Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014


Dear Friends, 
Much love to you and many well wishes to you.
From Olaf and myself, Merry Christmas!
May your 2015 be fantastic, full of sweet memories and lots of love.
God Bless You, Everyone!

Olaf and Lexi

Friday, November 28, 2014

November In Focus

November! Ah such a bittersweet month!
You brought frost and snow, and swept away the beautiful gold of fall.
And yet, what happiness you contained, filled to the brim with unexpected pleasures!
I turned another year.
I gave thanks.
I give thanks.
To God.
For the many joys,
Some of which are below......
Patterns of delight from Larkin and Smith....

A fabric tea-pot fashioned by a friend....

Flutter Felt creatures I stitch...and stitch....
Given some love to my favorite Love Experts...

Fascination for sheers, lace and pin tucks...

Washing repairing and re-curling the lovely locks of a sweet little lady....

 Letting go and sealing up, the burdens of the past....

Gathering the Glitter and Sparkle for the coming  performances...

 Stitching Christmas love during corners of quiet time....

What were some blessings from your November?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Alure of India--Regency Sari Dress

 Hello Readers!
I finally have the pictures of my Early Regency Sari dress to share with you! When I was a child, I played dress-up quite a bit. However, usually, I dressed up from India. I was fascinated by anything Indian. I collected many outfits, tunic, pieces of saris, from thrift stores! I also had bangles for my ankles and bindis for my forehead. My friend and I always played Princesses from India. There was something very exotic and alluring about that far-off land. Now, as I am older, I know that India, and its goods, have allured people for hundreds of years. 

Regency folks especially, loved India's fine fabrics.Woman fashioned their frocks from lovely Sari shawls and prints. I used existing inspiration and my own creative engines to draft and sew this dress. I hope you like it!

I was given this Sari by a lovely woman who lives in India. 
The dress has a crossover bodice, a deeply pleated skirt back, detachable belt and short, puffed ball sleeves. 
 The waist is fitted, but has a slight drawstring to take in ease for an extra-goof fit.The back bodice closes with hooks and eyes. 
 The dress is lined with a lovely rosy taffeta. There is a chain which hangs from my belt and has a reticule purse and cameo attached.
  The border of the hem is the border of the Sari edge!
  The Sari top-layer dress is so light a flowy and great to dance in I can see why people in the Regency, and even earlier, were fascinated, and intrigued by anything Indian. It must have felt exotic, luxurious, and a bit mysterious, to clothe oneself with fabric from so far away. The print, designs, textures---so unique and alluring.

P.S--I was told on a Regency board, that my make-up through off the look, so please excuse the lipstick. lol!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Portobello Market Backpack-My DIY

  (Please not this is not a full tutorial, just a project diary)

A couple months back, I was strolling around Joann's. Sometimes, I just go to Joann Fabrics, not because I really need to buy something, but just because I feel so at home there.
The fabric store is where my tribe gathers.
Everyone has a tribe.
Ya know.......A clan of people you just feel so 
My tribe pow-wows at the fabric store.
When we feel sad, lonely, or in need of comfort,
we head to the nearest fabric store.

But---I digress.
 I was wondering around the familiar aisles when I found a display of projects.
There it was. The most FANTASTIC, CRAZY-AWESOME backpack I have ever seen.
At first I thought it was for a class, like "sign up and we'll teach you how to make this." There was no pattern by it, so I reasoned it MUST be for a class. The problem was, I don't want to pay money for a class.

I was rather sad.

Over the next few weeks, I went back to find it again and again.
After a while, I found a tag  attached to it which read "Make me at"
Why it took me such a long 'while' to find that tag I cannot explain. 
But I was sooooo happy!
I had been prepared to buy a pattern!
Glory Glory!

The rest is history.
I picked out my own, crazy fabrics, and whipped it up.
If you wish to make this crazy-epic bag-of-wonder, here are the instructions....
(it is called the Portobello Market bag after a collection of designer fabrics at Joanns...I purchased less expensive fabric for mine.)
These are my supplies!
Assorted cotton prints, parachute clips, printed instruction.

You do have to measure, draw and cut out your own paper pattern per the instructions. If you decide to make this bag, do not worry. It is super simple.
I made my patterns out of craft paper which I pieced together.
The main piece is 18in x 18.5in, with two 3inx3in squares cut out of the bottom.
 I cut two main pattern pieces from my main fabric, and two from my lining fabric.

The flap is 8inx8in with rounded corners.

The other main pattern piece is the bottom band-just an overlay piece to add a cute, contrasting fabric detail. Here is my bottom band pattern piece (the floral print).

I also added a coral fabric strip to add some extra contrast-but that is not in the instructions.

My fav thing about this project was using colorful thread!

My inside lining got a pocket...not in the instructions but sorta necessary! So I put one in mine!

I did not take many other in-construction photos, but the straps are super simple. 

I did add details on the flap. I made a sorta patchwork bird decal.(again not in the instructions!)

Here are some pictures of the finished bag:

My Coral Drawstring BackPack
 Bag side view

Look at the little tab on top to hang it!

 Drawstring details...
 Finished bag bottom-those square cut-outs make the bottom have some shape.
 And you see those parachute clips!
The bag instructions are not very specific about how to properly slip the straps into the top parachute clip, so you may need to research it a bit.

Otherwise, great pattern. And hey-its free!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

On the Farm-Lancaster PA Trip

Lancaster County, PA., how beautiful in September you looked
 when I saw you for the first time.
I saw your verdant farm lands, your muddy cow pastures, your vibrant sheep dogs.
And---I remember....

Your tall oaks and tire-swings...

Farmhouses I have never seen....

Sweet children, all with smiling faces....

Old time shops and antique places...

 Cows grazing every which way...

Adventurous horizons calling my name....

Young brown calfs with big, wide eyes...

Adoring children, kitten sighs....

Mischief making, climbing tall....

Hoping "Popcorn" doesn't fall!"

Cherished friends both old...

And new....

Too many cats to know what to do....

Welcoming porches, inviting friends...

Don't worry Lancaster, I'll visit again!

P.S What place have you visited which you want to return to someday?