Friday, January 28, 2011

Inspirational Friday

Some inspiring words from the late John F. Kennedy:

Anyone can make a difference, and everyone should try.

I love this, because it reminds me that we can all have an impact.  Just because we are not a president, or another famous name, just because we cannot donate millions of dollars or large chunks of our time, doesn't mean that the few moments it takes us to help an elderly neighbor bring in their groceries, or walk their dog, or shovel their sidewalk, the few dollars it costs us to buy a warm coat or blanket or a bag of groceries to take to the local shelter,  matters any less.  Everything and everyone counts, and everything we can do to make things a tiny bit better, for just one person, matters.

Have a beautiful day!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Doodle Stitch Along Week 2 - Done!

Fun, quick and oh so cute!  Win, win and win!!

And the photos are a little better. :-)

Of course it's a group effort; as you may have read, I am not good with a pencil, so I enlist the help of my wonderful man when a design needs to be traced.

Now I have to wait until he has some daylight to trace week three's designs for me.  Maybe one of these days I will make a light table!  In the meantime, I have a few items in my WIP basket to finish up.  Watch for photos, and happy stitching!!

xoxo, A.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A busy week!

What a crazy busy time these last 8 days have been!  I spent it entertaining house guests; too busy to blog.  The guests were Bob's amazing parents, visiting from St. Petersburg, Florida, and every minute was well spent.  I even managed to make this pretty pillow for his mom while they were here.

Well I made most of it while they were here; I finished last night.  I can't wait to hear what she thinks when she receives it!  I am really not sure how much of it she looked at while I was working on it, though  I do know that she was not aware it was for her!

Now I'm off to get caught up on the Stitch Along; week two's design is not done, and week three's designs is not even on fabric; there are two of them!  Eeeeekk!

Happy Stitching!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Beautiful Crissy

This is a Beautiful Crissy doll from 1969. This particular version of the doll, with "Hair That Grows Down to Her Toes", was only sold for the first part of one production year.  After that, she was made and sold as the doll with "Hair That Grows and Grows and Grows", and had hair that ended at her butt. 

I just love her!  It turns out that I am not the only one; there is a world of collectors of these beautiful dolls in all of her versions. 

A big part of the fun of collecting them is their extensive wardrobe, one that rivals the mod Barbie collection of the 1970's.  Not only were there many outfits available for purchase, there were at least four clothing pattern sets issued in the 1970's for custom made outfits.  I have been lucky enough to find them, and look forward to making some, both for my own collection and to sell on my Etsy shop.  Keep an eye out! The shop will be up and running as soon as I can complete a dozen or so items to offer for sale. 

Happy sewing!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Doodle Stitch Along, Week 1

It's finished!  I think it came out pretty good. 

I am not happy with the photo, though--too dark.  Note to self: do some research on taking better pictures for uploading.  I have seen some good articles posted on some of the blogs that I have started reading.  So many talented people out there!

I just joined Flickr and the Flickr group for this stitch along. Check it out!

This universe of crafting bloggers is great fun!  I am learning new things every day, and looking forward to making new friends.

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Stitch Along!

Today's fun project is the first of four patterns in a stitch-along hosted by Aimee Ray, the talented author of "Doodle Stitching".  She will be sharing a new pattern each of the next three Fridays, and then we will be making them into lap quilts.  Fun fun!  The first pattern, released this past Friday, is available here:

I will share a picture of my finished work soon!  Join us; the more the merrier!!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Taking up the hoop and needle.

From the moment that I started embroidering again, the hardest thing I have to do is to put it down, and get on with life!  There is a house to be cleaned, a man and two dogs to be fed, and errands to run. <sigh> But I consider myself very fortunate to be able to stay at home while on a hiatus from work.  Life IS good!

While I consider myself creative, I have a hard time with a pen and paper.  What is in my head never looks quite right there.  Luckily my significant other is very talented in that regard, and has been drafted into service helping me to create some original embroidery patterns.  In the meantime, I have been having a great time with all of the choices out there in cyber world available for purchase!

My first discovery in that regard was Sublime Stitching.  If you are not familiar with the talents of Jenny Hart, you must visit her.  Toot sweet!  she can be found at  My first piece using her patterns is a sampler from her book "Embroidered Effects".

This was a great project that helped me relearn some stitches I had forgotten, and to get a bit better at some I was more familiar with.  And it is such a thrill to complete a project!  Both a sense of accomplishment and something pretty to hang on a wall in my craft area.  Win, win and win.

i am just a few stitches away from finishing another of Jenny Hart's pretty designs, this one a collaboration with another artist.  I can't wait to share it with you!

Have a crafty day!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Getting started (again!) as a sewer.

As a self professed long obsessed book person, when I decided that I wanted to quilt the first thing I needed to do was purchase, you guessed it!---a book.  I looked at many, many publications before I decided on Better Homes and Gardens "Complete Guide to Quilting".  I normally collect volumes on the subject matter of my focus, but not this time.  This one book gave me all of the information that I needed, and will become to my sewing room what "The Joy of Cooking" was to my first kitchen, but instead of flour dust and cinnamon and the scent of spices wafting up, this one will have little snippets of thread and fabric that randomly drift out.

Once I read the book and decided on my first project (a baby quilt with both patchwork and applique), I began to list and acquire every single tool and supply that I would need to construct said quilt, start to finish. I do tend to be a bit of an organizer. And such fun; shopping with a purpose!  Laptop and debit card at hand, I contemplated pins and needles, thread and fabric, scissors and such in shapes and sizes and types that I did not even know existed! 

When I got to the book chapter addressing the applique portion of my project, I learned that there were two ways to accomplish this task; by hand or by machine.  As I read about hand applique, I quickly discovered all of those fun embroidery stitches I learned years ago.  Then a truly inspired idea hit me---why not get a hoop and a needle and a thread and some fabric and a pattern or two and practice all of those stitches while I waited for all my quilting goodies to arrive?! 

And then a true obsession was born.  The moment that my needle pierced that first piece of fabric I fell head over heels in love (again!) with stitching.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Brand new blog!

I created this blog to explore my love of all things vintage.  Vintage clothing and accessories have been a lifelong passion of mine.  Though many people blog about these things, I think that there is room for more voices, and I would like to find mine.  I look forward to making a place for myself among all of the vintage loving blogs out there!

Sewing and stitching are as vintage as it gets!  I learned to do both very young, but abandoned them as life got busier, and other passions took their place.  I am grateful to have recently found my way back to them, and look forward to sharing my new discoveries with you. 

Stay tuned!