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Happy Birthday!

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October is a big month for birthdays around here. For the past 22 years we have celebrated four birthdays (our two oldest kids and my Dad and his Mom).  This year we will add the first birthday of our cutie pie, Squeak, and celebrate her great grandmother’s 95th birthday. Grandma has been an excellent seamstress all of her life making her family’s clothes, teaching her daughters and many, many grandchildren and great grandchildren the fine art of sewing.  Many a grand prize 4-H ribbon has been had under her tutelage and I have done much consulting with her on these bonnets over the past few months as I resurrect my sewing skills.   Here is grandma in a jacket that she made for herself just last year.  Incredible.

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Everything is quilted.  I love the fabrics she picked out.  I think she started in January thinking she would need the time to have it done for Easter… She was finished with the jacket before the end of the month.  Here is the back.

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We are having a big party for this wonderful lady and I am looking forward to seeing family and friends.  Birthdays are something I try to make special and I have always loved to spend some time on the cake.  This year I got inspired to spend a little time on the hat!  Check out this adorable birthday fascinator that I made for Squeak’s first birthday.

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I used pink “Its a girl” ribbon for the embellishments and the trim has adorable puff balls.  Here she is with her cake on the night of her party.

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I have been having problems with my camera and I think that some little fingers were messing with the resolution- but we have to make due.  Here is squeak and her hat close up.

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Well- the midnight oil got lit up and I have been on a run ever since.  I have to share with you my muse…

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Yes, Elizabeth Gaskell period mini-series from the BBC.  A dear friend turned me on to the whole thing.  My most favorite is Cranford. I just love everything about it.  AND the bonnets and hairstyles are just worth singing about.  So I have been up the last few nights- needless to say- and this is what I have come up with.
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These little birthday fascinators are what every little girl needs on her birthday to feel most special.  I found the cutest glittery pink elastic to hold the whole thing on- all the pieces are light as a feather so they are hardly a bother to the birthday girl.  Here is a cute one all in sparkly hearts and lace.

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It has a pink organza fan on a tulle background with a lace and satin yo-yo center all set off by a big, shimmering heart shaped button.  The pink heart lace is very sweet- and everything is set on a base of cotton fabric illustrated with lollipops and cupcakes.  Next I ran with the same theme as the gem I made for squeak and added a silk flower with a sparkly button center.  This one has the adorable puff ball trim that I need to go back to Hobby Lobby and buy a 100 yards of.

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The third one has a bit of the dramatic with this fantastic pink organza fan- also set on a tulle background.  It has a heart shaped button too.  Every time I look at this cute fascinator I think of the movie short of Puss in Boots The Three Diablos.  He goes to this princess who has lost the “Heart of Fire” ruby from her crown.  She says to Puss “My heart has been stolen.” and he says, “I am innocent, I have never seen you before in my life.”

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Finally my favorite birthday hat for babies and toddlers everywhere is a play on the traditional birthday hat shape.  This is a little shorter then the ones you buy.  It is also softer and lighter and just one hundred times more adorable.

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The fabric! The flower! The PUFF BALLS!!  Oh my goodness this is cute on- see our squeak modeling here.

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I can think of all kinds of possibilities here for customization for themed birthday parties.  Princesses, clowns, dinosaurs, elephants, blues, pinks and Fancy Nancy’s… Oh my.  All of these are up at our Etsy shop that you can get to by clicking here or by visiting our page Shop.  You can also contact me directly with an email to GloryBee@GloryBee.us .  I would love to work with you on your next birthday party to help you make it special for your precious blessing.

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God Bless!


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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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Quintet of Bonnets

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I am on a roll making these beautiful bonnets- they are like a Mommy addiction. As soon as I have a favorite I find another outfit that doesn’t have a hat to coordinate! These five bonnets featured here are ones I made for a customer to choose from.  She didn’t have a color pallet she was looking for so I made a variety and she chose two!

