Monday, July 25, 2016

Shabby Angel Garland

Angel Garland hanging on my hutch

Happy Monday everyone! I confess to not getting a whole lot of sleep last night so pardon me if I seem a little loopy. I stayed up late putting this angel garland together and then when I finally went to bed, (close to midnight) I did not sleep well. I was wide awake at 3:45 am and at 4:00 am I decided I was just going to get up. So I did. According to my fit bit, I got about 4 hours and 34 minutes of sleep. Yawn.....

So you can understand my frustration when my fit bit asked me if I wanted to take it for a walk early this morning. My first thought was;  "yes, let's walk to the nearest cliff and toss you over!" Of course I didn't and it is safely wrapped around my wrist.

Back to my angel garland.....

I have wanted to try a garland using my angel ornaments for a long time. I decided last night that I was just going to give it a try......At first I had less strips and more twine showing but it wasn't doing anything for me. Then I added more strips of torn fabric, tulle, lace and silk sari ribbon and shirred it all together much closer to the angels. Then my garland and I finally made that love connection! I took it all over my house and hung it here and there and it looked sweet everywhere that I hung it.

The two angels are identical or as identical as handmade can be.....

I especially loved the look after I added some wide lace to the other fabric strips....a little texture goes a long way!

You can see the lace better in this photo.

Although I love the way my garland turned out, I think I may add a few more strips of tulle and lace to each section to add a bit more fullness.

There, now that I have completed the design of my garland, I can move on to making the next one. The first one always takes the longest and in this case I lost sleep over it too. No worries, I'll make up for it tonight......Have a great week!

UPDATE: 7/26/2016

As I mentioned yesterday, I wanted to add more strips of lace, tulle, etc to my garland.

So I added an additional strip of lace, tulle and torn cotton to each section until I was satisfied with the fullness.

Next I added a torn cotton strip bow to each end of the garland. I made certain to leave plenty of extra twine at the ends for hanging.

There, now I am completely satisfied. It is now as I imagined it.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Gift Sets Galore

Hello friends! Thought I would post some photos of some fun projects that I have been working on. So I'll "talk" and you'll scroll and hopefully I won't run out of pictures before I run out of words.... It started out when a friend needed a gift for a friend.....and well, it appears to have become my latest thing! 

When I was getting ready to make the first set, I knew I wanted to make my usual flat zippered bag set but I also wanted a flat-bottomed bag that would stand on it's own. I sat down to draft a pattern and though I knew what I wanted it to look like, I had to enlist the help of my husband to help me with the angles and the actual pattern. I will totally confess and own my spacial relations problem, I have a similar problem with directions. You say east or west, I hear blah, blah, blah....but you say right or left and I'm there!

Anyways, this purple gift set was the first set I made . I ended up making another for my ETSY shop because I loved the fabric so much.

I made a little heart package tie-on to coordinate with the gift set. OK, that was really fun!.....and really where this all began!

My personal favorite is this pink, gray and white set. I fell in love with gray a couple of years ago and I have always loved pale pink. So it's a winning color combination as far as I am concerned! I used some silk sari ribbon and pale pink tulle for the bow on the heat.

All of the inside linings coordinate nicely with the outside fabrics. This little gray and white dot print fabric looks sweet with the chevron and anchor print fabric.

The last one I will show you tonight (though I have more but it is too dark to photograph them) is this gray and white chevron print tote bag lined with a yellow and gray chevron print. I did a mix and match set of zippered bags for the tote. I love this set too.....

I stitched up a heart ornament from the yellow chevron to "tie it all together." ....added a gray bow and a cute little yellow satin flower.

I like the pop of yellow on these gray bags! 

I have really enjoyed creating these little gift sets.... and I have several other sets cut out and ready to stitch up.

Well it appears that I have run out of photos before running out of words so I will let you go for now. I have a very busy week ahead. My youngest daughter is coming home midweek for a very quick visit and I am really looking forward to that! She's turning 21 at the end of the month. I don't know where the time has gone.....

Before I let you go, I would like to ask that you please keep all of our law enforcement officers in your thoughts and prayers. It's been another heartbreaking day.......goodnight friends!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Burlap and Lace Bookmarks

Hello friends! How are you? It feels like it's been ages since I was last here but it really wasn't all that long ago! Honestly the 4th of July seems like distant history to me and it was only a week ago today!

Last night I created a bookmark and I liked it so well that I decided to make few more today!  They are literally multiplying out on my back porch as I type. The first bookmark that I made last night was "Imagine." Imagine was followed by "dream", "read" and "blessings." "Hope" is still in progress...

