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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..

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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..

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…

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 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….

Creations from Olivia and Victoria

13 Nov

 

The girls, Victoria and Olivia gave me a sabbatical in September and October to enable me to concentrate on the younger children’s schooling..They endeavored to take the brunt of the business responsibilities..and they did a beautiful job!  I am back at the business but the pressure is definitely lessened as the girl’s, actually ladies, but they will always be my girls :-), have stepped up..I wanted to share some of their latest creations..logoDSC_6847 This is the Betsy Dress..and Grand knit ruffles..Designed by Victoria and I ..  mostly Victoria..

logoDSC_6838 This photo is precious! I wish we lived near our photographer!  She is in Wisconsin..She does a fabulous job!

logoDSC_7286 This is our Savannah tunic top/dress actually a Burda pattern and a couple of our favorite Moda Fabrics.. And the Grape Grand Corduroy Ruffles..We only had a few yards of this corduroy but thought it would make such nice winter pants..Olivia stitched the Savannah and the Cords..

DSC_7274 The yellow shoes are so cute!

 

shirtDSC_6860And last but not least the white ruffled top, Victoria made..it is a nice top for any time!!  I might have her make me one!

I am thankful for the sabbatical and the time to refocus and remember the blessings and priorities in my life…there is a time and a season for everything..

Baby bedding and handmade quilts…

18 Sep

 

The term bucket list..is new to me, but the concept is old..ideas..”oh, and I want to do this!”..according to the personality type, some can say that and then just go on with their every day life..is it just me? or does anyone else think..”oh, and I want to do or try this?!”  then it nags them until they do it???P1130699 A crib set..now, I have made many of these..since I have had 11 babies..but no two the same..and usually out of fabric I had around or someone had given me..necessity, the mother of invention.. 🙂  But, now I have the luxury of having a fabric shop and sewing business..so…”wow, this collection would make such a cute crib set!”….Then, you know you are really obsessed when you see this antique crib at your friend’s shop and you say..”Oh! that would show off the crib sets (that I haven’t even made yet) so well!..and…. it’s business, so I can buy it and write it off later for a tax deduction.”P1130694 Then, you add a baby quilt to the basic crib set..hand pieced…quilted by your self..when you have only quilted for a short time..

P1130691Then you get your son to set up the crib in your living room for a photo shoot..and..you move your living room around and your furniture goes into temporary places like your bedroom for an indefinite period of time..because you don’t know when the shoot will happen..

P1130702 Does anybody think I’m crazy yet??  Well, I do!  Especially, since I’m trying to keep up with home educating 8 children and we are planning the graduation of 2 of them..and did I mention..my physical health is not so great??

P1130709 Then, you call your friend, who has grandchildren, and a nice modern crib..so you can have a photo shoot on the modern crib..in case you would like to sell your crib set in the future..you need lots of descriptive pictures..

P1130714 Then you get to your friends..and she has you and 5 of your children stay to lunch..This was unbelievable to me!  Just 5 more, no big deal right??   When all that is said and done..Both shoots went well..Thanks to so many people!..Kezia took the pictures and helped make the beds 🙂

Olivia and Victoria did the sewing on the bumper pad and sheets…Victoria also helped me with the skirt..and I did the quilt and the children’s piano teacher..the best quilter I know..gave me help with some tough spots on the piecing of the quilt…

Soooo…what do you think?

Green sheet?   Grey sheet??

Modern crib?  Antique crib?

I would also like to give honorable mention to the side chair in the antique crib pictures…my dear husband went and picked this chair up on the side of the road a couple months back…It was covered in gold plastic..I had this “idea” to cover it in white linen..when I got it… it didn’t have a skirt, so I thought “a skirt would look so nice on this chair”…..I am enjoying this chair immensely in our living room..it is white and fresh…and it has been redeemed from the junk pile!…You can do so much with those side of the road finds!!

 

 

 

Victoria’s Birthday…

12 Sep

Our Head Seamstress..used to be me..but she is our most consistent seamstress now..Victoria had her 22nd birthday yesterday…

She requested pastees..PASS TEES..for dinner and she helped to make them…

I had fun decorating the table and helping with dinner…

Happy Birthday..♥♥♥

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We are so glad the Lord, gave her to us 22 years ago!

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

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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!

 

International Quilt Market..

29 May

 

Thursday May 15, we were privileged to be able to go to the spring International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh..P1120529Some of the privilege was in the fact that we were able to get away…

P1120532 Some of the privilege was we had the finances to do so…

P1120509 Some of the privilege was in traveling with my two oldest daughters..we work together…but this was going to be a vacation!!!

P1120506 Pittsburgh was daunting…We did great, because the Lord was with us, and because Mama grew up in the city..I mean down in the city 🙂

P1120513 Quilt Market was held in the David L Lawrence Convention Center…It was on  the shores of the Monongahela River.  Which was almost at flood stage..It  just rained and rained!!

P1120524 We saw such beautiful, colorful, artistic booths!  It was as colorful and gorgeous inside as it was rainy and glum outside!!

P1120512 There were all kinds of suppliers for the industry, and we don’t really quilt yet 🙂 we just sew and sell our fabrics…but oh, the quilts…amazing talent..

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And the exhibitors, the people were friendly, and helpful…and it was nice to just talk shop and we met people who were skilled in areas that we needed help..Then there was the trim man from Texas..he was our first stop..we like trims for our clothing!!! He was a dear man and he smiled and waved at these country bumpkins every time we passed!

There was a security guard who helped us almost every day…he called the convention center parking deck “my deck”, “my lobby”, “my building”…Oh we were just blessed by the people we met..Some we didn’t even get names..but we got smiles, laughs, and acceptance…I say acceptance because we are just a tiny business in the big pond of businesses that were represented there..

One fabric house we spoke with..I said, “we can’t order much because we’re just small” and one of the owners said…”we were small once too”..That was magnanimous of them!

We did order a lot of fabric..Some for designing..Some for our fabric store because we just thought it was beautiful, or fun, or would make something beautiful..The fabric below is organic..we got some lovely prints from this designer..they aren’t the ones shown..these aren’t out yet..But she drew all the pictures for her fabrics..very nice girl..I can say girl..she is a lady, but I am her senior by 20 years 🙂

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We learned a lot, we are still processing..But we hope to make good use of all we learned and to improve upon it and be good stewards of the time that my dear family gave us to go, and the Lord protected us, and helped us, and I hope we were a blessing to those we met as well…

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Got some of this grey ruffle lace..going to make something from it!

Thankful!