Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tatted Totes For Breast Cancer Project

Today I found a very worthwhile project!
The link was found on Pig Tales and Quilts:
Tatted Totes For Breast Cancer.
There you will find a link to:

The project... creating tote bags for
those newly diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
She would like to receive 100 bags before 
Mother's Day May 11, 2014. 
Let's help her get 1,000!!!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Goodies In The Mail!

Vicki sent me the most beautiful hat!
  I told her it is "One Hell Of A Hat", loaded with sparkly sequins and it is heavy!
  We decided a trip to the North Pole would be cozy in this hat.  We are finally getting some warm weather here in Kentucky, but Vicki wished me a cold day (on my side of the state) to get a chance to wear it! 
 I did not think I would wish for anymore cold weather, but I would love to wear my new hat!
Thank You Vicki!
Vicki will knit you one as well.....here is a link
to her Etsy shop.  

Maire sent me a sweet surprise too!
A beautiful card, charm and lace!

Notice the tiny scissors!!! I think I will attach this charm to my
embroidery scissors.
The lace will be used for a Wee Care Gown.
I love the page from the book, written in German.
I have a German prayer book that belonged to my grandmother.
This page will allow me to create something, to remind me of that
Thank You Marie!
Shane had a giveaway on her blog during Vicki's recent
 "Grow Your Blog" party and I won!!!
Such a beautiful piece!
Shane also sent me lots of lace and the sweetest ribbons.
There is a piece of blue edged ribbon there that will be 
perfect for a boy's Wee Care gown.
A Paris tag and wrapping paper too!
I have it hanging in my sunroom where I can see it every day!
Thank You Shane!
Since Rufus had his photo taken
with me modeling my new hat,
Sophie wanted her photo taken 
90 lbs of love and thinks she
is a lap dog too!
Love to all,

Friday, March 7, 2014

"Above All The Other Voices, She Listened To Her Heart"

I mentioned in my last post, I had
visited with a local funeral home 
about donating Wee Care Gowns.
The visit, as I said was a learning
experience.  What I did not say 
was the funeral home was
a little indifferent to my idea of
donating  gowns to them. They 
glanced at the gowns and began
telling why they were not needed. Let's 
face it, they are a business.  Businesses
need to make money, not giveaway things
they can charge for.

After I left the funeral home, with my 3
example gowns in hand, I was down.
Lower than a snake's belly, down.
Thoughts began to run through my mind.
You know the thoughts....are they not good
enough, why am I doing this, should I be 
doing this?.....on and on.

I came home and later in the evening got 
on "Pinterest".....there was a "pin" that
spoke straight to my heart.
A spoon necklace with these words 
stamped onto it.

"Above all the other voices, she listened to her heart".

I immediately felt a shift in my thoughts,
not everyone has to approve of what I do.
I make those little dresses, because of
the "Golden Rule". 

"Do Unto Others, As You Would Have Them, Do Unto You."

If I had just lost a child and my heart was
shattered into a thousand pieces....I would want to know someone cared.

"Above all the other voices, she listened to her heart".

The next day I took those 3 gowns to a local hospital
and met with the volunteer coordinator.  When she
saw the gowns, she had tears in her eyes.  She said,
  "No one has ever donated such beautiful things".
A few days later, a note arrived from the nurses,
thanking me for the gowns.

Above all the other voices, listen to YOUR heart.

Love to all,

Friday, February 28, 2014

A Tiny Gown, A Bonnet And A Blanket

I approached one of the local funeral homes
about donating a Wee Care Gown.   It was
a learning experience for me.  I was told most
often the families provide a burial gown.
If they ever should need a gown, 
they requested the gown be small....tiny
as this size is difficult to find.

 Suitable for either a boy or girl.
 Long sleeves with a bonnet and blanket.
Open in the back with a few snap closures and 
a tie to gather the bottom closed.

They made their request and the gown
was created.  Pima Cotton fabric with a soft sheen, 
was used for the gown and flannel for the blanket.
Each embroidered with a spray of bullion roses, 
with a single line of back stitching on the bonnet.

I took the gown to the funeral home and
they placed it in their "closet".  I may never
know if the gown is used.....but my prayer is,
if it is used, the family will know someone cared.
Someone thought of them in their sorrow and 
sent them a hug, in the form of a tiny gown,
a bonnet and blanket.

Love to all,

Friday, February 21, 2014

Going Once, Going Twice..... Sold!

