Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Party with Martha Stewart

I enjoy reading Martha Stewart magazines.  Mostly because they have lots of beautiful pictures in them.  Pictures of pretty decorations, flower arrangements, DIY crafts, and parties that look like fun to be invited to.  If you have ever tried to re-create a Martha project you may realize how difficult it is to make your item look like the one in the picture.

My friend Rachel (not me in third person, she really is a friend named Rachel) seems to pull off Martha projects effortlessly. Rachel planned and beautifully executed a bridal shower for my sister that Martha would have been proud of. 

I played a small part in this by making some paper garlands some book stacks and ribbon bunting, but the prize goes to Rachel for the overall feel and look of the party.

Feast your eyes!

dinner in the garden

perfectly placed in the shade of this 
manicured lawn and garden

taking advantage of the blooming
dahlias in season

easy peasy paper garland my sister and I made.
 An Anne of Green Gables book was
 put to good use....

ribbon bunting also made by me and my sister

thoughtful and dainty favors

book stacks with ribbon tied around them,
25 cents a book and 5 cent ribbon, 
classy and inexpensive decorations

we had to have a giant book it being a literary themed 
party and all.  Gifts of friends favorite books were given
to the bride to be.

as night fell we lit some tea cup 
candles that were hand made 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Vests vests, and more vests.

This summer I've successfully designed and sewed vests for the first time.  Six to be precise.  The first two were for some rather cute boys I know.  They pulled off the vests very well.

Recognized the fabric?  I love how these turned out,  I didn't get a picture of the other vest.  The owner of it was too busy running around to catch a picture.

Here are the other 4.  The blue one was for my Dad, and the three grey ones for my bothers.  I didn't get permission to use their faces in the picture, so chest shots will have to do!  I made matching ties too.  Ties are nice and simple to make, and alot cheaper than buying them!

Vests just brighten up an outfit and make it go from plain to dashing!  Now I know what to make my dad for Christmas and his birthday!  Maybe you should make one for your dad for Christmas too!  Do you find it easy thinking of sewing projects for the men in your life?

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