A sewing frenzy has begun at Bella Manor! I only wish this really WERE a grand manor and I had ladies to help ‘cause I have a LOT to accomplish in a relatively short time for the wedding.
I have been experimenting with my posy making skills to see which ones I like the best for various projects.
Here’s one of my favorites so far. I am finding out that scrim is a wonderful wonderful fabric for projects like these. It’s lightweight yet has just a little body to it.
I like this little cutie for appliqué projects that I will probably have. This one took a few tries before I decided on the best way to make it. Again, I used scrim.
These were probably my favorites.
Here’s a little layered posy.
Okay, so I love this one too. They look best if you use several different fabrics. This one has linens, tulle, and printed cottons. Love the look that the frayed edges give the little lovelies!
This one was probably the most trouble, and my least favorite.
Although, now that I see this photo. I’m liking it much much better!
So what am I using these for? Various projects for the wedding. BUT……one of the most fun projects will be the special handmade “thing” that I will be making as a gift for the girls who will be serving food and helping us with the wedding. I can’t say too much because I don’t want to spoil their surprises! Lets just say that I think they will each one be very unique and personal and I hope that they love them!
Heather and I finally hit the fabric store this weekend and started picking up bits and pieces of this and that for our table decorations and projects.
Yummy silks, dotted swiss, printed cottons, and laces.
That gauzy scrim that I was showing. It was so inexpensive that I bought yards and yards of it.
Petite daisies and other florals.
We loved these tiny velvet posies. And of course, you can’t beat rick rack trim!
I’m beginning to pull out my vintage hankies. Also in the picture above.
So…..these fabrics will be used in small ways throughout the wedding decor. The back drop is so dark in the barn that we decided to go a little brighter with our colors. I had previously envisioned paler pastels. Table cloths will (hopefully) be your basic white. We’re still shopping around for those. I couldn’t believe how much they wanted to just RENT them for the day!
I experimented with this little candle today. I purchased that burlap strapping at Hancock's for .79cents a yard! WOW! What a deal. What else can I use it for…….
I still need to make some kind of cute little tag to hang from the front. We plan on using plenty of candles to kind of brighten the barn up a little. The only thing is, they must be battery operated. YIKES! Expensive! I’m scheming on that one too, though. I’m thinking of buying really cheap white candles, hollowing them out some in the center, and using the less expensive battery tea lights. I still have to sit down and figure how much that would save us. It’s a plan though!
I love the way that our vintage brooches are looking with everything. I could just leave these sitting out all of the time, they’re so happy looking!
We have completely changed the look of Heather’s dress.
Our “look” if you will is kind of vintage inspired, country boy meets city diva. If that makes any sense. In other words, it will be a mixture of vintage, burlap, lace, tulle, satins, and…..everyone is wearing cowboy boots. Yep, even with their dresses.
So here’s the new dress pattern.
Now this one feels RIGHT to me! Less formal, a little flirty, more of a tea length. I’m going to make a couple of petticoats to go underneath with tulle ruffles on the bottom that will peek out. I think it has that vintage vibe that we’re going for but is still just dressy enough. I’m actually looking forward to this one! Maybe it’s because it feels more like an art project than just sewing a dress.
So what a beautiful mess my house has become. Bright colors and pretty posies everywhere!