Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Feeling Crabby?

 

I am short on time, very short! Before I board the plane in the morning, I wanted to share this cute brother/sister pair Mommy had cut out before she left. I had a hecka time deciding on what to embroider on the bodice fronts. I finally settled on this friendly little crab design.


I used Creations by Michie's Baby Playsuit. I have used this pattern both here and here. I have never seen it on the recipient, so it will be fun to see that. Nor had I ever made the little girl version so this was a first. But oh so fast. Unless you sew the size 6 month waistband to the size 24 month skirt and vice versa. Agghh.

The fabric is grey gingham from Bessiemary. The trim is whipstitch piping from Farmhouse Fabrics. I bought a couple of grab bags of this trim years ago from Farmhouse. I haven't come close to using it all up, and I use it a lot. It is great for when I don't have a piping to match or the time to make piping.


And the piping looks sweet with the pop of the red buttons on the back. I swear I ironed these outfits but it sure doesn't look like it. Oh well they will need ironing for sure after I get them out of the suitcase.

I am outta here tomorrow. Blue skies, warm sand and some sweet, sweet hugs await me on the other side.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Pretty Ponies


I have finally made my way back to the sewing machine. Handwork is still a tiring process but I have been able to finish some things. I have spoken of our "village" before that lovingly sews and smocks for our babies. This is a leftover from last summer that never made it to the machine. The smocked piece sat on my cutting table all winter waiting for me to get to it. The plate is "Merry Go Round" from Terry Jane Collins. I bought this plate when my youngest daughter was a baby. She is almost 27 if that tells you anything about aging in your stash. The polka dot pique has been in the closet for a few years as well. Now that I think of it, the only thing I bought for this project was 2 skeins of floss and snaps. 


The pattern is an out of print Children's Corner pattern called "Chrissy." I will admit that the pattern is not my favorite. I love the concept, there are some ready to wear things out there based on the same concept. I was not a fan of how the "skirt" attaches to the bishop style collar. It is top stitched on. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Children's Corner patterns, this is the first time I have encountered an issue with any of them in almost 30 years. I forged on because I wasn't going to waste this precious smocking done by my friend Rachel. The panties are Frannie Baby also by Children's Corner. Sadly this will probably be the last of these I can do, she has almost outgrown this size.A lot of stitchers don't like the wide crotch in the Franny Baby bloomers, I love them because they are perfect over "fluffy butts" aka cloth diapers.


This will be packed into my suitcase to make the trip over the pond soon. Mimi needs to get her hands on those babies. I think Mommy is mistreating her. J/K but this is the picture I got in an email this morning.



Look at that pitiful face. It seems Car-Car, the dog, stole her cheese. What is the world coming to when a girl can't even enjoy an afternoon snack of string cheese?

I have a brother/sister combo finished except for buttons. I will post that soon.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

 

 Happy Mother's Day to those that made my name, "Mom" and now "Mimi." They have all called to wish me a Happy Mother's Day but in reality I feel like I should be the one wishing them sentiments of the day. Without them, I would never have been a mom; the only job I have ever treasured.

 

Thoughts Of You
© Paula Stone  
 Memories of another time still come
To me and fill my mind, with thoughts
Of you when you were young. I lie awake
‘Till the morning sun comes creeping
Through my window shade, as I dwell upon
Mistakes I've made. What I would give to
Go back in time and feel you’re little
Hand in mine. To cherish each fast and
Fleeting day. To hold you close and kiss
Away, each pain that life will have in
Store and try to give you so much more.
You are part and will always be, imbedded in the soul of me. While I'm
Here, I want to say, that I've loved you
Each and every day and when my time on
Earth is gone.
The privilege was mine to have been your Mom



Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Walking in Memphis


No not really. Wrong song anyway. My husband and I went to see "Memphis" Sunday afternoon. Great show! Wonderful music.


I particularly loved this dress Felicia wears. I couldn't find a close up anywhere  but it was awesome. I always love those multilayer chiffon skirts, the way they move as they walk and dance.  ::sigh::

If you haven't heard any of the music from Memphis, here is just a small taste.


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Saturday Stumpwork

First posted at Kay Dennis Stumpwork

Just a quick peek at some gorgeous stumpwork. It is a 3-d piece based on the knot gardens by Owen Davies.

First posted at Kay Dennis Stumpwork

This is a closer peek at one of the inside corners. Love it. It is amazing what can be done with a needle and thread.

First posted at Kay Dennis Stumpwork

This "stonework" sun on the outer brick wall with its cushion of hydrangeas underneath make me smile.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Vintage Children's Corner

Available on ebay

"Jeffery" is an old standard of Children's Corner patterns. I am not sure if it is still in print or not. I still have it in my stash though I haven't made one in a long, long time. It used to be my go-to for baby boy gifts. It is a classic style.


So classic that here is Baby Hank wearing the Jeffery I made for my Godson, 21 years ago. It is smocked with Ellen McCarn's Stick Horse. The romper is made using Imperial poly/cotton microcheck, lined with white Imperial batiste. All still available today.



Oh, how far we've come. That yoke could sure have used some German interfacing. I also have a tendency to use smaller piping now. I remember being so proud of stitching on the navy blue buttons with red thread. I thought I had hit the pinnacle of design choices. It didn't take much to tickle me. All that aside, our prince is a cutie in a vintage treasure.

Thank you, faithful reader, for all of the emails inquiring about the babies' transition abroad. I think they are all finally settling in. Princess has turned into a full fledged toddler with all of the fun and challenges that brings. Baby Hank has taken the change in stride. Mommy says he is growing like a weed and the dog, aka Car-car, is lapping up the fenced in yard. She can hardly get him to come inside. Lastly, Mom and Dad have finally recovered from a wicked case of jet lag. 

My shoulder is slowly getting there. It has three weeks to be "Done". I've got places to go.