Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sewing Room Valances

I had an hour yesterday afternoon, while naps were on the way here and put together these valances for my sewing  room. The one above however I think I will let down the hem as I find it a bit too short. Lace sheers will be coming when I find what I like.
The small valance using an old rod, for the closet area. It still needs more pink in this closet. I am going to get some pink flowered dishes at the flea market one of these days. The pattern "Wedding Roses". It was Dearest grandmothers pattern. They are $6.00 a plate, so not expensive for a bit of decorating. I also need to get some frames for some photo's. I want them in silver or pewter because I already have three is silver or pewter. I have my favorite of each of my children and my pet lamb and dogs. I also need to get picture hooks for the wall. But I am undecided on what pictures to hang. They are all needleworked pictures, but I have too many!
The 20 year olds bedroom is vacant ready to receive her items tomorrow. I have mixed feelings about her move in. She has always been my pet because she was so ill as an infant. Also her twin brother died at 8 months. So I have always been over protective of her. But she will find it difficult to live under house rules and is not afraid to state the obvious.

On a happier note we are taking a family trip in September to Prince Edward Island. This is for my 28th wedding anniversary which is actually in August but the tourist season will be over mid-September and rates for everything drops. It makes it much more affordable. But the weather will be cooler in the evening and nights and of course some days. My winter wardrobe is a dis-arrange of items with nothing matching. Normally I could care less except on Sunday, but even that is getting shabby looking ( Dearest told me so). I am one of those mom's, whose family looks fantastic all the time, but I am in 20 year old clothes, no make-up and looking like Cinderella before the ball. I think most mom's can relate. Everything before them, and I have always been that way. The feeling I am not worthy enough to spend the money on.

Well I need to have clothes for this trip. We are camping and doing some Missionary work while there, so it isn't all denim skirts and button down shirts. I need a flexible wardrobe. Good news is I'm in a sewing mode, now that my room is set up and in place to sew.So this afternoon while everyone is outside I scanned the computer for patterns. here are some of my selections. This Vogue pattern is my number one pick. I like the full skirt and the tight jacket. I am also getting this pattern.Because it is romantic and good for a Sunday. Another thought is this pattern, however I'm not totally sold on it yet. I do not like the square neckline on the top, but could make a different top. It is the jacket and skirt I like, love the skirt, but would make it about 2 inches longer. I like this skirt pattern, but something tells me I have something like it here already. Any how, before I buy any patterns I need to look through what I have, and the small amount of fabric I have here as well, and use it up first, then get into the new stuff.

Anyway, that's on my mind this afternoon.

Have a lovely weekend, and use sunscreen!


Keeper of the Past said...

Love the new valances in your sewing room. So happy that you have a room to work in. I hope all goes well with your 20 yr old. My daughter and I clashed at first but are very close now after she moved back for a couple of years.
I like your choice of patterns. I think I would love to own an outfit like your choice number 1 and 2. Happy sewing. God bless you friend and please know that you are worth many new outfits. Although I know your feelings, the children's needs always came before me. A mother's love.

Gill - That British Woman said...

I too love those valances, very pretty.


Anonymous said...

First of all, your pretty valances make me want to give up sewing! I could never sew that nice. Your clothes will look so nice too! You are a self-sacrificing mom to put yourself last..not too many moms have that virtue today (including myself lately).

Happy anniv (soon) and I am sorry you lost a baby in the past. I can understand why your 20-year old is favored. One son of mine was very ill when he was 5, and he is still being favored by us (he is now 24). love,andrea

Anonymous said...

I really love your valences. One day, I am hoping that I can make some for my kitchen window. However, I'm a very novice "seamstress," so I don't know when I'll get the courage to make them.

My wardrobe isn't so grand either, so don't feel bad. Most of it needs to go as it's not modest enough for me anymore, and/or it's too small for me to wear. Fortunately, I am a homebody, so I don't have to worry about it too much. I have a few items for out-of-the-house wear that work fine.

Happy anniversary! I hope you will have a great time on your trip. :)

Janet said...

Your valances are very pretty. My youngest was quite sick growing up until her early teens (I still worry about her - that never goes away :/). Your trip sound exciting ! My favourite books growing up was the Anne of Green Gables series and I did get to visit her cottage once in PEI when I was younger - loved it !

Paula said...

LOVE the plaid suit!! It will be gorgeous. I've had the pattern for the black suit for years, but I think I tossed it last time I sorted out patterns.

PEI was so much fun. It was so cool to visit Green Gables.

Anonymous said...

Hi, the valances look great. I love the colour.
Your trip sounds wonderful and I love the patterns ; )
Have a great day.

The Farmer's Daughter said...

I've always wanted to visit Prince Edward Island. Even went as far as obtaining tourist brochures and information a year or so ago. Hope you show us lots of photos!
I vote for the Vogue pattern! In fact, it is much my style and I've written down the number for me! Thanks for doing my shopping for me!

Anonymous said...

Oh they are just lovely! :) The valances are so pretty and feminine and just right for the room.

The patterns...I have the romantic one :) It is a lovely pattern...I bought it for the pants and the long jacket. The first one is very nice and you can use and reuse the jacket considerably.

The skirt pattern...I think you could probably draft the pattern yourself, it looks very easy to do.

The other one...I don't like the boxy shape of the jacket...but the square neckline is unusual :)

Overall...You are going to look smashing!


PS: Enjoy putting together your wardrobe and enjoy the process :)

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

Your valances look nice and the trip sounds wonderful!

Have a great week!


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