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. 🙂

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! 🙂

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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~

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

Hand-made!

Hello everyone!

Today has been quite a full and busy one, and I’m tuckered out!

However, I had to share a picture with you, that puts a whole new meaning into the term “made by hand!” This evening I made an angel food cake (using a recipe from a King Arthur Flour cookbook) and of course, just a few minutes ago I had to cut the cake out of the pan and flip it onto the cake plate. What to do? This is always a dilemma for me, since the top of the cake is sticky and always tends to peel off that nice brown layer.

After staring at it blankly for a few minutes, I finally bit the bullet and just did it…

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Made with love, by hand. 😉

God bless, and I hope you all have a wonderful evening!

“In cooking, as in all the arts, simplicity is the sign of perfection.”
~Curnonsky~

July 29, 2009. Cooking, Fun, Happiness, Life, Wednesday. Leave a comment.

Feeling green…

Hello, folks!

I thought I’d share today’s project with you all. I started this in the early afternoon, and it was the EASIEST dress I’ve ever made! Remember this green plaid tablecloth? I found it at a yard sale for $2.50… combine that with a cute pattern from ebay (I think it was $3), and a bit of bias binding from my great-grandmother’s sewing stuff, and I have an adorable new 60’s style sundress!

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The perfect dress to go biking in.

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Mom’s favorite out of the self-portrait session… basking in the afternoon sun.

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An out-take… I’m actually out of focus, while everything behind me in in focus! Whoops! Oh well… it shows the bow on the top of the shoulder.

And now I must be off… more sewing projects are planned, so stay tuned! 🙂 God Bless, and enjoy the evening!

July 1, 2009. Clothing, Fashion, Femininity, Fun, Fun Finds, Life, Modesty, Projects, Sewing, Wednesday, Yard Sale. 1 comment.

Packing. (Or, our weekend, part 2)

Part 2 of our weekend saga… Enjoy! For part 1, click here. <– link

Today we packed. And packed. Oh, and did I mention that we packed? I didn’t know so much stuff could fit in one small mini-van. In the end, the back of the van was packed so high that Dad couldn’t see in the rear-view mirror. The top of the vehicle held an antique table, grass green tent poles, and a water bucket. The bucket, bungee corded in, was a great source of amusement; including jokes that it was our weather gauge, and that we might need to gather our own water in case we ran out!

The looks we got from passers-by also provided lots of laughter, and we enjoyed being Beverly Hillbillies for a day. Mom, however, was embarrassed, and didn’t want to show off Dad’s extraordinary packing abilities. Much hilarity occured when she suggested we just “blend in.” And, of course, we must have a photo…

 

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The van, complete with table, tent-poles, and the infamous bucket.

 

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My reading material for the long ride… all three books of “The Tightwad Gazette,” by Amy Dacyczyn

 

We finally made it safe and sound, arriving in high style to unload our well-packed van, find all the tent supplies, and start the set-up. (Meanwhile we were just praying the rain would hold off until we finished set-up) Now Mom and I are “supervising,” seeing as we can’t help at the moment. This could be an interesting weekend…

 

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Supervising while munching on pretzels.

I hope you all have a wonderful day! Now that we’re home, I have lots of projects that I’ll be posting about soon, so be on the look-out. God Bless!

May 20, 2009. Family, Friday, Fun, Life, Reading, Wednesday, Weekend. 1 comment.

A shopping trip and a dress idea…

Or copy of a dress would be closer to the truth! I absolutely loved a simple white linen dress at JC Penney, and so had to make one. It was VERY simple, didn’t need a pattern, and I really like the results! It’s kind of 1930’s inspired, being a lowered waistline and a straighter shape. Tonight, despite the lack of lighting, I took a few pictures to share with you all. 🙂

 

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For some strange reason I really liked this photo… I’m not sure why…

 

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Details.

 

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From the ground up.

God Bless, everyone, and have a wonderful day! 🙂

 

 

“It is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics when women of high thoughts and accomplishments love to sew; especially as they are never more at home with their own hearts than when so occupied.”
~Nathaniel Hawthorne~ 

May 6, 2009. Clothing, Fashion, Fun, Life, Projects, Sewing, Wednesday. 3 comments.

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! 

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. 

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!

 

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

 

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

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