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More Favorite sites this week and SALES!

Roses, new A/C, reference letters, 2012 Taxes, finishing porch arbor, cutting new stuff, playing with Etsy, website and blog …

May Queen growing faster than we can build!

May Queen growing faster than we can build!

Oh and I met a lady in Town through Etsy that goes to Scotland a couple of times a year. I might have a coffee mate if we can clear our schedules enough to get together!Oh I do hope I found someone with the Gaelic to talk to me with out PAYING for it!

Her photography is amazing and her taste is well, like things I see and notice!

New Dawn "The bad girl" She spans a full 18 feet out now. Hope that arbor holds!

New Dawn "The bad girl" She spans a full 18 feet out now. Hope that arbor holds!

That’s my garden and I hope she wants to use it …Her stuff is AWESOME!

Check her out: http://www.etsy.com/shop/KClarkPhotography

I guess I have more LIFE than I can handle! It’s sort of neat and sort of scarey! How did I get here crosses my mind frequently. Then I remember. Right actions , sewing seeds… karma….

New Dawn Rambler Rose

 

 

Okay we have an awesome sale going on now at my favorite store!

Oh and I so needed some more picot edging for those little nickers!

Irish crocheted picot edging

Irish crocheted picot edging

 

Enjoy! The SALE LINK !

http://view.e-marthapullen.com/?j=febd11747d6d067b&m=fe9615707060037b77&ls=fdfe15717166017e7d177170&l=fecf1570776d077c&s=fe3d16737664047e751477&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe5f157072650375751c&r=0

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Ready set go, how I do it at warp speed with the Gaelig

It’s 6 am ….and it has been one weird ol’ week. What with the stalkers and accidents…  and the cat whose eyes swelled shut and the other that hurt her leg AGAIN.

Luna pre car chasing phase

Hubby got a new job and Daughter is on her way with the grand babies so the next 7-10 days is going to be a wild ride! I have got to MOVE!

Here’s the music I listen to, while I’m going warp speed…

These are also connected to my Facebook sight.

Warning, don’t click if you are trying to relax!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdO-JqtDPTw&feature=related

I call it the Bonnet song

I don’t have time to be discouraged or overwhelmed! I just turn on that Julie Fowlis and GO! Can’t sit still listening to THAT can you?

Here is a place to just keep listening:

http://www.myspace.com/juliefowlis

Now which direction do I need to go while I’m dancing about?

I need to baby proof the house, clean the carpets, muck the Rose garden, Stock the pantry, Fight back the ironing sprawl, bath the cats, change the sheets and was all the slip covers…. YEAH, RIGHT! HAHAHAHAHAH.

Note to self, Glass breaks,,,remove it.

I have found an actual FLAW in the Lady Iris Jean way of doing things this week. Grandbabies are new to this house and as I started the pr-cleaning prep … I had flash backs of Daughter at age 1 at Lady Iris Jean’s house. She was a holy terror. Thankfully she wasn’t a climber. My only hope is that this one isn’t either. THE Mimi was a stickler for cleanliness and order just like I am BUT, ..Daughter lives with 3 dogs and a Marine and a one year old. I mean so really…how clean do I need to go here?

Note to self remove the antique lamp and table.. Maybe I should just have them sleep in the garage? No, the cats sleep in there and they would be upset. I’ll figure it out somehow.

There will be crumbs, juice, spit, drool, spills and the occasional bodily fluid all over the place by the end of the 1st day. Put a woooooow on that there clean machine honey! Whites…thank god for bleach huh’ Mom?

At least I have a home carpet cleaner and you didn’t!

We have a saying in our family: “Is it clean or is it Mimi clean?”

Uhmmm, I think we are going to just have a plain clean.

Hubby and I have people over every Sunday and he got really exasperated this last week. He said ,” These people aren’t your mother and they won’t notice that dirty place on the sugar container just turn it over. Besides, she probably wouldn’t have noticed it either.”

Lay Iris Jean

Me: “ Yeah, you are probably right about the group and No mom wouldn’t say anything, we’d just find her in here cleaning it and she’d say “I’m just helping you, this looks like it’s hard to clean and I don’t mind, where do you keep your bleach?”.

