??
    Exasperated, yes. Very.

    My forgiveness came quite readily when I realized though, that they had used WASHABLE markers to do their artwork.
    ‘Relief’ doesn’t even begin to describe my feelings!
    However, they heard some things from their mother along the lines of
    “we do not write on walls or doors or dresses without permission [no, i wouldn't give them permission if they asked,  but just saying]. and little girls need to clean up messes that they make!”
    and they were handed wet rags and cleaning spray.
    Which all turned into sort of a game, with giggles and laughing.

    In the which the mother wondered whether they really understood the memo about not writing on walls and doors and dressers…

    And now my winding down is complete. :)



Comments (39)

  • ohhh i love all the beautiful projects…especially that gorgeous wreath on your door. i like that you can see the potential in things and move forward from that and all those little dresses, oh my goodness, soooo cute!

  • so very!! cute Clarita!! makes me want to get out my machine and tackle some projects i’ve had stashed around here for Ava…. i just love all the remaking you’ve done!
    and, o my lands. the coloring on walls and furniture and doors. yes, thankfully there are now such things as washable markers, but i’m also SO glad for those white eraser sponges? saved QUITE a few things around here that had bore the artwork of a certain little 2 year old boy. sigh…all part of raising little people, i guess!

    i wish i could stop in at your yard sale…not that i need anything, it would just be fun. and, i know all about the WORK that they are. i hope it’s a smashing success and you bring home very little!
    have a great weekend!!

  • I so enjoyed seeing the delicate girly touch you add to each garment/or item. Dreamy.

    When I imagine mothering girls instead of boys, it is a huge difference in my mind. Then I look at pictures of like the bottom two and discover there are similarities! :)

    Have a beautiful Friday ~

  • You inspire me! I cracked up at your little bit about the Goodwill cashier wondering what in the world your house looks like!!! I’ve picked up just a few things here and there (not much) and wondered the same thing. I hope the re-purposing lightning bolt will hit me sometime b/c it looks like so much fun! So far my vision is still a little blurry.

    I love, love that green striped skirt! And the sweater dress. And the maxi dress. ;) And well, lots of them. I wish someone would come up with lots of cute boy projects. :D The nice thing about repurposing (or thrifting) is that I don’t feel so protective. Like, oh you’re out with a high potential of ruining your clothes … well, big deal. I paid $1.50 for that. Because let me tell you, boys ruin clothes faster than you can blink. Unbelievable stains. Check. Rips. Check. But they always wait to do the worst stuff until you put your favorites on them. And then it goes like this, check check.

    Happy sewing!!!! And I want to see the wall words!!! Please! I’ve been planning to have my mom help me do some in our bedroom since BEFORE we even moved into the house. Now it’s been four years and I still haven’t done it. I need a nudge. ;)

  • Oh.  My.  Goodness.  There is so much beauty in this post.  I’m going to have to re-read it to take everything in.  Seriously.

  • This was SO much fun!  I think you did an amazing job with your daughter’s clothing!  My favorite was the very first dress for Zoe…with the black belt. Just adorable!! And I think all of your embellishments are very cute.  I could “almost” consider trying to make a dress for Nikki…your stuff is SO cute. But then I realize I have absolutely no talent and actually don’t even have a sewing machine.  Dang.

    Too funny…what the girls did while you were sewing. Actually, not funny, but very glad for your sake that it was washable markers. And what a good Mom you are…making them clean it up themselves. Your girls are so adorable, i find it hard to believe you could ever get mad at them!

  • totally AMAZING! all of it!!! loved the pictures of what your girls were doing while you were being creative… that’s pretty much the way it goes around here too. IF they are letting me actually get something done… there will be a HUGE mess for me to clean up later!:) but sometimes it’s still worth it.

    we need to catch up again sometime soon. i have a few new posts up over on blogger if you want to find out what we’ve been up to around here. nothing new… just life. hope you guys are all well. miss you!!!

  • Wow! You have been busy! Love your favorite dress the most – the embellishments on the front, I am just loving stripes and flowers together right now. Love those pillows too. Something similar is on my decorating to do list. I don’t know exactly how I’m planning on doing it, so it’s in the stalling mode as well.

  • This was absolutely fun to read, and so made me want to do some sewing again!!! Thanks for inspiring. :) I love seeing your projects. My favorites were the first dress :) I really like the fabric, and the dress is darling. The pink striped dress, the green skirt, and the dress you made from your sister’s skirt(!!!!). I also like the new flowers you did for hair accessories. Did you do something different with them? The seem a little more “puffed up” like a rose–? I really like them. I can only imagine your relief about finding out that the markers were washable. I was just GROANING for you at all the scrubbing…and then laughing about the fun they had cleaning up. :) Zachary was jealous of Zoe’s tomato and pretended to eat it. Your package is hopefully arriving today…:)

  • Two more things..I’m really wishing I could come to your yard sale!
    How did you do the Related Posts feature?

