Monday, September 27, 2010

Donations #2-4...Mailed!

Tonight I was VERY excited to complete three more adorable children's pieces to send to another Breast Cancer Fundraiser in Tennessee! They were a blast to design and create with a specific event/fundraiser in mind.

As I was laying them out for pictures a little bit ago, my hubby thought he'd point out, with a tidge of concern in his voice, that all of the pieces are going to fit different kids. (I simply used whatever I had fabric left for.) Since we don't have any mini munchkins running around our home to try these on yet,  I'd LOVE to see yours modeling the pieces if you buy them.

I've never made any real fussy children's clothing before and this "Josie Jacket" from Sew a Straight Line inspired me to create something. Her instructions and pictures are great! And even though I've never done a little garment, I created one that I thought turned out pretty stinking cute. The ruffle skirt is the same pattern I used for my Litttle Helpers in my wedding that I posted about below. I love how it's easily toddler adjustable with a toggle. The apron was also a pattern from Quilts and More. I made up the apron pattern to match the little girls'. It's made to fit an 18" American Girl doll, or any other 18" doll.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Donation #1...Dropped Off!

We have a lady in our church that was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She is about the same age as my mom and also has a daughter getting married this summer. She's been through a lot. I found out on Saturday that she's having a benefit this coming Saturday afternoon and they are accepting donations for a silent auction. I thought, how perfect! I have half done projects and fabric for this sitting in my studio! Last night and tonight after work I whipped up a full front apron with some matching pot holders. I forgot to take a picture of the project before I packaged it up all cute for dropoff. The apron has a pleated front and ruffle bottom with some white vintage ric-rac detailing. I'm pretty impressed with my first apron and accessories. And even better, it's going to a great cause!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Happily Ever After

I figured since it's been a few months since the wedding I'd add a few pictures. Eventually I'll add some tutorials about how I made all of the decorations. It was the perfect day in June for a vintage inspired wedding. From the personal details to the fun filled reception. The night was completed with a game of kickball with the whole family and Grandma even caught a pop fly to get "The Boys" team out. I found an old vintage bright blue necklace and had it turned into a gorgeous bracelet as my "old and blue." It was the perfect pop of color.

I custom designed the wedding programs. They were filled with our engagement pictures, both of our parents' wedding pictures and a thank you to them, and a small story explaining the canopy that we were married under. My mom is a quilter and she collected heirlooms and pieces from parents, grandparents, and great grandparents of ours that are Christian role models in our relationship. She turned them into a quilt and it was hung over a canopy that we stood under for the ceremony. A few of the items were my husband's mom's wedding hanky, copies of love letters of my grandparents during the Korean war, and fabrics with pictures of things that we both love. 
The quilt is actually at a National contest right now that my mom entered it in. I'll post pictures when I actually get it back! :) I was also brave and designed and made all of my bridesmaid and flower girl dresses. Looking back now I was crazy but LOVED them! I also did this while finishing my senior thesis to graduate with my BA in Interior Design!
The ceremony was just right (even though I have no idea what the pastor said, I was just waiting for the "I now pronounce you...") The dresses of the girls looked the best from the back. I thought this was the most important because that's what the guests see.

We ended the night in a huge game of family kick ball and bean bag tournaments. It was completed with an ice cream sundae bar with soft serve ice cream. I could include a thousand pictures but I thought I'd spare you. In a small town, it was crazy to quickly hear that everyone thought it was a great wedding with fun creative ideas. I thought so too, but I was a little biased! :)

Breast Cancer Fundraiser Donation

This week I was on Alchemy at Etsy and sumbled upon a request for homemade donations. The lady is doing her part in helping the Susan G. Kolmen Knoxville, TN Race for the Cure. The Race is on October 30, 2010 at the World's Fair Park. I'm going to be making a few fun items, and will for sure let you see a peek before I send them off. If you too, are interested in helping, let me know and you can include it with my package or I'll give you the address to ship them to her. I found some pink flannel with ribbons that I'm going to do something with and a pink and brown cotton that I'm going to make a little girl ruffly skirt and matching headband, as well as a mother/daughter set of aprons. Super excited to use the fun fabrics and see them go to a cause!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Wedding Helpers

I have to show off that I had the cutest "Wedding Helpers" ever at our wedding this past June. I had so many little cousins and not enough places for them. So they were designated as "Chalk Hander-outers." Our reception tables had chalkboards on them to keep the guests busy as well as they could leave us notes for our married life. They had a blast all matching and looked adorable as well!