~after the rains~

After the rains of Fay and before Gustav rains arrive, a few photo’s from the past week~

    ~ I have really been into this gauzey close up type photo lately~

  ~ the mushrooms sprouted up first~

   ~ I came across a pretty little bug/moth?

  ~ the bee was so happy so see some blooms~

  ~there is nothing as wonderful as a refreshing rain, it nurtures a plant as nothing else can.  Here is the beautiful red foliage on a china rose.

  ~ a view under “Caldwell Pink” rose, very refreshing..

 

  ~ a little cluster of tomatoes

~My heart feels the need to help~

I just added an update to my Etsy shop pledging 20% of all sales to NieNie’s Recovery Fund.  I was reading the recovery blog and saw that there were other etsy sellers doing this, so I jumped on in.. You can do the same by going here.


NieNie Dialogues author Stephanie has been in a terrible plane crash along with her husband..

There has been a very sad event happen to a beautiful young family. This has really touched my heart and I wanted to share it with you~NieNie/Stephanie a young mother of 4 was in a plane crash with her husband.   

Her sister is blogging and updating everyone via her blog cjane.
I feel for her children who have had their lives turned upside down, faced with horrible fears of what the future might hold for them as a family. I feel for her family trying to hold everything together and care for all those that need care.. I feel for Stephanie and her husband, what horrors they might have possibly felt prior to the crash and all of the pain and suffering they are undergoing as they still actually fight for their lives… My heart is heavy. As a nurse I have worked in a burn unit not by choice but by demand when I was first starting out many years ago… I have memories literally seared into my memory of patients I will never forget, nor their stories.  It is a very long and painful road to recovery. There are many things that will not be the same for these young parents. I want to help in anyway that I can, just to show support and to try to help in a very minuscule way.. so I have posted a link on my site to a site that will help generate funds and post and update all fund-raising efforts.
here is a link to a fellow blogger One More Moore who is holding a fundraiser on Sept 23 on Etsy I will be donating something to her event. If you so feel inclined just check out the links and do what your heart tells you to. I am sure any and all efforts would be appreciated.

 a flower for NieNie and her family….

~Little dresses for little girls~

I added 2 cute items to my little shop

I made a few adjustments washed and ironed my little twirly skirt and it is good to go! So cute.
  I am crazy about this little pink top. I used this tutorial from Just Tutesfor my starting point. I love her site. Very good ideas there! I used a dark coordinated pink thread. Embroidered a design on the bottom of the hemline, as well in between the shirring. For the straps a great curly pink plaid ribbon with bows at the shoulders, front and back. I made the top from a vintage sheet, to go with the feel of the twirly skirt

I just love the pink girly twirlyness of it all.

 

I also made a little round neck dress from more vintage materials.

  This dress is soft!

  ~ cheerful

~just a little quirky!

I am still loving this quilted list-taker from JC Handmade   it is so fun to make~   there are a few more in my flickr.

~Happy Birthday and Remembering~

Death is nothing at all
I have only slipped away into the next room
I am I and you are you
Whatever we were to each other
That we are still
Call me by my old familiar name
Speak to me in the easy way you always used
Put no difference into your tone
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
Laugh as we always laughed
At the little jokes we always enjoyed together
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was
Let it be spoken without effort
Without the ghost of a shadow in it
Life means all that it ever meant
It is the same as it ever was
There is absolute unbroken continuity
What is death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind
Because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you for an interval
Somewhere very near
Just around the corner
All is well.
Nothing is past; nothing is lost
One brief moment and all will be as it was before
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

by Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918)Canon of St. Paul’s Cathedral sometimes referred to as ‘What is Death?’

 ~ Rob would be 31 today. We miss him more than any words could ever express. Our hearts of full of his memories.  I know that he is with me and I know that we will be together again. I keep him with me in all that I do, as we all do.

update: we had a cake for Rob tonight… jellyroll style with strawberry filling.. his favorite cake was strawberry. I think he would have approved.

This is his 2nd Birthday away from us. 

~Quilted List-Taker ~

     I Love it!

If you need a great  idea for a cool grab it and go  little wallet, notebook holder, then the  Quilted  List-Taker  is for you.

