Thursday, February 24, 2011

And the winner is.....

Thanks for being soooo patient with the results.  My parents have been out of town for a few days.  My internet availability is limited when they are not home.

I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Brent Susan's name was drawn for the Valentine Giveaway.  Please
send me your address and I will get your prize to you.

Thanks everyone, for all the great scripture verses on love.  ~Ashley

Saturday, February 12, 2011


I'm really sorry I haven't posted anything for awhile.  My mom has been gone for 11 days and I've not had the opportunity to do anything on it. 

I'm really excited to offer this to you!  This giveaway is going to be fun and something ya won't wanna miss! 

To qualify for the drawing, you need to post a Bible verse that contains the word love or charity since this is Valentine's weekend!

Now you are probably wondering what is in this giveaway.  Well, don't worry.  I'm going to tell you.  In it are two very soft red striped hand towels, there is also a very cute pair of red, green and pink knee-high socks with the words HAPPY and JOY on them, that are sure to keep those cold feet warm!  The next thing is a small bottle of lovely smelling cherry blossom hand sanitizer that fits smartly into your purse.  And last but not least is a mini pink Ms. Manicure set which includes a nail file and a nail clipper.

Hurry!  This giveaway ends on Friday the 18th so don't delay!!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Celebrating in the 1950s Style!

1950s Dress

My mommy made me this lovely dress from the 50s.  It is made out of cotton.  The jacket, which is reversible, is made out of Tropical Breeze fabric.  If you aren't familiar with Tropical Breeze, let me introduce you.  It is the easiest fabric to care for.  Just wash and wear; no ironing.  The colors do not fade much even after many washes.  Back to the dress has lovely white flowers trimmed in a light lavender color with green leaves and a black background.  

My mom added 2 inches to the bottom of the skirt and shortened the waist by one inch.

The dress is made with New Look pattern 6723 and the balero is made using ASimplicity 3921, figure C.  

I love this dress!  I think it's now my overall favorite!

Check back here this week.  I'm going to do a fabulous GIVEAWAY again!!!!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Are you praying for your future husband?

You can enlarge this by clicking on it.  If you like it, I can email the jpeg to you in a larger format.

Monday, January 17, 2011

The early 1800s or the 1970s----What do you think?

Now this dress was originally made with the Regency Era in mind--early 1800s.  However, when I wore it, someone told me it looked like a hippy style from the 1970s.  This was definitely not what I had in mind when I made it. 

This is an extremely easy pattern to make--Simplicity #9716.  I was not sure of the fabric print at first but when it was done I really thought it looked pretty.  The material is 100% cotton.  The pattern features an elastic waist hidden behind the belt.  It is loose-fitting and very comfortable to wear. The dress is tea-length and has long bell sleeves.  Next time I make this, I may try another sleeve variation.  This sleeve tends to get in the way of doing anything productive.

If you are new to sewing, this would be an excellent dress to start with.  I'd really like to hear your thoughts as to what time period you think this dress fits into.  :0)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Early 20th Century Business/Travel Suit

This outfit was used as a business/travel suit in the late 1800s through the early 1900s. I used Simplicity pattern #4954.

The army-green shell of the two piece outfit is a denim/cotton blend. The jacket is very elegant and is form fitting. It is trimmed with cream-colored lace around the collar and sleeves. I lined the entire jacket with sage satin. It was difficult and took awhile to make but my grammy was helpful and we got the job done. The two flaps on the bottom front are held up with two small brass-dotted buttons. The back bottom features a pleated fan at the center. The floral weaving on the fabric is slightly raised and adds to the elegance of the outfit.

The skirt fabric is basically the same with the exception that it has lines rather than floral weaving. It is very full and has a fitted waistband. The skirt is floor-length. When I wear this skirt, I wear my mom's bridal gown slip under it to give it the period appearance.

This was a costly vintage adventure although it is my most elegant outfit so far.