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Victoria has been sewing some new creations..

2 Oct

This was one of my favorites to design..When this fabric came it was exciting. I started and Victoria came up with the details on the bodice and sleeves.  She has an eye for detail.






Here are some peeks at others we have done this fall.  Been incorporating more knits this fall.. Organic knit from Monaluna..with a little lace splashed on..

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Then, a full skirt with lace and a lined lace knit top, identical to the mommy’s top in above photos




We also did a little Christmas dress..


It has been so long..6 months..so much has happened..Babies born at church, summer travels, and now home schooling in full swing..

This year I am more intensely a teacher at our school.  More involved sharpening the children’s skills..

Victoria is doing the bulk of the sewing and Olivia the bulk of the book work and customer relations..

But, we all get a chance in the sewing room, and we all have our hand in the design and the decisions..It has been a journey.. We have been at this since my Ezra was 3 months old and in November he will be 7!! That is a long journey.. Not over yet, the girls have the equivalent of a college education in fashion design, garment construction, textiles, merchandising, self-employment, and home economics..

It amazes me what hard work and perseverance can accomplish..

Our family is taking a different direction, and it is good to see how in all labor there is profit..as the Lord says in His word.

Not always monetary, but surely lasting..

Here are a few custom dresses, designed and made for a little mother up in Michigan

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So thankful to God for His precious Son, Jesus Christ, who saves us from our sin and ourselves and gives us gifts and talents to share with others..So thankful for the never ending work of the Holy Spirit in our lives..refining us..and growing us..and giving us the desire to be more like Him..

Always want to give God the honor and credit..So many verses in the Bible are key to my heart..But one stands out today..

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing…With out Him, we can do nothing..He is the beginning and the end of everything.. John 15:5 in the Bible.

Too much to comprehend, but so beautiful and comforting..

Looking forward to having a little more time to do some more blogging! 🙂

Easter Finery

6 Apr

We had the privilege of singing in a sunrise service at a local community church yesterday..It was glorious to wake up get dressed and go sing praises to God and remember the resurrection of His son Jesus!  It was EARLY!!   We were there just before 6:00 a.m.

Spring is such a beautiful time to remember God’s faithfulness, His creation, His life giving power!  Grass is greening. Buds are ready to burst and the air is warming..We are thankful for His faithfulness to us in many ways..one being the coming of spring each year…..
P1160905The girls..they made the dresses..and Olivia made the crocheted flowers for their belts and their hair..
P1160910 The boys..men..plus our Choir director..Darius McBride..P1160908The girls and I we also made my dress last year..and Olivia helped me to crochet my little flower..


Our family..

I pray He makes us more aware and more thankful in every aspect of  our lives..  In Him we live and move and have our being..

He is the author and finisher of our faith..He alone is worthy to be praised, honored, and glorified..

The last custom sewing for 2014..

18 Dec


A quick addendum to yesterday’s post..Victoria finished up our last custom accessories for our mama in Mass. DSC_0441 The white top is just a white version of our Lacey top on our website..P1140695 This little red pleated dress is what she sent for us to match..she asked for white.. we love the versatility of white..P1140699 These pants have 3 ruffles..the middle ruffle is stretch lace..I designed these and Victoria made them happen..A mother’s respect for her brave daughter..I confess most of my life I have been afraid of knit..the older machines on which I learned to sew..just messed up knit!..Hence knit-phobia set in 🙂  But our newer, machines and Victoria’s courage in the face of the – her mother got on..Is amazing!.. She has pioneered, for our family, and I am going to conquer this phobia..with her help! :-)…

Oh, and did I mention that my sewing speed is speeding?  And knit does take a great measure of patience??  Godly virtue that I don’t possess and He may use learning to sew knits in teaching me this fruit of the Spirit..

Merry Christmas..We have got to get some sewing done for our selves now 🙂

Custom Sewing and reflection…

17 Dec

Almost 6 years ago..I started a sewing business..Over the last 27 years well, more..I have sewn here and there for family, friends and an occasional wedding..But in February 2009, I began making dresses to sell on e-bay..then etsy..then our own dedicated website..

Olivia and Victoria helped with little things like turning things inside out..running elastic and packaging.. Today, 6 years later, they are almost exclusively sewing and running a business that has grown each year..The Lord has given them a college education in the last 6 years..they have no written degrees but the amount of experience they have is astonishing..at least to me!!

In those 6 years we have designed, and sold our designs..but much of our work has been custom..people with idea’s coming to us and we have been able to make them a reality..That is very fun..it can also be stressful because we care so much that they get what they want..what they are envisioning..

Below are some photo’s of our latest custom order..A mama in Massachusetts has a precious daughter who she wants to keep covered and warm..her description was mod and modest :-).. The thing that is fun about this mama is she doesn’t have financial limitations..so she sent us 4 dresses and instructed us to make pants and a top to accent them..

The 4th dress’s pants and top are currently being sewn up..Her main instruction to me was “Chrissi, I want you and the girls to have fun”…this was freeing..as designing is so fun..

For one dress I got silk dupioni..a lovely fabric and we designed a little top and triple ruffle pants..I wanted the ruffles to show NO stitching..they turned out beautiful.. the top also showed minimal stitching..

P1140668 this was a great lesson in fine stitching for the girls…


 Red dress is not our creation..just ivory, silk dupioni accessories..

P1140670 This dress was the inspiration for the silk dupioni..it was to be worn at a wedding..

P1140665 These pants are made from a jaquard in gold tones..They were to go with the dress below which was more of an every day dress..our customer’s mother-in-law made the little red dress..she is from Pakistan..The way everything came together was so fun!

