Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” -Isaiah 9:6

Monday, December 15, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Norman Rockwell: Happy Thanksgiving and The Four Freedoms

Freedom From Want
Norman Rockwell 1943
Known as The Thanksgiving Picture or I'll Be Home For Christmas
Today I share this and three more works of art by Norman Rockwell.
Did you know they are called The Four Freedoms?
I'll share the story behind the four paintings plus more covers of The Saturday Evening Post read more....

Friday, November 21, 2014

Catie's Cool Fox Purse...

This is just too cute.  I wanted to share so come on inside for more pictures and info....

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cotton Bolls, Quilts and a Little History!

The cotton boll is really something of beauty.  My 2 year old grandson went to the field in front of the house and picked some.  He loved looking at and feeling it.  Really who doesn't love feeling it?  Do you live in an area where cotton grows?  If not I hope one day you get to see some growing in the fields.  At just the right time it's as if the fields are full of scattered fluffy snow.  Today we are talking cotton, the cotton boll itself in patterns, cotton fabric, a little quilting history among other things.....

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Look At This!

A bicycle that fits a family of four, including a sewing machine. (1939).
I hope you're all having a peaceful Sunday.  I am looking at some strange photos that Julian Lennon on Facebook.  I'd click the link for some very interesting photographs from the past.

I can't imagine sewing with the family riding a huge bike!  I have to hand it to them it is ingenious!

I've been going through some of the patterns that I have at this house.  Logging in for number and size.  I didn't realize that I had so many vintage apron patterns.  This is going to be fun.  

There are a lot of crafts rolling around in my head to do but as of late aprons have been my stable.  Who knew that I'd become so much of an apron maker?  I didn't.

Have a great day and I'll be back with more items soon. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Chuck's Apron

I've been pretty blessed to have a husband who is so supportive of my, should I say "habit"?  I'll admit it a habit.  I love fabric, sewing along with all sorts of crafts.  He will go shopping with me and I have so much fun with him.  He and the ladies at the fabric shop are becoming friends.  
Today I share the fabric and his apron that he wanted me to make for read more to see....

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Checkers Anyone? New Man's Apron

This man's apron Doug is wearing is made from 100% premium quilters cotton
Classic folk Art by Fabri-Quilt Inc.
I introduce you to "Checkers Anyone?"

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Am I Blue?

Today I'm introducing "Am I Blue?" beautiful blue gingham check apron.  This apron is from The First Apron Collection.

Aprons! I have loved aprons for a very long time, thanks to my grandmamas.  Cora and Goldie both wore aprons.  I have such fond memories of watching them cook or tend chickens with apron on of course.  They wore different types of aprons.  I'll tell you about them and the making of this particular apron....

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

"President's Men"

Love this piece of fabric
100% Premium Quilters Cotton
Windham Fabrics called World's Fair
by Nancy Gere
Step inside to see what I made with this fabric....

Sunday, October 5, 2014

A Tour Through Blog Land

I have to admit I was honored to have been asked if I could be one of the blogs Hetty of Stone House Workshop featured.

It is she that has so many wonderful talents. I was asked a few questions about my blogging and to share one or more blogs that I admire.  I share today about Hetty as well as my FarmGirl Sisters lots of blogs with MaryJaneFarms...Well come on in you can read more about it....

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Making of a Special Order Rooster Apron

Fabric Selection:  The first step once you have your pattern.
I get more comments on The Rooster Aprons than any other.
Today I share the making of one.  Would you like to see it?....

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The New Men's Apron Line

I'm rather excited to announce a new line of aprons for men!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Plain Pretty!

Introducing another of the Antique McCall Apron Pattern 1279 Aprons.  This apron was named by a man.....

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Plain Country

Today I'm sharing another new apron. I asked the guys Chuck and Doug in the house to help me with the name and this is what they came up with.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

"Pinky T"

Introducing "Pinky T"

Isn't she pretty?  I like this plaid fabric.  It is pretty isn't it?  Pinky T is a sister to Patchwork Patty and Honeybee Haven They were all made from the antique pattern shown below.  You may can tell by the photo that these are dainty little dressy aprons, with a country look of course.  You'll never guess the inspiration for the name I've given her.....

