- These small cushions are a great way to display a favorite photo of our loved ones. I have two more cushions to finish. Not a good photograph, displaying the results. I print the image onto the fusible fabric that I use for reproducing our vintage images. The resolution is excellent. I print the photos in black and white to avoid the distraction of color. All the braid and fringe are hand-sewn to the edges. I use brocades for the backing fabrics, that I've collected from Scalamandre. I add a label on the back of the cushion with the date and name of the persons in the photos. Each braid trim, around the photograph is embellished, with a vintage button from my stash.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
At night, the kitchen and the dehydrator have been "humming". This year I wanted to give organic gifts to my friends. I'm still working on crazy quilt sleep masks! The basil sun-dried tomatoes are the best, even eaten by themselves. I made organic dog treats in three different sizes for the smallest of dogs and for friends' larger dogs. Jack would sleep beneath the oven and he ate his share of broken dog treats. Finally, after years of searching for the best organic granola recipe, I've found it! The cashew kale chips simply vanish. I add a bit of red pepper. There is always kale in the dehydrator. The apple chips are flavored with ginger and lemon juice. And the fragrance from the lemongrass bath salts and the Eucalyptus/Patchouli shower disks, wafts through the downstairs while I mix up different batches in the kitchen. If you would like the url for the essential oil site, pls leave a comment! Place one of the disks in the bottom of the shower, in the water stream. The fragrance of Eucalyptus and Patchouli fills the shower ~ the perfect way to start the morning, especially if you feel a cold coming on.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Through December 9th, your order at www.ribbonsmyth.com is 20% off!
Any order of $25 or more, automatically receives 20% off their order. The discount is taken at time of check-out. Great time to stock up on ribbons, vintage images, trims and our doupioni silk packs!
Pictured, is a crazy quilt Christmas Tree skirt, that I made for my mother. Each year, it is great to see it displayed beneath her tree. She displays holiday pieces that her children have made for her over the years.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
I'm working on Christmas gifts and this is one of the items that will go into Victorian hat boxes, that I've been collecting. I will add Crazy Quilted Eye Masks to the boxes. Once my last class is over, the sewing machine will be humming! I've been collecting for months, small vintage cut-glass cruets and old glass containers, for the bath salts. Each jar needs a bit of ribbon and a label. I had labels made for all the items. The bath salts blend is made with Lemongrass and it smelled heavenly in the kitchen while assembling the salts. I purchased stalks of Lemongrass at the grocery store and dried in the dehydrator and then cut into small pieces. My plan is to fill several old glass wine decanters with bath salts blends, and keep those near the bath tub. While making these salts, I received a huge bag of fresh lavender stalks from a friend in Oregon. Those are drying and will be great in another bath salt blend. The therapuetic benefits of Epsom Salts is amazing.
On Saturday, I also made 250 organic dog treats. Jacks's little bed lies beneath the oven, and he was happy to "test" the dog treats, made in 3 different sizes. Using over 18 cups of organic oats, pineapples, papaya, coconut, and cups of pecans, harvested from my Mother's pecan trees, I made batches of our favorite granola. The dehydrator was humming with basil sun-dried tomatoes. What a treat to spend time in the kitchen, creating.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
Perhaps a poor image, but this ringbearer cushion is pretty in its simplicity. Inspired by a small vintage French pincushion, finally, I felt I had a design that would be pleasing to the bride, who wanted a simple ringbearer pillow. The bride's mother, who has collected antiques world-wide, and has an indepth appreciation of lace, wanted a collection of her great-grandmother's laces, to be incorporated into the pillow. The bride's mother hoped by including the laces, the lace collections of the great-grandmothers and grand-mothers could be added to the wedding accessories. Each of the laces are lovely. The laces were cleaned using Oxyclean and then fused to white silk doupioni using Mistyfuse. And a big thank you to Leonie Hartley-Hoover for sharing her knowledge on the wonder of Mistyfuse. After all the laces were fused, the lace edges were hand-stitched to the pillow top for extra security. I've have learnedd allot about silk doupioni and the grain of the fabric. Fuse Mistyfuse to the back of the doupioni fabric, prior to embellishing. The rest of the pillow was hand-stitched and a small gimp braid was sewn, through each loop of braid, to the pillow edges. DON'T use purchased pillow forms. They have no fiber-fil in the corners. Stuff your hand-made pillows. I included a bow of ivory satin ribbon with a tiny safety pin, so the ribbon could be pinned to the pillow with attached rings. Bascially the pillow is to be carried down the aisle with no rings attached, or that is what I've observed with the last 4 ringbearer pillows that I've designed. Will add close-up shots of some of the vintage laces, before the laces "wing" themselves back to Texas. Each piece of lace, is a work of art!
Monday, October 7, 2013
These little baskets are flower girl baskets, that I've designed for an outdoor October wedding at Perini Ranch in Buffalo Gap, Texas.
The bride is simply gorgeous and her theme is vintage botanical. She will have antique chandeliers hanging in the trees and will be married beneath one of the trees.
The bride's mother sent me an assortment of laces, collected by her great-grandmothers. Will post photos of the laces, as each is a work of art.
These are inexpensive wicker baskets that I covered inside and out, with green moss. The handles were wrapped with the vintage lace and then small leaves and lace flowers were added. A vintage pearl was added to each flower center. They will be traveling to Texas tomorrow. Since it is still very hot in Texas and amazingly warm in Pennsylvania, I've been waiting for the weather to cool down a bit, before subjecting the baskets to Texas heat while intransit.
I've also designed a ribbon embroidered picture frame that will be displayed with a quilt. As the guests arrive, each will sign a block on the quilt. The ring bearer pillow is ivory silk doupioni embellished with an assortment of laces. Looking forward to the wedding!
Friday, October 4, 2013
Christine, a former archivist for The Culinary Institute of America, attended the Hyde Park workshop and brought in an assortment of 16"x16" crazy quilt blocks created by her great-grandmother in 1882. The butterfly on this block, inspires.
This is a beautiful chapel, built in 1811. The workshop was held in an adjoining room attached to the chapel. Built in the Gothic Revival style, the chapel features a beautiful stain glass window as well as an impressive organ.