"She seeks wool & flax, And works willingly with her hands" ~ Proverbs 31:13

September 29, 2012

Almost Empty Nesters!

Today we loaded a 12 foot moving van with everything my youngest was able to talk my hubby and I into giving him for his new bachelor pad.

Can you see the excitement on my dear hubby's face!?!
 He is moving half way across the country and when he pulls away in just a few hours we will officially be Empty Nesters.  Since my boys were were already 6 & 7 years old when we got married, this is the first time we've ever experienced being without children, something we're looking forward to!
I really hate pictures of myself! 
I'm having mixed feelings.  Though not the stereo-typical feelings moms are supposed to have when their kids move out on their own.  On one hand I am celebrating, this is the child I wasn't sure would fly the nest very quickly or willingly. He surprised me with his desire and request to rent the house we have back in Missouri. On the other hand I am going to miss all his wonderful help around the house and with normal day to day cooking and clean as well as help preparing for church events and dinners.  My schedule will have to be radically adjusted to now do all his work as well as my own. 

12 feet of bachelor pad necessities
Mostly though I am excited for Michael, he decided it was time to start being a productive member of society and that it was time to move out of mom and dad's house.  There are times I question whether I've done all that I needed to do to prepare our boys for life on their own. There are things I would do differently if I had it to do over, but since I can't have a 'do over', I rest in the knowledge that I did the best I knew how to do and have left the rest in the hands of God, with the prayer that he would fill in the gaps where I feel short as a mom and teacher.

A young man ready to head off into his future!

This will be my last post for awhile, I'll see you all in October.

{{HUGS}}
Marcia

September 26, 2012

On the Design Wall {WIP}

I've made some pretty good progress with Michael's graduation quilt. Though I'm not one bit sue I'll be able to have it finished before he moves out on Sunday.  I want to at least have it quilted and binding attached by Saturday morning.  We're loading his moving van on Saturday and he'll be heading for Missouri after church Sunday.

A good amount of progress has been made since yesterday.

Where things were at just yesterday

Replacing all the white squares with black squares has totally changed the visual effect. In the original the white blocks caused the tiny black squares to create chains across the quilt. Now it's the tiny white squares that are what stands out, being set on point makes them look like "X"'s all over the quilt.  Reminds me of XOXO {Kisses and Hugs}.

I'm playing with the idea of changing the name for the quilt to "Kisses from Mom," but I'm not sure my big boy would like the name all that much.  Maybe it'll just be my own personal name for the quilt.

Lots of sewing to do today, so I'm off to the studio.
Happy Sewing,
Marcia





September 25, 2012

Gowns & Dresses Everywhere!

Last week was such a busy week, I barely had time to breath let alone blog about all the happenings. The best part of it all was that every project came to a successful completion.

You'll remember a couple of weeks ago that the wedding gown I was working on had to be re-cut and essentially started again.  After some very long hours and very late nights, everything came together wonderfully.  The bride's reaction when she saw it was perfect. She walked around the corner and at first sight declared, "Ohhhhhh, I love it! You do beautiful work!" 

Here's what she saw...

The hanger still doesn't do it justice
 The pattern was designed for knit fabrics which have a much softer drape. The fabric we chose for the gown refused to drape even a little bit. So, to get the open shoulder sleeves to drape and lay down like we wanted I pinned each drape and fold where we wanted it and then I made tiny little thread tacks to hold everything in place.

The sleeves may be my favorite part of this gown.
Every bride needs something blue for her wedding day! Using 2-strands of variegated blue embroidery floss, I hand-embroidered her wedding date into the hem of her dress...an idea I saw on Pinterest {love pinterest!!}. 

Hand-embroidered wedding date in the hen of the bride's wedding gown

My favorite part is seeing the bride in her finished gown and seeing how pleased she is with the outcome. She wouldn't let me take a picture unless I agreed to cut her face out. She had, had an allergic reaction the previous evening and really didn't want her swollen face memorialized on my blog. Can't say as I blame here one bit!! When she gets back from her honeymoon she's sending me pics from the wedding {Looking forward to seeing everything all together; dress, jewelry, hair, nails, etc...it is amazing how much all those touches add!}

The beautiful bride
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Once the Bridal Gown was finished I had a bridesmaid dress and flower-girl's dress for another wedding to finish up. The day I wanted to take picture the house just seemed so dark inside I went outside to click a few photos.

