Fine Heirloom Sewing, Smocking and Hand Embroidery

"Baby will be well and smiling in little garments made by Mother, Auntie, Grannie and loving friends!"

Please join me as I teach the old fashioned techniques and skills needed to sew baby clothes. You will find lessons that start at the very beginning and take you step by step as we sew little baby clothes together. May you find much joy and pleasure in making them.
It's easy and it's fun!!

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Thursday, March 26

Isolation Day 13 - My Sewing Room


This is the room that will be My Sewing Room.

I want to thank every one of you who took the time to comment.  It really made me feel connected to you! 
Tell me a fun thing you did today....I want to know!

Today, I made Yogurt! (that's my fun thing)

Same room after I have painted it and replaced the carpet.

Another view of the same room.
Prior to moving in.
Amazing how much a bright color can do for a room.
And I sure don't want carpet in My Sewing Room!!


This is how My Sewing Room looks today.
A red hot mess!

And that's after 3 weeks of unpacking boxes and putting things away.
No where close to done....and half the things that have been put away will probably be moved somewhere else!!! I'll get there yet!!

"And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you , O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you."
Psalm 9:10





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Wednesday, March 25

Day 12 -Isolation = Retreat

This is a close up of the neck edge of the Vintage Baby Dress that I used as inspiration for the Dress Lilly was wearing in yesterdays post.  The design is really more re-creation than inspiration.

I used my own pattern, but tried to get the look of the Vintage Dress.
Thats what I love to do.  Re - create lovely baby clothes from the past. But sometimes it's only part of the design I like so I reallly do more that is inspiration.


This is the  new one I made. I call it Carole's Vintage Baby Dress.

I love everything about this Baby Dress though.  
And my friend Carole wore the original.

In this photo, Lilly is 3 months younger that the post yesterday.
Lilly is wearing my Dress. 
(I miss that dumpling!)

OK 
The Retreat part of Isolation.
(thanks again to Alicia for calling it her Retreat)
It does have an attraction that "Isolation" just lacks. 

So my house is full of boxes I need to unpack because I just moved -  so it isn't exactly Spa City here. I have decided to set aside some "Retreat Fun Time" each day that will be the  Retreat part.  I had planned to plant my flowers because I love doing that.

But I took an afternoon nap instead!!!
That was the best Retreat ever :)

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him."
Psalm 28:7










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Tuesday, March 24

Isolation Day 11 - Lilly's Sweet Smile



Lilly is about 6 months old here.  
She is wearing a Baby Dress that I made for a class for Saga. 
It is entirely hand sewn and was such a pleasure to make.
Because I have been missing in Blog Action , I haven't posted pictures of Lilly.  
Although I did put some on Instagram.

Lilly's claim to fame is that she is the sweetest, most smiley and pleasant baby in the world.  
That is a big plus when you have a precocious 2 year old, fearless big sister.
One of Londyns favourite phrases is "That's mine". 
Everything is this wide, wide world appears to be hers.

Some of you took this class at Saga National and made this little dress.  Well, some made it and some started it.  Now would be a good time to finish, when you have all the time in the world. 

It is the most precious garment ever on a baby.  So soft and cuddly on  this little one.

I used the pattern Baby Layette, but I did use  sleeves  from a different OFB pattern (I think Sweet and Simple Daygown) and a design inspired by a Vintage Dress worn by a friend. When time allows I will put together a kit for my Web Shop.

So, how are you doing in this Isolation - is it getting old?  I would like to hear from you.

 Alicia said in her comment that she prefers to think of this time we are experiencing,  as her Retreat.  I really like that idea.  I need to unpack a few more boxes then my Retreat begins too.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding"
Proverbs 3:6



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Monday, March 23

Isolation Day 10 - I miss Lilly and Londyn

This is one of the photos I took of Lilly when  she was with me on Friday 13 (10 days ago).
I was watching her while her Mama worked.
I miss those fat little arms grabbing me.

And I miss Londyn who is so full of fun and curiosity.

That is the worst part of being isolated.
I am not seeing anyone.


Lilly is wearing "Baby's Smocked Layette" dress made from Swiss Dimity.
She is 7 months old but is still wearing the small size and it is a perfect fit, and very comfortable for her too.


Because it is a Raglan style dress, it will fit much longer as long as the neck is large enough.
Click to see a close up of the smocking.


This is the day the Lord has made;
 let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24








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Saturday, March 21

Isolation Day 8 - I need Flowers



It's Spring!
I need to plant flowers

I won't go out to shop myself but..

I found a nursery that would pick out some flowers and deliver to me.
Makes me happy


My Bike

I went for another bike ride today.  Is it safe if I stay away from people.  
I need to google it.

Look behind the bike and you will see some packages ready for the mailman to pick up, one of them might be yours!






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Friday, March 20

Total Self Isolation - Day 7


Today I am sorting out  orders from selling on De Stash.
Will get them all invoiced today!

I made the decision to totally stay away from everyone one week ago.  At 68 I hardly considered myself elderly but I was in for a surprise - everyone else thinks I am!  And I have some underlying health issues that put me at high risk.  AND I am just getting over my second bout of Bronchitis in two months. 

 I don't want to get sick again!

For the first time in over a month I felt well enough to get on my bike and ride it.

I moved less than a month ago and my new home gives me access to a bike/walking trail - love it!

Well, I have missed you dear Blogging Friends.
I'll be seeing more of you.

And I'm gong to plan a  Sew Along to help keep us connected.




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