P1140661 It was relaxing to go outside the box of having to get orders done to being creative and blessing someone..Victoria made hairbows out of the gold jaquard to match this outfit..the mama was surprised..

As I reflect on these things it is a cause of gratefulness to the LORD for His faithfulness..He promises that if we are faithful in the little things  we will be faithful in much..My adult daughters and I are learning faithfulness in integrity in business and craftsmanship..Not so spiritual..but yet profoundly spiritual..

We are learning that you never arrive..we are always in a place to learn and grow..and that is a great lesson in humility..For our family..humility is a virtue..It is what our Savior has called us to.  The realization that He is the giver of gifts..We want Him to be glorified, we want his love to flow through our hearts and minds and fingers and to reach others, those who know Him and those who we hope will know Him someday…Jesus is the only one who makes our life worth living..He is our all in all..And He has provided this place for us and we are thankful..

Have a Blessed Christmas and Holiday season…do take time to reflect on His gifts to us..

Chrissi, Olivia, and Victoria….

Photo shoot…

17 Jul

DSC_0896We have been very busy lately with our sewing business, and summer canning and just life.. We contracted with Goodyear aerospace to make slip covers for the Goodyear blimp..and that has been a long process..the girls are planning to finish those this week.

In the midst of that we have been preparing for our first show…”A day in the Country” to be held at the Randolph Fairgrounds in October…In order to get ready for that, I took the advise of a business man I know to have some girlies walking around the show in our outfits.. We decided to measure some girls up that were likely to be there and make up some fall garments for them..We always picture what we make in order to be able to offer the garments in our online shops.

…. Enter, a big photo-shoot…we designed garments, made them up and scheduled a photo shoot place and time..I wanted to thank the girls and their mommies by serving lunch..so we worked up a tea party.. The planning and ideas kept coming and it got bigger than we first thought..It did turn out to be stressful for us, making sure everything was done and ready for the day..P1130215



But I am so pleased with the results..truly, it is hard work to get such satisfying results..but work is good, and God is true when He says “in all labor there is profit”..my older sons think profit is mainly in the form of money..and I am not averse to money..But there are many other forms and riches in character and growth, and blessing others that are profit!!

DSC_0798 Children are a heritage from the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is His reward..



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The smiles on these girls faces..the joining in together at the tea party..that is profit!


Custom order…

2 Aug

This was a custom order from a recent customer, Suzanne.. I just wanted to share her pictures, she did such a nice job of arranging them!  Her order consisted of a request to send us her fabric and make her some of our triple ruffle pants.

We were happy to help her!  The fabric arrived and we realized we had more than enough, I let her know and she asked us to make an apron knot dress with some of the left over…this first picture is the dress we made and the hairclip and the triple ruffles…Great picture!!

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This next picture is one of her dresses with our ruffle pants and hair clip….

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The following picture is also her dress and our pants and clip…

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Again her dress and our pants ..
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Isn’t that fun!??

Thank you for the pictures Suzanne!   And thank you for the chance to do a custom order for you!

Sewing and designing…

9 Mar

This year our designs just haven’t been coming as quickly.

There was a time when they would be popping out of my head so fast my girls couldn’t keep up.  The girls have great ideas too.

This year, our family had a lot of flu’s go through and it seemed like we were slogging through mud and fog! Whew!  I think we are on the upswing.  I hope and pray we are on the upswing 🙂

Last month we designed with the help of pictures from a customer, these two out fits…P1070272

pic20130228210044 She sent these pics of the clothing and her girl’s! Aren’t they great!!  She contacted us and asked us to do a custom listing and my famous “Sure” with out thinking got us in a little trouble!!  We didn’t know what she wanted.  She sent us some pictures and she wanted a french cuff short sleeve blouse.  Well, I had never made one before 🙂 We hunted up a pattern on Etsy.  And it was for a long sleeve blouse!   No problem!??    She was purchasing her fabric and had it sent to us, so that was good, it was just what she wanted.  Then the blouse pattern didn’t come and didn’t come.  As you can see from the pictures it finally did come and we altered it, Oh and it was a size 14 women’s pattern and this little girl does not wear that size 🙂

Many times I wish I would think before I say “Sure!”  Well, I’m so glad I did say yes to this woman, she was so delightful to meet and it was such a blessing to work with her.

Here is a close up of the blouse she took and sent us…

20130228_203230 (1)Victoria did most of the blouse.  They always leave button holes to me and we made these cool “link buttons” that we had never made before.  As Pa Ingalls says “All’s well that ends well” 🙂

We are definitely richer because of meeting this woman and stretching ourselves with this blouse!

Then our designing seemed to just keep taking a back seat, but today we shipped them to our sweet photographer, and she will get pictures of them on her girls.

I have to post some here because I am so happy to have them done!

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Front view 

This set was fun to make!!

Then Victoria Made this set…


I would get an idea and the girls would take it to completion.

Those are from our Daisy girl  collection and we also made some pieces that we call…

Little Miss..

Little Miss Rose     Little Miss Rose…

Little Miss Grace
 Little Miss Grace…

We started giving names to our pieces so we and our customers can keep them straight.

There is more but that is enough to give you an idea.

We did some things different.  My 12 year old tea died the battenburg lace,  she learned a new skill!

Our fabric is selling this spring.  It has been keeping us busy.  That is a nice thing to just have to measure it and cut and ship.

Hoping to get a breather after Easter.  This is always a busy sewing time.  We need to sew our Easter clothes!

Now that those designs are in the mail, I think Mom’s stress level will go down. I think it already is.  I’ve taken time to blog which hasn’t happened much this year!

I’m thankful for this place I can scrap book and journal on line and see what we’ve accomplished and see our things from further away.  It is refreshing.

Looking forward to a day of rest tomorrow and a day to fill up on God’s word!