Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Farmgirl Fashion!!

This whole outfit is thrifted or handmade from thrifted fabrics. I LOVE the way this one turned out. The only thing missing is the petticote, which will be made tonight!! What do ya'll think?

This one is about a size 8 to 12 in that range.

Monday, February 26, 2007

New vintage fabric finds

These fabrics are waiting for their turn to be made into farmgirl skirts or aprons. I LOVE these newest finds. The muslin rose one is soft and gorgeous. It will be a skirt with a muslin petticote underneath. The vibrant colored morning glory will be an apron. The greens will be aprons and the Bill Blass cowgirl will be an apron also. The Bill Blass cowgirl with boots, hats and roses is actually a 2x shirt that will be repurposed! I'm drawing up a design to flow with the existing fabric shape and yardage. I think it will be fabulous!! I have a good idea of what I can do with it in my mind. Enjoy! Please let me know what you think. All of these are thrifted fabric finds!! LOVE The Thrifty Quaker!! (be sure to click on the images to see a close up! Especially the cowgirl fabric. The coloring is wonderful!)

Some cute apron fabrics...most are true vintage! Some are reproductions, but all are soft and wonderful...can hardly wait.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Wild Horses and Homespun!

This is the most difficult fabric I have ever worked with. It is a wonderfully soft and floating homespun gauze. Very light weight. There is a full 4 yards in this skirt, but it is very light weight. I did ruching up the right side so that a little bit of leg can show, or it can be let down for no leg showing. It could be ruched all the way up to the waist. This is still a WIP. I am going to reinforce the seams with an organic, unfinished top stitching effect. The ruffle took forever to apply and shag the hem by hand but I love the way it turned out. It looks so pretty when ruched up. This is another no pattern skirt/dress design! I just tied the scrap on the top for grins and giggles. It is not permanent on there.

Not sure if I'll finish it off as a skirt or go ahead and attach it to the top. I love the two together, but I may just make it into an elastic waisted skirt, or a banded skirt with a drawstring, but the top is soooo perfect with this skirt. Kind of wild looking. This skirt will spin!! Hope you enjoy this one...

Thursday, February 22, 2007

The Seed Thief

Ah....caught in the act.....

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The Red Dress Club!

New dress I threw together today. This one is for sale and will be going to the shop tomorrow. It has a Ralph Lauren tank top sewn to homespun and vintage gauze with a reverse hip belt. It is slit up the sides with hand pulled thread shaggy edges. It has a great spin and can be worn as a sundress or a swim suit coverup. It is cotton comfort at its best!! The colors are a rich rusty red and cream.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

The Apron Maker's Apron

Well, I am finally making an apron for myself. It will take a while to do all of the machine embroidery that I want to do. I have just a small portion done. This is a recycled dress made into an apron for moi'. I didn't get it finished for my birthday, but it will give you an idea of my current AIP (apron in progress) I am doing a series of fall color mini leaf borders around all of the bias tape so that they will hopefully look intertwined.

Well, today was a really rough day. It was my birthday, but sure didn't seem like it. I baked shorbread for my hubby, cleaned the kitchen--3 times. My older daughter fell down the stairs and landed on her back, scared the beegeebers out of me. My mother's pain was out of control all day and this evening, I took her to the ER. Had two extra girls over night last night...Just a rough day. I did get a little sewing time in, but not much. Oh, two bright spots: MY OVEN repairman showed up!!! YEAH!! And my sister sent me the loveliest flowers for my b'day...I just cried and cried/ Here are some more snaps:

Thanks for blogging with me. I'm finally tired and it is 1:24 in the morning.


Saturday, February 17, 2007

Tasha, the fabric and a new AIP (apron in progress)

Tasha, I mentioned to you about the upholestry fabric that I have. It is a bolt of fabric and it sews up beautifully. If you like this I will be glad to send you some for pillows. It won't offend me if you don't like it though. It might not be what you have in mind for your sofa.

Next is a new apron in progress. I wasgoing to donate this jumper, but decided to make an apron out of it. This is definately a work in progress, but I will finish it tomorrow!

Oh, and Tasha, let me know on the fabric!


