Monday, May 30, 2011


My sister and her husband  built this beautiful home about 18 years ago and now have decided to move on to other pursuits in their lives,so Swansong is now for sale.

It makes me sad in a way, as our family has spent many wonderful hours at this home with them. Swansong has been an enormous part of mine and my husband's lives as well as my children's and now my grandchildren's lives.
My sister and her husband have opened their home to friends and family over the years in an extensive list of occasions.
They hosted the wedding receptions of our two children

We have rejoiced and celebrated as we welcomed the new additions to the family

and gathered to commemorate the life of one who has passed on

We have had birthday celebrations,

 Mother's Day,

and Christmas Eve's,

 and been a part of their annual Dove Shoot

We have performed

danced the night away

and learned to drive

taken boat rides

and entertained celebrities!

Every visit to this home is a feast for the eyes!!!

Hope you have enjoyed my reminicing !!
For a virtual tour of the rooms and grounds of this home, click here
I have often thought this home would be a wonderful place for a retreat (like my personal favorite: sewing!!!) or a gentleman's hunt lodge, a spa or a bed and breakfast!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

wedding dress remake

The original dress is a 1970's era dress and is made into a little dress for the niece of the bride to wear to the wedding and to also wear as a dedication dress.

This was really a hard project!! I had never worked with a wedding dress of this era or with this type trim, which is heavy, cotton Venice lace bridal trim. So, trying to make this work for a tiny 9 month old took a lot of figuring and planning!
Here is what I finally came up with. I love The Old Fashioned Baby pattern Baby Rose so I decided to go with it for the basic dress design.I used a lovely silk and cotton blend fabric that has a lovely, soft sheen,  ina very pale ivory for the dress and then overlaid that with a white cotton voile. The sleeves are made in the voile only.

To counteract the heaviness of the bridal trim, I added some fine French lace, insertion and entredeux in ecru to match the bridal trim in color. For the focal point of the dress, I used the bodice feature of the bridal gown, but had to cut and cut to make it fit on this small a dress!

The trim of the wedding veil was used at the hem of the under part of the dress. The silk and cotton fabric looks very shiny in this photo, when in fact it is much softer.

I love the way the top of this pattern is styled with the raglan sleeves. I think that it allows a longer wearing period, when made this way.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I'm loving this today!

I love this collection of clothing for little people! I love the simple, uncomplicated styles, the Liberty-type prints and the little cardigans!

photos by bonpoint

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Some of my favorite things today!!

Spending time with my mother and my sister

And my children

The grands

and my wonderful husband

Another thing that gives me so much joy is seeing something fabulous like this in my garden!

and this

I hope that you have had a wonderful Mother's Day with the people and things that you love!!!



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