Sunday, March 31, 2013

Angel Love

This one came together so sweetly, using tons of vintage wedding dress laces and Victorian era photos.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Mother Love

I miss my mom, passed over 20 years ago now. In making this fabric collaged book, I felt such warmth and tenderness reflecting on the qualities I loved about my mother.

The book measures more than 6x8" with all the lace extensions. It holds 11 decorated pages, with three pockets for you to tuck in your treasures. It also hold a sweetly decorated little lined journal for your thoughts. I used mostly vintage wedding fabrics, silks, satins, and laces. You'll also find vintage trims and appliques, along with a few newer ones I've tea dyed. Vintage images of mothers with their children were printed on cotton twill.

Enjoy the pictures. It was a pleasure to make and present to you!

Front cover....

 One of the pockets and the sweet little journal....

 This fabric is from a 1920's glass beaded frock.....

Sunday, March 17, 2013

MOTHER'S WISDOM... Mixed Media Fabric Book

Do you remember all the words of wisdom your mother imparted to you? Some of these phrases are still with me today. How about you? I'd love to hear your mother's words of wisdom in your comments!

MOTHER'S WISDOM is a heart-touching, mixed media cloth book I created, measuring approximately 4x6" and has eight decorated pages, plus a secret pocket in the back that holds a sweet little mini journal, MOTHER LOVE, with lined pages for you to record your own memories. Hand made with vintage images printed on twill, vintage fabrics, buttons, and trims, all machine sewn onto sturdy canvas.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

3 New Lace Books: 1st PURE SWEETNESS

Hello friends... it's been over a week, tucked into my delicious sewing studio, making these three lace books. This first one you see, was actually the last made and the most free-formed, less planned. I'm thrilled with the way it turned out, with nothing planned!

All three are listed on my EBAY PAGE.

The book measures  5x7, with eight decorated pages.

There's a sweet story that goes with each of these beautiful young girls from a time long ago....

On the cover, you'll meed Edith. Much to her mother's dismay, Edith spent most of her days shoeless, playing in the cornfields with her brothers. Her mom did insist on Edith wearing a bow in her hair.
('Edith' came to me from one of my Yahoo group friends, but I can't remember who, to properly acknowledge you/her. Please let me know if you remember who posted this pic. Thanks)
 On the other hand... here is sweet Harriet. Her mom was delighted that Harriet hated to play outside and would spend hours dressing her dolly in look-alike dresses.

 Judith, on the right side, is not too sure which way to go. Some outside time is okay, but like Harriet, she doesn't like to get dirty. She does love to model her creamy white voile dress for the camera though.

 Mary Beth is a thinker... can you tell? Even though she had to pose for this cameo picture, she still let you know she'd rather be reading, learning, and figuring things out.

And here is little Mary Anne, better known as Molly. 
She is boasting with pride for learning to sew at her mommy's feet. 
Mommy worked her pedal singer sewing machine and gave Molly her homespun scraps. 
You can see one of the bobbins her mom gave her for her own thread. 
Molly loved to make clothes for her Frozen Charlotte Doll. 
The silly name  comes from the folk ballad about a young girl called Charlotte who refused to wrap up warmly to go on a sleigh ride in fear that it would cover up her pretty dress. 
So Molly always makes sure that her Charlotte is nice and warm in a bunting.

Finally, here is young Iris. 
Iris loved her name since she was named for her Nanna's favorite purple flower. 
And Iris was her Nanna's favorite granddaughter! 
With her hair in perfect blonde ringlets, 
Iris would spend hours playing dress-up in Nanna's Victorian dresses. 
And Nanna let her play in her jewelry box, trying on beautiful pearls and jewels.
 Now, I'm curious.... which little girl do you most identify with?