Friday, February 16, 2007

Tomorrow is my 20th anniversary...

.....Of my 29th birthday. I'm nearing the big 5-0 so I thought that I would try to snap a good photo of myself while I'm still in my 40's. I took the advice of one of the farmgirls and looked in the mirror while I was doing this and, well, they are passable. Especially since I rarely allow anyone to take my photo. So Farmgirls, this is me...today...February 16th, 2007 on the eve of my last year in my 40's. My hubby is 38 and says that I clean up pretty good and don't really look almost 50 or as he puts it: "old as dirt." Awww...he is so sweet! LOL

Well, Mom has been feeling pretty good the past few days, so we got out and went to a couple of thrift stores. She found a big basket today to organize all of her what nots on the table in her room. I washed it well and it is sitting out in the sunshine drying right now, otherwise I'd post a photo of it.

I received the most yummy plate of cookies from Becky in Pennsylvania yesterday. Mom and I had just sat down to have a cup of hot tea and watch a movie when the mailman arrived with the Valentine treat. We were thrilled and really enjoyed these lucious yummies with our tea and movie, but before we ate any, I snapped a photo for all to enjoy! Yum--yum. Oh, BTW there are none left!

I did do some pick up in my crafting space. Tasha inspired me to organize and clean up. So I hung up all of my vintage and floaty fabrics on a rack in the corner. You can see an apron in progress on my cutting/sewing table and another one draped on my comfy thrifted barrel chair. It is going to be winging its way to an unsuspecting Farmgirl friend, whom I think needs to be gifted with this one, so she can hang it in her kitchen! I've decided to RAOK friends with aprons. It is something that I like to make and hopefully they are pretty nice. And I hope the recipients think they are nice too.

I hope you enjoy this little glimpse into my creative space and mind.

I will be going out in a few minutes to select a new tube of lipstick for my birthday present! It is the only thing that I want for my birthday. I have my health, my mother is doing well for the time being, I have a loving and generous husband and three wonderful kids and lots of farmgirl friends....oh and chapped lips! *g*

So, thanks for blogging with me today.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Butterfly Apron

Well, it is raining and cold and yucky and I wasn't tired, so I decided to sew an apron tonight while the family is asleep. I've had this fabric for a long time. It is a heavy cotton almost a lightweight canvas in feel. Very stiff. It has butterflies all over it. Didn't use a pattern, but it is for a larger waisted person. The pockets are sewn into/under the waistband and they open from the side rather than from the front. I used vintage white cotton rickrack around the edges which made for a really nice turned finish because it is a large rick rack. Well it is after one in the morning, so I think I'll put clothes in the dryer, check on mom and the girls and go to bed. I hope you are all staying warm and getting lots of hugs!
Thanks for blogging with me tonight, or rather, this morning. Oh, Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

For the Love of Chocolate Apron

Well, finally a new apron. It is a reproduction 50's hostess apron pattern. Simplicity 5961. It uses a yard of fabric, but many yards of trim. I added a battenberg lace trimmed heart to the bib area. It is 11:27pm on Sunday. I just stitched the last stitch and tied this apron onto Andrea so I could snap some photos before it goes out in the mail tomorrow. It is on it's way to Pennsylvania to a farmgirl! My oven is still broken, so I hope she doesn't mind a fresh baked apron in place of a dozen of chocolate chip cookies! I do bake the bestest chocolate chip cookies in the world though....well so say my husband and kids. Here is my recipe: Use the recipe on the bag of Nestle' Semi Sweet chocolate chips, but substitute Giradelli 60% cocoa chips, use real vanilla not imitation, use large eggs, use Domino light brown sugar, bake them on parchment paper and take them out one minute early. Do NOT overbake. Cookies continue baking for about 1 minute after taking them out of the oven. Cool them on a rack on parchment paper. Well, there you have it. The world's best chocolate chip cookie. Oh, don't forget to stir in the most important ingredient: LOVE!

Thanks for blogging with me!

Playing catch up

The hurryder I go the behinder I get.

