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Happy Friday dear friends!

Wasn’t Thanksgiving a delightful kick-off to a gorgeous holiday season? Here at the Inn we’ve been celebrating the holidays since 1 November. I admit it, however not because we’re so darn festive. My bin of Christmas items was ousted from our basement due to our final renovations. SO, instead of toting it one more hapless place, I decided to put up the tree, redo the mantle and poke sparkly snowflakes about the house. It looks magnificent.

In other news, my dear sister is expecting TWINS in the spring!! To celebrate their arrival I am going to make a custom set of baby bumpers (so pretty who can resist?). She has a theme of orange and hot summer colors. Perfectly gender neutral — if neutral could ever be applied to orange!

We selected the material on Black Friday. Who is energized by the complete madness of the BEST shopping day of the year? Us. It only took us about 30 minutes to get to the cutting counter. Glory. Piecing will start today!

Etta Update: She is almost 3 months old! & as cheerful and chubby as ever. Want to kiss her all the time — even when she sleeps 🙂

Among the trees 🙂

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So! Thanks to my dear sisters, and a very diligent day of snipping, sewing, gluing and painting, we are done with the baby’s room!

Theme: Yellow & gray.
Motif: Birds & Hedgehogs.

I GREATLY desired to make at least a little something for my little girls room, so I grabbed some pretend vintage prints and whipped up a crib skirt. I absolutely refused to make baby bumpers or my own sheets. Perhaps when she’s soiled all the clean ones, I’ll whip up a few for her. Yellow & grey birdy fabric w/ stenciled hedgehogs? YES. Here is the progress, along with a snapshot of some CUTE little burp-clothes (gifts from a dear friend, dyed old cloth diapers and stitched fabulous ribbon on. Love love love.) and the little white IKEA boxes that now hold all sewing materials.

And here we have a better view of the window, with the fabulous curtain made by Aunty M., along with the gorgeous lamp, and tidy shelves.

My sweetheart and I put up the shelves after a long day out at IKEA with my sisters. Quite a challenge hanging such usefulness from drywall, plaster and molly bolts. But. We managed, and put yet another “old-house” notch in our belts. And now they look stunning.

You’ve seen these items before…our dear little girls Going HOME outfit! The jumper was worn by my husband, and I wore the booties. Thanks to Aunty J & M, the little rosettes were added for our little girl. How fitting that her outfit matches her room. 🙂

And finally, little peep at her changing table (tucked into an open closet), snugabunny and new diaper bag.

Luckily, the room was already painted a beautiful whisper yellow, so I just added crib, curtains, rug, shelves and artwork. Simple transformation overall, but it took a bit of time, as mama bird seems to be moving slower than usual these days. Perhaps its the beautiful bump that keeps on growing 🙂 A heartfelt cup of THANK YOU to all my dear sisters (Aunty J, aunty M, aunty R, and aunty L!) for getting it truly 100%!

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Today I’m hemming up the final hem on two of the dresses. I find the way to achieve a perfect hem… is to anchor in the color blocking (the additional strip of alternate colored material), and then hand sew it in place, thereby making a truly invisible and ultimately breathtaking hem (which no one will fully appreciate, except for me, the designer).

So I hem and hem, one whip stitch every centimeter, and little by little the dress turns from a myriad of blue crepeback satin pieces into a gorgeous party dress, fit for the perfect summer wedding.

In other news, I’ve acquired some little baby bumpers and quilt. Aren’t they precious!? Baby T will be sliding into his new home, here in the guest room — the beautiful yellow room, I’ve been perpetually organizing and outfitting for months. So yellow and green (aqua, robin’s egg blue etc.) will be the colors of choice no matter the gender. But by golly I’m so eager to find out!

Busy weekend of parties and festivities coming up, then family visits, and finally Babymoon!

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Oh what a delightful Friday it was!

I sewed until my little fingers were numb, and my baby belly was sore (how that happens, I have NO idea). As I was finishing up for the day, my sweetheart brought up a package we’d gotten in the mail. Not expecting anything, I was quite excited. What is better than a Friday parcel…from a dear friend?

To my delight, this was inside.

