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Monday, March 30, 2015

ETNO blog tour

Hi everyone,

how was your weekend?
Mine - as usual too fast and busy with different things, with some time in my sewing room included, of course.
Hey, guess what - it is THAT time - time for ETNO BLOG TOUR!!

ETNO is the newest collection by Pat Bravo and you can read all about inspirations and muses for this one right HERE on Pat's blog. Then hop on to the ETNO Blog Tour page of Pat's blog to see the schedule and get the link EVERY day for a new blog, new inspiration and amazing creativity!

Today, Allison Dutton of Allison Sews is opening up the tour with a lovely bag and matching pouch - I really want to make one of these!!

I am so excited about being a part of this blog tour!! And deeply, deeply grateful to Pat for including me - I am still pinching myself!! More importnatly, I keep doodling and sketching ideas...there is so many, I was almost overwhelmed with it all and didn't know what to make... But as always, at one point something just feels good and I am all ready to start...

Math is worked out, fabric lovelies are picked and stacked...what do you think?
My time on the tour will be April 7th, so stay tuned! I will try to share my progress as I go...

Tell me - what would you make from these fabrics? What comes to your mind first as you look at them? (if you don't have some already, look at the very first link in this post)

I have to admit - I always bounce back and forth between using them ALL and mixing them all up and looking at each and every one of them individually, and wanting each to shine by itself! There are several beauties in this collection that I can just frame and look at...or have a dress from, or pair them just with few accent colors...
I am off to cut some now - yay!!

Wishing you a lovely Monday,


Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday snapshot from the sewing room

Hi everyone,
Hope this Friday funds you smiling! 
Like my big boy here...

Although his age is showing a bit... We had to go to the vet and see if arthritis is coming up since he gets really stiff and slow after a longer period of inactivity. Solution - keep him active and moving! (Not a bad one for us humans too, right?)

My sewing room is a bit of a mess these days - but a good mess!! Lots going on! Wedding dress is on hold for a bit until we decide on actual fabrics (swatches flying over to the bride-to-be so she can ponder over them) and some lace lovelies arrived in the mail too...
Aren't these gorgeous?
What do yo think?  :)

Of course quilting is alive and well too - so much happy mail recently! I am so thrilled to be invited to participate in not one but TWO blog hops soon - I can barely stand the excitement!! (much more about this to come soon!!)

You know by now that I am a big fan of Art Gallery Fabric and love just about anything they produce,  but Pat Bravo's new collection #Etno (already in stores) and Katarina Roccella's up and coming new collection #Skopelos are really, really up on the top of my list and pulling on my heart strings!! 

Just look at this gorgeous array of colors and patterns of  #EtnoFabrics !!

I look at them, I pet them, I arrange them in different groups and ideas just keep coming...

The Nightfall...

The Sunrise...

Or together, with some brilliant sunshine in the middle? :)

Or how about this array on gray?

I was doodling something like this instantly...

But just this morning a new idea popped into my head... 

Hmmm...what do you think?

More doodling to come! :)

And the #Skopelos... OOOH how instantly I dream of gorgeous summer day, some beautiful Mediterranean riviera (pulling memories from my childhood here...) and a gorgeous twirly dresses for my little baby granddaughter! 

Dress #1...

Dress #2...

Maybe even #3?

I think I want one for myself too. And a quilt perhaps... Or a beautiful wall hanging to remind me of Mediterranean always... 

Speaking of dresses - our little Juliana is really, truly the sweetest little girl in a whole wide world and I love her sooooo much!!!  I constantly dream of stuff to make for her... 

Few current projects:

How cute is this Baby Sadie's Sweet peasant dress (by Create Kids Couture - so many fabulous, well written patterns!) in Katarina's gorgeous #Recollection fabric? Other prints in the collection kinda get much more attention, but I love this one so much!! (it is RCL-706 Remembrose Doilies Light ). Isn't it just perfect for little girl's dress?? And yes, perfect colors of my favorite 50wt Aurifil are there to make it all just right. :) I did deviate from the pattern a bit - I cut the dress part on a bias, to get it to be more flouncy.
By the way, that little doily will somehow find its way into a sash or a headband... It just HAS TO, right?

Then I tried to do another variation - I cut dress part short and added a bias-cut "skirt" part. I really, really like this one!! Used absolutely heavenly soft Art Gallery Knit fabric (I am seriously getting addicted to this stuff!!) - this adorable, sunny yellow is part of AGF Limited Edition collection, Gleeful by Caroline Hulse of SewCaroline . Instantly ordered more of this beautiful fabric - our girlie looks so cute in yellow and I know I will make so much more from this...

Both dresses now need some fun embellishments, like daisy buttons, few different sash options, maybe a cute head band or two...? Don't you think?? :) 

Oh the other day I spotted this cute little basket in the store and just knew it has to come home with me and be filled with something Easter Bunny-cute for my little bunny...