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Honeybee Haven

 I've been sewing and enjoying the vintage antique pattern McCalls 1279 from the year 1946.  The cost was 25 cents.  It is not a utility full coverage apron.  It is a dressy little thing.  Women were small and oh so dainty.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Wonderful Crocheted Items From Kathryn

I've met some really wonderful friends from a group we have called Farmgirl Chit-ChatKathryn is one of them that has a special place in my heart.  She has a heart of gold.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sweet Louise's Bonnet

My father-in-law Carey once took us by his sister Louise's Home place.  It was beautiful.  The oaks lining the property, the old home and chicken pens.  
I met his sister Louise.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sculpting with Charles (Chuck) Oldham Lesson 2

Welcome to another video lesson!  How about a 3 video lesson?
Charles has a way of teaching that anyone can learn from.  I hope you're enjoying these.
Remember to get some type of clay that you can join in with and learn.  It will be much more enjoyable for you if you do.

Lesson 2:  Part 1

Lesson 2: Part 2

Lesson 2: Part 3

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Antique Pattern Apron "Patchwork Patty"

McCalls 1279 One Size cost 25 cents
Pattern Copyright 1946

First Apron made from this pattern is "Patchwork Patty"
Premium 100% Cotton Fabric:  Brighton Collection by GrafiQ TGrafiQ for Blue Hill Fabrics.
This Apron Size XS - Medium
 Strap-waistband-Strap Total Measurment 65" Total
Each Strap itself is apx. 27 1/2 "
Apron Top 10"
Apron Middle across bow section 21"
This is a tiny, dressy apron.
There are no pockets
I handmade the bows instead of using ribbon and trimmed them along with the apron with double fold bias tape for stability and beauty.

I hope you have enjoyed this pretty little number.  I will be placing it in the shops shortly.

I have 4 more cut out and will have them listed soon.
This particular one has gone but I will be making others.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My New Haircut!

Catie cut my hair tonight.  I had so many ideas for a cut and tons of pictures.  This is what I finally have decided to try for a little while.  Catie cut it a little longer than I said believe it or not.  She couldn't stand to go too short.  She cut 7 inches off.  We were going to cut lengths into it too but after she dried it we decided to leave it like this so I could adjust to it.

Hair color post here
You may remember this before shot...

I'm really liking this color she gave me last month.  It is holding true to color very well too.  I'll get a new profile picture done one day and show the front.  I know I'm bad at having pictures taken of myself now.  I'm surprised I'm even doing this.  

Tell me do you have the same style you've had for awhile?  Do you change your style frequently?

How do you feel about makeup?  

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Do you like to wear lots of makeup?


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Do you like natural makeup?

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 I have always liked the natural look.  Gosh knows it takes a long time to makeup to look natural for me!  I'm laughing.  I've always said it is very hard to make up and look naturally beautiful.  Not your makeup looks great, but you look great! Yes, I've always said, " The Trick is to look as if you have no makeup on at all!"

I personally have found that a little cover up...yes I have to use that now to cover dark allergy under eyes. I also put some into the little lines to make them less noticeable.  A great foundation, soft blush and little eyeshadow if any.  Sad though I can't wear mascara much anymore.   I am highly matter if it says hypoallergenic...still allergic...When I do you can bet it will be D'efinicils by Lancome.  The best mascara that I've ever found in my 60 years.

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One other important thing is a great loose face powder to hold that makeup and prevent shine.  I use  Lancome Translucence.  It is a very lightweight, soft feathery powder that doesn't cake and look heavy.  No they didn't pay me to say these things nor send me products, although I wish they would..

The best thing you can do to make your makeup look great is to make sure your skin is hydrated and taken care of.  That is the secret.  Well the best one I've found anyway.

Young girls enjoy your beautiful firm complexions while you have them.  When I think about being younger wearing makeup and covering up a great complexion, I feel a little stupid.  That is when putting on makeup is the most fun though.  Remember those days?   I can remember waiting until my Mama would allow me to wear lipstick.

