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Wife, Mother, Mimi, lover of all things creative... sewing, embroidery, painting, collage... God and family are the most important things in my life.

Monday, April 22, 2013

A Beautiful Day and Place for a Wedding Shower

I spent most of last week helping my daughter get ready for a wedding shower.   What fun it is to plan to celebrate the beginning of a family.  I shared a little yesterday about making the burlap buntings.  Here is one of them hung up in the tree.

Here is a shot of the over-all area.  I didn't get a picture of the complete decor, because I had to leave with the kids before my son-in-law had a chance to hang the swing and another bunting, and before the sun started to set and the tree lights showed up.  Before the lovely cake arrived or the last finishing touches of flowers were placed, but you can get a general idea about where this all was going.
I made this from an old window frame I rescued several years ago with plans to collage family pictures and memorabilia.  I never got around to it, but I made some burlap roses and a heart bunting and we used it to showcase some of the bride and groom's family photos.  Now that the shower is over, I plan to get busy on that collage idea.
I found this cute card catcher idea on Pinterest, of course.  What can't you find on there?  The little pillow inspiration came from a pretty linen pillow I saw on a blog a while back.  I'm not sure exactly where, but it stuck in my head, and so I tried to recreate it using burlap.  I think it worked out nicely.

I made a  fabric garland to border the front of the cake table, and a wreath with burlap and fabric roses to serve as a backdrop.  I wish I had been able to get a picture of it once the food was set up.  I'm hoping someone else did who might be willing to let me post their pictures.

We hung clear and frosted glass balls all in the tree limbs, along with several paper lanterns.
Pretty doo-dads here and there.  Special little touches.

I really wish you could see the lights, and the bunting a little clearer.

Sweet flower arrangements done by the bride's mom.

The lanterns waiting to be hung look like we are hosting a giant easter egg hunt.

People started coming with the food and more flowers, and my son-in-law got ready to hang the swing, and I had to speed away with the littlest ones before they got wind that a party was going to go on without them.  

Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Trouble with Burlap Buntings

My daughter asked me to help her with decorations for a wedding shower.  She had some great ideas for decorating and so the fun began.  She wanted burlap buntings and she wanted purples worked into them as well.  We perused Pinterest for days messaging ideas back and forth.  We bought some burlap, and just before cutting into it I realized, this stuff is going to ravel big time!

I did a quick search for how to reduce raveling when cutting burlap and found great stuff on cutting straight lines, but nothing about cutting on the diagonal.  My quick search lasted much longer than I wanted it to, and I finally gave up on someone else doing the trial and error for me.

I decided to try painting the burlap with Modge Podge.   After trying to put it on straight out of the bottle, I realized it would go on much better if I  thinned it down a bit.  I coated the whole piece and waited for it to dry.  

Once it was dry, I drew off my pattern and began cutting away.  I ended up making three different buntings, one with birds and purple fabric mums, one with Mr. and Mrs, and one with purple fabric roses.  They turned out great, and the Modge Podge really did the trick.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Sewing With and For Children


This week I've been blessed to have time to sew with and for some of my grandchildren.  I have started a dress for one of the little ones with an old vintage 1/2 size pattern.  I wasn't sure of the sizing, but it fit the nine month old pretty well.  I finished it today and made some matching shoes.  I'm not sure if the shoes will fit, but I hope they do.  They are so cute.  I made them from a tutorial I found here.  I think I bookmarked it 6 grandkids ago. I wish I had tried them earlier they were so much fun to make!
My mom and I started teaching the older children to embroidery a while back.  They don't get to work on it often, but when we do they really seem to enjoy it and are catching on surprisingly well.  Three of them got a chance to work on their projects this week.

My oldest granddaughter, Angel Eyes, spent the entire day Thursday sewing.  She wanted to make a gift for two of her friends.  She had big plans of making two dolls in a day, and I wasn't really sure she would stick to it, but she did.  We started at around nine in the morning.  She wanted to make them similar to the ones I had made for a mission trip a couple of years back.  I told her I wasn't sure I could find my pattern, but that didn't faze her at all.  "That's okay, Mimi," she said confidently, "we can always make up a pattern."  I was not so sure.

I should preface this with the fact that last week she decided she wanted to make her little sister a dress. Being the creative type she ask her mom if she could use an old sheet, drew off a pattern (I think directly onto the material), cut it out and began stitching it by hand.  She brought it to show me on the way to her piano lesson.  She had the shoulder seams stitched when she arrived and asked if she could get out her machine and sew up the side seams.  She did so right away.  Now granted this dress didn't have any facings or lining, but it was a very good dress for an eight year old with no pattern and very little experience, and it looked like it would fit her sister.  I didn't get a picture of it.  I must remind myself to do that next time I'm over there.  

Having accomplished this, she really didn't see not having a pattern for the dolls to be a real obstacle.

"Okay, "  I said, "we will try."  I drew off a very simple pattern and she set out to draw a face on the dolls.  

I explained how she needed to put the right sides together and she jumped right in and added, "and I need to leave a space so I can turn them right side out and stuff them."  She remembered this from making a simple stuffed owl for her cousin for his birthday last year.

She worked hard all day, only taking two breaks, one for a little snack and one for lunch.  She finished the dolls about 4 o'clock.  She then asked if she could look through my scraps and get some material to work on accessories.  This was after she already made dresses.  She did most everything herself.  I did finish one of the skirts for her as she was running out of time, and I drew off the pattern, and crocheted the hair for one of the dolls, but other than that she did all of the work herself.  I was so proud of her and quite a bit impressed at her determination, creativity and perseverance.

 Her friends were really pleased and named the dolls Elizabeth and Sally.  Don't you love the big button earrings on Elizabeth?