Thursday, August 27, 2009


This was originally posted May 4, 2007...

For those of you who follow the blog, and/or know me and my family, I am sharing this bit of info. Just recently diagnosed with Autism, our son Aaron is really making strides with his therapies. I submit this information on the blog because I feel that there is some bigger reason for this, and that the links between Craniosynostosis and developmental delays are probably stronger than we know. I usually have a lot to say, but on this topic, I'm speechless. All comments are welcome.

Oh, I do have one big thought at this point... I am so grateful for Early Intervention and all of the services they offer. But, I can't help but wonder... Isn't it a little creepy that the government gets involved in the developmental conformity of children?

And now...

He went to a birthday party, enjoyed it, and even let the clown paint his face!

He has grown so much... talks a mile a minute... can tell you anything you want to know about trains, levers, pulleys, axles and inclined planes. He is in school 12 months/year, and is just blossoming before our eyes. We are so grateful!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Better than the retro walk-away dress...

I need to share this link for the retro Whirl-Away Dress , which is so cute and perfect for the woman wearing it, that I just adore it...

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Thursday, August 20, 2009


At first, I thought it ridiculous, but then, my wheels started turning. I could think of some pretty cool applications for this. Could spats be the next new fashion trend?

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Friday, August 07, 2009

What is old can be new again...

This 1890's ensemble, bought at an auction, cried out to be refashioned for this millenium. This creative bride's personality was a perfect match for this dress. Here are the original three pieces, before we began:

and what we created:

Sometimes the vintage dream just won't conform to the woman's body. That is what extreme alterations are for! The addition of a shaped back panel of matching black silk gave this vintage store find a new life.

Check out this great little 1950's dress on the bridesmaid...

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Blushing (pink) bride...

I love it when a bride knows what she likes. This particular bride knows that she loves pink, was having a very conservative wedding, is very young, and wanted to look like herself on her wedding day. Using her favorite dress as a model, we developed a very basic design, and found a very soft, pink silk to create the look.

I was so happy to be a part of her day.

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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Happy moments...

I often forget to stop and share what projects made me feel proud, all warm and fuzzy inside, and truly happy to be in such a great profession. Although this first photo is really far from doing this dress justice, let me just share the idea with you.

This lovely bride (and even lovlier person) came to me with an idea for a dress to suit her very petite frame. For her outdoor, summer wedding, she chose this lovely silk gauze (you can see the texture in subsequent photos) and hand crocheted her own flowers to be used as appliques on the dress. She indicated how they should form an assymetric trail up the skirt and over one shoulder of the dress, and then chose a selection of antique buttons from her grandmother's collection to adorn the back of the dress.

The result was a true collaboration that thrilled us both. Here are her impeccable flowers, sewn on the bodice...

One shoulder (blurry, but you get the idea)

The skirt portion of the dress:

I really love this kind of project, and hope to do many more in the future.

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