I started this project last night because I wanted to enclose a little extra something in a card that I am sending know....when you send a card but it just doesn't seem like enough.....

These little bookmarks are a perfect enclosure item and they are remarkably very sturdy. I stitched together two layers of ivory burlap and zig-zagged all the sides. I added the vertical lace, then the tiny ivory edging at the very top. Next I folded a piece of sari ribbon unevenly and secured it to the top of the bookmark by sewing a button on it.

I hand-stamped a word on a scrap of heavy unbleached cotton, trimmed it with pinking shears and stitched it in a random direction over the sari ribbon. Then it was all about making tiny x's in the buttons with ecru embroidery floss and attaching them to the bookmark. (not my favorite part but it adds some sweet detail)

The first one turned out so sweet that I made several more today. Some are almost done, some are completely in pieces. I think they would look so cute in a journal or in any book for that matter....

All this talk about bookmarks has me thinking about reading a new book. I did pick up my old copy of Pride and Prejudice and started rereading it--I love that book and will probably read it many more times.

Have you read any good books this summer? Any that you would recommend? I'm feeling the urge to escape into the world of a good novel! Feel free to leave a book title or two in my comment section.

Thanks and have a great week!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Post July 4th

Hi friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! We had a small cookout as only one of our daughters could be home over the holiday weekend. But we had all of our family favorite dishes and had a very nice holiday cookout on the 3rd.

This "Death by Chocolate" dessert was requested by my daughter and son-in-law. How could I say no? It has been posted on my blog before and is so very easy to put together. Makes quite a statement on the buffet table too! It is three layers of baked cake (or brownies) broken into bite sized pieces and layered with cool whip, chocolate pudding and Heath Bar crunch. YUM!

This is another dessert that is always a hit on the 4th! I don't usually use an oval dish so I had to be creative making a flag. There also wasn't much room for white stripes but I think you get the drift! It's red, white and blue and all that matters! 

This strawberry and cream delight has also been posted on my blog before, though in trifle form instead of the flag cake. This is just a white cake made with almond extract, filled and topped with whipped cream, cream cheese, confectioner's sugar and almond extract and of course strawberries and blueberries. This is also very yummy!

Here is one of my all time favorite frozen jello salads that I had almost forgotten about but while reading through some old recipes, I happened upon the recipe and couldn't wait for an event or holiday to make it! It is very refreshing on a hot summer day! So it was perfect for the 4th!

Recipe:  Frozen Strawberry Fruit Salad

Dissolve small strawberry jello mix with 1 C boiling water.

Add 1/2 C pineapple juice and 1/2 C lemon juice.

Refrigerate for 1 hour or until slightly jelled.

Whip up 1 packet of Dream Whip according to directions on package. Add 1/2 C Hellmanns mayo. Then add drained fruit. (Can be fruit cocktail, fresh strawberries, pineapple, banana)  You may also add nuts if desired. I used 1 can fruit cocktail and fresh strawberries.

Spoon into loaf pan or pretty mold.

Place in freezer, covered with foil or plastic wrap. Take out 1/2 hour before serving. Invert to platter and slice for serving.

I sometimes sit the entire loaf pan into a deep dish of warm water for a few seconds, just long enough for the sides to melt from the loaf pan. Run a sharp knife around the edges of the dish to help remove the salad. Then.....enjoy!

Hope everyone had a healthy dose of family, food and fireworks over the 4th of July weekend! How did you celebrate?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Vintage Rose Tote

Good evening friends! I completed another large tote bag yesterday using a graphic that I purchased online at ArtCult (an Etsy Shop) Click here  and I am very pleased with the way it turned out.  I used lots of pretty vintage laces, some pieces of crocheted doilies, buttons, pink embroidery floss, and of course the lovely vintage rose graphic.

I have been experimenting with using graphics and truly I have realized that it opens up a whole world for me! It's both fun and exciting and soon I hope to share some other projects I have been working on that involve graphics being transferred to fabric and other materials. 

This rose graphic transferred perfectly. I printed this onto a purchased 8 1/2" X 11" sheet of fabric and printed onto it using my HP printer. I then fused backing onto it that allowed me to iron it directly on to the front of the bag and then I appliqued the graphic using a zig zag stitch on my sewing machine. The stitching is all hidden by lots of beautiful vintage lace.

Here you can see a close up of the lace, buttons and small doily.

.....and here is a close up of the bottom. 

