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Toot Sweets

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Don’t waste your pucker on some all day sucker
And don’t try a toffee or cream
If you seek perfection in sugar confection
Well there’s something new on the scene
A mouth full of cheer
A sweet without peer
A musical morsel supreme!
Toot Sweets!

Lyrics from the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang courtesy of ST Lyrics

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Yes Ladies, Toot Sweets!  These are the cutest fascinators ever!  Just the sweetest morsel of fabric confection that sits atop your little sweetie’s brow.

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Here is our Bubble and Whistle wearing their Toot Sweets after church on Sunday.  Squeak is in the middle with her new fall denim bonnet (for another post). They just sit on their head secured with a couple of bobby pins and what an impression they make. Here is a close up of Whistle’s fascinator.

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The base is made exactly the same as the Tutorial on Fascinating that we showed last weekend.  I made a red satin burnt edge flower and gave it a beautiful button that I found at Hobby Lobby (I love that store and we need to support the owners on their stand for Religious Freedom!). I made a yo-yo of brown broadcloth but did not connect the ends.  The tulle fan is a lovely blue.  Everything is sewn on securely and light as a feather.

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Bubble’s Toot Sweet is also made to match her outfit and has all the same elements.

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She has three yo-yo flowers one made of lace with another great Hobby Lobby button- that red sparkly heart. The split end yo-yo is of red broad cloth and the fan is made of red sparkly tulle.

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A third Toot Sweet that I made that day is of the same style.  It has a base that is made of a fabric that I can’t get enough of- we have made skirts of this gorgeous blue and red rose fabric and I am thinking up more things I can make with it- I think a bonnet in this blue would be lovely too.

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No flower for this one- just a vintage metal button from my grandmother’s collection.  It gives it almost a military sensibility.  Or very patriotic I think.  Here is the close up.

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This is actually the first of the three I made and as I went along I found that I liked the stitched edge detail that I put on the others better than leaving it seemingly unfinished.  These fascinators where all done in an afternoon- you can follow the tutorial that I put up last week and make your own- or contact us here at Glory Bee and we would love to make one for you. GloryBee@GloryBee.us

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You may be wondering what is all the business about wearing hats- it has been so out of fashion.  As a Catholic I have been digging into my faith tradition and found that prior to the changes in the Church brought about with Vatican II in the 1960’s -women have covered their heads in church for centuries.  In scripture St. Paul tells his Church “I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I have delivered them to you.” 1 Corinthians 11:2 Part of that tradition is the relationship of man to his God.  In that same chapter St. Paul says that “The head of every man is Christ, the head of a woman is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.” 1 Corinthians 11:3  He admonished the church to say that “Any man who prays of prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, but any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled dishonors her head- it is the same as if her head were shaven.” 1 Corinthians 11:4-5 Sounds harsh right? And when I am first chewing this scripture I am thinking whoa!  The book that puts me on this path is Colleen Hammond’s Dressing with Dignity -given to me by a brave dear friend-(her website still has many great articles-but it seems to have not been updated since 12/12).  A whole revelation on feminine dignity and how our culture has gone off the rails in terms of the sexulization of its children and the immodesty of their mothers. I am blown away with the idea- so foreign to everything that my youth and the 80’s espoused- that my desire to be sexy in my dress, my striving to elicit the favorable looks of men could potentially be causing them to sin!  Heaping hot coals on my head!  Jesus tells us not to commit adultery- not even in our minds-and here is our culture encouraging us to wow the men and cause envy in the women. Whoa! and double whoa!

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Now I am deeply examining my conscious.  In my faith journey I have fallen deeply in love with the Lord and I want to be pleasing to Him.  I want Him to see me submitting to His authority.  I want Him to see me at Mass approaching His table with the utmost humility and gratefulness for His sacrifice and the gift of salvation that He has given me. So now I join the Saints and women of thousand of years and I cover my head in the house of the Lord.  But the problem we have today in our church is that I feel like my sign of humility before God is taken of a sign of haughty righteousness by the other members of the church.  When I put a traditional mantilla on my daughter of 8 years old a little friend of hers said with great distain “What is that thing on your head?” My heart broke.  So especially for my girls I am creating new and beautiful ways to cover our heads and show God our humility and show our fellow church goers how fashionable and beautiful humility can be.

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I found a great article that really sums up everything I have tried to explain here in a much more succinct and articulate way – with references it is called Ladies in Lace: Catholic Women and Veiling.   Praise be to God!

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God Bless you.


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A Tutorial on Fascinating

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Oh my goodness what fun were we having today! Our oldest daughter and my partner here at Glory Bee -needed a Sunday hat.  We have both been fascinated with fascinators of late and while she was picking up some notions in town I was looking on the web and found an AWESOME millinery called Love Charlie. They have the most beautiful fascinators and inspired our creativity today.  So I thought I would share how you might make your own fascinating fascinator for church next Sunday.

