Monday, October 22, 2012

Fabriholic Tendencies & A Shabby Chic Style "Petite Fille" Dress Form - Hair Barette Holder

If I had a little girl this would surely be a part of her little bedroom kingdom...

Petite Fille Dress Form

Petite Fille Dress Form Barette Holder

My little girl grew up--in the blink of an eye... I think she would have loved this. She's a nurse in a children's hospital ICU now. I don't know how she does it but I hope those kids' families know they have an angel taking care of their little ones.

This project was just the thing I needed to feed my love for creating with Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic fabrics (and just to make girly girl stuff). I ADORE this woman's style. I had worked on these darling ballerina-style dress forms over the weekend. I have been waiting for the right creation to come along so I could put to use my stash of Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Treasures fabrics. 

I'm glad I held out for the right project for this beautiful fabric. The dress form here is made using "Garden Rose". I have my older son to thank for this much-loved fabric. He had given me a Shabby gift card for Mother's Day. I have had this fabric on my wish list for a while so finally snapped some up. If you're like me and you love fabric then you will LOVE this site. You can indulge your Fabriholic tendencies by clicking here for your fabric fix at Shabby Fabrics is by far my favorite place for fabric. They provide excellent service & speedy delivery with great fabric & shipping prices.

This is my 1st Petite Fille Dress Form - a practice run so that explains the not so perfect stitch here & there on this close-up.

It's also my first time sewing on heavy chipboard covered in batting, fabric and trims with my new Singer Heavy Duty 4423 sewing machine. This machine sews like a dream through thick layers of fabric! It has a strong motor and sews up to 1100 stitches per minute. It also sews very steadily...a true workhorse & affordable! A much-needed gift I really needed as my 15 year old machine broke down. You can check out the Singer Heavy Duty 4423 here: Singer Heavy Duty 4423 Sewing Machine

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this project or the machine and supplies. I'm happy to help. I'm off now to to feed my little son who is home sick from school today. A bug has been winding it's way through our home--it's that time of year...have a great day!

Be well!
Kimberly xxoo

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Creating for Christmas ~ Red Velvet Gift Bags & German Glass Glitter

It's not even Halloween yet and I am already creating for Christmas! I have been embroidering but took a break from embroidery. I worked on some rich red Christmas gift bags made of velvet and tested out some new German glass glitter. I love how these simple little bags turned out. Sometimes, it is the simpler, less is more things that are just what you needed.

I embellished these red velvet gift bags to tuck in little gifts for Christmas. They have a vintage, French touch.

German glass glittered upcycled ornament & Joyeax Noel red velvet gift bag

I love the new German glass glitter I tried out. I have used other glass glitters in the past but have learned that true German glass glitter has an extraordinary sparkle. Less expensive glass glitters have a mix of dusty particles and un-silvered crushed glass so they won't have that brilliance. Did you know that this glass glitter is made from thin sheets of glass that are silvered then crushed. The silvering gives the glass glitter a beautiful patina as it ages over time. This is what gives those handmade crafts with a vintage theme their aged look.

If you're looking for truly sparkly glass glitter click here to see Meyer Imports Silver German Glass Glitter. They have other colors, too! 

Soon I will create heartfelt Christmas love using wood, tin, sheet music, French book pages, old English book pages and silver tinsel twine....

Thanks for being here~ 


Monday, October 8, 2012

A Heartfelt Fabric Memory Book with Lavender & Classic Embroidered Baby Bibs

Good morning! 

What did you do this weekend? Did you get much done--creating, resting, cleaning, hanging out with family? I managed to knock out a few loads of laundry and I did A LOT of embroidery. I also finished up a "fabric memory book" batted and lined with fresh lavender buds for a beloved Aunt to honor my cousin's memory. 

First, the memory's is a gift to my Aunt & Uncle...a heartfelt gift & my way of telling them that they & their son are special. I adore this Aunt & Uncle. I had so much fun with my cousins growing up. They are a great family & some of my best memories are because of them. 

This fabric book is not a fancy memory book & is the first fabric book I've ever made. It's sort of shabby style with vintage crochet lace trims, antique lace flowers and simple cotton fabric. My cousin was a grown man, a father & had a landscaping business. He had planted pansies for his Mother before he died and pansies remind her of him. So, I found some vintage pansies postcards and graphics then printed them on fabric. I also scanned in his favorite church hymn (What a Friend We Have in Jesus) from a vintage hymn book I bought on Etsy. Amazingly enough, I also found a black & white graphic image of the title hymn for the cover of the memory book. The other graphic image that is the back cover is that of an angel painting pansies! I could not believe I found these images--it's as if my cousin were guiding me from Heaven to these things for his Mom's memory book. I scanned photos of my cousin, baby photos and more as he grew into a man. I printed those on fabric as well then pieced the fabric pages together to make a book. Had this book been for a girl I may have gone crazy with laces, trims, pinks and more. I wanted my Aunt to have something soft she could hold onto. She loved the sachets I made her and had told me she sleeps with them under her pillow so I thought a soft memory book lined with lavender in some of the pages could be something sweet to cuddle up with.  

Vintage postcards printed to fabric. Left page has a pocket to slip notes, thoughts & prayers into. 

A close-up of the pocket for thoughts & prayers.

The memory book is quilted. That's tattered, vintage lace trim & old antique lace flowers I stitched on the cover & the back cover.

There are images of sparrows in flight carrying messages in a postcard so those are in the book also. I put little messages on the postcards to the parents from Heaven. 

This sparrow's message says "An Angel watching over you". I chose a honeycomb stitch to frame or border the inside pages. It's pale blue so hard to see. I used a soft vine stitch to frame some of the postcard images. 

I hope my Aunt & Uncle find some comfort in this little memory book. It's a little shabby, not perfect but the love is there. 

Classic Baby Bibs with Vintage Style 

After I completed the fabric memory book I launched right into embroidering baby boy bibs. Today, I will begin embroidering baby girl bibs! I love girly stuff so can't wait to get moving on the baby girly bibs....

All of these bibs have the cutest petite ruffle around the edges. The bibs are white cotton with velcro closures and little pastel polka dots on the ruffled trim. The boy bibs have baby blue dots & the girls have pink. They are so sweet...I try to choose what I believe are classic baby embroidery designs. Images that have a classic, vintage style. I made a few mistakes here and there, like not centering the design correctly {{sigh}}...I'm learning here. I only began embroidering about one year ago and I love it. 

Here's a couple of the baby boy bibs I did yesterday.

Aren't these adorable? I love the carousel & the toy pony. I have to remember to re-position the carousel a little further down--it's placed too high on the bib but it turned out ok. Learning as I go...

Check out the close-up of the toy pony--look at the beautiful stitch pattern that makes up the horses hair color. It reminds me of cable knit patterns in sweaters.

I'm off to start on those baby girl bibs now. Here's a peek:

Thanks for being here!  

Love & smiles, 

Sources for images, designs, supplies:
1. Embroidery designs from Singer 3900 Stock Designs CD. Copyright Pantograms Mfg. Co, Inc.
2. Pansies Image: from In My Cedar Chest
3. Graphic Image "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" from AntiqueGraphique
4. Sparrow in Flight Image from Sugar Baby Store
5. Vintage Hymn Book - Maria's Farmhouse
6. Ruffle Baby Bibs -
7. Embroidery Thread by Guterman at JoAnn Fabrics Stores or .

If a material or source are not noted here please feel free to email me and I will do my best to answer your question.