  • ahh.. i love it. makes me want to get my sewing machine out. :) Still feel bad about the bad phone connection yesterday…one of these days i’ll give ya a call. :)

  • You’re just GOOD at this!

    and I’m glad for the reminder about embellishing plain tanks.  I had seen another blogger do that, and wanted to remember to try it myself.

    I love the Good Will and places like that too, and when I’m there, people like you come to my mind and I think…..hmmmm, wonder what Clarita would do with this.  Cause I can see the possibility of s.o.m.e.t.h.i.n.g. happening with it, but just can’t bring it to fruition.

  • You had me at the title

    Absolutely amazing! All of it!! Each and avery little sun dress and skirt was so darling I kept thinking it couldn’t get any better and then you showed the last little dress… wow! That looks just like a high-priced boutique dress Clarita! Well done girl! No need to feel timid anymore you are a natural. Love.LOVE this post Love your style.

    The pictures of the girls making art on your walls made me laugh :) I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had something very similar happen to me while I’m sewing. When momma plays the children find mischief ;)

  • Oh my gosh, I love ALLLLLLLLLL of your ideas! I’m trying to get into sewing more, and you gave me some nifty ideas! The tank top with the lace is SO CUTE.

    You have some amazing talent!

  • thanks for the inspiration in my day! i love the black and white stripe skirt a lot. :) and the pillows really made me stop and look as well! wow, its all so COOL.
    those first 2 pictures from your sister? no words. no words. will I ever get there????

  • the pictures your sister took are INCREDIBLE! i want to pack a suitcase for marc and i and leave this afternoon!

    your projects inspired me. i grinned when i read the first part about your limited talents, because i had a post of yours bookmarked for a LONG time, to copy the window treatment you had made in your old house. i did it and love it!

  • After looking at your beautiful babies and the incredible projects you’ve sewn, I’m feeling like I waste too much of my day being unproductive. You are inspiring.

  • Love your projects!

  • These are very clever and I am so stealing your ideas!!!! Now all I need is a little girl big enough to use them on.

  • You have been busy!!  And now I think I do need to come to your yard sale because it sounds like you’ll have all kinds of treasures!(:  Beautiful, beautiful dresses!!  Your favorite of Zoe’s dresses would have to be my favorite too.  I think Old Navy would pay lots for that pattern.(:

  • woah the first to pictures look amazing . i’m ashamed cause I live in Germany and have so many different countries around but so far have only been to france italy Austria and Switzerland.

    Anyway…I really love all your projects…they are incredibly creative and SO DAMN pretty!! I love all the floweer and romantic stuff . I’d wear all of it…well if it fit  me

  • @erlinyoder - We will have L.O.T.S. of stuff – we have a lot ourselves, but with seven families… and one is bringing a TRAILER!! :)

    @mlt10202002 - Aww, you make  me smile. Glad it worked for you! And I’m wanting to jump on a plane right now too!

    @baileyandme - that’s what I’m thinking… WHEN CAN WE GO??

    @twofus_1 - We got the package today! And I was grinning like a Cheshire Cat. :) The note, the packaging…. everything. So special! ♥ And the related posts? I asked another blogger that before realizing it was on my own site as well. I think xanga trying to stay up with blogger! :)


  • Your sisters pictures are wonderful. Gives me hope…I thought such sights might be a thing of the past!
    We have dear friends in Cambodia as well. They are full time missionaries there. I enjoyed going over to your sisters blog.
    Your projects are fantastic! Well done all around. My favorite was the little green skirt!

  • wow!!!you amaze me!! you are so talented! i love the dress you made from your sisters skirt! im a bit sad though cuz i love the skirt and im thinking it was too big for you (?) thats why it didnt fit you,so that means it probably would have fit me perfectly!!! :) …id be so proud if i was you of all the accomplished projects!!! go you!!! :) (i love the pillows too!!!)

  • london has loudly been calling my name for years and years.
    and now paris. and venice. ouch. oh  great.
    i just felt another bite from the traveling bug. thanks alot. :)

    fantastic ideas and projects you have going on!
    you… and your little scribbling angels! ;)

  • Love all the little dresses!  I have ideas to make clothes for Abigail, but finding the time is different story.  I never thought about adding lace to tank tops…thanks for that idea :)

  • Wow…enjoyed this post! Love the laces and flowers you made. They’re so pretty. I wish I had a girl.