The fabric is a reproduction of an old feed-sack print that ladies used to use to make their dresses. In the olden days (1920's & 1930's) feed stores used cotton sacks to package the feed they sold the farmers. Once the sack was empty the ladies on the farm used the cloth to make their dresses, curtains, towels and other household items and clothing. Nothing went to waste in those days. The bag manufactures finally caught on to this fact and in the 40's began printing their sacks with colors and designs in the hopes of boosting sales. The thought was that the women of the house would insist on purchasing the sacks with the prettiest designs.  {Ok, enough with the history lesson} 

Bridesmaid dress with grosgrain ribbon on the waist and matching padded hanger.




The little flower girl's dress is just adorable! The bow on the shoulder is just too cute!!!

Flower girl's dress

Tiny little bloomers peeking out from under the flower girl's dress

Another happy customer.
After all of last weeks satisfying finishes this weeks goal is to finish Michael's graduation quilt.  I've given myself a deadline of October1st to have everything bound and delivered. Better go get busy if I'm going to make it!

I'm seeing black & white everywhere I turn
Before I close this post I wanted to announce the winner of the custom bundle. Mr. Random Number Generator chose comment #6.


Karen 608 put together this bundle on comment #6......

Light Victorian Quilt:
1. Lace Elements- pearl lace
2. Lilybelle - moire aquamarine
3. Living Element - tutti fruiti
4. Nature element - light blue
5. Nature element - seawater
6. Ombre Dots Aqua
7. Ombre dots orange
8. Clean white cotton solid - Riley Blake Designs


Congratulations Karen! Email me your shipping address and I'll send this bundle on it's way to you.

Blessings,
Marcia

September 18, 2012

Today is my Birthday ~ Come Celebrate with me


 Happy Birthday to me, 
Happy Birthday to me,
Happy Birthday to me, 
Happy Birthday to me! 

This is what I'll wake up singing to myself.  Which will take me back to thoughts of the little church where I grew up. They sang their own version of Happy Birthday for your birthday and the birthday person would put the same number of pennies in the little wooden bowl as their age.  I LOVED those days and greatly miss that little church!! They still sing their own version of the birthday song for the birthday person....

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday and God Bless you,
Happy Birthday to you! 


Later in the day my oldest, who's off at college will text me happy birthday wishes....well that is if he remembers {You know how kids can be}. Then there's my youngest, {who will be leaving home in just 12 days...wooohoooo!!}.  He'll take advantage of needing to go birthday shopping as an excuse to get out of the house and go for a drive. He's really kind of cute about it all. 

Then there dear, sweet hubby....he was so excited about my birthday that he has already celebrated, took me to dinner at Red Lobster last week and gave me new jewelry he had picked out {with a little help from the women in his office....thank you ladies!}. He'll find it necessary to wake me up before he leaves for work at o-dark-thirty....I'm not sure the sun is even up yet when he leaves, to wish me a happy birthday.  He's so thoughtful and sweet!!  Okay I am being  a little sarcastic....he is very sweet, yet at the same time I wouldn't mind being left to sleep a little longer.  {Hi Honey, if you're reading this....I LOVE YOU!!}  

After he leaves for work, I'll sleep a bit longer and once I'm up for the day, I'll spend the rest of my day in my happy place.......my sewing studio. There is no where else I'd rather spend a day, yes even my birthday!! 

Oh, and then there's my parents who always call and sing happy birthday over the phone to me.  LOVE IT!!!

I've been thinking about gifts for my birthday....I love gifts! I love getting gifts, but I LOVE giving gifts even more!!! So, I've decided that to celebrate this birthday I'm giving all of my fans, customers and friends the gift of savings. But not just for one day for a full 5 days plus a bonus pre-birthday addition of the rest of tonight.