Here is the first one I am calling Apricots and Old Lace.
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It has the same ‘dotted swiss’ like apricot colored vintage fabric as the Aplets and Cotlets Bonnet I did earlier this month, however I used a repurposed lace that my daughter had picked up from Goodwill.  This lace from this dress has had nine lives- we have used it on three projects that I can remember- all beautiful.  The interior fabric and rear panel of the bonnet are apricot colored gingham.
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The contrasting band and ties are a cream colored eyelet.  This fabric is another vintage piece and just works great here.
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For the flowers I again used the same type of flower as I had on the Aplets and Cotlets Bonnet.  I used pearl buttons for the centers with a tulle and ribbon background.
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Here is the second of the five bonnets and I am calling this one Southern Lemonade.  I don’t know if there is such a thing- but this bonnet is so lemony and refreshing with the blue accents and a belle of the ball sort of feel to it.
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The lace is a delicate nylon lace and the big lemony flower is handmade from yellow organza.  I do a soft gather of the organza on the serger.  The fabric is cut about four inches wide and I fold it over and feed it into the serger.  Then I wrap the fabric round and round into a rose.  I found the best instruction online with a ribbon rose tutorial on YouTube here.  I don’t use hot glue- I sew the rose as I go letting the needle and thread dangle as I am folding.  That way the rose should not come undone (in a perfect world) if the baby happens to get ahold of the bonnet and start chewing on the flowers.
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The fabric is another piece of vintage yellow gingham from my magical treasure trove of fabric and the contrast is one of the beautiful quilt fat quarters that I received from my sister just the other day.  You can see all the colors I have to choose from in that post Christmas in July.  I used a large check print for the outside and a smaller gingham check of the same color on the inside.  The blue gingham yo-yo has a repurposed fabric covered button in the center.  Everything is set on a tulle back ground with this really pretty green ribbon that you will see I couldn’t put enough on in the next bonnet too.
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The third bonnet is a sister to Southern Lemonade- and it is called the Blue Eyed Susan.
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The fabric is vintage blue gingham and the contrast is more of the fat quarters shared by my sister.  The charm of this bonnet is the big blue organza rose and those two Blue Eyed Susan flowers.  Again I used a silk flower- taking apart the flowers I added a blue puff ball for the center.  Everything is hand sewn onto the hat so that it is secure.
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The fourth bonnet is called Strawberries and Cream.  The vintage pink poke-a-dot fabric reminds me of strawberry cream pie.
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The flower is a silk that has been reconfigured and is embellished with a tiny dragonfly charm.  I also have a pink gingham yo-yo with button center all set on top of a tulle and green ribbon background.
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The interior is pink gingham and the contrasting band and tie is a beautiful green print quilt fat.  I think I finally am getting the hang of constructing these bonnets.  I am one of those sewers that is always putting the zipper in backwards.  I have a hard time visualizing that when I pin this here and sew it there and turn it inside out that this is what is going to happen.  Anybody relate to that?  So I am always having to rip out a seam- especially in the corners where the ties attach to the hat.  But for this run I did it without a hitch- so 20 bonnets makes perfect?
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So finally here is bonnet number five- I saved it for last because it is my favorite of the five.  I couldn’t even come up with a name because it is so cute.  Purple is one of my favorite colors and the puff balls and the yo-yo’s and the butterfly….
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The fabric is purple gingham and seersucker!  The yo-yos are a purple gingham with an eyelet yo-yo on top-all sitting on a tulle and ribbon background.
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That is just too adorable.  Like a sugary doughnut with maple frosting and chocolate drizzle and sprinkles and bacon! So much but so good.  The interior fabric is a cute purple flower print on white background and the contrasting band and ties are another quilt fat in a darker purple print.
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Well the customer that I made this Bonnet Quintet for picked this purple bonnet for her precious little girl and chose the Apricot and Old Lace for her sister-in-law.  I have the remaining three available.  If you are interested please click on the contact page and drop me a line.  All are a size small which is a 18″ head circumference.  My squeak has been wearing the size small for a while and at the time of this posting she is two days away from being 10 months old.  The bonnets I am making for her now are a medium or 19″ but she still fits her size small bonnets. In fact here she is with her big brother wearing the first bonnet I ever made while on vacation this summer at Twin Lakes.
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Thank you for sharing your time with me.  I enjoy floating these creations out there for everyone to enjoy.  By the way this picture is of my oldest (age 23) and my youngest (almost 10 months).  Isn’t it amazing all the things we find ourselves doing in a span of years like that. Glory to God in the highest!

God Bless You!


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Aplets & Cottlets

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Here is my latest sweet treat that I am calling Aplets & Cotlets. Now that I have confirmed the spelling of the famous fruit candy from Liberty Orchards I am thinking I should rename that bonnet- apples and apricots… Wow I didn’t know they left out a ‘p’ in apple that has really got me confused.  Anyway the candy is sweet and so is this new bonnet.  Here is Squeak modeling in the garden and she has discovered the solar light stake nearby the blanket- it would come in handy as we fended off the crawly bugs while taking our pictures…
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This is the first time that I have used flowers that I didn’t make myself on a bonnet.  I pull them all apart- taking the plastic forms out of the centers and then arrange them in a pleasing configuration and applied a really cute button and some pony beads for a wonderful effect.
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The fabric is vintage hand-me-downs from my stepmother’s mom.  Beautifully repurposed here for Squeak. Here is a last picture of this adorable bonnet the perfect color combination for summer.
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God Bless you!


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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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First Holy Communion

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Here is the dress, veil and matching handbag that I made for our daughter Whistle’s First Holy Communion and Confirmation.
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The dress is made from a vintage Butterick pattern that was passed down to me from my Mother’s sewing collection.  I love picking up old patterns and making them come to life!
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The veil is made from an organza that has embroidered crosses.  I have a second layer of organza underneath.  I ran a rolled scarf hem on the serger, gathered the veil and sewed it to a purchased headband that was covered with white fabric.  I then added the hand made flowers. Here is the detail on the veil:
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And the flowers:
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The hand bag comes from an online tutorial that I found at Shelley Detton’s site.  I love everything she is doing there!  Take a look here:

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What a joy it is making such careful and prayerful preparation for this sacred day.  Glory be to God.  She hasn’t taken her gloves off yet!
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Here she is with her oldest sister and sponsor (who is also wearing a skirt and bolero jacket sewn by Glory Bee).
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Three beautiful bonnets.

Brown Eyed Susan

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Here is my latest bonnet- traditionally the flower is called a Black Eyed Susan- but I thought the brown puff ball made a better center for this color scheme.
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Chocolate Confection

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Here is our Squeak, modeling her Chocolate Confection.
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Here is the detail on the bonnet:
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And the rose, handmade from satin and a repurposed button.
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Blue Bonnet

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Here is pretty blue bonnet that I made for a friend of ours.  The lace is just precious.  Flowers are white satin with repurposed buttons.
Every baby is cuter with a ‘blue bonnet’ on it!
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