Monday, April 30, 2012

Making of the First Communion Dress

Ruby celebrated her First Communion this weekend.   I decided awhile ago that I'd be making her dress. Easier said than done as I'm not much of a pattern follower. My sister, Tara, donated the dress. (She's also one of Ruby's Godmothers.) I wasn't sure where to start. So I stared at it for about a month. Then I decided to skip the lace and go with what was under it. A whole lot of shiny satin.
Wedding Dress Before
I cut it off and got started.  Flowers came to mind.  Since I've always wanted to try making "poppies" I brought out the candle.  Here's a nice DIY I found and sort of followed.  I used 5 circles per flower and trimmed all the edges with glitter paint in silver or pink. 
Making Poppies
I wish I could tell you how exactly I made Ruby's dress but I can't. 
I can tell you I hand stitched the flowers onto the large sash and tacked it round her waist to keep it up.  The sash was tied in a big bow in the back.
First Communion Dress
I used three flowers and tulle on a barrette to create the veil.
First Communion Dress
The alter cloth in the background was a Faith Formation class project I helped create for this special day.  Each child's hand print in paint and their name in fabric marker.
First Communion
The only view of the dress from the back.  Of course Ruby's darting out of the church.
First Communion Back of Dress
A final funny pic of Ruby with her cake.  I think she'd had enough of smiling for the camera!
First Communion Cake
It was a wonderful and special day.  (I am thankful that Mateo will not need a dress for his First Communion day.  Too much satin pressure!) 

Monday, April 16, 2012

"Smile" Layout and a Few Cards

So here's a layout that I made back in January for Paper Studio.  There's still time to take my class.  Here's the description as it's currently being offered:   

"Join Misty for another great layout featuring We R Memory Keeper's "Vintage T" Collection. You will also keep the SEWeasy Tool and Blanket Stitch Piercing Head you use in class. Adjust the title of the page to suit your picture with help from Misty and the set of American Crafts Thickers provided with the class materials."

This layout is a fun and easy way to start trying embroidery.
"Smile" Layout
I also created a few cards at this time.  I cut out the popcorn kernels from the same paper as the background.
Popcorn Birthday Card
List o' supplies.
Popcorn Birthday Card Parts
This card was fun with many stamp options available.
"Admit It" Card
List o' supplies.
"Admit It" Card Parts
More layout and cards to come.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Peep Bunny Pins

Where o' where has the time gone?  I'm playing catch up in a big way and there's lots of exciting news coming soon.  I've been deep in "copyright", "tax registration", and other not so creative but necessary stuff.  The months past were full to where Ruby's Birthday came in March and her celebration party will be in MAY!  Yikes!  I did manage to make a few Peep Pins for my kids and a few friends though.
Peep Bunny Pins
There's a pattern for the larger bunnies over at MADE.  I drew my own pattern for the small bunnies.  Ruby wants her AG doll to have matching everything she has.  I'm trying.  Small scale crafting can mean more work at times.  I had to hand stitch the 2 felt layers together on those lil' guys.  I also used a magnet instead of a pin so nobody gets poked by their tiny accessories!
Peep Bunny Pins
I've cards and layouts back logged.  I'm thinking I should wish you all a Happy Easter now.  Time seems to be in a shortage around here.
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