A preciously sweet bib — how appropriate considering his debut yesterday — and a perfectly gorgeous handmade aqua and chocolate baby coverlet. I wish I could capture how sooooooft and cuddly this coverlet is! It has velour, flannel, and a few squares of [southern] seersucker. If the baby is a boy, he’s getting a pair of seersucker pants to match his father’s (and now, this beautiful coverlet!).

What a dear friend, and how tremendously kind to just whip up this charming [and oh-so-Mrs.T] gift. Such blessings of friendship, family, and now this precious baby are quite humbling. Mrs. T has much to be grateful for!

SP11 Dress Batch Update:
Cruising along, and enjoying the measurement minefields. I can’t wait to meet the women who will be wearing the dresses — all I have for some are a few inches scratched onto a piece of paper. The mystery is unfolding a bit each day. Another disobedient zipper is installed, and more hand-sewing piles up as linings and hems appear. The colorblocking (french with royal navy blue…oh la la) has an absolutely amazing effect on me. The bride selected it — little knowing it would be one of the hottest trends this summer. She’s a visionary, what can I say?



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The month of May is a Bridal Shower whirlwind for Mrs. T. I adore these showers, such a enjoyable time of party dresses, girly food, wrapped gifts and of course…the blushing future bride.

When not sewing the gorgeous blue bridesmaid dresses, I have sewn up a few little aprons for the future wives. My philosophy: one cannot properly bake, cook or kitch w/o the perfect personality tailored apron. I try to create & gift that perfect apron. It really is a fun challenge. Do I know them well enough to make the perfect one? I do try 🙂

Here are some snaps of the apron creation process. This one really created itself. I just kept fluffing, adding sheer bits, and sewing on rosettes.

The hand selected material. Chiffon and cotton print.

Notions of notions. Buttons, chiffon scraps, grosgrain ribbon.

Rosette detail. Love rosette clusters. Apron wouldn’t be complete without them.

Finished product, smiling in all is creamy glory.

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Love me a cafe au lait w/ french pressed coffee — sitting next to me in a cheery yellow cup right now.

This spring I was asked to sew bridesmaid dresses for a wedding. And, SUCH pretty dresses they will be! A rich summery marine blue with a hint of french blue round the hem & waist. Completely unique, but ridiculously gorgeous. The color blocking is extremely flashy this season, and I’m delighted to be creating such magnificent dresses 🙂

Rough Schedule of Events:
1. Some retro girly ideas

2. & then the approved concept.

3.Procured fabric.
4.Snipped first bodice in medium size to gauge pattern sizing.

5.Timed process, 1 complete bodice (pattern trim to complete seams = 3 hrs)

Well on our way to completing the prettiest bridesmaid dresses of the season.

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Back at it? Maybe! Fighting my fatigue and staying busy 🙂 Earlier in the fall, I started the process of curtaining the Elle Street Inn. Along the way I learned that I have no idea how to select curtains. My modus operandi in the past had been setting a price range for curtains, and allowing that to shape my selections. Which. I agree is very helpful for neutral bedrooms, project rooms and other little nooks that require curtainage. However, for rooms that you want more of a dramatic statement one cannot always go the cheapo route.

As I started looking at magazines and blogs for ideas, I realized that curtain selection is much like wedding planning. You need to know what’s out there to find out YOUR preferences. So I did just that. It’s also nice have bland interim shades, so there is no REAL pressure to finding an appropriate [fabulous] curtain choice.

1. Sit in the proposed room for any length of time during different parts of the day at different angles.
– For the front den, I realized that sunshine was a huge factor. So I decided I’d like to have bold crisp color but not an extensive pattern or a stark solid. So I googled green geometric patterns, and found some stunning samples:

2. Figure out style.
-For the den, I want drapy heavier panels with a separate sheer layer underneath.

3. Execution.
-So, I’ll trot down to several fabric shops and find a lovely soft green smooth geometric patterned fabric, purchase about 6 yards, then scurry to finish the panels before the weekend. Hoping for success 🙂

Was looking at this delightful blog — the Nesting Place soaking in ideas on wise thrifting and home love. She suggested using sheet as curtains — LOVE it! I’d wondered if you could pull it off well, but it looks like she did.

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