Thursday, April 3, 2014

My Vintage Jewelry Bridal Bouquets

Thank you so much for your interest in my true vintage jewelry bridal bouquets.  I create each bouquet using a variety of handmade chiffon, toile, and organza flowers, antique brooches, and other jewelry pieces.  The top diameter of a finished bride's bouquet is 12 inches.  I also create smaller, coordinating bridesmaid bouquets with a 6 - 9" top diameter.

These pictures show some samples of my work.  Please contact me at for order inquiries!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Little More Country Than That

Here are a Few Pictures of the New Lake House!

Imagine a dirt road full of pot holes
With a creek bank and some cane poles
Catching channel cat
It's a little more country than that

Picture a small town with an old hound
Laying out front of the court house
While the old men chew the fat
It's a little more country than that

Think of a hank song from days gone
With a steel ride that’s so strong
It sends chills up your back
It's a little more country than that

If you want a brick home in a school zone
With the doors locked and alarms on
Then you’re way off track
It's a little more country than that

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Freehand Blazer Bag

Create a fun, roomy tote in minutes using a thrifted blazer!

Here's a fun and simple way to transform a thirfted blazer into a tailored, pocketed tote for fall. Tweed is back in a big way this season - especially in accessories. With a quick trip to your local thrift, you should be able to score a tweed blazer with front pockets - I choose pink!

Working with the grain of the weave and the tailored seams, cut out the front buttons and areas surrounding the pockets according to your desired silhouette. With right sides together, sew these two pieces together. Iron this front piece flat, and use it as a guide for cutting a solid piece out of the back of the blazer to create the back of the tote. Using a sleeve, cut out and sew up the shoulder straps. I used a thick, sturdy broadcloth to line the tote and added a flower pin embellishment I made from fabric scraps, a covered button and zippers.

This tote cost $1.50 for supplies and took 30 mins to design and sew!

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Little Things

It's the little things in life that make me really happy. Like being given an order for a batch of vintage-inspired flower pins in neutral tones with fancy centers, rhinestones and feathers and being told that I can use my "creative freedom" on all the other aspects of their appearance. Freedom = happiness.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thrifted Sweater Upcycling

Today, I am restyling a bunch of old, thrifted sweaters. By using French seams I have found that you can do almost anything to chunky knits without having to worry about them unravelling. First, sew right sides together, trim 1/4" from the seam, turn, sew again to enclose your first seam with wrong sides together.

Take in a big, frumpy sweater and add a ruffle for a fun sweater dress, or turn an unsused sweater into an embellished mini skirt in just minutes!

Unused bits and pieces can be thrown into your washing machine at the hottest water setting and dried to create felt which can be used to create appliques, necklaces, brooch pins... you name it! Now that's recycling!