A finished product!

Hello friends!

It has been such a good summer. Sewing, spending time with my best friend, and generally enjoying the season have been on the top of my priority list! Unfortunately, this blog has suffered because of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

In the beginning of summer, my good friend Em came home from college, and she and I decided to have a get-together over tea. Em and I have much in common, including a love for Jane Austen novels, Big Band music, and (of course) fashion! We chatted, laughed, and then began to discuss summer plans. Turns out she wanted to do some sewing, seeing as she hadn’t had time in quite a while. We discussed styles, looked at her fabric choices, and came up with a master plan. So over the past couple of months, we’ve gotten together almost every a week and worked on several projects.

Em designed the dress with very simple, tailored lines. A nice squared neckline, with a wide cream waistband and wider cream band along the hemline. The navy blue material is a cotton/linen blend, and the cream material is 100% linen. (I had to go and get some of the cream for myself!) She opted for a hidden side zipper, and closed in all her seams using a French seam, so that she won’t have to worry about fraying.

And yesterday *enter trumpet sounds here* she was able to wear the finished product! I know just how excited she was to FINALLY be wearing the dress that she took such pains with! We ended up going outside and doing a small photo-shoot, simply because we had to show off the dress.

Good job, Em! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Contemplating the wildflowers.

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The flower designs on the hemline of the skirt were hand-appliqued.

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Spinning in the hammock.

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The dress is finished! Hooray!

“If we did all the things we are capable of doing,
we would literally astonish ourselves.”
~Thomas Edison~

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August 26, 2009. Clothing, Fashion, Femininity, Friends, Fun, Life, Portraits, Projects, Sewing, Summer, Wednesday. 3 comments.

White and lacy.

Hello friends!

Today I had a friend come over, and we spent a delightful morning sewing together. We started a linen dress for her, and then I pulled out some white material I had found at Wal-Mart for a cheap price (why else would I have bought it? :-D) I had an idea brewing in my mind for a pretty WWI style Armistice style blouse. Cute idea, and although I started out with other plans for the whole sleeve area, it ended up being something entirely different.

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The original idea out of my design-book.


So the original was inspired by something from Anthropologie, and was made out a sheer gauze and lots of stripey and lacey frills. Especially around the cap sleeves. It just looked like it was going to be too much for me, so I opted for a sailor-type collar instead.

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The finished result.


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The simple button and loop closure.


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I ended up sewing the lace down by hand, it looks better that way.


No pattern used on this one, I just started out with the straight section in the front of the bodice, and used vintage lace I found at an antique show last year to make the front panel. Then I cut, fitted, and sewed the side and back panels together. Pretty simple, as there are no darts (hooray!!!!!), and no sleeves. The collar was probably the hardest part, because I couldn’t get the shoulder seam to lay right. I eventually figured it out, though! (Only after an hour of fighting it, though…)

Now I’m off to relax for the evening. God bless, and have a wonderful weekend!

“A woman can never be too fine when she is in white.”
~Mansfield Park~

July 16, 2009. Fashion, Femininity, Friends, Fun, Happiness, Life, Modesty, Projects, Sewing, Thursday. 1 comment.

A trip to the zoo!

Hello everyone!

I have had quite an eventful weekend and early week thus far. And it’s going to get better and better as the weekend progresses! ๐Ÿ™‚ A few days ago my best friend S. and I went to the zoo with our Moms! What a fun way to spend some girl-time. I can’t tell you the last time I’d been to the zoo.

Although I enjoy taking pictures, I’ll confess, I’m usually the one to forget my camera. (I’m forgetful, what else can I say? :-D) However, this time I did remember it, and I got some really neat shots.

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A pretty view from the rail of the boat.


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A lonely Capybara. I think these should be called Heffalumps.
He simply looks like a Heffalump should look. Doesn’t he?


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So graceful.


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A lizard under a log.


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Doesn’t this bird have the most vibrant colors?
Unfortunately this isn’t focused right. Oh well.


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“Trussst in me… Jussst in me…”


So today I did some odds-and-ends-jobs around the house, washed LOTS of dishes, and managed to get the kitchen floors mopped. Now it is time to think about dinner. God Bless, and have a wonderful evening!

“My idea of cleaning is to sweep the room with a glance.”
~Aunt Middle Mary~

July 15, 2009. Friends, Fun, Life, Photography. 2 comments.

An amazing surprise!

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all having a nice week. Mine has been absolutely delightful! A mix of fun, family, and friends, with some sewing and summer fun mixed in.