Umm, yeah. Not going to happen this week I’m afraid.

So the list just got smaller. I figure the spring-cleaning will commence the day they LEAVE.  Baby and Daughter have been cooped up in a cold wet house for months and while it is wet here, at least it’s 70-80 everyday. We can all go play in the yard. Mark off another chore AND add baby proof the yard.

So that leaves (no pun intended), …a do – able list of fill the pantry, and baby proofing the universe as I know it…Yeah, maybe I can sew on… like Friday!

I found an old 1920-1930 baby romper pattern and whipped up 3 real fast. Heirlooming them, takes goobs and gobbs of time. I used lots of Swiss embroidery and insertion and oodles of lace. (Like about 5 yards of this amazing French edging (just on one little hiney! and 1-2 yards of the other stuff) I still have 1 to top stitch and 2 leg elastic weaving’s to do but I’m really pleased.What do ya think?

Ill be listening to this one for the hand work:

(The spinning songs)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb8AVVlAltk&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-ofqNfH9No&feature=related

3 little bubble outfits from 1920-30's pattern

Here are the pics I tried to upload the other day when I thought I would have a coronary from this darn blog. Enjoy.

1920-30s pattern and fabric with frothy frothy lace

5 yards of French lace on a baby's bottom, PRICELESS!

Oh… and Dear Lubbock Auntie the one with the Lacey shoulders I made with you in mind. Kisses!

Lace, embroidery and ruffles with polkadots!

Swiss embroidery, swiss lace and roses, so lovely!

This week I’m sure I’ll be singing this one A LOT ( about a complaining daughter) I PLAN to teach the LICKY-NAY song to the Grand babies!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYDikGIRs2E&feature=fvwrel

Interested in Gaelic? the BBC is amazing in getting this to you and the kids!

Click here for Scottish and learn to play Peek a boo:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/alba/foghlam/

Or here to get the scoop on Irish Gaelig.

http://talkirish.com/games/

Both have Free lesson sites!

Like the music but don’t want to spend money (great for sewing to)

http://aolradio.slacker.com/?aolid=771

Click  INTERNATIONAL then Click CELTIC

Have a great week! Slan

My FAKE grandbabies playing in the sewing study. Yes I'm strange but it works for me. (And yes they have the Gaelig)

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Web store coming soon, oh lord I am SOOO looking forward to THAT program…NOT.

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Staring at Lace, conversing with my….. self?

Staring at Lace…I get the design board up to the lace part,and then I just STARE at it.

I have an enormous collection. It started when I wanted to get married in a gown covered in bits and pieces of scraps of lace in 2001. I found one…
It was $3000. I gagged, but was able to stop what followed only because I was wearing it. We went with a more flat style with scraps of lace on handkerchiefs with the date embroidered on them and an awesome Red velvet cape.

Red cape sans lace

But I started collecting scraps and bits, at close outs and at garage sales.
I had a daughter who was going to be of marrying age in a few years, like if, THAT ever happened….

She married at 2 am in Las Vegas in a pin-up girl style and dress in 2009 …BLAST, it was not (I’m too old for that caarap)…Sing with me now,… “I did it mmmyyyyyy wwwaaayyyyy”.

2 much at 2 am

So I HAVE all this LACE. I feel like I’m married to it somehow. I mean…what if it’s the wrong decision, what if I have to take it off, that’s a booger to do. But I get it in placed, and I’ll be attaching it on a sleeve after FINALLY deciding “this tea dyed french 2 inch would look incredible on a frothy soft blue top.”

I sit and pause as the machine starts to whine and I stop mid-stitch and think,
“Oh good grief, you aren’t marrying it for GODs sakes”….see what I mean.

One batch of lace layed out, I have way more...

Then comes…
“Well that’s just too plain, maybe we should improve on the plan”.

Take COVER.

This is a red flag. This is NOT a good thing.
Improving on the plan usually gets me a flustered raving pouting mess…

I like these but...

I like these but...

And I just used these on this skirt

So I keep going. Thank goodness it’s time for a break.

Tea time with SELF

I almost messed with the plan.Thank the powers that be,… it ended before it started. It would inevitably ended up with me staring at the lace again (all 4000 or so yards of the stuff) and getting nothing done.

