Winner winner, chicken dinner!!

We have a winner!

Wait, we have TWO winners!  I decided to pick a winner for each palette!

Drum roll please…..

   

I will be coordinating with the two winners to get measurements and go over styles and prefs.   Thanks to everyone that entered the contest.  Remember, I am available for commissioned pieces, if you are so inclined.

In the spirit of Me Made May, here is a photo of my first outfit for the month.  The kiddo took the pic and yes, I’m holding containers of fruit.

 

I’ve been making simple, stretchy pencil skirts.  I can make them the correct length, they don’t wrinkle and they are a wardrobe staple.  The top is $3 thrift store find that I altered down to the correct size.

Yeah for Me Made May!  More to come!

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Grandma’s Bunnies

It’s been a while.  Work is busy.  Family is busy.  Ok, who am I kidding?  I’ve been binge watching Kimmy Schmidt and Poirot (don’t judge).

I’ve been doing some of my favorite sewing over the last week.  A friend asked me to turn some of her late grandmother’s night gowns into something for her two boys and two nieces.  She chose bunnies and since we are so close to Easter, it couldn’t get any cuter.

Making new things out of old things can be a bit of a challenge, but those things are easily resolved with a little patience and planning.  I had to piece together the fabric since the pattern I use has you only cutting out four pieces.  No worries, that’s easy enough.  I monogrammed patches for the bunnies and embroidered the grandmother’s name on one of the ears.  

All in all, a sweet addition to anyone’s Easter basket.





Everyone enjoy the first week of Spring!  My next posts will be about our family adventure.

A Valentine Tea Party

I love a good tea party.

The kiddo and I hosted a Valentine tea party.  We sent out invitations in true Emily Post fashion…Facebook baby!  The little girls that could attend received white gloves in the mail and Scout and I started making plans.  We also wanted it to be a craft party, so we went through our stash and pulled out all kinds of supplies.  I made a run to the local tea store, Savoy Tea Co. (conveniently 200 yards from my office), to pick up Queen’s Garden, Paris Morning and Caramel Apple Almond loose tea.  Fancy dress was encouraged, although not required.

Everyone arrived, looking very festive and ready for the party.  Given that we were experiencing unseasonable warm weather for February, the kids jumped on the trampoline and ran around the yard first before coming inside.  The tea table was decorated and filled with fruit, sweet and savory goodies and lavender sugar.

There was crafting, tea, sugar consumption and fun!!  The kids and moms made valentines for themselves and also to donate to one of the local retirement homes.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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The Rhino Dress

A good friend of mine just had her 40th birthday, as well as retired from 18 years of midwifery. She asked if I could make her a dress for the party, if she found the fabric she wanted. She wanted rhinoceros fabric. Not fabric made out of rhinos (who does that anyway?!), but fabric with rhinos on it (there is a story there as to why the rhino is important to Jennifer and her midwifery, but that’s her story to tell). We were dealing with a tight turnaround and the holidays, so the fabric sourcing fell short. Not to let a little hiccup like that get in the way, I thought it might be an opportune time to try out something I had been experimenting with…painted linen. I decided to paint her a dress.

I started with a lightweight dark navy prewashed linen. I cut out the pattern (very simple, swing shift), basted the side seam and went to work with some chalk from my kiddo’s art drawer.
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I then used soft fabric paint from the craft store to make the design permanent. I decided to use bright colors and really had no what it would turn into.

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I let the paint dry overnight, ironed the backside of the fabric to help set it and finished sewing up the dress. Voila! Not the most technical of sewing, but finished in time and, it’s a rhino!

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Congratulations Jennifer! You’re going to rock 40 and you have left a legacy of dozens of happy babies and families. You make our community a better place!

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Let’s Be Neighborly

We live in the sticks. Not as deep as when I was a kid, but we still live down a narrow dirt road and don’t just run to the store for milk at a moment’s notice. We have great neighbors that I wish I got around to see more often, but alas, I’ll take the social time when I can get it.
I was in a rather domestic mood the week before Christmas and decided to put together some goodie baskets for the neighbors. Butternut squash soup, sausage balls, ginger bread with lemon/ orange honey butter and assorted pickles.
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The kiddo and I had a good time dropping in on the neighbors and wishing them Merry Christmas.

Test Day!

When I was a teenager, someone gave my dad a Hawaiian shirt with cars on it. That was the start. Over the years, he received more Hawaiian car shirts until he had quite the collection. Dad teaches high school auto mechanics and started wearing the shirts on days he was giving a test. Students would see him walking down the hall, wearing a bright flowery shirt with Corvettes, and lament about how they forgot about the test and weren’t prepared. The shirt collection continued for a number of years until the high school went to a more “standardized” faculty dress code. At that point, the shirts were boxed up and put in the attic. A few months ago, Dad gave me the box, thinking I might be able to do something with them.
So, this is what I came up with:
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It wasn’t anything very technical, but still enjoyed. Vroom, vroom….

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Teachers Love Caffeine

I almost dropped the ball with the teacher gift, but I got it together and whipped something up the day before the party. I was pretty proud of myself until the morning of the party when I forgot the aide….argh.
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I had a couple of reusable ceramic coffee cups in my stash, so I fashioned a personalized quilted cup cover and added a monogrammed zipper bag. When I bought my embroidery machine, I had grand ideas of uber-artsy embroidered designs rendered from more uber-artsy photography and graphic design…. Nope, I just monogram stuff. Oh well, if it earns the kid an “A”, then I guess it was worth it.