Christmas Decorations 1

I love Christmas and so does my husband, therefore I go crazy with my decorations.  I have to start decorating before the season even begins so that I can get it all up in time to truly enjoy it.  I will be posting several articles sharing my decorations as I decorate the house.  I hope you enjoy them.  If you have any questions feel free to ask.

I love flower arrangements, so I thought it would be fun to do a tree that was nothing but flowers.  This is one of my favorite trees.  (I have many favorites, LOL) If you look closely you will find birds, bird nests and butterflies too.

I love flower arrangements, so I thought it would be fun to do a tree that was nothing but flowers. This is one of my favorite trees. (I have many favorites, LOL) If you look closely you will find birds, bird nests and butterflies too.

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Mixing Fabric Prints

MixingMixing prints can make or break an outfit.  It can be fun and it can be challenging. It is a matter of your own style, your comfortability, your ability to take a fashion risk, your confidence, and your own taste.  Many years ago, mixing prints was taboo, it was considered atrocious but now you see it everywhere, even being done by the best designers on the runway.

Wearing mixed prints fashion is not for everyone, because you will draw attention to yourself; therefore, when you wear fashion that is made up of mixed prints – you must

 HOLD YOUR HEAD HIGH AND WALK WITH CONFIDENCE.

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In Home decor we mix patterns all the time, but for fashion it is a little more difficult.  In fashion you don’t have the large area to create a “breathing space” or “pause” between the prints, like you do in a room.

If you want to try mixing fabrics but don’t have the confidence, then start out slowly by mixing your accessories.  For example, carry a patterned purse with a striped dress.  Or animal print shoes with a pair of african print pants. Or like this picture, she has an animal print purse with a plaid skirt and a sweater wrapped around her waist, all in the same tones.

These are the guidelines that I have discovered by playing around with fabrics.

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Fabric Cutting – Paper or No Paper

Cotton with Paper

I have been sewing and cutting out patterns on all types of fabrics for decades. Over the last few years I have heard about cutting out your patterns with a layer of paper underneath. I have always dismissed it because I didn’t see why it was necessary.  I finally decided to put this theory to the test.

The theory is to lay paper down on your table, lay your fabric on top of the paper, then lay your pattern on top of the fabric and pin through all three layers.  The paper on the bottom is supposed to grip and support your fabric better and keep everything from shifting; therefore, your pattern when cut is more accurate.

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Easy Knitted Ribbon Scarf

ScarfFor those of you that follow my blog, you know that I am not a knitter, but these scarves are so easy and pretty that anyone can do it.

Red Heart Yarn When I went to the fabric store I didn’t set out to get yarn to make another scarf, but this Red Heart Ribbon Yarn was sitting on an end counter (great marketing) and when I looked at it I thought, wow, I think that can be knitted like the ruffled scarf I made.

I bought a couple colors and in a few hours I had two beautiful scarves.

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Awesome Gift Wrap

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The other day I was needing to wrap two pieces of jewelry for gifts.  I went to the store to purchase two cute little gift bags and I went down the wrong aisle, and what did I see but some really cute socks.  Immediately I thought, why not wrap the jewelry boxes in socks.  This would give the recipient an extra little gift, a pair of socks, very practical.  After choosing two pairs of socks I walked down the aisle and on the end of another aisle I saw these beautiful fluffy feather pins or hair clips.  I looked at the clips and thought these would be perfect to hold the ends of the socks together.  Brilliant, now the recipient has another cute gift.  This is how I did it. Continue reading

With Love – Prom Dress 2013

Prom for BlogBoo Hoo, my grandaughter Angelica is a senior in high school. That means it is my last year to make her a prom dress; therefore, it has to be spectacular.  This article is all about her prom dress I designed and made.  It is full of pictures showing some of the sewing processes, the thought processes, and many couture details of the dress.  I hope you enjoy the beauty of the dress as much as I enjoyed creating it. Continue reading