I say…,” Hay self, why do you do that?
Self says,”Is it because it’s pretty?”
“Na, that’s not it, I mean it is pretty and all but that’s not it.”
“Well, what the hell is it self?”
“Waste?”
“Maybe you are superstitious, and think if you use it …I don’t know something will happen?”

“Na, it’s like eye candy,it makes me smile to look at it…I just love it!”

“Na, that’s stupid. You are just a 2 year old who doesn’t want to share.”

“Yeah, THAT could be it… You never did like to share either.”

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Like a small animal on linoleum but at least I’m moving!

I have been extremely busy, sort of like a cat on linoleum. I do get places, there is a whole lot of movement and activity going on I just haven’t posted anything so you can’t see it!

1st off the Book:
I have the forward completed and 3 completed chapters and 3 more in the works and about 40 chapters planned and titled. The ideas for the entire project are so very exciting I really wish this was the year 3000 or, I was Samantha Stevens (I used to wish that a lot when I was little).

Life is just too cool and there are just so many experiences! I also wish I had a whole lot of money to hire out the proofing, illustration and copy … but holy mother of FiFi, I was born under the poverty line and stretch daily to keep just above it. But oh well, more to experience right?
I am having fun fun fun! And ooohh so pleased with my Battenburg finished creation, even without the sash, that I can’t wait to out it up Friday!

Sandra Sue and the Battenburg lace confection

The Illustrations are too cool and I have acquired some computer apps which I thought would might make that part easier…hmmmm. yea. NOT!
Let’s face it guys, I’m just not computer literate and I can’t get the training wheels off that bike. It is exhausting and wastes so much time I could be writing, drawing, painting or sewing.

I was able to settle on a certain style for the eyes of the characters. Which just thrills me to death. Iris Jean had these eyes that were so cool in real life. My daughter has those eyes only magnified x10. I have been drawing those eyes a thousand different ways for 3 weeks! There are “EYEs everywhere in the house! The kitchen, dinning room, studios and even one bathroom! I’ve found the perfect perfect pair and they fit on each project so perfectly!

Which leads me to the dolls, Paper dolls, and kids projects.

The dolls!
OMG! That has been so much fun. As you know, I hand draft pretty much everything. Give me a picture of something and I WILL figure it out and come up with a pattern.

Now this is a secret, some folks think I’m a Genius but I am NOT… there is a reason I HAVE to do it that way……. I CAN NOT follow directions to save my life! BAHAHAHAHAH! Me and a friend laughed until we cried the other day.Here is a really good example!

I made 3 dolls. 1 yr old Baby Iris Jean and 3-5 year old Sandra Sue. I had a Doll pattern that I just loved the look of and thought I would give it a whirl and see which turned out better.

Well the 1st 2 went off without a hitch and got all but the faces/hair completed in about 2 days…all the while I was also messing with said pattern doll.

This pattern doll got her legs put on as follows:
1- Inside out correct placement of toes, so I tore that out and then….
2- Toes pointing backwards correct placement so I tore that out then….
3- Toes pointing next to her bottom backwards!

I gave up and will have to hand sew them on today. I will TRY…but every time I pick her up I can’t stop laughing at the REAL me that no one knows about! (ya know…I think I’ll name her Fifi!)

The Dresses:
Got 3 finished they will go up on Friday in the store. I am really really pleased with the style, fabrics and lace combinations not to mention the dreamy heirloom blue ribbons on the last one.

A major draw back to hand drafting and marking on fabric is every now and then the markers leave residual that will not come out. I have tried several different pen’s, pencils and chalks through the years and the most recommended water marker is what I draft with these days. The little apron sundress was going to be woven with ribbon trims but I found the draft mark had not come out! …

Drafting marks


I could get it out but it would take an entire day and I want to move on so I will sell this one at a discount as a “heirloom blank” with some ribbon and someone else can weave ribbon and decorate it.

The Labels got designed and printed and did not bleed during washing so YEAH! We have got a legit label going on them today.

I just hate uploading pictures (of course I do…it’s on a computer),
but I did get them done.

Mock up Baby Iris Jean

The Doll mock-ups have become my little models and are so cute! Not having my little granddaughter around is hard so I just picked the 1yr old up the other day, and gave a good “Squnch”!