Stop by our little online shop,  www.littlepinkrose.com and open your gift of savings.  


My Birthday prayer today is that each of you experience the blessings of the Lord God being poured down on you!
{{{HUGS}}}
Marcia 



September 17, 2012

Grand Opening Giveaway # 3

 Giveaway is Now Closed

This picture has nothing to do with today's post, but don't you just love it? This is me when I was 2 years old, with our neighbors cat whom I had named Fluffy {how original}.  There's just something about this picture that I love!!  Kind of makes me miss the farm!

 That's me with  Fluffy

Saturday I invited you back with a little tease about this weeks Grand Opening Celebration Giveaway and as promised here are the details.

 We'll be giving away a custom FQ Bundle of Fabric. Have you ever wanted to create your own bundle of Fat Quarters? Here's your chance!!
1. Visit our shop at www.littlepinkrose.com, browse the fabric selections pulling together up to 8 fabrics you would put together in a Fat Quarter Bundle.  Create as many bundles as you would like.

2. Come back to this post and leave a comment (a separate comment for each bundle) listing your fabric choices for your bundle. Each bundle/comment is one entry. The more bundles you create the more chances you have to win.  Please Note: If you create several bundles, but list them all in one comment, that will be one entry.

3. If you're the winner, the bundle you created is the bundle you will win. 

Spread the word and have fun creating your own bundles.

I'm off to put the finishing touches on a wedding gown.

Happy Sewing!
Marcia





September 15, 2012

We have a Winner!

Where does that phrase/chant come from?


We have a winner......


.... and who is lucky number 8, you ask?



after removing a couple of replies I left and one double entry, number 8 is Melody
 who said...
How wonderful for you. Opening a shop and being able to work from home - it's absolutely perfect! I'm visiting from Sew Many Ways but have added you to my list of shops and blogs. Congratulations and thanks for a chance to win. I love the Peak Hour Ad in Gray.

Melody message me your mailing address and a 1/2 yard of Peak Hour Ad in Gray will be on it's way to you.  Congratulations Melody!!

Peak Hour Ad in Gray
www.littlepinkrose.com

There will be a new Grand Opening Celebration Giveaway announced Monday. You won't want to miss the next giveaway!!  Hint: It involves bundles.......

Happy Sewing!
Marcia

September 14, 2012

Adorable Cuddle Bears

In addition to working and reworking a wedding gown, pouring over a bridesmaid and flower girls dress, cuddle bears were a prominent part of my week .

These two bears are available in our shop
www.littlepinkrose.com

I've had a couple of the 10" bears on order that I needed to carve out some time to work on.  It's not that they take a huge amount of time to cut out and complete, really it's the mess they make while I'm working on them. That adorable fur is everywhere....even follows me around the house! That mess makes this a project that I don't work on in between other projects. I simply have to clear a day on my calendar, with no appointments or other projects and just "do it!" 

Twin bears for new-born twins {Special order}
 Since I knew I'd be making a huge mess of fur to make these two special ordered bears, I got myself some extra fabric and stitched up a couple more for the shop while I was at it. For these bears, instead of using the plastic snap-on eye, I used small black pom-poms...hoping for a more kid friendly bear.  Though I wish I could find black pom-poms that were a bit smaller than these.

May have to go cuddle with these guys before sending them on their way!

Happy Creating!
Marcia





September 11, 2012

Wedding Gown with a Story


Beautiful 
If you have ever watched Hee Haw {back in the day} you've heard this song...

 Click photo link to hear  the song

It's the song that has been running through my head since last Thursday.  Have time for a little story.....

There I was busily working along on this beautiful wedding gown, making the last preparations for a fitting the next and things were coming along beautifully. Then it happened, I decided it was time to remove my "Water Soluble" tracing paper marks.  Pulled out my tiny little spray bottle and started gently blotting at the marks. 

Now, I have to pause here to tell you that I have used this particular tracing paper for years and never {I repeat....NEVER} had any trouble with it!!! Having all this history with this particular paper, I dismissed the fleeting thought of doing a test on a piece of scrap fabric.

