Friday, April 30, 2010

Faux smocking

I don't think there is anything to compare to true hand smocking. I love it just as much as I did when I learned how to do it over 25 years ago. However, when a creative sort came up with the idea to do this art by embroidery machine, I just had to try it out!! I had to see if , as the directions said, those stitches would really line up on the pleats, and believe it or not, they did!!!
Here is an outfit I made a few years ago using the embroidery machine technique. I think it is cute and it is certainly quicker than the real thing!!! It only lends itself to certain styles, however, as it doesn't have the elasticity of true smocking.
I also love this fabric. It is from the collection by Jennifer Paganelli's company Sis Boom , called "Girlfriends", which sadly, is now discontinued.

Thursday, April 29, 2010


My friend  Laura has a new line of patterns you want to be sure and check out!! Her site isEllie Inspired and this is her newest pattern!! Such a cute little skirt!! On her blog Ellie Inspired blog, she is sponsoring a giveaway!!

Sweet baby shoes

My friend Laurie loves sewing for babies as much as I do and she has designed some of the most adorable little shoes that can be made on the EMBROIDERY MACHINE!!!! Go on over to her site and check these out. You will want to make a pair in every style and every color!!! While you are there, also look at her machine embroidered collars, that can  be coordinated with the shoes!!! Too cute!!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


                             Wouldn't it be wonderful if we all could view life just like this???

All it took to elicit this response was simply to "go outside".  I've never seen a child yet who didn't love to go out of doors. I would like to think that what made her so happy was seeing God's beautiful springtime creations.
The little outfit she is wearing is the Swimsuit pattern by Jackie Clark, which is featured in the current Sew Beautiful magazine. The cover up is one I added made by Simplicity #3508.

Jackie did a great job designing this little swimsuit. It is a fun, easy and very quick project.

See ya at the beach!!!!

Monday, April 12, 2010


I just had to share this incredible dress from my chat forum friend Emily!!! She made her little one's Easter dress from the directions is Sew Beautiful #111 by Jeannie Baumeister.
The dress started in an heirloom dress class at the Smocking Shoppe in Louisville, KY.
I love everything Jeannie Baumeister , of The Old Fashioned Baby does, love all her patterns and I think Emily did an excellent job on executing this particular pattern.
Aren't these details just gorgeous??? And don't you love the fabric?? Great job Emily!!! Cute little girl too!!!!
(Click on the photos for enlarged details)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Opening Night!!!

Just wanted to let my blogging friends know where I have been all week. I am in the play "Steel Magnolias" , playing the role of Clairee. Tonight is opening night. I love community theater and have been involved with our local arts council in the past. I only have one other role under my belt and that was several years ago. I had the role of Elsa in "Sound of Music". I even sang and danced in that one!!!!
I decided to try out on a lark. I thought learning the lines would be a good excercise for my brain!!!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter

                                                       What an awesome day!!!!

Friday, April 2, 2010


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