Monday, July 07, 2008

July update...

Summer is flying by as it always seems to do. Last week Mike was on vacation, and I was away from the computer, and here is a little bit of what we did...
~lots of weeding--the garden is loving the frequent rain that we have been getting...

~ a trip to a nearby town's gardenfest...

~ a day trip to a nearby canal town...

...lots of walking, lunch, and ice cream at Ben & Jerry's...

~ a family picnic at the lake and a new baby to meet. The perfect chance to use the Heather Ross gnomes fabric that I bought last year, to make this little dress and matching booties...

Both patterns were found online--the fabric baby shoes tutorial, thanks to Rhiannon at Maked, is posted here, and the "Itty Bitty Baby Dress" tutorial can be found here, thanks to Rae! Both patterns sewed up easily and quickly...

Hope you had a great Fourth of July!


  1. Anonymous3:05 PM

    That dress is so cute! Wish my daughter was still little wear dresses.

  2. Adorable dress and shoes!

  3. Been lurking here for awhile, so... hello! :)

    Those fabric shoes are just too cute, and the gnome fabric made me drool. I love little gnomies.

  4. They are adorable! I have been thinking about trying to size that dress up to 4T but I havent dared yet.

  5. Thank you Alaska family, Jean, Mist, and Melissa.
    Melissa~in case you're interested in enlarging it, there is a pattern for this dress in a 3T at:

  6. Toni from NC7:43 PM

    You are so talented. The gnome dress is utterly adorable. Thanks fo rthe inspirational posts.

  7. Sounds like a lovely week with your husband~ day trip, sewing an adorable outfit & ice cream. Lucky you!

  8. Sounds like you had a nice time away. That dress and little shoes is adorable. Lucky little girl :)


  9. What a gorgeous dress and booties!!! I love the fabric, just adorable..

    Jodie :)

  10. The dress and shoes are SO CUTE. Darn my kids are not cooperating in the area of providing grandkids for me to spoil. The fabric is just adorable.

    - Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

  11. Oh my goodness Debbie, that has to be the most charming little dress and shoes. Now I need to find a baby ;-) Clarice

  12. Anonymous12:28 AM

    I am glad that you are enjoying your garden and your summer! The dress and booties are precious :)



  13. Love the gnome set!

  14. Deb, the baby dress and shoes are adorable and just perfect for the fabric.

    Your garden is coming along well. Nothing seems to bring a garden along quite like a rain.

    God bless.

  15. The gnomes fabric is so cute, a precious dress and slippers

  16. What a great time you had. The dress is adorable. I like the contrasting fabric you chose for it. What a good way to spend a day thank you for sharing.

  17. Oh, what a darling dress and shoes! My son and DIL are expecting their first baby any day, but we don't know what it will be. I'll be looking the dress pattern up if it's a girl. The booties will work thought!

    Thanks for sharing.

  18. Love all your July pictures especially the vintage blue bike! The little fabric shoes and matching dress out of gnome fabric are adorable :-}

  19. Beth of Upstate NY8:21 AM

    I recognize that canal town! Welcome to Pittsford, NY.

  20. Storybook perfect week and delightful dress and booties!

  21. So cute!!! I love that gnome fabric so much. Very adorable...glad you enjoyed the pattern. (:

  22. Love that you ahve stuck the little yellow picture in there.

    I live just outside that little town - closer to the one with the fort.

    We must be some what of neighbors - how nice.


  23. Well, my goodness, Lewiston, NY (I did the detective work of enlarging the pic of the village sign in front of the oldest house in town)! I lived in Buffalo for 24 years and worked in Niagara County for the last 3 years before I went to seminary (my office was in Niagara Falls, but I traveled all over the county, doing talks, classes, workshops, and presentations). One of my best friends is the Episcopal priest in Lewiston, and I have spent many happy hours there. I LOVE your blog, and am enjoying reading back over the last few months. Your yard and gardens are FAB.

  24. Love the dress and booties!!!. Wish I had a sewing machine..ok that I was actually good at sewing, makes me want one for my 7 month old. Love your blog!

  25. Anonymous2:56 PM

    This may seem like a silly question, but I was wondering if you attended a trade school, or college for sewing? Your sewing skills are beautiful, and very professional. Thank you. Teresa

    1. Teresa, thanks for the kind words. I learned to sew at an early age...maybe about 9...both from my mom and in 4-H. Over the years, lots and lots of practice and learning from my many mistakes has helped me improve my skills.
      So glad you stopped by,


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