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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Finding the beauty in each day ~



Sometimes our "real" days aren't really blog-worthy...
they are those days where you vacuum, do laundry,
feel a little under-the-weather but trudge on.
Because you love your family and have a things
you want to accomplish for that day.

But truthfully, these simple things are not something you'd
really want to share to inspire others on your blog!
So I dig around in my archives,
to find images I've shared in the past
that maybe you missed?

Here are a few, click to enlarge any and all to save
for your own personal use ~
I just love roses if you can't tell!!
























I love blogging though, I can't help myself ~
You all are my inspiration, thank you so much for that!!!

Happy Thursday sweet friends,
hugs and love,
Dawn




Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Lace love...


I can't help it...
I do love it so!
Lace is just gorgeous to me and
I love using it in most everything I create!

Well, my hub's cousin Roberta ran across a bag
that used to be her brother's and his wife's
as they used to create
the most beautiful Christening gowns
and she just knew I would love it...

o...my...goodness ~
I just about fell in the floor
when she gave it to me this past weekend!!!!

Just take a look:













I just had to share it all with you...because you all
SO "get" me and know what a precious
gift this was!!!!


Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday dear friends,
hugs and love,
Dawn







Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A free tutorial for you!
How to Create an Envelope Lavender Sachet ~


I've only made a few of these little goodies
but thought you would LOVE
making a some of these lavender sachets yourself!
I searched online for a pattern for a paper envelope
that I could add a bit of a seam allowance so I could
create a little envelope out of fabric!





Here's the pattern...and I've added a 1/4" seam allowance ~
The image below needs to fill an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper,
just so you know! Click it a few times to save it to your
computer so you will save it as large as I've given it.





Cut your pattern out and place it on two layers of canvas
or muslin or whatever fabric
to use for your envelope fabric!





Be sure to leave an opening so you can turn the envelope right side out!





I sewed it up with a mere 1/4" seam allowance ~






Be sure to clip any corners off so when it's turned right side out,
you won't have any bulk to deal with ~





I tried to take a photo of me leaving the opening for turning...but you can
hardly see the stitching! But be sure to leave this opening ~




Yes, I had to share a pic of the turning process,
and YES it looks like a terrible blob!!




Be patient as you turn the envelope right side out,
It's looks junky and terrible at first ~




But, I always use an old chop stick as they are PERFECT
for helping turn things right side out and poking out corners and such!




As soon as you get all the corners poked out perfectly,
simply get your iron hot and press it all flat as a flitter!






When you have your envelope all pressed out,
take it back to the sewing machine and simply
sew a finishing stitch all around the edge...
a mere 1/8th of an inch from the edge
to finish off your envelope.




You should be able to fold it right into an envelope!
Press it when you do....




Now to measure for the simple muslin square pouch
that will hold the lavender buds inside.





Cut your tiny muslin square 4 3/4" x 3 3/4"....two thicknesses thick.... 




Sew three sides with a 1/4" inch seam allowance and turn the little square
right side out and press....now fill with wonderful lavender buds!!!
You can find these on ebay, don't buy the fancy blue ones,
these are fragrant, not so blue but perfect for sachets!





After filling your teeny pillow simply sew the end up...it doesn't even
matter if it's right side out at all because this sweet thing
will be sandwiched up inside the fabric envelope!









Now, just hand sew the two sides to one another...



Now, sew the bottom flap and the top flap together ~




Add a gorgeous old button to the top flap,
sewing it in place.
Knotting it all underneath so
no one can see.






You can even add the face of a wonderful vintage watch!
Using a very skinny needle, sew it on, feeding the needle up
through the opening of the button and watch face,
then feeding the needle and thread through a very old
teeny, tiny pearl from an old necklace and then sew back down
through the watch face, button and knot it off.





Sew on a beautiful seam binding bow bundle....
And here's the little video I made about making those!
DON'T LAUGH, ok?


video





and guess what??
You are finished!!!




These would make the most wonderful gifts!!!
I so hope you loved the tutorial and that it's easy to understand ~

Wishing you a wonderful Tuesday my sweet, sweet friends,
hugs and love,
Dawn




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