This past week I went to a car show, and what a surprise awaited me there! My best friend, (who will be nicknamed “Flathead,” after his favorite engine… :-D) surprised me with a set of rails for my pick-up truck! I was so surprised and shocked. ๐Ÿ˜€ What a completely unexpected surprise, and they fit perfectly! I’ve already gotten so many compliments on how good they look with the truck. Hooray!

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Don’t they look great? And, as a side note…
the evening sky was stunning when I took this photo!


Next up: I have to stain them a nice dark color. That will happen soon, hopefully!

Oh, we had the funniest (and terrible!) thing happen this morning! Mom was pulling homemade muffins out of the oven, and we noticed the element in the bottom of the oven was glowing… but only in one section. Thinking that a little bit of muffin batter had fallen on it, we watched it in amazement as the element began to set off sparks. However, it was when they started looking like fireworks we realized something wasn’t quite right. Sparks flying around in the stove, we quickly yelled for Dad, who came inside, took one look at it, and turned off the breaker, so the stove wouldn’t continue to heat. Turns out the element in the stove had begun to arc-weld itself, because it has gone bad. *sigh* So, we have two options: 1) Buy a new stove (ouch! the $$$$), or 2) wait until a new element arrives. We opted for the second choice. ๐Ÿ˜› Hopefully, it will be here soon… until then, we’ll be doing a LOT of grilling. Or maybe I’ll lug all my open-fire cooking gear out, and set up a “camp kitchen” outside!

“A good laugh is sunshine in the house.”
~William Thackeray~

July 9, 2009. '64 pick-up, Friends, Fun, Happiness, Life, Thursday. Leave a comment.

Tired.

Hello, there!

I’m officially tired. After spending the morning out doing things, and a nice late afternoon surprise get-together with a very good friend, it has been a busy day! This past weekend totally wore me out, and lack of sleep is beginning to show.

So today while I was out shopping for more sewing thread and zippers and good stuff like that, I just *happened* upon a sale at Payless Shoes. Isn’t that just handy? I was thrilled, because I’ve been looking for a pair of white sneakers to add to my already-too-large shoe collection. (What’s even funnier is I don’t wear most of them!) Flip-flops are my shoe of choice during the summer months, because they are the closest thing to being barefoot. However, I am aware that going biking and doing other similar activities will create the need for a shoe that I can wear with sundresses or pants.

Enter the white sneaker. The worst thing about having small feet is that you have a hard time finding grown-up looking shoes in the kid’s section. The BEST thing about having small feet is that you can buy cute shoes for a LOT cheaper! Have you ever looked at the difference in shoe prices between women’s and girls? I got these for about $10.

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I was looking for pictures taken in the 40’s or 50’s with the white sneaker/sundress look, but no such luck. This will have to do for now. (You can tell I’m tired, right?) ๐Ÿ™‚

And it’s off to bed I shall trot, looking forward to a relaxing day tomorrow.

July 6, 2009. Cars, Fashion, Friends, Fun, Life, Monday. 1 comment.

A delightful weekend.

Hello friends! This has been a delightful weekend, full, busy, and somewhat tiring, but still fun! A few night ago I got to spend time with a good friend, and got a ride in the amazing roadster. What fun to watch fireworks while sitting in an open-air vintage car! I really have become an antique car addict… ๐Ÿ˜€ I just can’t help it!

Then came the Fourth of July, which included getting up semi-early, going grocery shopping, and preparing all kinds of food for the family/friend party made for a LOOOONG day! I made two blackberry pies, which Dad pronounced “very good.” That was good, seeing as I don’t usually do blackberry pies! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now it’s time to relax. I haven’t done much of anything, Dad and I put on a movie set in the 1960’s (neat costumes galore!) and I worked on my quilt top. Now I’m going to head back to the watch the end of the movie, and finish another row of the quilt!

God Bless, and I hope y’all had as good of a weekend as I did! ๐Ÿ™‚

July 5, 2009. Cars, Cooking, Friends, Fun, Life, Sewing, Summer, Sunday, Weekend. Leave a comment.

Relaxing the spring away…

And so looking forward to a delightful summer! So happy second day of summer! ๐Ÿ˜€ This past weekend has been spent spending time with a good friend, riding in old cars, hanging out, and simply having a wonderful time.ย 

Yesterday I spent a little time in my lover-ly hammock, where a little friend joined me. After an hour of contemplation, she finally decided that it was okay to just hop in there with me, and so, she did.ย 

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The birds overhead were very interesting.