 JC Handmade has a wonderful pattern up for sale.
I just love this! I made one last night it was  very fast and  quite easy to do.  I just used up some of my scraps from left over projects.  I made the outer layer in a patchwork fashion according to the pattern specifications.  Here is the back view~

 

 For my inside lining I used a thrifted sheet and left over linen for my pocket..

 ~inside pocket view ~

The inside pocket provides space for an 5×8 notepad, and an extra pocket for phone, lipstick and reciepts…. it is the percfect size to tuck into your purse, or just grab and go and use it like a wallet.

This was very fun to make.  The pattern is very well written, with clear and concise instructions.

I highly recommend it!  This will make a great little gift for Christmas!

Now go and check it out!  ~ JC’s blog  it is a good place to visit!

Edith’s Twirly Skirt Pattern~

This is a CUTE pattern.. from Stop staring and start sewing! and I fell in love. Really cute. Easy as well. I will say my ruffle/lining got a little wonky, but it is cute. I made the 2t size, and I have my 5yr old modeling it. So, it might run a little on the large side although I have a small petite 5 year old. It is hard to say. I love the embroidery. I used sheets from my stash for the first try. Maybe I will put it in my shop… 
There are a few more photo’s in my flickr!

I think I did better on my 2nd go around with Billie Anne~

 

I originally used flannel for the body, but I did not like the way it held up.  This time I used cotton. Much better.  I used some Joel Dewberry and a Heather Bailey cabbage rose print.  I did a hand crochet trim around the neck and sleeves.  I used a vintage trim around her skirt, pantaloons, and apron.  I also went with wool felt eyes since this will more than likely be for a 2 year old.   Hope she loves it!

School is back in and that has had us hopping.  I battled a stomach bug for 2 or 3 days, and hubby had medical tests… whew, glad that week is behind us.    Mr. Bear came home with our kindergartner and they have been very adventuresome.   Now we must go and journal the adventures!  Happy Sunday!

Sunday Musings~ children’s art, sewing dolls, pit bull and kittens~

 Talk about an electic mix of subject matter!

   ~Eldest daughter had an art class at the Memphis College of Art.  This is one of her pieces.

   ~ I think she did a great job!  The clas was digital photography, and this is stunning to me.

   ~someone asked me if I made dolls. Not  exactly I said, but let me think about it.   I found a bit of whimsy prims these patterns are so adorable, I can not even tell you. Pretty easy as well. I started this last night. Finished today. I know I will do a few things a little differently when I make the next one, but I think Billie Anne is too cute!  The little girl I have in mind for this is 2 years old, and the eyes would have to be embroidered. That was the only part I found fiddly, but that is me not the pattern.

When I saw this scene on my couch last night, I was too through~

 I mean seriously, are you kidding me?

 

    

Oh how things have changed from the first early days when we heard hiss spat hiss all day long.  Olivia is a bull dog and persistence is the name of the game.  She never gave up wanting to love on those kittens and by gosh she finally broke them down…..

  ~Mother dog does it again..

 

All is well this cloudy and dark Sunday.  I hope for you as well..

~Blue butterflies and vintage green ~

     ~ new picassa tool

I happened upon some wonderful vintage sheets and they really spoke to me.  I was fortunate to find both of these sheets in the same afternoon and I just had to have them.  I crafted 2 dresses out of them and overall I am pretty pleased.   I am actually thinking of opening an Etsy shop and I would really love some feedback!  I mean I know I get a good bit of traffic, but no one really  talks to me :(

 

 

Green vintage dress~ shoulders have an interesting application, they are slightly aysmetrical to add a little punch. Vintage buttons have been used. The dress is fully lined, vintage piping used around the waist with some decorative trim. Soft ivory bow and 2 heart yo yo’s complete the waist.

       ~vintage green sheet the color is really soft and unique.

  ~ french seams

  ~hand hemmed.

  ~ This dress was made a little faster. It is a vintage dress that features blue butterflies and flowers.   Coordinating foe was used for the shoulder strap. Heart yo yo’s accent the shoulder’s.

  ~decorative stitches used for the neckline, matches the hem by using 2 rows of the same decorative trim.

I would say these dresses would fit a 9 -12 month baby.

so, if you are so inclined… feedback would be appreciated!

Worthy of sale yay or nay?  Seriously!