What do ya think?

If you are not into Etsy I will upload to the Fb page for Lady iris Jean so check that out at Lady Iris Jean (Retail/shopping) sight
Or, Iris Jean personal site.! See ya round!

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Lists of all the lists I need to make!

Anybody ever have artistic block?

I have so many ideas it is blocking me! What to do first, next, ….
I have the day to my lonesome. Hubby’s at work of 1 day and I have about …a ga-gillioon things on my list to do and work on.

The holidays put me into “Turkey mode”. You know that feeling after Christmas dinner? Where you just stare into space and feel peaceful?
The house is still clean from not being here and the studios are spotless.
I took about 20 idea mags with me to design some stuff and still writing stuff down!

Well good grief it’s been 7 days almost and I’m still in the lull of total inactivity. Here is the last thing I did before I left. Don’t like it much but friends oohhed and awwed when I messaged it around. Maybe I’ll put it up anyway. A nice apron dress to get dirty! Oh what fun!
Bloomers though…got them done but can’t figure our how to take a picture of them!

White arpon pinafore/Sundress


Anywho…

Found some awesome old timer Paper dolls from the 1930’s while up in the mountains. We were snowed in for 4 straight days! My one day out was awesome! I just stare at them and wish i had the paper artist gene! Maybe I’ll give it a try for the children’s books. I have the illustrations….Ahwww there I go again!

Now what to do,what to do? A list, that’s it.

I’ll make a list of all the lists I need to make! (That’s so totally Lady Iris Jean )!

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Decadence has a big price…time

Decadence has a big price…time.

Wow, I got to sew yesterday! The list seemed to be agreeable to the powers that be! I worked on the heirloom yoke and cuffs that will be cord pleating. I own a man’s shirt from 1880 that has the pleats corded by hand at about 1/8th of an inch. It fascinates me with its stretchy yo-yo feel that is so sturdy, professional looking and well. . . just plain decadent.

Boy does it take some time to do though! I took 1/2 yard and started cording. All information on the topic, even from my 1900 books state you must mark from the last line sewn or each fraction off ends up WAY off in the end.(sort of like when you piece a quilt right?) So off I went, cording and marking and cording and marking etc….

I even pre-marked the fabric just to test the instructions. I am a bit of a rebel if you haven’t noticed. What I found was they were right to a point. After about 45 minutes I noticed the markings lined up with a place on my presser foot.The marking was the same for each previous cording. The pre-marks did NOT line up, so I am really glad I didn’t use them! So, you got it, I started using the previous cord pleat aligned with my “special mark.

One of Martha’s mags actually states a time per pleat and I think I was able to mirror that time but…

The next challenge was the tension causing my stitches to look wonky. It has to be set fairly high and pressure kept pulling the spools off! I noticed the stitch length would tell me when it was time to re thread so it looked nicer and more uniform and I didn’t have to pick and redo any more seams.

Now after about and hour and a half I had to move on to something else.
So I also did the technique with out cording on a Newborn dress. And did some fancy machine smocking for a pocket.

So what do ya think? Productive day? Can’t wait to see the finished dresses?

Check back tomorrow!

All this sewing and researching has really spurred my thoughts on clothing and fashion in 2011 related to our hard-earned money!

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Battenburg lace and velvet

Yeah! I got the little dress finished. Now I can’t decide on accessories.
So many choices of colors, laces…OH MY! It is so yummy Edwardian and Victorian looking and I almost want to send it to my Granddaughter instead of putting it in the Etsy shop.

I’m trying to figure out how to get a pic on here but so far..you got it….
This old-timer does not have clue. I had to search help to figure out how to get to the post page!

The serger? Yeah, not so good. I am going to have to watch the little video again but I really didn’t get that much from it and it was only 8 minutes long and appeared to be trying to get me to buy more attachments.

Started on an heirloom dress for a child’s picture session with corded pin tucks on MPs Batiste. Anyone know where I can get a handkerchief linen that doesn’t cost $35 a yard?

Funnys: I listened to so many Christmas Carols yesterday on 101.9 that I can now tell you what’s going to play next in the playlist!

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