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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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My Cup Runneth Over…

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Some days the blessings of our Lord are like drinking from a fire hose!  I have certainly been feeling that way lately.  Getting our home school underway this fall has been good work-hard work-but aren’t we so blessed to be able to do that for our children.  Many countries it is not that way.  We have all run through the stomach flu in the past two weeks and that was trying- but aren’t we blessed to have over the counter remedies like Pedialite, Imodium, pre-moistened towlettes and a washing machine!  I thought I might give a prize to the kid who could throw up in a bucket the first time out- not down Mom’s back, the bed or the hallway.  I even succumbed to the flu- but God blessed me again and I lost seven pounds!  Amazing.  The end of summer is always a good time to count your blessings they are so abundant and most obvious- in the garden the tomatoes are numerous and ripe, the zucchini is enormous and an unlocked car just might find a few in the passenger’s seat…fruit to can, corn to freeze, relish, pickles, the bounty we are blessed with is overwhelming.  Even the petunias seem to revive as the hottest days have passed and put on one more show before frost.

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Quite frankly I think that nationally this is one of the scariest times we have ever faced. We have hopefully -however narrowly- avoided military action in Syria by walking a golden bridge paved by a former KGB Cornel and former avowed adversary of the United States.  We are sending military aid to Al Qaeda (known enemy) backed Syrian rebels with money borrowed from China-another communist country last I checked.  We are looking at the end of the federal budget in 17 days with a treasury department who has stopped counting the national debt as of May.  Not to mention the moral degradation of just about everything in popular culture, the killing of innocent children in the name of women’s health, the killing of old people in the name of mercy, and the systematic increase in surveillance, prying, spying, harassing, and other maleficence in the name of national security.  I am mentally, emotionally and all other sorts exhausted thinking about this looming destruction of everything we as true American citizens hold dear.  ‘So where is the blessing in that’ you ask?

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Well it brings me closer to God.  I am doing what I can for the world out there: I write my representatives, I blog, I Facebook, I tell my friends.  But when the sun is rising I am praising God for these blessings I enjoy. I am learning new things about food storage, I am learning how to educate my own children, I am strengthening their ties to Jesus, I am strengthening my ties to Jesus.  Because I am a practical person I will give you a link to a beautiful website: DivineOffice.org No matter your denomination you will love this site.  What a way to check in with the Lord all day long- only a few minutes at a time.  I am trying to shore up my foundations- so that my house is not built on sand.  I am drinking in as fast as I can from that fire hose that is pouring out God’s love and blessings to all of us-even those of us facing the worst adversity. Our suffering united with His- brings us closer together.  So what has all this got to do with bonnets?!

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Beautiful fabric of course!  I just got a wonderful box of quilting fabric from my Aunt Moonie!!!!  She opened up the spigot and yes, my cup has runneth over!  Look at the beauty, the possibilities…

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I am so excited to get back to the sewing machine and start on some beautiful fall and Christmas bonnets!  Now that school is underway the routine is getting established it is back to bonnet making.  Please keep your eyes out for what is coming next here at Glory Bee.  We will have some beautiful red velvet and white Christmas lovelies for your precious little ones. I hope that we can be at the Fair Grounds for the upcoming Christmas Trio and some of the other local Christmas bazars.  You can also see what is new in the coming weeks at our Etsy shop GloryBeeBonnets.

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I recently listened to a program on the radio (I wish I could remember which one) -the station is our local KHSS 100.7 FM and they were talking about- what does it mean when St. Paul says to “pray constantly” or “pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 and most importantly how can we do that?  Well I think they said that St. Augustine said that when you conduct business honestly you glorify God, when you give an honest day’s work for a day’s pay you glorify God and in doing everyday things honestly and well for the glory of God you are making a prayer to God in everything you do.  When I was looking up that verse to share with you all- I read from the beginning of 1 Thessalonians chapter 5 and there St. Paul is encouraging them in their faith as I encourage you: But, since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of the faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us  so that whether we wake or sleep we might live with him.  Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. Rejoice Always, pray constantly. 1Thessalonians 5:8-11, 16-17

God bless you!


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Morning Musings

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Wondering what my next project will be and considering color combinations.  Here are some of Charlie’s favorite fabrics:

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I love this red with the red and black too…

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I have been creating my bonnets out of scraps of past projects and odds and ends.  A quilting stack is a great way to get color combinations.  I couldn’t help myself yesterday and purchased this one in pinks. I also added to my rick rack collection. It is all wrapped up like a present just for me! I am excited about the possibilities here:

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You know these little bonnets on a baby girl are a gift.  They are a source of so many compliments- a gift to your heart. They instantly take the observer back to a time when girls were dressed like the precious treasures that they really are-which is a gift for your soul.  Mark Twain said, “The clothes make the man.” I believe that is true for men and women. More specifically I think that how a woman is dressed makes a statement about her to the world around her and influences her self image.  That is why I am making a special effort for my little girls to make their clothing say to those looking ‘this girl is a virtuous and innocent treasure of God.’  It is my inmost hope that by wearing modest and beautiful clothing that they will also feel their worth: A treasure of immeasurable value not only to the world around them-but most importantly to their Creator.

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The second part of that quote from Mark Twain is “Naked people have little or no influence on society.” Unfortunately it seems that times have changed and all of the people of influence are at least half naked. It is important that Moms fight the soul damaging influence of the culture and clothe their children with dignity and love-A true gift that keeps on giving.