Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Baby Shower Centerpieces--Aqua and Coral

I recently attended a baby shower and these were the centerpieces on the tables. Aren't they just the cutest! I cannot take an ounce of credit for these cuties!! They were created by Lisa. (sister-in-law to my daughter Jenn) They are both going to be aunties to identical twin girls some time in April! How exciting is that!

This is a great recycling project. She used glass peanut butter jars and painted them this lovely shade of vintage blue. She purchased the little owl shaped wooden cut outs from ETSY, painted them gold and added a touch of coral to some of them.....so, so cute! (and so much peanut butter had to be consumed!!! LOL!)

You can imagine my delight when I was given a couple to take home! The coral roses were so fragrant.....the babies breath was so robust!

So pretty!

I love the color combination! I also love owls!!

I think Lisa did a wonderful job creating these little floral centerpieces for her sister's owl-themed baby shower. Lisa is thinking of starting a craft blog. I told her that when she does I will provide you all with a link to her blog so you can check out her creative works of art! I am already a fan!

"A wise old owl lived in an oak,
The more he saw, the less he spoke,
The less he spoke, the more he heard,
Why can't we be like that wise bird?"

J. D. Rockefeller

Monday, February 8, 2016

"Tweetheart and Cootie Patootie"

I have lots of friends having babies and grand babies so over the the last couple of days I have been making handmade gifts for baby showers and to celebrate births. I confess that this is some of the most fun I have had sewing in a long time. There's just something about soft flannels in pretty colors and designs. These are Joann Fabrics designs and they made the sweetest little gowns and burp cloths!

This is the first gift set that I made. I call it "Tweetheart" and the little birdie and hearts design is very sweet. Obviously it's for a girl and it is pink but not too much pink. (Can you really ever have too much pink?)

I started with a Gerber long sleeved t shirt and cut it under the armpits to create an empire waist. I then cut a tube of flannel a little more than 3 times the width of the t shirt where I made the cut and about 23" long.

I zig zagged the raw edges of the flannel piece and stitched a tube joining long ends and right sides together. I then pressed the seam opened. I think the next time I make one, I will cut two pieces and stitch side seams together.  I prefer the seams on the side and it is easier to match up the flannel piece to the side seams of the tshirt. I've done it both ways--I guess it's really a matter of personal preference.

***Please note: when stitching a non-stretch fabric to the stretchy tshirt or onesie I often purchase one size up on the tshirt or onesie just to be sure there is enough stretch to fit over babies head. The very first gown that I made many years ago would not fit because without thinking I stitched some eyelet lace around the neckline. This of course prevented the opening from stretching over baby's head. The same principle applies to the empire waist in these gowns. Attaching flannel (instead of a stretchy knit) to the onesie will prevent the tshirt from stretching properly at the empire waist. This could make for one unhappy little baby at dressing time.

I made a casing and used  about 17" of 3/4" elastic because I happened to have some on hand. After fishing the elastic through the casing I stitched the two ends of the elastic together and sewed the opening in the casing closed. You can also make a casing a few inches above the hemmed bottom which will give it a gathered ruffle effect. My youngest daughter had one and it was the cutest thing. I believe I created the casing by using bias tape. I've even used wide ribbon if I didn't have bias tape on hand.

The last thing that I did was cut a small square out of the flannel for an applique using fusible web. After fusing the applique to the top, I pinned a stabilizer to the back of the applique. For the stabilizer I recycled a dryer sheet and cut a square slightly larger than the applique square. Once everything was in place, I stitched around the applique with a zig zag stitch.

The burp cloths are made from prefolded cloth diapers. A piece of the flannel is sewn to the cloth diaper right sides together, turned and topstitched. Then following the stitching already on the diaper, I restitched right on top of the vertical diaper stitching making sure I placed white thread on the top of my machine and gray thread in the bobbin. Then I folded them in thirds and tied them up with a tulle bow.

This was the second little gown that I stitched up. I call this one Cootie Patootie!

The little bug is so cute! 

While sewing this gown, my sewing machine quit on me. I know, it's only a year old. A thread got caught in the tension thingies (yes, that is a technical term) and I am hoping that I did not break or bend anything while trying to yank it out. My machine is heading in for service in the morning.

