Wednesday, July 09, 2008

I'm Rambling Today

I failed to post yesterday. I don't know why, but I didn't. I liked the list of unfinished projects you admitted to. Most were the same type as mine. I've been sewing and doing handwork most of my life. My mother taught me to sew, crochet and embroider. I taught myself to knit and smock. I don't know if any of my projects go that far back, but I have several that are 20 + years old.

I did finish the butterfly for my granddaughter last night. I still have to starch, iron and block it. It's much bigger that I thought it would be. But I think it will be really pretty framed and on her wall.

Some of you mentioned that you have boxes to unpack and sort through. When my DIL and grandchildren stayed with me for a few weeks, we had to make room for them. The most important place we had to make was a place in my sewing room for a crib. The crib will stay for a while even though they are in their own place. As a result, I have several boxes still sitting in my bedroom floor and not much room to maneuver around. I need to take a week off from work, completely empty my sewing room, re-position everything and start over.

Last year I sent a couple of pictures of my granddaughters to the Austrailian Smocking and Embroidery magazine. They were wearing dresses I had made for them from the wonderful patterns. They sent me a gracious thank you letter letting me know they had received them, and would possibly use them in a later issue of the magazine.

I picked up issue 82 of the magazine at The Fabric Store, and sure enough there was Riley and Maddie on page 2. So now they will be seen around the world. I thought, I had used the pictures on my blog, but since I can't find them here, I'm inserting them now. That's Riley in the green dress, and Maddie in the yellow.
Don't you agree they look like they are ready for the runway?

8 comments:

Mary Alice said...

THey are so adorable...and the dresses are a work of art. I never did learn to smock, but I remember my mother sitting out on the deck watching us kids playing and hand smocking a dress for Easter.

Robbin with 2 B's! said...

HOW COOL is that? The girls are models for sure, and your smocking is beautiful. AND now your work is there published. I'd be so excited if I were you!
When I get back into jewelry making I'd like to send a pics to a magazine too. I did have one featured one time on an online bead store and I thought I was famous there for a while.

IzzyBeth said...

That is awesome!!! :-)

Sage said...

Those dresses are beautiful, and the girls adorable! You are very talented.....I'm jealous! I've been sewing all my life, well, since I made my Easter dress at age 10, but I never have attempted smocking. Great job!

Tipper said...

They are beautiful-and you are very talented!!

Lisa J said...

THAT IS BEAUTIFUL!!!! Those dresses are some of the prettiest I have ever seen, and the girls are too. They really should do some modeling of YOUR dresses for the big stores!!!! You are one very talented person, what a gift you have and those kids will love it as they get older and look back. Blessings, blessings, blessings.

Tara Smith said...

Hmmm....I wonder if I could make any money from my little models?

Blessed said...

Beautiful dresses, I would love to learn to smock! Maybe one day...

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