Friday, January 20, 2012

All in the Details

Take Two ~

Every detail counts.

There's probably no event which that holds true for,
more than a Wedding.

Aside from my usual sewing projects, you know...
the upholstery, window treatments and quilts, I have my little Etsy shop, where I sell my handmade table linens, cloth napkins, table runners, and the like.  I do lots of projects with Brides-To-Be.  You can see some of my earlier wedding projects here.

Well just last week, one of my brides (yes they are "my brides" once I work with them), let me know that her wedding was published in "STYLE ME PRETTY"!

SO ~ I just had to share it with you!
First ~ The Bride ~

Location, location, location...

The Grand View Lodge, Nisswa, Minnesota.

Now, KK didn't want your cookie-cutter wedding or reception.  She wanted her guests to feel comfortable, as if they were at a summer party, something unique, with lots of charm.

Milk glass vases belonging to her Mother.

Burlap table runners for some old-fashioned charm.

Roses with Queen Anne's Lace in blue mason jars...
what could be prettier than that?

The brides bouquet wrapped in ticking stripe.

She didn't want to waste money renting the typical reception items, so the ticking stripe fabric was used to make tablecloths...

The cotton napkins were sweet country prints ( I think we used 16 different fabrics ).  She'll never have to buy napkins again for the rest of her life! 

A sweet reminder of her very special day,
that she can use every day.

The ticking fabric will be used to  upholster her kitchen chairs, and outdoor furniture this summer.

Keeping with the outdoor summer party vibe, the menu included fried chicken, mac n cheese, and corn on the cob...  YUM!

Even BBQ sandwiches...
Feels more like south Georgia than Minnesota,
and I LOVE IT!

Cotton Candy, too!

Tender moments...

with furry friends, too.

And they lived Happily Ever After.

 Wedding Design & Coordination: Elizabeth Anne Weddings / Wedding Photography: Whitney Furst for Laura Ivanova Photography

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Baby Love

One more thing...

Who's the cutest little thing on the planet?
Well now...
That would be little Jewel!
With a sweet thing like this around, I couldn't help but make a few baby things.  So... yes, I made the little jacket for her, sash made of ribbon with a big silk rose, and crochet hat, too!

Guess I better add this one to the portfolio.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I'm Back!

And Better than EVAH!

2011 was quite the rollercoaster...
One year ago, I lost my dear sweet Grandmother. 

My Mother, my sisters and I were all by her side.  As we had been for so long.  Losing a loved one is never easy, but to watch your loved one suffer for so, so long... well... the suffering just seems so cruel, and the point comes that we pray for the suffering to end. 

Now her pain is over.  But ours still feels so fresh. 
I miss her so much. 
But we have to carry on.
So much has happened in the last year.
We lost one precious Jewel,

we gained another.

There's so much to be thankful for.

Loved ones all around us...
with new life to celebrate.

And that's what it's all about.
and Life.

Checked one off the bucket list...

Wrongs were righted...

In spite of tweedle dee and tweedle dumb ass... 

and their bad intentions.

Kinda back-fired for them...
Didn't it?

(Sorry... I still get a kick out of it!)

My son got his Dad back,
the kids got a new pool...

and Me???

well I finally got my new sewing room!

2012 is shaping up beautifully...
lots of new projects in the works,
and a few surprises that may shock you...

stay tuned!


Sunday, August 14, 2011

How to Sew a Tiny Rolled Hem

This hem is best for evening and bridal wear, prom dresses, etc. 
Also great for chiffon, charmeuse, any slippery, or whispy type fabrics.

You will be sewing around your hem 3 times, but only 1 stitch line will be showing.

First, mark your hem.
Cut your fabric 1/2 inch below where you want the finished hem to be.

Now you should start sewing (with a normal straight stitch).  You can see that I have the cut edge of my fabric on the 3/8" line on my throat plate (the little silver plate underneath the presser foot).

That's your 1st hem.
It should look like this...

Now you will want to fold your fabric to the left, directly on that stitch line.  This gives you a perfect 3/8" seam allowance for the hem.  Next, stitch very close to the fold. About 1/8" or less.

This is your 2nd hem.

Next you should trim away the excess hem fabric.  Cut as close as possible to the second hem-line.  You need a good pair of sharp scissors for this.  I like to use my small embroidery scissors.

A closer look.

Now roll the hem to the left again, and stitch as closely as possible to the left edge of the hem.  This is your 3rd and final hem.

Press and you are done!

I know... it's been forever since I've posted anything about sewing... Right?

Have a Lovely Sunday!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Thrills N Chills

THRILLS - check
CHILLS - check
HOT GUYS -  double check

Remember this scene from the movie "Point Break"?
Keanu Reaves and Patrick Swayze.
Double Yum.

Did their own stunts, and their own jumps.

You can jump out of that very same airplane at
in Cedartown, Georgia, about 45 minutes north of Atlanta.

 My skydive instructor Johan, was just awesome..
and the video shot by Junior was incredible! 
I can't stop watching it!  I want to re-live it, over and over..
YES, Skydiving is addictive!

check me out....

My Bff's DH jumped with Scott.
(Scott was HOT!)

Aaron and Junior (videographers) coming in for a landing.

They were hot, too!

It's a Cougar Playground!

I'll keep you posted on the next playdate.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011



Always have been.
Always will be!

What's not to love?

Johan straps me into a harness.

That's always followed by a good time!

My instructor has been jumping for 19 years, and
has over 14,000 jumps.  In case you were wondering if
I was scared, or a little nervous....

I wasn't.

I have been waiting to do this since I was a little girl.

It's like being in heaven.

14,000 feet.

 3 miles above the earth.

Way above the clouds.

Johan shoved us off the side of the plane and sent us spinning.

It just takes your breath away.
There is no way to describe that feeling...
It's not like falling.
It's like FLYING!!

We flew so fast toward the videographer (Junior) that he pulled his knees up in front to block us.  I think he was afraid we were going to crash into him!

You freefall for about 70 seconds.

Then parachute for 6 - 7 minutes.

Now let's spin round and round, please!
(yes, I'm that girl)

Touch the Sun!

That grin...
You couldn't peel it off my face for the rest of the day!

Gotta give props to Johan, my skydive instructor,
and Adventure Skydive Center, in Cedartown, Ga.
Thanks guys!!! for the most thrilling day EVER!!!!

You guys are THE BEST!

And Junior, my videographer...
(you MUST get the video)

Now who wants to go with me in September???
It's my BirFFFDAY!