  • just fun & cute all the way.  God blessed you 100 fold with creativity.  love the way you use it.

  • Such lovely little girl things!! I’ve made the little flowers from circles of material already. For the ones that ravel pretty badly, I took a lighter/torch thingy and just carefully burnt all the edges. Worked like a charm!

    And the Italy photos.. love them!! That place is high on my list to see someday!

  • oh my goodness, i’m cracking up…i just now saw the pictures you stole from my facebook!! ha ha! :) including the eye photos! what an honor to make it to your site, ha ha! i am absolutely drooling with amazement over your new projects!! GAH!!! they are soo beautiful, it just makes me want to scream!! they so need to be sent in to be placed into a decor company or magazine or such things like that!! can’t wait to see you again!!
    ps: the photo of zoe with the grey dress cracks me up, her little stomach is poking out! :)

  • Little sister and I giggled and smiled over this whole post…

  • Little sister and I giggled and smiled over this whole post…

  • Your intimidating.
    Ervina and I agreed we would both like to be mothers like you.
    “I’ll never step into either of your houses,” Ervina said…
    I just laugh…
    You inspire me sister dear.

  • Ok, where do I start.
    How about the picture of Venice….I want to GO!!!  Oh how badly I want to see that place. The picture of Paris in the rain is just perfect.  You are right…they both look so Romantic.

    Love all of your projects!  You have inspired me to get creative.
    I love your layered flowers. And your favorite little dress….LOVE it! I think it is sooo adorable. I want one in my size. =)

    I really, really like the numbers you painted on your door. I might have to steal that. =)
    As for your daughter’s artwork…I was laughing with Sophia as we read through your post together!  She was giggling and called over Allison to see.
    That is a great story you can tell to your grandchildren!

    I went over to your sister’s blog. I will be following. How fun to read about their ministry.
    You have such a wonderful family.

    Happy Monday to you.

  • @foreveranoatneygirl_n2Hisown - yes, i am SO thankful for those little white sponges! they have been lifesavers many a day around here! :)

    @twofus_1 - i forgot to comment on this before, but yes, i did do something different – i added tulle, and i also used a very lightweight poly fabric, which makes it curl a lot more. i’ve done it before, but i guess haven’t shown many pictures of that style. oh, and the flowers were very small, with many layers, which made it look very full. i really liked how it turned out!

    @totallycherished - ha ha! you’re funny! because I think, “hmmmm, what would Jenny K. do with this?” :) )

    @inanorchard - you are very kind! all your various sewing projects inspired me to whip out the machine, what can i say? :)

    @Cestovatelka - @perelandra30 - @under_the_carpet - @SheilaPeer - thank you for all your sweet words! they make me smile!

    @cupajava - there is another skirt in my sisters’ attic, just like this one! ;)

    @down_onthefarm - your comments always make me laugh! thanks for the humor in my day!


  • @SherriMonCheri - i love adding the lace, because it’s so easy and looks so darling. :)

    @wildberrytea - thank you for your kind words!

    @madisonsmom2 - good idea to singe/melt the edges of the flowers! i’ve done that with poly fabrics [for hair/brooch flowers especially] but didn’t even think about doing it for other fabrics.

    @grandpas_gurl - yeah, thanks for the lovely pictures to steal, sister mine. :)

    @grandmas_gurl - so are you.  but then again, sisters should never be intimidated by each other. just inspired. :) so, you inspire me.


  • Your projects are just lovely! I love your design asthetic and every little thing you make!! The gray dress looks so much like a dress I made for my little girl a while ago. I think we may have started with the same skirt, actually! Here’s the post: http://aimee-weaver.blogspot.com/2009/06/im-addicted.html I love the flower embellishment you made for yours – so pretty! You are inspiring! :)

  • Hey, when was your sister in Venice? We were there about a week and a half ago. We are on a two-week family vacation touring Italy and Switzerland. We very much enjoyed our day in Venice. Of course, we could only do so much with three small children. The boys got tired of walking around, but we just took a boat ride out to Lido island, and relaxed some by the sea, and then found a park with a playground. It is a beautiful city, but we saw so many lovely things on this trip. Venice was a highlight though.

    You are very creative with your sewing projects!

  • @goingfortheprize - Oh wow!! That is SO amazing you got to go on such a fantastic trip!! I wonder if you were there at the same time! Jana just came back from Italy last Friday, and they were in Italy for a week! Isn’t that coincidental?!

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