Friday, October 28, 2011

Texas Wedding

Here's a few highlights from the beautiful wedding we attended in Texas last weekend. I'm going to put the full album on facebook later.

First up, here's me with the bride, Jenna, after the ceremony. I'm totally glammed up, so it's ok if you don't recognize me.

And here's Miss Oona sporting her mama-made dress. She tore the headband off and would have nothing to do with it...sigh...

The bride and groom found repro vintage postcards for guests to fill out instead of the traditional guestbook.

Jenna also decorated the lobby with old family photos.

This awesome blue cake had little wooden bride and groom figures each driving in vintage cars that I gave to the bride at her bridal shower. So honored that they ended up as the cake topper!

Later in the evening, Jenna wore the beautiful vintage dress that Andy's grandmother wore to her wedding.

Here's a shot of my beautiful orange bouquet and the pretty handmade clutch one of the bridesmaids, Crystal, made for each of us. The bouquets were all decorated with a vintage brooch, which we got to keep.

Aren't they sweet?!

These were too! For a parting gift, we each got sent home with a delicious black and white cookie.

And Jenna and Andy road off in this vintage Bentley... happily ever after! Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Wilhelmsen!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Squirrel's Wedding

Hello! I've been traveling for a little bit. One of my best friends who I've known since middle school got married last Saturday, so we took a trip to the Lone Star state. It was a beautiful wedding, and I'll share some pictures tomorrow, but for today I wanted to share with you the squirrel painting I made for the newly weds.

The chubby little baby hand in the corner is showing approval for Mama's choice of squirrels to depict the bride and groom. The painting is done in casein on part of a vintage crate (the theme of the wedding was vintage travel).

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Polka Dots and Black Buttons

This little green and white polka dot dress is Oona's party dress for the upcoming wedding we're going to. The pattern is from "Sewn with Love" by Fiona Bell, a collection of vintage patterns for children (mostly dresses). The pattern originally had ruffled flutter sleeves, but it looked so cute without them, that I didn't bother adding them. I also left off the bias binding around the neck and armholes and the skirt lining to simplify things.

I did, however, sew each little button hole on the back of the dress by hand. My "one step button hole" on my sewing machine was acting up, and when I learned that you could hand stitch it with a tight blanket stitch, I was so relieved. Here's the hand sewn button hole instructions I used.

The tutorial says to use thick embroidery floss, but I used double stranded sewing thread with tight stitches, and it worked fine and gave them a more delicate look. I found some cute black flower buttons that I think work well with the green dress.

I also made Oona another felt head band for the occasion.

The purple band is just a simple row of single crochet with a foundation row. Not sure if she'll be able to resist the urge to tear it off her head! I found the little black shoes at a department store. I was going to make matching booties, but time was escaping me. Hope it still fits right by the day of the wedding... this baby keeps growing like mad!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Stitching up Loose Ends

Lately life has been about loose ends (maybe it always is). I've been finishing projects that have long been dormant, getting the house ready for winter, and getting ready for upcoming travels. I finally finished the edging on this piece of needle felted artwork I did ages ago. I have a couple of large bowls that I stick projects I just don't quite have the energy or materials to finish, and this piece of needle felting has been sitting in one of those said bowls since before little Oona came to this world! Goodness! All it needed was some blanket stitching around the edges, but the time to do it escaped me somehow.

I also ventured in the bed room today to do some tidying. This particular room is perhaps the most neglected. It's so hard to keep a dresser organized. I often end up with more clothes on top of the dresser or to the side of it or ...gasp!... on the floor! And it's usually the last room I clean if guests are coming because they often don't have any reason to go in there. So, it is the forgotten land! It felt good to get in there today and make it almost respectable. Well, I'm sure you didn't need to know all that, but it's raining hard outside and I have mama brain, so there you have it!

Good weekending to you all! Perhaps I'll pop in soon with a project I didn't start over a year ago!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Pumpkin Boats and Pumpkin Babe

After last years trip with my parents to the pumpkin boat races in Burlington, it's sort of become a tradition around here. Every year some crazy and diligent people grow giant pumpkins to carve out and race on the banks of Lake Champlain. They usually dress up for the occasion. The people in the boats below were dressed as Dorthy and some sort of hippie guy, I guess? The hippie guy won this particular race...

For the special day, I made Oona a special pumpkin hat... my first crochet pattern from scratch! Of course, it was too hot out, and so we only put it on her to take a few pictures with some of the ginormous pumpkins and her lovely grandparents, but she doesn't look too happy about the photo shoot.

Here she is in our yard today tending her own pumpkins that she hopes will someday be ginormous too.

Yes, she does have a sad looking bruise on her cheek, of no fault of the pumpkins, but from falling into the coffee table. Ouch!

Hope you all had a lovely holiday weekend! Watch out for those coffee tables!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Wedding Pillow

Every project seems to start off in some sort of chaos!

But slowly takes shape...

Becomes refined...

And hopefully turns into something I'm proud of!

This wedding ring pillow was made for a dear friend who is getting married very soon. Can't wait for the big day!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Autumn Walk in the Hills

We bundled up tight after we closed up shop today and did some leaf peeping in the beautiful hills near the farm we got married at, just a short drive from our home. I love VT!

Miss Oona finally got to wear her new hat Mommy made her. It was quite chilly, so I'm glad we did bundle her up!

The snakes are in the Etsy shop! Time for me to go have some tea and watch a murder mystery with Mr. Wildwood.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Patchwork Snakes

These snakes should be in the shop tomorrow! Warm and toasty snake neck warmers for the cold season!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Getting Ready for One

Happy October! I know the next couple months are just going to fly by around here, so I'm getting an early start on planning the little one's first birthday. I don't think we're going to have a huge party or anything, I just want to make it a special day to celebrate the first beautiful year of her life. I can't believe it's already so close! It makes me happy and also a little weepy to think someday my baby won't be a baby! It falls on Thanksgiving this year, which I think is pretty darn cool. I have, as usual, an overly long list of birthday projects to make for her, but will be happy if I can accomplish just a few of those. I've already got her outfit ready!

I made this cupcake dress from this cute pattern I found on Etsy a while ago. I still have a little bit more fabric and might make her a matching bib or some pjs or something... Any ideas?

The purple birthday hat is lined with interfacing to make it stiffer so it can stand up tall on her head and it's decorated with handmade felt flowers. I had her try it on the other day, and she tolerated it after the initial fuss of putting it on, so I think it's good to go! I'm thinking pumpkin or carrot cake for her first sugar high! What else? Do we need an elephant? A pony? A giraffe? Just kidding!