Luckily I have another machine which allowed me to complete my project.

Anyways, I love how they turned out. There are many, many tutorials with photos on various blogs and pinterest. Everyone has their preference as to how to sew and embellish their gowns and burp cloths. I really wanted to attach a pretty ribbon bow or fabric flower to the front of the gown but from personal experience a tied bow never comes out of the washer looking nice. Bows and flowers made from the fabric are often bulky and uncomfortable for baby to lie on. I learned this the hard way when my own girls were babies.

These are so much fun to stitch up and I am looking forward to making a few more. Many years ago I made a pattern for bubble britches (my name for them) and they can also be attached to a t shirt in the same way. The legs and crotch had snaps which made diaper changes easy. I hope to locate it because it was so very sweet and comfy for baby to wear.  We are also talking about a pattern I used roughly 20 years ago so I will probably have to start the pattern from scratch. Once I have spent hours trying to recreate the pattern, I will no doubt locate the original one.

If you'd like to try your hand at stitching up some of theses sweet gowns, I have pinned some links to similar baby gowns on pinterest along with some other sweet DIY baby gift creations. Simply follow this LINK! IF you aren't into sewing them yourself, there are plenty of sweet gowns to be found on ETSY.

As always, thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your visit!

The Enchanting Rose

Monday, January 11, 2016

Delicate Vintage Lace and Hearts Wreath

This afternoon I had a couple of hours to spend on sewing/crafts and since I have a box of 6" grapevine wreaths that I have been itching to use,  I decided to create some Valentine's Day wreaths. This is the first one that I completed this afternoon.

The smaller heart is covered in some wide vintage lace, and the bow is constructed from additional vintage lace and a larger piece of ivory tulle. I embroidered "Amour" in mauve colored floss on the tea-stained, canvas tag which also has some narrow vintage lace tied through it.

It turned out exactly as I envisioned it. I love it when that happens!

                                                                A closeup of the bow!

I zig-zag stitched around the edges of the canvas tag and embroidered it before tying narrow vintage lace through the grommet.

I stitched and stuffed these sweet little hearts and attached satin bows. The fabric is 100 % cotton canvas.

Did you perhaps notice this pile of of crocheted pieces underneath my wreath? I recently purchased them at this beautiful little antique shop that I frequently visit. They are perfectly sized for totes, pillows, etc and I cannot wait to begin some projects so that I can use them.

They happened to be sitting on my table while I was photographing my wreath so I decided to use use them in my photos.

Anyways, I am very happy with my little Valentine's Day wreath and I hope to be able to whip up several more over the next few days........

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year 2016!

Happy New Year Friends! I don't know about you but I am so ready for a fresh start! 

The first thing I want to do is get organized! Luckily I received some great organizational tools/planners and such to start the organizational process! The lovely planner you see above was a gift from my daughter Jenn, and I am already filling it up with appointments, appointments and more appointments! I do love pretty paper products! (Paper Source--For website link, click here )

It has a matching spiral notebook/journal where I  can jot down my ideas for future blog posts and new handcrafted items for my ETSY shop.

My daughter also gave me a productivity workbook and business planner for 2016  and a one-year editorial planner as well. So there's really no excuse for disorganization now is there? Well.....

.....I ended the year with a series of family emergencies, crises and hospital and rehab stays with my mom. Then just as the new year was about to arrive, it was a speedy ride in an ambulance back to the hospital for a few more nights sleeping in my recliner in the ICU lounge. I've slept so many nights in that chair that I have actually formed an emotional attachment to it. We are friends! Best friends really! I am hoping that I never have the need to use it again but in the event that I do, I know it will be there waiting for me!

The events of the last three months have left me in such a state of utter disorganization that I don't  know where to begin. I feel overwhelmed. Summer clothes are not put away, the Christmas tree is still standing, wrapping paper tubes are all over my dining room, dirty laundry is piling up, and I've only grocery shopped three times since October 23rd, etc......you get the picture.