 My latest smocked Bishop Dress will be going 
to the local Rotary Club Auction.  My DH is a
member and every year we make items to 
donate to the auction.
 We live in Kentucky and anything with
"Wildcat Blue" on it, is sure to be a hit.
 A pair of matching socks.
 The dress is a 12-18 months size, but really
this style of dress fits much longer as the 
sleeves are full and it is longer in length.
 Next is an angel gown that will be traveling
to Vicki for use at her hospital.  
 It is windy here today, but the sun is shining and there
is a hint of Spring in the air.
 The color is a soft off white with matching thread
used in the smocking.
 The hem technique is new to me. You fold the
hem up twice and stitch along the fold.  This creates
a tuck that holds the hem in place.  

Next an infant jacket.  The pattern is in the
December 13/January 14  issue of Sew Beautiful Magazine.
 Of course Wendy's version is covered in beautiful
embroidery.  She has exquisite needle skills.
 My version shows that the pattern is a basic 
simple style.  Don't be intimidated when looking
at patterns and magazines.  Most items are simple
basic styles with added detailing.
 I used a sweet rosebud flannel for the lining
and pockets.  A vintage tablecloth was used
as the fashion fabric.  
Added detailing of a folded rose, seam binding
and a touch of embroidery.
 The tablecloth fabric is so soft, from years of washing.
Don't you love my model...we haven't played together for
years, but she is still a sweetie. 
Thank you "Susie" you were the perfect model, so still,
 patient and you did not mind the cold wind blowing.

Love to all,

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Beauty Pin Winner!

The Winner of the Beauty Pin is:

Wow! What fantastic talents you have! I love crafting. There is just nothing like it. :-)

Thank you for the opportunity to win the lovely pin.

Thank you Lesley and to all the other visitors I had during Vicki's Grow Your Blog Party.  Vicki did a fantastic job with getting this fun event together.  It takes so much work just getting all the blogs listed and adding links to each one. Then you add in 600+ bloggers sending emails, going to work, caring for a family, knitting.....well you get the idea.  Thank you Vicki it was a huge undertaking and a job well done! 
Love to all,

Friday, January 31, 2014

Beauty Pin Tutorial, No Crocheting Required

Here is where this tutorial began:
The Beauty Pin created by my grandmother.

Beauty Pins where often used in the place
of a button.  In my case, the pin was used
to fasten my baby clothes.
Nearly 60 years old and still lovely.
This Beauty Pin was covered using
a tiny steel crochet hook and crochet 
With the mention of crocheting,  I know
some of you are thinking, 
"I can't crochet!".  No worries
as I will show you an alternative
method for creating these tiny pins.

 Beauty Pin Tutorial

Small Safety Pin

Crochet Cotton or Perle Cotton
(1 yard will be plenty)

Large Eyed Tapestry Needle 

Begin by tying the thread onto the
pin.  Inside the loop, near the side
of the pin that does not open.
(In the photo below, it is the upper
side of the pin.) 
 After tying on the thread begin
to "sew".
 You will take the needle through
the loop on the pin from the back
to the front.
 Pull up the thread until you have
a small loop and take the needle
through the loop.
 Pull the thread tight forming
the first stitch.  It is a bit like
a buttonhole stitch.
 That is all there is to it....
just keep on stitchin'.
I found it was helpful to 
repeat the steps, talking
to myself....
through the back,
 pull the thread to make a loop,
through the loop, 
 pull up tight.
 And repeat.
 You talk to yourself while stitching...
don't you???
 The most tedious part is working
that looped area of the pin.
 Once it is worked, you can
hide the beginning thread tail,
 Just work the next few stitches 
over the top of it.
 A couple of stitches should do it
and clip the excess thread tail.
 Keep on stitching, until you
get about 1/2 way across the
top of the pin add a charm 
at this point, if you would like.
 Take the needle through the charm
and onto the thread.
 And continue the stitching.
 Stitching on, to the clasp portion 
of the pin.
 Work the clasp end by stitching
through the hole and over the clasp.
 Adding stitches until you near where
the point of the pin will close into the 
 Pin has now been covered with 
stitches.  Take your needle and
hide the thread end.
  Clip the thread,
close to stitching.
 Beauty Pin Complete!
To crochet: simply work a single 
crochet around the pin.
Any questions?
I will be giving away
a beauty pin on my previous post.

Good Luck!

Love to all,
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