I started with a circle that is 5 1/2 inches in diameter.  I ironed on a Lightweight Fusible Pellon interfacing to the fabric and then put my circle on the Pellon- drew the circle and cut it out as you can see here:

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Yes- the stainless steel bowl is the pattern.  Next I folded the circle in half with the wrong side facing out and sewed a dart about 1/2 inch wide at the outset coming to a point just shy of the middle of the circle like this:

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Then I flipped it over and top-stitched the dart down thinking that this might give me some added stability. I also top stitched the circumference of the circle as well.  That was probably not necessary because as you will see next we decided to add lace to the edge.

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Next I built a fan from black tulle that would serve as a back drop for our embellishments.  My piece of tulle was folded over and about 12-14 inches long.  I run a gathering stich along the bottom, pull them together and tie the threads.

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Next my daughter started putting together the flowers.  The first flower she made was a burnt edge flower from a charcoal-grey synthetic fabric that we had on hand.

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Then she added a white silk flower and a black yo-yo made from a solid black broadcloth.  You see them here with their button centers ready to get sewn onto the hat.

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So now we put it all together and I just can’t get over how cute it is!  Everything is sewn on- the tulle fan we were able to sew on with the machine- so that was great.  Then all the flowers get the Holy Trinity Tack Stich using doubled thread and same treatment for the buttons.

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Here is my beautiful daughter with her beautiful hat!

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The veil is simply a 15 inch (or so) diameter circle cut in a wider net tulle that she folded in half and pinned to her hair before she put the fascinator on.  Everything is held on with a bobby pin or two.  Here is another view.

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How fun.

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If you have an occasion coming up or would like to take your Sunday outfit to the next level- contact us!  We would love to help you out.   God Bless!

 

 


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Old Straw Hat Update

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Recently Whistle celebrated her birthday and from her big sister she received a beautiful hat box (a future post) full of lovingly worn hats from Goodwill and St. Vincent’s.  Also included were some dollar store silk flowers to embellish with- a great gift idea to be sure.  So here is our Saturday afternoon hat project.

First I took at piece of vintage ‘dotted Swiss’ and sewed a hat band.  I knotted it around the hat and then secured the ends and the opposite side with my Trinity Tack Stitch. The Trinity Tack Stitch is when I take double thread make one stitch for each person of the blessed Trinity-saying “In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”  For the “Amen” I tie it off with a double knot.
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Then Whistle selected some flowers and we removed the plastic middles.  Restack them in order and then make a Trinity Tack Stitch in the middle- while the thread is still in the flower tack it to the hat.
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Here is the finished hat:
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I think the red punch mustache is really what makes the hat-she is beautiful.
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Here is a closer detail- I think this took me 30 minutes total to put together.  Whistle wore it Sunday to church.
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In conclusion I want to say that the Lord calls us to pray without ceasing.  The Trinity Tack Stitch is one of many things that I have created so that every hour of everyday I acknowledge my heavenly Father- so that He is ever present in my mind and all the little things I do for love of my family, friends and for love of Him is dedicated to Him.  In eating, in drinking, in all that you do, do everything as for God’s glory. 1 Corinthians 10:31


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Kentucky Derby Delight

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My Mom needed a Kentucky Derby inspired hat for last weekend and here is what I came up with.  She brought the hat:
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I needed some inspiration- so after a Bing search I went here to Lady Diane Hats for a look at some very beautiful and traditional Kentucky Derby hats.

So I decided to go with black and white- I had some silver satin so that was going to be the color for the giant rose that would be the center piece of the hat.  My Mom dresses with her husband’s eye in mind and one of his favorite colors is silver or grey.  So to get started I took some white organza and serged a rolled scarf hem.
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This organza would serve as the hat band and a separate piece would make the bow.
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Here is my first attempt at the bow- in the final equation- which I did not take a picture of… I went with a simpler bow without a center knot and it turned out much better.IMG_8375

I added a fan of white tulle for texture.
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Now to work on the flower.  I decided that the inspiration flowers were big- so I cut 28 petals to make this satin rose.  I got the instruction on this type of rose construction from a great website called Fun with Fleece.  I have made many of the projects on her website- in fact my Christmas stockings are from her patterns.  Each petal is sealed over a candle and they ruffle up as you heat them to make them just so beautiful.
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I sewed the flower together in two parts because there were so many petals.
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I needed something sparkly either in the center of the flower or somewhere on the hat- so I got into the jewelry box and here were some of my options.
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I settled on an old favorite from my misspent 80’s youth- its pin back had broken long ago but it is still beautiful.
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So now all that is left is to sew everything together.  I used regular needles and thread- but next time I am breaking the seal on this upholstery needle set that I bought and using that (for some reason I am saving it in the package for some natural disaster- when I have to reupholster my couch by hand or something?). You definitely need a thimble too as you work your needle thought the material of the hat and all the thicknesses of the flower.  Here it is all finished.  The feathers are courtesy of our very own bossy gallito.
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And here it is on my beautiful Mom before the event-
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And here she is at the event- a complete success!
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