Friday, March 29, 2013

Handsewn - The Book & A Little Easter Fun

Recently I was gifted with an Amazon Gift Card and unlike others I NEVAH hold onto a gift card!  I was practically running to my computer to spend it! *LOL*  I had a few things in my cart for awhile so I knew what I wanted...but Amazon in their marketing amazingness, of course had suggestions for me.  One of the suggestions was this...



After spending a considerable amount of time hand stitching the lace to my MSN Lace Challenge dress, I was really interested in having a book in my sewing library all about hand stitches.  

Of course, I added this book to the cart.  It arrived Tuesday evening and I've been reading it every evening before bed.  I was way more concerned with the hand stitching techniques for tailoring than for embellishment.  However, after getting through the book, I'm glad that it's such a comprehensive book on hand stitching. Now when I'm questioning how to attach something or how to hand stitch a piece of a garment I have an excellent resource to go to. 

The book is divided into two sections ~ hand sewing for tailoring and hand sewing for embellishment.  Then the author further divides the hand stitches into Skill Levels along with the prerequisite tools and equipment chapter.  I think it's a great book if you want to stitch up samples or if you just want to use it as a reference guide.  It definitely has a place in my sewing library and I know that I'll turn to it again and again for hand stitching.  If you're interested in adding another layer of sewing techniques to your sewing arsenal, I highly recommend purchasing this book.


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It's Easter Weekend and we have a family tradition where the youngest kids come and dye Easter eggs with my Mom.  This year my daughter brought her kids, my sister's son & daughter came and my brother sent his son while his daughter (who I can't believe is 21!) came along to help out.  

Here's a few pics of the fun...



Dyeing the eggs all the grandkids, 
the nieces, nephew & my daughter


Dyed eggs

Easter treats for the kiddies


My babies eating pizza and cupcakes


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It's been a full two weeks at work...my new boss started last Monday and it's been a lot of long days filled with meetings and transitioning...so I have no desire to sew.  I really just want to veg this weekend and enjoy my family.  The jacket that I was finishing to accompany the dress probably won't be sewn.  I will probably wear a fingertip length beige cardigan with the dress.  Now I know I'm doing a great disservice to the dress but it would be worse to throw together a jacket than to find a substitute...at least in my book.  Things might change tomorrow but I doubt it.

...as always more later!



16 comments:

  1. Your family is just so cute! What a nice tradition!

    I think it's wise not to rush through the jacket if you're tired and not into it. Your dress will look beautiful regardless of what it's paired with!

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  2. Don't you love / hate those marketing suggestions. Soon it will be like Minority Report where the billboards address you.

    Looks like a lot of fun was had with your great Easter tradition. What a lovely thing for the kids to remember.

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  3. Enjoy your weekend. I'm glad to hear you are settling in. I hope that continues. The Easter traditions looks like loads of fun and I think I'll ask for the book for my birthday or Christmas. :) g

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  4. You family seems to be having a great time! :) Thanks for the scoop; I've been eyeing that book and have almost added it to my cart a couple of times.

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  5. How lovely, Easter egg painting, I miss all that, recharge and enjoy.

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  6. Happy Easter, Carolyn.

    ~Sewjourner

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  7. Oh what a lovely tradition! I envy you.My grandchildren are not accessible for Easter!All are otherwise occupied or too far away. Boohooo!

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  8. These family traditions make such treasured memories. Wise not to rush to get the cardigan done. That dress rocks on it's own so you will still be the belle of the ball Easter Morning.

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  9. Looks like a fun day, Happy Easter to you.

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  10. Thanks for the family pics! Hope you have a Blessed Easter.

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing you egg dyeing photos. It gave me a lot of nostalgia. Living in England things are a little bit different. Egg dyeing isn't really done here like it is in the US. I also got a fuzzy feeling seeing the US candy:-)

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  12. The jacket can wait, you have loads of gorgeous clothes and that lovely family should be enjoyed. Have a great weekend, thanks for the book rec. I don't have any gift cards (I don't let them grow cold either...) but I might bite anyway. Looks like good reading. :) K

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  13. Have a relaxing weekend. You deserve a break.

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  14. ADOR-ABLE family pictures!!!

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  15. Thanks for the book recommendation. Will have to check it out! You are so blessed to have so many generations under one roof!!! Glad everyone enjoyed themselves:)

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