Thursday, November 20, 2014

Nesting for Christmas in North Carolina

It's that time of year again, when the decorating begins.
It's been so much fun decorating our little home here in North Carolina.  I thought I would share a few photos with you.

 I decided to decorate early so that I could enjoy it here before I head home for Christmas to Masschusetts.

Also, since Ned won't be able to join me right away, the house is decorated nicely for him with a bit of Christmas everywhere.

While I had the time, I designed and glittered some Christmas cards.

 Of course there had to be Christmas pillows everywhere.
Ahhh Pinterest.  I wrote on my Facebook page yesterday about Pinterest.  It's like when you were little and you were in a candy store.  You knew that the street lights were on and you were late for dinner, but you just needed one more piece of candy…eye candy.  I love Pinterest, but perhaps I linger there a bit too long than I should.
I created several boards for Christmas, but this one is my Christmas and Holiday Decorations one.

My sister Lynne and I are driving to Asheville tomorrow to visit the Biltmore Estates decorated for Christmas.  It's nice to make memories for Christmas with your sister.  We'll be spending Thanksgiving together, but I'll be in Massachusetts for Christmas.

Well, I hope that you have a gorgeous weekend.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Sewing a Fabric Arbor one stitch at a time

I have never shared with you how I created an arbor for the florist to hang in the gazebo where Sarah and Mike exchanged their wedding vows.
 I don't know how to use a sewing machine.  Waaaaah?  Yes, I sew everything by hand. I failed bobbins and try as I might, I still cannot master the art of sewing on a sewing machine. I chose a fun song for this post when the mice and birds help Cinderella sew here dress.

Trust me during the process of sewing this project, I wished I had a fairy Godmother who would magically finish the job.

 I ordered six yards of my French script on a white background, per Sarah's request. The six yard were printed on Cotton Satin, and then I sewed the ruffle out of yards and yards of the same design printed on Cotton Voile.

 I wanted it to look very Prairie Chic, so I added layers of crinolines underneath the design.
 Sewing a ruffle by hand is a challenge, but little by little, week after week I kept sewing.

Then came the fun, when I could embellish the fabric with ribbons and lace.

 I felt a bit like those little birds in Cinderella sewing the fabric.
 Then when it was finally finished...

 I loaded the arbor and Sarah's wedding dress and headed for Zukas Hilltop Farm.
The florist mounted my fabric arbor onto the gazebo. It looked perfect, just enough white to say Here Comes The Bride.
They looked so perfect underneath the arbor as they said their wedding vows.  I suspect there were many happy memories of anticipation sewn into that fabric.

In the end it was the perfect day, and I was so happy that we had all spent time creating every detail.