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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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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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Has the summer been as sweet to you as to me?

Our dear little tenant moved in 1 May, into the green room — and what a delight it has been! The rooms of the “Inn” are filling up and my goodness it has been a blessing in many ways. Now we just have to negotiate the proper cool air ventilation tactics for the upstairs in this seasoned row-home.

Another new tenant that we’re excited about will be joining us in September. Preparations are in full swing, and it’s going to be a full summer of procurement!

What we have so far for our dear “little t” — a little jumper his father wore on the way home from the hospital, and a little pair of booties that I wore. This will be the first grandbaby on both sides, and my goodness he’s* in danger of being loved to death by grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins, not to mention his adoring parents.

You may be wondering about the blue bliss bridesmaid dresses! They are coming along at a breathtaking pace. Each day another part is stitched into place, becoming part of a beautiful day in July when two sweethearts covenant before the Lord and friends.
Here are some bodices, sitting in a row, waiting to be nipped, turned and pressed. I will not reveal full pictures of the dresses till the wedding has gone off. Must leave a little suspense.

As my beautiful belly gets bigger it’s harder to wrangle fabric (snipping, stitching, stooping), so I’ve been pushing to finish at an early date. Then I hope to make a few of those flirty skirts & flowy tanks to accommodate my belly and this oppressive heat. BUT. No sewing for me or Baby until these dresses are D.O.N.E. 🙂

You may be asking about the nursery. Well, I’ve just finally found my theme. Thankfully! Hedgehogs and birdies. My husband was not surprised that birds made the cut. I’ll post more in the coming days.

Best wishes for a sweet Friday for you all — hope it proves to be as pleasant as mine promises to be!

*No gender yet, but soon we’re hoping to find out. I use “he” in the general mankind terms 🙂

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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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Well, my designer instincts have taken hold once more. I was in the process of making another little lawn skirt, like my other little creation…you may recall. But, I awoke one morning with the dashing idea to add a little buttoned-up-the-back sleeveless top, and make it into a dress. The fabric is so cheery and sweet, it just needed some little buttons or something more vintage than a skirt could afford (even if I did shower it with chiffon hem flowers). This is the fabric that spoke so sweetly early yesterday morning. The accent will literally be a snip and hair of a trim around the collar and cuffs.

Now, here are the updates to a similar dress I found on ModCloth. AND, while I’m at it, let me tell you: If you need anything lively and unique in the clothing dept (to spice up a winter wasteland wardrobe), I would check out MC before I hit up any other store. They have the most superb collection of beautiful clothing & precious decor. (& the store was founded by highschool sweethearts, awww!) Learn more? ModCloth.

So. With the structured inspiration, here are my adaptations. The skirt is already cut and stitched, so I just have snip and whip up a bodice.

…and then of course stitch the two together. Wish me luck.
Oh, and dear friends. It’s only 14 days till Valentines Day! If you’d like to print and snip vintage valentines check back soon 🙂 OR, if you’d like some fabulous new Valentine’s Metro/Tube/Subway Art, check out Aunty’s mod take on it.

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As promised here are the shoes I’ve renovated. They all had lovely potential before, but just needed some true appreciation and zazz. So, they have each been given zazz and a bit of love. I’m off to find more shoes tomorrow to further invigorate.

These little Valentine’s Day set have such a sweet Victorian, I think they are the prettiest little things ever. Who doesn’t like a little cream grosgrain bow draping over the side of their red pump??

This camel pair, are quite delicate. Only fitting to use a simple chiffon ribbon to accentuate the petite nature of the shoe. Besides, I’m convinced every basic shoe needs just a bit of zip.

& then of course, there are the little Black Beauties which I’ve been crowing about for two months. Finally decided to go with the black silk instead of an accent of another broach. Just love these.

The detail of the bow, in case you were just dying to look a bit closer.

Today will be sewing more on another little romantic lawn skirt, making pasta (with my new pasta maker, thanks Mum!), and some shopping. Busy bee. Perhaps I’ll have something to report tomorrow if I don’t get too excited along the way (and fail to document appropriately).

Ps. 25 days or so till Valentine’s Day!! I can’t wait 🙂 Got this darling image from the Graphics Fairy. Ohhhh my! Just LOVE all the images she’s shared, for us all to enjoy!

The Graphics Fairy

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Aren’t these the most beautiful shoes you’ve ever seen? These are my favs from the current shoe offering. I must say, after reading blog after blog and seeing cute adorable little flats with precious little bows and flowers, who isn’t just dying to make some at home? In my little shop, I try to stick with the traditional and ever versatile bow. But, who can resist a little flower or bit of silk?

Here is a lovely tutorial from Ms. Jewel Box Ballerina on how to make it yourself. Enjoy! I’ll post pics of my endeavors tomorrow.

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I’m always eager to find others who snip, destroy, reinvent and lace up old clothing into new fabulous pieces. So here for your enjoyment, I found these delightful tutorials by Julia Barbee. She has a laid back way of explaining how to snip and sew. Love her boho, pieced together way of working.

This is a great sample of her tutorials. Check them all out for some expert advice!

And if sewing is a little beyond what your skill is, perhaps just snipping out some vintage paper dolls will give you that DIY fix. These really are too precious to resist. Wouldn’t you agree?

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Busy Tuesday! Barely had time to tweet! But the birds have been snipped (will be strung today!). Thanks to some sweet little pint-sized helpers. If those little felt birdies could talk, they would have many giggles to share.

In addition to snipping birds out of felt, one of my favorite, instant gratification projects, is to transform tired (but great conditioned) shoes into new visions of loveliness. Did you ever read the part in Little Women, where Amy paints her boots blue? Jo lets her secret out when they are visiting society friends. Amy just about died with mortification. These days its not so terrible to repaint and refinish shoes. But every time I do, I think of poor little Amy March.

Here is the before — after I removed the wretched gold squiggles.

And now, with little black satin bows, sewn neatly in place.

I really wouldn’t be able to resist these…but alas, not my size 😦

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Just about finished the beautiful vision of green loveliness that you see here. I am very excited with how it turned out. Perfect lines, lovely seams, and the fabric really has the most rich sheen to it. A dear red-headed friend of mine went crazy over the green green green of it. We may end up fighting over the dress, or I’ll make another and we’ll just be twinkies. Fabulous.

In addition to the green sewing dash of Friday, I also have continued on the bunting quest. BUT I have promised Mr. T, that the bunting will end soon. Soon soon soon. If I were to do it over, I may make the bunting larger, the little flags do take a bit long to snip, seal and string. BUT. As I said. Soon I will be finished and it will be lovely.

Realized on Saturday night, that while I’ve been sewing and painting madly all fall and winter, I haven’t up-graded the den throw pillows. Now, if there is any insult to a true seamster-sewstress like myself, its the “come with the couch throw pillows” sitting in glory for a full 6 months with no reproof or polish. Ah ha. So, I dashed up to the green room (my sewing lair), whipped out some brown country toiled I’d been saving, and made a cover for one offending pillow. What do you think?

I just love the detail of this toile. The country scene is quite dear. Although, I admit. In my haste to knock out the pillow I didn’t take the time to center the scene I liked best. So, the sheep are the grand center of my pillow. Alas.

Perhaps if I was a knitter like Mrs. Y @ Elegant Economy, the sheep would be appropriate. But as it is, I’m such an unreliable knitter, it is just mocking me 🙂

But this next detail is my favorite. The two sweet lovers. I think it’s the farmer and his wife when they were young. I may have to get my sister to write me a little story to go along with the pillow. There is so much going on in toile. Many hidden treasures to find & imagine.

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