So little more search in the store produced some cute Easter kitchen dish towels and....VOILA!
Mammy and baby matching, quick aprons, with a message from grandma!

These are super easy and quick to make! Not my invention and there is plenty of  tutorials out there for them, here is ONE with famous Jenny from Missouri Quilt Company. I make these all the time!

I can't wait to see these on my little sweetie and her wonderful mommy!

You might noticed that this "snapshot" does not include any messy-ness from my sewing room - hey, who needs to see that? Besides - messy is a constant state in there, so I am sure there will be plenty of opportunity in the future... ha ha!

Wishing you a wonderful last weekend of March,


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Remember me? (and The story of the wedding dress - Part 1)

Hi everyone,

Lately I feel like every other post of mine is something "I am back..." Or the other. 
But it is what it is, and things have been piling up - both in my life and in my head, to share with you all, so I better get back to my neglected blog... :)

Still no big signs of spring here, still mounds of snow, but it's coming down slowly. 
Birds are singing. Yay! 

Our big boy turned 8 years old last week. He is definitely not a youngster any more, but I really, really feel strongly about doing everything I can to keep him happy, healthy and very active - for many more years!  His birthday was right on the day when he usually goes to doggy daycare for a day, to play with other dogs and be active and social - so he got a big, healthy doggy cake to share with all his pals. That tongue says it all, specially since Marley does not get too excited about food in general...

So what kept me busy and away - wedding dress stuff!! My daughter was in town and besides spending every minute I could with her (to soak in and store it, for the days when I miss her...), we also had some amazing time planning the wedding dress. Aaah how lovely, deeply emotional and just pure fun was to go watch her try all those lovely dresses and to share it all with Lauren, our daughter-in-law and Jelena's future MIL and Lauren's mom too. Those really are some of the memories I will cherish forever.

She tried many dresses, one lovelier than the other...

We all loved details and lace on this one:

The lace detail is just beautiful!!
And the back too... (but we all agreed that straps were a bit to thin..? What do you think?)

There were so many more, and they all look so gorgeous on her - hey, I know I am totally biased, but all the ladies in the wedding shops said exactly the same!! :)

And then there is this one - we call it a "million dollar dress", since my girl said she felt like million dollars in it.

The back is gorgeous too...

Just look at her face! {{{{{{{{ cue mom's heart fluttering and smiling!!}}}}}}}}
 I worked REALLY hard on not crying, you guys!! :)

It was just such a beautiful, fun day!! I will remember it forever.

And then...just the two of us, we sat down with a cup of coffee to try and sort it all out. So my amazing, beautiful girl says that, yes, all of those dresses were lovely, and there was at least 2-3 that she could get right now and be perfectly happy with them, but...what is it that she will cherish and remember the most? What is it that would make it extra special for her? You know what she said? Time and memories of us making it TOGETHER. The fact that I made her dress. The love it will be in every stitch.

Yeah. I am one incredibly lucky person, my friends.

We raised our kids with all our love and the best we knew how, but to have them be such amazing people now, people that love us and give back and most importantly - people that make us better every day now, by saying and doing things like this - that is a blessing above all.  A gift I am not sure how I deserved, but a gift I cherish every day.

So here we are - got some white fabric for a practice dress, to tweak the pattern, change it and all, until its perfect. Yes, you guessed it - I am a bit nervous...I am not sure I am good enough to do this...but I am going to give it my best!! And my wise girl is right of course - this is THE BEST, these are times and memories that fill my heart with so much joy.

First trials were OK, but some changes are in order, and we are waiting for some lace appliques and details to come in the mail... That is one thing that worries me only - where to get good quality fabric and lace?? In Buffalo, sadly we have nothing but JoAnn fabric any more, and that is just not good enough... So internet searches, ordering swatches... Any good ideas or suggestions? Send them my way, I would love to hear and appreciate it very much!!

I will keep you posted, of course.

In the meantime, spring is coming, our little granddaughter is growing, being cuter by the minute and I can't wait to make a whole flurry of little dresses for her too! I don't care if she can wear them only once - I just want to make, make make!
So here are some starts... I will post final photos in few days too.

This gorgeous print from Katarina Roccella's new fabric line named Recollection just called for some ruffles...cute little ruffles...

And then some sunshine too - this knit fabric comes from Art Gallery Fabric collection so properly named Gleeful - it just made be totally gleeful and smiling!! It was sunshine inside and outside my sewing room this past Sunday! ;)

I have my beginners Quilting class tonight but hope I will have enough energy after that to play some more with embellishing these little cuties. I want to make few different sashes and maybe even head bands to go with - stay tuned!

Wishing you  happy St. Patrick's day and a lovely week ahead,