Monthly Archives: February 2016

Enjoying the Lakes!!!

The last couple weeks have been busy!!!  I made an impromptu visit up to MI to see my folks a week ago.  As you can imagine, it was C.O.L.D.!!!  However, it was so nice to be able to spend some time with my folks as well as my sister.   I enjoyed a lunch out with mom one day.  Time with my folks is precious and I am so thankful that I got to sneak in an unplanned visit.



An unexpected bonus to the visit was that I enjoyed soaking in the hot tub with my sister in the evenings. I never thought I’d like that, but was glad that she was able to prove me wrong. LOL! It’s pretty spectacular to see the stars at night from the hot tub.  Thankfully, you won’t be seeing a picture of us in the hot tub!!!  Hahaha!!!

The frigid temperatures warmed up as the week progressed and the last day there I took this picture of the lake on my early morning walk!  What a beautiful sunrise!

The first picture is from the back of their condo and the second picture on my walk.  What a wonderful view they have!  The sunrises are stunning!


Then it was back home long enough to do some cleaning, laundry and organizing around the house and I was off again – this time to teach a class in VA.

I travelled to VA on a day that bad weather was expected.  Thankfully, I just had drizzle and fog for the drive, but after all the students arrived at the beautiful lake home of the hostess, the weather took a turn for the worst.  We were able to enjoy class in the afternoon, but had to head to the basement family room due to tornado warnings!!!  Yikes!  Of course, we all grabbed our needlework (and snacks) and stitched while we waited out the storm.


The room was spacious and comfortable – we weren’t suffering a bit!  LOL!  We all got quite a bit of stitching done during our time in the “shelter”. Thankfully, the storm and tornadoes took a little jaunt around the town and we missed the worst of it.  My husband had been watching the storm on the radar and said that this jaunt in the storm could be attributed to nothing other than God protecting us!  So thankful for His protection.

The remaining days were spent either doing handwork in the upstairs living area which had a beautiful view of the lake and great lighting or at the sewing machines in the front of the house.   It’s a good thing that it was cold or I know I couldn’t have kept anyone inside!

The ladies hard at work……

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Who wouldn’t love stitching in this room?  We all enjoyed our beautiful location for the handwork!


Sunrise over the lake was as pretty here as it was in MI.


The students were delightful and I believe that it is safe to say that we all had a great time!  Our hostess was wonderful, the meals delicious and we all enjoyed stitching and laughing together.  🙂

So, that’s what I’ve been up to.  I hope you’ve enjoyed some fun stitching as well.  Easter will be here soon!!!



Beautiful Bonnets!!!

It’s a chilly morning here in NC, but warmer weather, spring & Easter will be here before long, which brought to mind bonnets and memories of Easter finery along with hats and bonnets.

Growing up in Michigan and Canada, we always had new church clothes for Easter, complete with purse, hat and white gloves.  Never mind that we were usually wearing these with our winter coats and frequently snow!  LOL!

This month our SAGA guild had a program on bonnets, so I pulled out the bonnets I had at home and brought them to the meeting.  However, I thought I’d share them here for inspiration for the broader readership.

This is one of my favorite Easter outfits made in the recent past.  This was a class taken from Debbie Glenn and the ensemble is made from handkerchief linen – beautiful in every way.  The bonnet is just delightful – down to the details inside the bonnet that frames the sweet face!

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Olivia Easter 2014

I wish I had a better picture of this bonnet – it was made to go with the Christening gown for a pretty 2-year-old girl.  I was commissioned to make this outfit and loved the way it turned out.  The smocking design is from Peanut Butter and Jelly Kids “Lauren Marie”.  KV1C8921

This is another favorite ensemble from the past.  I recently posted on the updated pattern/class for the dress.  The bonnet is just as sweet as can be and was based on a vintage pattern design, as was the dress.  I love the star-shaped smocking at the back of the bonnet.  This outfit is made of fine line piqué.



Even more adorable “on”.  Wow – have the years flown by!!!


Probably one of my most favorite bonnet patterns was the one that I made for our youngest daughter’s Christening gown and then I made the same bonnet for the granddaughter’s.  The pattern is from Susan York’s “Sarah’s Sweet Baby Things”, which is now out of print.  If you ever locate one, snatch it up – it’s the most beautiful gown and bonnet!

The bonnet is made from Swiss batiste and the bonnet brim is 2 layers of cotton organdy.  Love this!



Some of my other sweet baby bonnets are the simple rectangle made with laces and a casing in the back.  This bonnet pattern is available from Sara Norris.

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Could this be any cuter???  This is being worn with one of my dresses featured in Sew Beautiful.

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Worn by our oldest granddaughter as well.  🙂


One of the vintage styles that I love is the simple t-bonnet style.  This one was made for our youngest daughter 23 years ago – ribbons, lace and entredeux.  The granddaughter’s have worn it as well.  🙂  That makes me happy!  The instructions for these are found in many of the French machine sewing books available.

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Then there are the summer bonnets, made to protect the little one’s face from the sun.  The pattern for this romper and bonnet is from Primrose Lane – the romper back is as cute as can be with ruffles on the butt.  They are 2 different patterns, links for both included.   Not the best picture, but you get the idea.  The outfit is made of fine line piqué and trimmed in cotton gingham.



Of course, I couldn’t forget the adorable bonnets made last summer for the little girls to have at the beach.  I have the vintage Children’s Corner pattern “Emily Ann” which includes the bonnet in 2 sizes.  There are similar bonnet patterns available for this style bonnet.  These are also made of fine line piqué.

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Eva bonnet

I know I’ve made more bonnets than this, but hopefully this will inspire you to get started on your Easter sewing and bonnets!!!  It comes early this year!  Now, to find a bonnet to make……