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The book I’m holding is part of a series I’m reading, the Mitford Series. You simply MUST read them. Oh, they are wonderful! I have been stuck in them for days.ย 

And, in other news, I finally got enough dandelions to try some dandelion-rose jelly. I spent the entire afternoon picking dandelions and then separating the yellow part of the dandelions from the green part. *sigh* That took a LONG time. It should be interesting, seeing as the infusion smells funny… hopefully, however, the infusion will be for color, and not for flavor… we shall see in the next few days! I’ll be sure to post more on that, especially if it turns out alright.ย 

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Well, I will head out for now… more things to do! God Bless, and have a wonderful evening!

June 22, 2009. '64 pick-up, Cars, Family, Friends, Fun, Happiness, Life, Monday, Projects, Reading, Summer. 1 comment.

Riding!

Hello friends, I am back again.ย 

I’ve enjoyed taking an impromptu break from, basically, everything technological. I’ve managed to go yard-saling, sew, create things, cook, and have all kinds of fun adventures. Yesterday I went to a friend’s house to ride her beautiful mare, Copper. Copper is a very sweet and gentle creature, which is a VERY good thing, seeing as I hadn’t been on a horse in about 8 years! I will definitely be going back so we can ride together.ย 

Then I ran over to visit other friends, and look what I brought home in a spaghetti jar!ย 

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Aren’t they just beautiful? And they smell heavenly!

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A recent creation, a Peach and Strawberry Tart with
Chocolate Sauce drizzled on top. It turned out quite yummy!

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Today is a day for cleaning, sewing, and just generally enjoying time at home. It’s gray and dreary outside, so it will be a good day to stay indoors.

God bless, and have a wonderful day!ย 

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May 29, 2009. Cooking, Friday, Friends, Fun, Happiness, Life, Photography, Weekend. 1 comment.

And we have… a few winners!

Hello everyone!ย 

It has been a busy, yet delightful week for me. How about you? I really enjoyed your comments on the give-away post. Such wonderful things to enjoy about spring! Since it was a small give-away, (and since I’m think the ladies participating won’t mind in the least) I’ve decided to give one kit to each of you!ย 

I’ll be sending it/in contact with each of you very soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

In other news, I had a delightful weekend at the store (where I threatened Mom not to sell my Courageous Lion.), helping with the Open House. Those Daffodil and Violet pinsย in my shop went out like hotcakes, and I have a few orders for more! ๐Ÿ™‚

The sun is shining today, and it looks like a very promising day. I’m hoping to get in my garden and see what’s happening with my plants, and pull a few weeds.

No pictures to share with this post, but be sure to go over and check out my sister’s blog, where she is giving away FREE photo sessions!!!!!! If anyone is living in her area, be sure to contact her!ย 

ย With that being said, I need to get a move-on, and do something constructive! ๐Ÿ™‚ God Bless, and have a wonderful day, everyone!ย 

“He started to sing
as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done,
and he did it.”ย 
~Edgar A. Guest~ย 

April 13, 2009. Embroidery, Family, Friends, Fun Finds, Garden, Give-Away, Life, Monday, Shop. 1 comment.

A Recording Session…

Hello everyone!

I thought I might give you all something to anticipate, even though it’s nowhere near completion! Many of my friends know that my best friend and I produced our first CD a year and a half ago… we’ve been working on a second, as our schedules allow, and hopefully we’ll be done with that soon. We also are very happy to have a guest singer/musician helping us out on our upcoming CD!

However, I’m also working on one of my own music… songs that I’ve written (and am currently writing!). I was blessed to have my piano tuner offer me the use of his lovely baby grand (mine is just too old and makes too many squeaky noises!) to record with, and Mr. Sound Tech and I headed there last weekend to record a few tracks. What a fun time!ย 

We had to “make do” at times, which included duct-tape (everyone’s best friend!!) and 1970’s headphones! At the end of about 5 hours of recording, we had two songs near completion, and one that was almost finished… I had written the last song the night before, and it still doesn’t have all the words! (But the piano sounds good!)

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Mr. Sound Tech rigged up microphones to place inside the piano… this included duct-tape!

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Mr. Sound Tech checking levels before recording the vocals.ย 

That last photo is grainy for a reason, I promise! We had the majority of the lights turned off in the room, since we didn’t want the microphones to pick up room noise. I had to change the exposure on the computer. Oh, and those are the headphones I was talking about… they were Mr. Sound Tech’s first pair that he ever purchased, in the early 70’s! And they still work great!

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Hmm… I’m thinking it’s time for a cup of tea… God Bless, and have a wonderful day, everyone!ย 

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“Just as my fingers on these keys make music, so the self-same sounds on my spirit make a music, too.”
~Wallace Stevens~ย 

April 1, 2009. CD, Friends, Fun, Life, Music, Piano, Projects, Wednesday. Leave a comment.

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