This particular tracing paper has five color choices {red, blue, charcoal, yellow & white}. Concluding that the red, blue and charcoal were all too dark for such a delicate fabric and white was just too light to be able to see the marks I pulled the yellow from the package and marked every dot, dart, pleat and fold that I would need.  Keep in mind that this paper is not the traditional wax tracing paper, it is water soluble and can be ironed over without being permanently set.

So, where was I..........

Oh yes, I was spraying water and gently blotting the marks, fully expecting them to disappear, just like every other time I've done this.  And to my dismay the little yellow spot was growing.  With my heart in my throat, my dismay was quickly moving to panic.  Since the fabric is washable my last resort was to pull out my Shout bottle. I  sprayed it down and let it soak. All to no avail.



That darn spot was still there and seemed to have grown and of course the other marks near it were now showing as well. {I needed The Cat in the Hat}!

There was nothing left to do but accept defeat. I had to start over. But, first I had to let the bride know about what had happened and reschedule her fitting. There was no way I could re-do a months worth of work in less than 24 hrs.  I have to say that I LOVE this bride, she was so sweet and understanding!! Now keep in mind she is not the typical bride....her wedding was just 2 weeks away when I'm telling her that I have to start over. I think most brides would have freaked, but not Cindi!

Off to the fabric store I head, praying all the way that they had more of the fabric I so desperately needed. Praise the Lord they did!!

In addition to the one ruined piece, there were several pieces that needed re-cut since I had used the same yellow marks on them and the chances they wouldn't have the same reaction was zilch!!

In the end I spent my weekend re-cutting and re-constructing an almost finished gown, all the while singing.....

Gloom, Despair, Agony on Me
Deep dark depression, excessive misery
If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all
Gloom, Despair, Agony on Me

Thankfully there is a happy ending..... this afternoon the beautiful {and very patient} bride came for a fitting and the new gown fits beautifully!!! Now for the finishing touches and she's all ready for her wedding next weekend. Praise the Lord for happy endings!!!

New Gown - Almost finished




A Quick reminder.... It's not too late to sign up to win a Half Yard cut of fabric from www.littlepinkrose.com. After visiting the shop, go here and leave a comment telling what is your favorite fabric in the shop.

Happy Sewing & Many Blessings,
{{{HUGS}}}
Marcia

September 7, 2012

Winners & A New Giveaway

Before I announce the winners I want to share the next Grand Opening Celebration Giveaway. If you're visiting from Sew Many Ways, Welcome!! If you're visiting from another source welcome to you as well!! I'm thrilled you've stopped by for a visit.

This week we are giving away a half yard cut of your choice. All you need to do for a chance to win is:

Go to the shop...
Click photo to go to shop

Browse the fabric selections and pick out your favorite, come back here and leave a comment on this blog post telling us which fabric you would choose if you were the winner of a 1/2 yard cut.  {Hint: It's what I'll be sending you if you are the lucky winner}  Grab your cup of coffee, put your feet up and enjoy your stroll through the shop!

A Request: If you have not shared your email on your blogger profile, making you a no-reply blogger, please leave an email address where I can reach you in your comment. Thanks!
                             ____________________________________________


And now what you've all been waiting for!

Winner, winner chicken dinner we have a winner.....okay we have two winners from last weeks giveaway of two Fat Quarter bundles.

I'm still working on figuring out the whole random number generator thingy, so I went with the old fashioned way of drawing a winner, slips of paper.  Then I interrupted my hubby's sermon preparations and asked if he would do the honors of drawing a couple of winners. 

I think secretly he loved being asked!!
And the winners are.......

Sharon B who said....
I am such a PINK GIRL! My fav would have to be Bohemian Main - Pink - you have lovely fabrics and have been added to my online list :) 
AND

Dora the Quilter, who said...
Favorite fabric right now: Peak Hour Ad - Gray because it is totally unlike anything I have or anything I have ever before used. (Loved the other prints too.)

Ladies inbox me with your addresses and I'll have your bundles in the mail asap! 