So my goal for now, at this very early stage of 2016 is to reclaim my home, my life and my sanity. I know it's probably a tall order but I just cannot function amidst all this chaos! Wish me luck!
Happy New Year!

Got hopes, dreams, goals, resolutions, things you just want to get accomplished this year? Tell me all about it in the comment section! 

Monday, December 7, 2015

An Angel--Vintage Lace Version

Hello friends! I have not been able to post frequently in the last few weeks, but you all remain in my thoughts and I have read and reread all of your sweet comments. Thank you so much for your love and support! 

I wanted to post some photos of an angel that I made a few weeks ago. Her base is paper, lightly stuffed with polyester fiberfill. Her dress and wings are made exclusively from vintage lace that I picked up at a couple of antique shops. I fell in love with her once she was completed and although she sold last week, I have decided to make myself one to hang on my tree.  

I love the lace around her neckline!

The lace had aged to just the perfect color.....

Her halo is made from 20 gauge wire, wrapped with ivory twine,

Her gown has some sweet, dainty ruffles.

I love the way she turned out!

The inspiration behind my desire to create an all lace version came from a custom order for an angel with a  "more vintage" look.  I created a more vintage version....

and here she is......then I knew I had to design a version using more vintage lace. After all, I have quite a collection of lace as you know.

She took a lot of time to create.....the first one always does. So much thought went in to the little extra details such as her wrapped halo and the lace around the halo, etc.

Below are some photos of other angel ornaments....couldn't resist photographing them on my lit tree before I trimmed it.


Now, I must focus on decorating my home for Christmas. I am a bit behind but I got my tree up today and I will begin decorating it tomorrow. I even did some online shopping and wrapped the few gifts that I have already purchased.

I am looking forward to Christmas and having a full house! Between now and then, I have much to do! Wish me luck!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Getting Back in the Swing of Things

Latest sewing project

It's hard to believe that my last post was nearly one month ago. I spent as many days and nights as possible with my mom while she stayed in the hospital. I actually lost count but I think she was hospitalized for 13 days and I believe I slept in a recliner in various lounges and waiting rooms for at least 9 of those nights.

Surprisingly, the chairs were very comfortable but occasionally they folded up on me while I was sleeping in them which was a little disconcerting. They were also noisy and I was afraid of waking up other exhausted people trying to catch a few winks while they waited for news about their loved ones.

My mom was transferred locally and it is so much easier having her in town as she rehabs and it's wonderful to be able to crawl into my own bed at night; it makes all the difference in the world.. She is doing much better and I cannot begin to thank you all for your lovely messages, emails and prayers while she has been ill. THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH!

This tote bag is the only thing I have sewn in the past month. I worked on it one evening when I came home from the hospital to do laundry and pack clean clothes. I finished it during another overnight at home.

I utilized some vintage doilies and I made a flower from fabric and lace to add as an accent. A little tiny button is in the center of the flower.

Flower Accent

The bag also has a lace tie which can be used to secure the tote a bit, or tucked inside when not in use.

Lace tie

It is lined in a tiny white on white fabric with generous pockets running the width of the bag and divided in half for convenience and organization.

It is smaller in size than my usual large totes and measures about 14 x 15. The straps are long enough to carry in hand or throw over the shoulder.

It will be listed in my etsy shop very soon.

Though I am way behind in production for my ETSY shop,  time has been well spent with my mom as she recovered in the hospital and now as she rehabs her way back home to us. Many thanks for your support during this time. It is very much appreciated.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Family Leave

Hello dear friends! I have missed you all. Unfortunately we have a family member who is extremely ill and I have been staying with her in the hospital which happens to be about 60 miles away from my home. My husband has been helping out a lot and taking care of things at home.

I started carrying my computer there, but it has become too much to lug-- the patient has been moved around alot, out of critical care, to general care and then back to critical care. I am happy to report she is being moved back to the general floor today. But I will have to leave my computer home to lighten the load I am carrying around. It's probably just as well because I never had an opportunity to post on my blog anyways.

I have my phone so I will try to answer emails but I would appreciate any prayers or positive thoughts you could send our way. We have a long road ahead.

I look forward to being back among my blog friends. Take care!