Monday, November 18, 2013

Samantha's blessing dress

Samantha is now 3 months old and was blessed at our church on Sunday two weeks ago (I'm a Mormon and you can find out more about my faith here).

We had a bunch of family come to town for the weekend and the blessing on Sunday and it was such a great time.  I always get really nervous when we have "events" or people coming around just to see us.  What if I'm not that exciting or they have a horrible time?  This time I didn't worry about that stuff at all once everyone was here!  It was excellent.  So excellent I didn't take many pictures because I was having too much fun and leaving my phone elsewhere...oops!

But anyway, I had to make her a dress!!

I always go through the remnant bins at JoAnn's and had found this lovely fabric there a while ago.  It's like eyelet, but there are no holes...I'm not sure what it's technically called.  Anyone know?

Anyway, I used the Geranium Dress pattern in size 3-6 months to make this and lined it with the lining from a linen skirt that I don't fit into anymore.  That's slippery stuff, lining.  But it worked out.

Traditionally blessing outfits are white to symbolize purity, I wanted a tiny pop of color here and there, and these were the perfect touch.

We put a onesie under the dress, and a white cardigan over, and some adorable little shoes that were a gift, on her feet.

And a tiny pink felt bow from this Etsy shop in her luscious hair.

It turned out just as I wanted.  Simple and adorable.

Aren't those cheeks the best?!  

Monday, November 11, 2013

molasses cookies and a coupon

First of all, it's my birthday this Sunday so I decided to make a coupon code for both of my Etsy shops to celebrate. You can use "HAPPYBIRTHDAY25" for 25% off any purchase of $25 or more in LadyFaceQuilts and LadyFaceMakes until Monday 11/18.  I'll be adding lots of new things this week so it'll be a great chance to get started on your holiday shopping : )

Now for cookies!

I posted this picture on Instagram on Saturday and got a request for the recipe. 

It's one of my very favorite cookies and always a winner around the holidays especially.  The recipe is originally from my mom's college roommate Patsy, who became a pastry chef so you know it's going to be delish.

Molasses Cookies (makes 3 dozen)

5/8 cup oil
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg

Blend the above ingredients in a medium sized bowl.

2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. salt

Add above ingredients to the molasses mixture and blend.

Add 2 1/2 cups flour and mix completely (if you like crunchier/crispy cookies then only add 2 cups of flour).

Roll dough into balls and dip in sugar.  Place on baking sheet.

Bake at 350 F for 8 minutes.  Let cool for a couple minutes before devouring, if you can wait that long.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Maggie Mae Dress

I bought the Maggie Mae dress pattern from Shwin Designs after my friend Holli made an amazing creation from one of their patterns (you should see all the wonderful things she makes anyway, she's seriously talented!).
I found this lovely mustard linen and floral linen both at JoAnn's and initially bought them to make scarves with, but after I stared at them for a while they were begging to turn into a dress.
I wanted to make it in time for Samantha's baby blessing and finished it that morning (just this past Sunday), a couple hours before church started.

The pattern is fantastic, but I got a little ahead of myself in some places and didn't bother to look at the directions after I cut out the pieces.  So I sewed some things closed before I was supposed to and had a "learning experience" that was totally my fault.  ALWAYS follow the directions.  Lesson learned. 
I scored this adorable felt bow at an online sale recently but you can find them here.

It all turned out well, and Abby loved the dress and didn't want to take it off!  That alone is a success! I sewed up the 4T size and the neck is a smidge big because she's still only 3 1/2 but I wanted her to be able to wear it for more than a month!  We added a cardigan for warmth that never came off so nobody could tell anyway.
The most adorable goof in town.  I'm so glad some of these pictures are usable!

The pictures in the pattern show 4 buttons to close, but I only used 3 and had no trouble. 
I love this pattern and the result so much that I've already cut out a 6-9 month sized dress in the same fabrics, and have listed it as a custom made dress in my etsy shop here if you're interested.  The colors are perfect for fall and winter, and all year really.  I've decided mustard is a wonderful color.