Read that somewhere a long time ago and I now understand what it means. I always feel I am hurrying and never getting anything done. I pick up after my two little girls, pick up aftermyself, pick up after the dogs...my hubby and mom pick up after themselves! Bless them. I feel like I am spinning like a top. Don't need to be, just am. How does one slow down and smell the roses? My mom used to say that I always put too many irons in the fire...yes taht is true. I feel like I have such a short time on this earth, so I want to get as much done as humanly possible. But I want to smell the roses, hug my children, kiss my husband, throw the ball with my pups and snuggle with my mom under an electric blanket and watch a great movie. So that is what I am going to do today...oh, along with sew, cook, clean, play, computerize, and the 100 other things on my list today.

Friday, February 09, 2007

This is me....well one of my favorite photos of myself

So let's just say this is still me......yeah right....but yes, it really is me, at least this is how I would like my girls to remember me, even though they never saw me this way....LOL

They say women are most beautiful in their 30's, well, this photo was taken when I was 36. I look at that photo and goodness that was 13 years ago. Why can't we turn back the hands of time.

Now for what I look like now after being ridden hard and put up wet too many times. Two more births, six more surgeries a major back injury and years of chronic pain. Little did the "girl" in the photo know what was ahead, Ready?............
>Don't let the children see this......I'm serious, have them look away.........
>This is me now!

Thanks for blogging with me!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

I have the flu

I have the flu and feel horrible. So all of my projects have come to a screaching halt! Give me a few days to get better and then I'll be back on track.

If I owe you something....a package, please bear with me. I feel horrible and want to get well before touching and sending anything. Don't want to give anyone my sickies!

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Crochet for little girls

I loved to crochet before my carpal tunnel set in. I made these two little items for my girls and they wore them until they outgrew them. I've been looking for little girls who like mommy made clothing, and Tasha, I think your girls do. I'd love to send them to you if your girls like them. If they don't like them, then you won't offend me in the least by not taking them. Just email me to let me know!

Here is the cotton poncho.

Sorry, my camera batteries are low, so the clarity is a bit poor this evening. They are both soft and comfy. I hope your little girls like them. (I know the baby is too small, but Grace should fit in them well.

Oh, and the flannel baby diapers: do you need plain flannel or is print flannel ok?


Tea Time and Fabulous Finds!

I swear my older daughter (9 yrs old) is going to be a chemist or herbalist someday. She loves going to the herb shop with her little list and picking out tea making herbs. She mixed one up the other day with her own mortar and pestle (bought it with her own money) that was absolutely delicious! I told her it would be a perfect Imbolc or Valentine's day decoction! It was pale pink and tasted like sweet spring rain. She combined spearment, hibiscus flowers and orange peel. I added a packet of "Splenda" and oh, my oh my...delicious! This is what her work counter looked like the other day. She arranged the clear crystals while she was working on her tea. Oh, see the little tea brewer called "ingenuitea?" We saw it on HGTV about a year ago, and LOVE this little gadget. You steep your tea in it, then place it directly on your teacup and it empties right in to the cup. No fuss, no muss!!

Went to "The Thrifty Quaker" the other day and found some beautiful retro floor length dresses. I'll see if I can post some photos of them. Got them for 50% off of $8 each. I was going to buy them for the fabric and cut them up and use the velvet and interesting rhinestones fabric, but decided they are far too pretty to cut, so I shall save them for the girls. Retro should be chic' when they are in highschool! LOL...I may cut them yet! *g*

I found this great little number at a junk shop I browse frequently. Sorry the photo is a little blurry, but I am too tired to take another one right now. I slipped the finished blue skirt on it just so you can see how it stands. I am taking this to the shop to display a skirt on. Hopefully it will look great for a sales tool for my skirts. I do love it. It is a silver metal frame. I can slip a shirt, purse, tote, hat, skirt over this and display it beautifully. The base has three little swirly feet to keep it stable. Well, getting sleepy, talk to ya tomorrow!

Thanks so much for blogging with me and leaving me a comment or two! More in the morning!!


Final thoughts...

Thank you for visiting today. Feel free to sit for a spell and wander through my archives of sewing projects, aprons, original poems and stories, musings and vintage treasures. I really love guests in my home....and if you wish, leave me a comment so I will know you were here! AG