Blessings in you Quilting Adventures!
{{HUGS}}
Marcia

September 5, 2012

Works in Progress

This week I have several works in progress at different stages of completion. I'm having a blast working on every single one of them. And with so many projects going at the same time I'm thankful that none of them are causing any headaches and making me want to avoid them. I've had some projects in the past that weren't any fun and I had to force myself to work on it just to get it done. So glad that is not the case right now.......though I'm sure there's a project lurking somewhere around the corner just waiting to cause me anxiety.  LOL!

This weeks Works in Progress include:

1) A Crepe backed Satin Wedding Gown:
I absolutely LOVE how this is coming together!!! 


 It all started with this pattern from Vogue.  I spent several hours pouring over the pattern and making all the alterations to take this from an above the dress to a full floor length gown. I know you'd think that it wouldn't be that complicated, but adding that much length changes how things align. Which is why, after making the alterations I made it up in muslin before ever even considering cutting into the Satin.


I'm taking the flounce off the front and flipping it over, so that more of the satin side will show. The way it's attached right now more of the duller crepe side shows, which is okay, but I think having more of the satin side showing will elevate the dress even more. Then all that's left to do is take in the side seams a bit, finish the lining, add a zipper and hem it.


I can hardly wait to show you a picture of the bride in the finished gown, she's absolutely beautiful!!!


2) A floral bridesmaid dress.....
This is another one of those dresses that looks just amazing on the young lady it's made for than it does on the hanger!  She's so adorable!!

 This dress needs one last alteration to the shoulder seams, a little tweaking on the zipper, facing on the armholes and hemmed.


3) A floral flowergirl's dress & bloomers

Just got the measurements today and will be diving into this cute little dress in the next day or so.

Still on the design wall waiting for me.....
4) Michael's graduation quilt
5) Super Mario Brother's quilt


  Luigi block laid out and ready to be sewn together.



 A couple of finishes.....
Hand quilted Trains & Roads Quilt

Mario Block waiting patiently for the rest of his companions

If the rest of this week goes as well as I hope it will, I'll be making great strides on all these project and working on the plans/pattern for a pink girls quilt that has been ordered.

Don't forget to sign up for the Grand Opening giveaway here and you could be one of the winners of an Art Gallery Fabrics FQ Bundle. Checkout the fabric shop as well where everything is currently 20% off.

Have a fabulous day!!!
{{{HUGS}}}
Marcia


September 4, 2012

Grand Opening Giveaway

 This Giveaway is now Closed
But a New Giveaway can be found here

As we continue to celebrate our Grand Opening we want to share the love by giving away TWO Fat Quarter collections of some of our luscious fabric. The bundles includes 8 Fat Quarter Cuts from several of Art Gallery Fabrics Collections for a total of 2 yards of fabric.

Included in this FQ Bundle are:
Poetica - Delicate Duet Pink                      LillyBelle - Flowerpop Sweet
Pure Elements - Quartz Pink                      LillyBelle - Belle Vines Oasis
Poetica - Rhythmic Rose                                Coquette -Flirt Power Pink
Poetica - Spirited Verse Candy                    Poetica - Sweet Melody Pure






There are several ways to enter, do as many as you'd like to increase your chances:
  • Become a follower on this blog and leave a comment that you are a follower.  
  • Go to our Facebook page and click "Like" then come back here and leave a comment that you are a follower on Facebook.  Our Facebook page:  Little Pink Rose Quilting & Sewing
  • Visit the Online Shop, check out the beautiful collections then come and leave a comment on what is your favorite fabric in the shop. Our online shop is at: www.littlepinkrose.com 
  • Share this post on your Facebook page &/or your blog, come back here and leave a seperate comment for each place where you've shared this post.
Enter as often as you'd like and enjoy all the new fabric in the store!
 
This giveaway will close Friday and the winners will be posted Saturday. Be sure you're not a "no-reply blogger," as no-reply bloggers are not eligible to win. I need to be able to contact you if you're one of the lucky winners.

 {{{HUGS}}}
Marcia aka

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