I used a small rose print fabric that I purchased online at Moona Fabrics (another Etsy Shop Click here ) for the inside pocket and the backside of the handles. 

I thoroughly enjoyed creating this Vintage Rose totebag. It took me quite a long time to get the lace placement just the way I wanted it. I have a rather large stash of lace to work with and believe me when I say that I tried many, many different lace combinations. After a while of trying this and that, I became a frustrated at the length of time it was taking me to make a choice ..... and then finally these pieces of perfectly aged, creamy lace, along with the little doily pieces emerged as the winning combination.  It is as I imagined. I love it when that happens!

Enjoy the rest of the week! Good night friends!

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Sweet Love

Hello friends! I hope this finds you all well and enjoying some lovely spring weather. In my corner of the world, it is cloudy, cool and well....the heat just came on. With that just barely said, the sun literally popped out....oh never's gone now. But there's always hope! I see patches of blue sky and I believe that it is supposed to get warmer by the day.

My latest sewing project is the bag you see above. A few weeks ago I purchased some graphics here on ETSY. I have been experimenting with the graphics and various methods of printing and transferring them to fabric. In this project, I printed directly onto an 8 1/2 x 11 fabric sheet. I was extremely happy with the quality of the artwork and my printer did not let me down.

I have long loved the painting of The First Kiss (1890) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau. I only recently learned that this is not in fact the original name of the painting.  It was originally L'Amour at Psyche Enfants which translates as Cupid and Psyche as Children. As I understand it, it incorrectly took on the nickname Le Premier Baiser ,or The First Kiss and it apparently just stuck. I have always called it the First Kiss. I stand corrected.....At any rate, I love these two little kissing cherubs and was excited to see it among many lovely digital downloads on Etsy.

Printing directly on the fabric sheet produces a nice soft print as opposed to some iron on or other transfer processes. I actually experimented with printing directly on my own fabric and it was also a success. Of course it took me nearly three days to work up the nerve to place raw-edged fabric in my printer but after ironing it on to a piece of freezer paper, it printed remarkably well.

I used the artwork as the pocket on my tote bag and framed it in a little cotton edging that I purchased on one of my lace/doily/vintage hunting excursions. I really wanted the artwork to be the focal point of the bag and not get swallowed up by lots of embellishments. I did add a shabby bow of sari ribbon, tulle and vintage eyelet edging which I think adds just the right amount of embellishment without taking anything away from the sweet image.

This was not one of those projects that I started and finished in the same day. I actually have been working on it little by little as we have been very busy during the past couple of weeks. June is always a very busy month--usually of celebratory events and this June was no exception. I am happy to have some time to spare today to post and do a little catching up on my blog reading.

Take care friends and as always, thank you for stopping by!

PS The sun is out!

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Shabby Sweetness

Good evening friends and Happy Friday! The last couple of evenings I have been working on two fabric angels made from the sweetest little rose print fabric. I was up bright and early this morning so I finished them by attaching their wire hangers and the bow and tags.

In addition to the pretty rose fabric (which I purchased on ETSY at Moona Fabrics ) these two angels are dressed in a pretty vintage luncheon napkin which I deconstructed to use as collars and ruffles at the bottom of their dresses. Also the hand stitched wings are made from leftover fabric from the napkins.

I began with the angel above. She was the lucky one receiving the prettiest corner of the napkin as her collar. I machine-gathered her ruffle which adorns her dress at the bottom. Pink sari ribbon is used as a bow on her collar as well as a bow on the hanger. She also has some white tulle in both of the bows.

Although the first angel may have received the nicer corner of the napkin for her collar, this sweet angel got a hem ruffle that was gathered by hand which I think accomplishes a shabbier sweet look. I wish that I had thought of that when I was making the first one but that's how my mind works when I am making new designs. It just kinda evolves as I go along......

The canvas sentiment tags are covered with white stretch lace, some bits of vintage pillowcase edging and of course the stamped sentiment.

Halos are 20 gauge wire covered with sari ribbon and a dainty paper rose which I purchased on ETSY. 

There is always a sense of accomplishment once I complete one of these angel ornaments. It's relaxing, very therapeutic work. You might even say that this work (if you can call it work) is just heavenly!

No two are ever really alike just by nature of their "handmadeness." I do not use a pattern.

The last image (I promise) of the shabby sweet heavenly pair.....

Have a wonderful weekend friends! And to all my blogging friends in Texas, I've been thinking of you all. I hope you are all out of harms way. Stay safe and dry!

"Angels descending, bring from above,
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love."
Fanny J. Crosby

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