Monday, October 20, 2014

Rhinebeck 2014

Rhinebeck 2014.

We made our annual trip to Rhinebeck for the Sheep and Wool Festival. We spent about 5 hours there and I still felt like I only saw half of it. This festival is really something and there are great vendors from food and wine, to wool, woodcraft, basketry, recycled wool fashion, ceramics and more plus animals! M took a turn leading an alpaca. He may be a bit shy with dogs but, alpacas not at all. My kids love to watch the dog frisbee, dog herding and other animal related activities and the food so I usually go off on my own for a bit to shop for wool and other trinkets.

Here is the wool I came away with and a beautiful Swedish cottolin hand towel.

I also bought some lovely ceramic buttons as I have done in the past from Melissa Jean and a few pieces of wool from Heavens to Betsy. In the rush to get out the door I forgot my camera and then once I got there I was too distracted to shoot much with my phone.

Friday, October 10, 2014

dream dress

This dress is from one of my favorite sewing books, Carefree Clothes for Girls, and was sewn on Monday of this week. Wednesday was the first time she actually got to try it on and play around outside in it. This dress has sweet details like lace trim at the bottom tacked on twice, once by machine and as a special detail again with pure silver thread. The empire waist top is Liberty of London and buttons up the back with vintage glass bauble buttons and looped buttonholes made from embroidery thread. A tiny pocket for posies is sewn onto white cotton on the full length skirt. Lastly a bit of silver thread is sewn at the top neckline. Little details and slight imperfections give this that fairy tale quality, traipsing through the house and outside in your own little world as she is wont to do.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

silvery gray bonnet

I just added this beautiful pale gray bonnet to the shop with a matching satin bow that weaves through eyelet around the base and ties at the chin. It is sized to fit a wee one about 6 months old. It's knit with Madelinetosh DK in the color Astrid Gray.

* I corrected this version. I originally thought the color was Gossamer which is very close but then I found the tag*

Thursday, October 2, 2014

geranium dress #3

I discovered a new to me fabric shop nearby called Rock, Paper, Scissors last week and bought these two pieces of cotton with the geranium dress in mind as she is almost outgrowing the others. I fell in love with the Autumn colors and they pair so nicely together. I made a size 7 which is a bit big on her now but, I am hoping to layer it in future months and get extended wear for next year. This is the third geranium dress I've sewn so it's obvious I like this pattern. What makes it special are the custom options within the pattern. I used the faux cap sleeve this time rather then the flutter sleeve as I had done previously. You can also change the neckline, hem (make it a top), pockets or not and for the skirt, pleats or gathers. I love the look of these handmade vintage buttons with the dress.

Monday, September 29, 2014


Pinafore/Apron top added to the shop last week. I've always loved making these.

The nostalgia of little ones wearing pinafores over pretty frocks goes hand in hand with the practicality of modern day uses as an apron,smock or summer top. I chose pink roses in Liberty fabric for that good old fashioned pretty look.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

textured shawl recipe

Orlane's Textured Shawl Recipe is a beautiful and simple patten with such a pretty result and I have had it in my queue for ages. I used blackberry dyed yarn that I bought from Camellia Fiber Co. I had the yarn already when I saw how lovely Rebekka's shawl looked on Instagram I knew I wanted one for myself. The color changes in different lights but seems mostly like a creamy white with a tinge of pink. Since it is a merino, alpaca and silk blend it is both strong and soft. I used almost all of two skeins. I plan to block it again as I think it can use it.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

apple picking

Apple picking September 21, 2014. Golden Delicious, Macoun, Jonamac and Jonagold. The apple trees were hit by hail a few weeks back at this orchard but, we found some good ones anyway.