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!