Thursday, May 31, 2012

Here Comes the Bride

It is time for a June wedding and here comes the vintage hanky bride dressed all in white along with her maid of honor and sweet little flower girl. I love to display Hanky Dresses inside of an open frame; especially a beautiful antique shabby chic one such as this.

I took this project one step further and created a magnetic wedding planner using a vintage tray, some magnets and some rhinestone buttons from my stash. There is even a little bridal veil flowing off to the one side. I was really into this project and got carried away with the little details. This would make such a sweet gift for the special Bride-To-Be.

The dresses each have their only little hangers - so they could be hung on a string - or my preference would be to use them in a framed remembrance collage displaying mementos of the wedding day. And the magnet tray could then be used to organize all those loose to-do-notes the busy bride-to-be must cope with.

 About those details - I chose a beautifully detailed white wedding hanky for the bride's dress and added sparkling crystals for buttons. The veil is several layers fine white net. The maid of honor's dress is adorned with a tiny mother of pearl buckle and sheer pink organza ribbon.   And all the hangers are not only different styles but each is also decorated in a unique manner.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me. -Lee Greenwood

Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, began during the Civil War era. It is a day of remembrance for those who have died in the service our Country.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pink Pretty Bird Project

Say, "Hello" Pink Pretty Bird

Show us your left side…and now those pretty pink tail feathers.

And now look straight at the camera…and to your right.
Good job Pink Pretty Bird !!!

I was recently inspired to create Pink Pretty Bird by Abigail Patner Glassenberg’s book “The Artful Bird: Feathered Friends to Make and Sew."

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Display a Hanky Dress in a See-Through Frame

I chose to display this Hanky Dress in a double sided acrylic see-through frame because of the delicacy of the crocheted edge. I like the way the color of the wall and the detail on the dresser shows through. Embroidery adds a nice bit of detail on the bodice.

I placed a piece of black fabric underneath so you could see the delicate detail.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

May Flowers and Wine

May is such a beautiful month. This is a look at what is blooming in my yard now. White snowballs and pink daisies - pink peonies - and darling sweet woodruff. Did you know that Sweet Woodruff is used to make May Wine? This is a link to a wonderful gardening and food site I just found and their recipe for May Wine.

 Here are my yellow irises - more peonies and chives all in bloom.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mothers Day 2012

This is the first post to my blog and I am dedicating it heavenward to my Mother. “Love You Mom!” Above is a picture of one of my early hanky dresses, made way back in 2006. The design immediately made me think of my Mom, who was still alive at the time. It just looked like Mom!

That’s the thing with vintage hankies…there is one to fit every personality and occasion. So I hope you will stop by often to see my ever changing parade of dresses made from vintage and sometimes antique hankies. I will show you how you can use them in your own home d├ęcor. I also plan to take you along on some of my vintage shopping adventures; as well as, share some of my hanky, sewing, and button knowledge with you.

I wish all the mother’s out there a very happy and loving Mother’s Day!