Friday, December 19, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Red, White, Green

There is an apparent lack of snow in my new location. I'm not sure how much I like it yet. I'll get used to it, I'm sure. Once I have a job and realize that I don't need to shovel my way out of the driveway twice a week or start my car at least 15 minutes before leaving, I know I'll appreciate it. Snow sure does make things look awfully pretty though.


The feeder has been crowded with birds lately and I've enjoyed watching them coming and going, darting back and forth to eat the sunflower seeds. Once in a while a Downy Woodpecker will stop by for a few seconds and sometimes I can hear a Nuthatch tapping it's beak on the roof storing a seed under the shingles. I think I like watching the Cardinals the best. They are so beautiful!





Here is a bit of festive fun! My husband and I built a gingerbread house. We were "discussing" if we should decorate it then set it up, or set it up first and then decorate. We ended up setting it up first just to have the extra challenge of trying to decorate without knocking anything over. He mostly set up the walls and I mostly made it look pretty. It was definitely a team effort.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Girls in White Dresses

This is going to have to be short today because I just cast on a Christmas project and I am such a slow knitter.

In Monday's post I said that I used Edelweiss Pattern's Liesl's Party Dress patter to make my wedding dress. I did not add the lower sleeve puff and I lengthened the skirt. I went to a seamstress to have it fitted because I only started using a machine a few years ago and am just not confident enough to make any important alterations yet.  I had some pictures on a camera card of constructing the entire dress but I can't seem to find them right now! 

This is the full dress before I put in the zipper and without the pearl bead sash. It was so much fun to sew and to see the whole thing come together. I had just guessed at the amount of fabric I would need to lengthen the skirt and I was so surprised when I ended up having the perfect amount with enough scraps left over to make a ring bearer pillow! 


This is just before walking down the aisle. I was trying to pin a broken pendant with an edelweiss flower to my bouquet when my mother snapped this picture. My veil is home sewn as well. Just a couple yards of 108 inch wide tulle and about 8 yards of satin ribbon. My mother in law gave me some pretty silver and pearl combs that I used to hold the veil in my hair. The metal combs didn't hold securely enough to make me feel like the veil wouldn't fall off, so I also ended up using the plastic comb from my mother's wedding veil that she had worn 30 years earlier when she got married at the same church.


I really need to thank Katrina of Edelweiss Patterns who made this beautiful dress pattern (And perhaps even Dorothy Jeakins, the Sound of Music costume designer.) ;) Cheryl, the seamstress who fitted and hemmed my dress was so sweet and full of lots of encouragement and tips for my future sewing!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Hello

Well, after about an 8 week break, I'm back. The reason from my long break? I got married! 

I was in a long distance relationship for 5 years and engaged for just under two months. We had actually talked about getting married less than one month after we started dating and both agreed that we would want a short engagement if we decided to get married some day. God's timing is certainly best. We never would have thought that after waiting 5 years to get engaged that we would be married less than two months afterwards. 

Following the wedding I moved more than 300 miles, so I'm still trying to get my bearings straight here, but there are a few posts in the works. I sewed my wedding dress from Edelweiss Pattern's Liesl's Party Dress. I added wedding/love Bible verses to the backs of index card sized painting of bluebirds that are pictured in another post on here, and there may be a tutorial for a blue bird banner.

The past few months have been an incredible journey and I'm very excited to share some of that with all of you in the upcoming posts!

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