Wednesday, May 5, 2010


There's no other way to describe it! 
It was so much fun to create this set for Miss E!

and look at that SMILE!  Isn't it just contagious?  What a beautiful, beautiful child!

SO, the details!  I used the always dependable, never let it leave the table Simply Sweet Top and Dress and Easy Fit Pants patterns by The Scientific Seamstress to create this adorable set.  I modified the bodice slightly (shortened the top and the bottom) and made the ties so that they would knot through the buttonholes rather than using buttons.

The totally adorable, mix and match with every pattern (garanamil matching easy!) fabric is by the fabulous Jennifer Paganelli!  Can't ever get enough of these two!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

New pattern!

I've been away for a few weeks - visiting with my BFF, and tied up with several events.

Since I last posted, life has changed tremendously!  We've gone through the roller  coaster ride that is "move day" in our professional life.  We have learned that we will be transferring from our current appointment, and will have a new home.  We will be moving to Houston at the end of June.  SO, lots of things to accomplish between now and then.  Which includes packing up the sewing room - UGH!

BUT, between now and then, I've got a few things to accomplish!

I've had the privilege of testing a new pattern for Carla (The Scientific Seamstress) in connection with the AMAZING Jennifer Paganelli.  It is the greatest pair of BOXER SHORTS!
I had to make them for myself in a new Jennifer Paganelli print from the So St. Croix line.  The beautiful Genevieve is just GORGEOUS!


(and if you promise not to tell, I'll even post a sneak peak!)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Back to the JOY!

The name of my blog is JOY of CREATING!  For a reason.  I have always found great satisfaction, great JOY in creating.  Even at a very young age.  My mind just works that way for some reason.  I enjoy disecting something in my mind to figure out how it is made and then creating it in my own way.

As a young child, I remember my favorite thing in the world was to go to the craft store!  It was like Christmas for me!

When my son was very young, I was an avid scrapbooker.  I LOVED preserving memories of our family and using my hands to add a special touch that only I could create!

In most recent years, I have turned to sewing as my creative outlet of choice.  It gives me such great satisfaction to create a wearable work of art that my daughter or others may enjoy wearing.  There is nothing like the feeling that I get when someone asks my daughter where she got her beautiful dress and she beams with pride and says, "my MAMA made it!"  It's SHEER JOY!

I realize that often times, I don't take the time to create the things that bring me the greatest joy.  I allow myself to get caught in just creating.  Just because.  And I want more... I want the JOY of creating!  SO, I vow to myself today, "MORE JOY!"  I will spend more time creating things that bring me joy, and less time just creating!

Speaking of Joy - this YARDS upon YARDS of satin brings me joy!  It makes my heart smile!  I can't wait to wear it next weekend for a presentation.  It wasn't such a joy to sew, but boy, is it fun now! 
The pattern suggested that it be left to rest for a few days before hemming to insure that it hangs correctly.  SO, it's not quite finished, but it will be soon!

Monday, April 12, 2010

A new favorite from 2009

There were lots of fun new Sis Boom patterns (written by the ever fabulous, Scientific Seamstress) to be tested in 2009! My favorite -
Something for ME! The Patricia Tunic!


Of my blog, that is!
Wow!  It's been a LONG time since my last post!
So, in an attempt to catch up a bit - I'll post a few of my favorites!
First, a few new additions to the "Princess in July" collection.
Each dress is created using The Scientfic Seamstress Simply Sweet pattern with alterations of my own. Carla has also added suggested alterations to "princessify" this versatile dress in her blog
First is Ariel!  My daughter, AbbyGrace's favorite!.

Which were quickly followed by Belle and Cinderella.

They were SO fun to create! They were greatly received by both my daugther and several customers! They were perfect for a trip to Disney in the August heat!