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What are your best features?  I'd love for you to share them with me.  I guess mine have always been my complexion and my eyes.  I've always been told..Peaches and cream complexion was the most heard.  That and you have the most beautiful green eyes!  Cat eyes, I heard that one a lot. What I always considered the worst was my gap between my two front top teeth.  I now see where people have one put in and here I was born with it.  I had some of the gap filled in but now have come to realize that is what makes me, me.

I know I didn't go way out with the hairstyle but I love it.  It is lighter.  I'll let you know if I decide to get the layers cut into it. 

I'm very proud of Catie she is a fine hair stylist!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Learn Sculpting with Charles (Chuck) Oldham

Summer is such a busy time of year.  I guess that I personally have so many likes and interests that I don't have enough time to spend on any given one.  So for awhile I will be sharing some videos about sculpting to pass the time away.
They are simple and anyone can learn to sculpt by watching them.  I would buy some clay of some sort to practice along with Charles if I were you.  That would encourage and train you better.
The videos are slow enough for you to work along with him.  Learn as you go!
Charles (Chuck) Oldham website: Learn Sculpture

Lesson 1-Clay Modeling

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Apron at Rest

My daughter gave this wonderful apron for Mother's Day and I sure am enjoying it.  My other daughter gave me gardening gloves a year's supply of them and I sure am using those also.
This apron is pretty no matter what is in front of it.  I'm sure you may have seen the red roses that a friend gave me in the Ball Jar.  I had placed that jar on the Hoosier cabinet to make more room on the counter while preparing a meal and just happened to get that fabulous shot.  It wasn't hard to do with those gorgeous roses and apron.
Today even though it is cloudy in here I took a picture of a few David Austin Roses that I cut off by mistake while pruning that bush.  They are beautiful in themselves also.

The Rose is a David Austin called Teasing Georgia.
One of my favorite very prolific blooming rose bushes at Hibiscus House.

A yellow 4-5" rose (petals 50+) of delicate beauty. The flowers are of a particularly pleasing cupped formation. The center petals are in the form of a rich deep yellow while the outer petals fall back and fade to pale yellow, providing a most pleasing two-tone effect on a continual blooming bush. The growth is strong but gracefully displaying the flowers nicely. A pleasant tea rose fragrance. Winner of the Henry Edland Medal in 2000 for the most fragrant variety in the RNRS Trials.  credit for information 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Pretty in Pink

 Pretty in Pink

This apron was a special order.  I was given two color choices because the recipient really liked lavenders and pinks.  I had chosen several fabrics with lavender colors and was having trouble choosing so I went back to the fabric cabinet and this beautiful pink just screamed at me...pick me!
So I did.  My photography doesn't do it justice at all because it is really beautiful.

Enlarging my Cora's Apron Pattern.

I laid Grandma Cora's Apron on a newspaper a few years back like she would have done.  I have used this taped together pattern since that time.

Today I need to enlarge for another apron choice.  I've been asked to make the bib wider for better coverage.  I added an inch all around.

See this is a beautiful combination.  I really like this pink.
Fabric Description:
Fabric Susan Branch 2007 RJK Fabrics "It was the usual "zoo tea"  You know, we eat, the other watch.  Princess Margaret.

 Cut out with pockets ready to be sewn on.

Mannequin is size 8  
This apron would fit Small - Xtra Xtra Large with no trouble
Small would of course be possible it would go around to the back and be tied a little tighter that is all.

The neck straps are adjustable.  The Cora's Extra Coverage Apron will have these rings or simple ties to be tied to fit.
The original Cora's Apron has a sewn neckband that fits most everyone.

 Close up view of bib bodice with bias tape trim and pretty pink rick rack

Still very simple but the most useful household apron you will ever own.

I didn't want to wrinkle any further so I didn't tie straps but look at the extended length.
This would fit anyone.  I like that when it is tied it makes a really pretty bow with flowing ends.

I'll leave you with this view looking out from the front porch.

If you need an apron please see the links on the top tabs or right sidebar for the ETSY and Handmade Artists Shops.  Feel free to contact me.

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