Monday, March 7, 2011

Sewing Notes…

Good morning, everyone!

Hope you all had a beautiful weekend!  We had lots of sun, a little rain…lovely!

Just one project to share with you today, using Vintage Street Market's fabulous "Dimestore Vogue" Paper Sheets & Tags Kit.

Dimestore Vogue

I had so much fun with this!  My middle daughter, Sarah, has a great desire to learn how to sew--really, really well!  She already knows how to do the basics, but she would like to design and make her own clothing eventually, so she's got a BIG list of things she wants to learn!

My very good friend, Barb, has volunteered to be her sewing mentor, and we are SO grateful!  Her first lesson was last Thursday after with that in mind, I created "Sarah's Sewing Notes" for her to take along, stuff patterns into, take notes in, etc...

Here's the front fun to be able to just use one of the 12"x12" sheets as is...already collage-style and ready to go!  I just added a bit of lace trim & ribbon, a punched out flower using the beautiful aqua foil sheet, and gobs of ribbon pieces to tie onto the jump rings...just for fun!  A touch of platinum Stickles was used on every page, as well, for a just a bit of sparkle...

A pad of paper attached on this page...just for her to be able to jot down a thought or two...

A pocket was added on nearly every page to stick things in...pattern pieces, instructions...whatever!

A close-up shot of one ribbon "spool" is punched from the Tag sheet...with a bit of sparkle added, of course!

Another piece from the Tag sheet added her in the pocket for my girl to use to mark her place anywhere she pleases...

Wishes...she's got LOADS of them!

I had so much fun cutting out pieces from the marvelous packaging for this we have the two ladies from the front of the packaging...

...a "dress form" I made using the lovely crepe sheet, then backed with a slightly larger form cut from the aqua foil sheet,  topped off with a sparkly vintage button...

Just a shot of the last two pages together...and...

...the back of the notebook.  What better to finish it off with than this wonderful logo?!

What is it about a thick, chunky pile of chipboard, paper & trim that is just so darn appealing???  I sure don't know, but I like it!

Here’s a quick shot of my Sarah during her first lesson…so grateful to have a friend who’s willing to share her time and her talents with my girl…


Thanks, dear friend!

Hope your day is wonderful...see you soon with something new.



  1. Hi...beautiful book, I love all the detail and vintage images, the embellishments are adorable! I can see the time and love you put into creating this for her.

    That's awesome your friend is taking the time to teach her!

    Have a great day!

  2. Hi Julie, It's wonderful that your daugther wants to learn sewing and even making her own clothing one day. How sweet and supportive of you to create such a pretty notebook for her. I'm sure she will love it.

  3. Hi Julie... what a beautiful book for your daughter!... I know she will cherish it as she jots down notes and such... you are such a sweet mama to your children... making memories that will last a lifetime for them... how fun Sarah is so excited to learn to sew! and how nice your friend will take the time to teach her... xoxo Julie Marie

  4. How lovely to work as a mother daughter team Julie and such lovely inspirational results as well.

    B x

  5. I love what you've done with the folder! I'm so excited for you and your daughter. My daughter and I just spent Saturday picking up items from JoAnn's to use for her sewing lessons at school. I'm thrilled she wants to learn how to sew. I'm only a very basic seamstress. How lucky you are to have such a talented friend!

  6. Julie- I love this! What a treasure you have created for your daughter! I cannot wait to see what she creates with her new knowledge. Good for her for following her dreams. You have taught her this.:) Lori

  7. What a sweet little vintage/sewing post. My three daughters never did really learn to sew. That makes me sad. They are all older now and still have the desire, but now don't have the time. Good for you for workng with your daughter.


  8. Hey Julie, you changed up your blog background. Such a change from the other one but very nice indeed. I wish I had learned to sew. I barely get by with sewing on a button and would love to make mixed collage pieces like I see all over blogland. I want to embroider too. I just need to get to it and to heck with learning properly. I'll just make it up as I go along (that's usually what I do anyways). :) What a great mama you are to make a sweet journal for Sarah to use and document her latest endeavor. Surely she will carry on the family tradition of making note of everything life has to offer. Have a great week. Tammy

  9. I don't know what it is - but I LOVE THEM TOO!
    And this is just too stinkin' cute!
    She had to have just LOVED it.
    HUGS! Karen

  10. what a sweet mom you are to make that special gift for your daughter! what a treasure. i can't wait to see what she sews. what a great friend you have.

  11. Julie,
    You always inspire me with all of the amazing things that you make....but this is my favorite!! What a sweet notebook to make for your daughter!

  12. Julie,
    That is just wonderful. I don't know how you do it, but every post feels more meaningful and cuter than the last (well, actually, they are all wonderful). I love the paper, the stamps and especially what you have created for your lucky daughter!
    Bug hugs, sweetie,

  13. Julie, this is great! Love that you took all the time and energy to support your daughter's love of sewing. I LOVE that she wants to sew and sew well! This journal is amazing!

  14. Hi Julie - so nice projects ;o)
    Hope you will have a nice day - looking forward to follow your blog ;o)
    Greetings Tina from Denmark ;o)

  15. What a wonderful gift for your Sarah to treasure for years to come. So beautiful! I used to sew all my own clothes when I was a girl. I loved it and had lots of beautiful dresses that I had made. I also made my own coats for winter and such. It was cheaper to make your own clothes then, than to buy them. I used to sew a lot for my girls when they were small as well. They used to wear matching outfits in different colours. So cute. Now I've got a Grand daughter I will have to get busy and sew some things for her! I send love and hugs from a sunny frosty England! xxoo

  16. What a very lovely and pretty art projects! I bet your daughter will cherish your incredible work!

  17. Oh my! Your piece of artwork is so lovely and wonderful!

  18. This brings back SEW
    many memories, Julie!
    My mom sewed for me
    all my growing up years....
    and beyond, as she just
    made an ottoman slip
    when she was here : )
    I still get a little
    thrill when I go through
    the pattern books and
    think of what my project
    will look like. Good
    luck to your girl. I
    think it's brilliant to
    have an outside teacher!
    xx Suzanne

  19. What a fabulous book, Julie! It will be inspiring for Sarah to use, too. What a good, supportive Mama you are!

  20. Julie
    what a gorgeous book filled with vintage treasures! I love all the wonderful images you used! Your work is always from the heart! Happy Tuesday!

  21. I love love this book, dearest Julie. Always so much happiness when I visit you.
    Much love for a lovely Tuesday xxxxx

  22. Oh Julie,
    I'll bet Sarah will love this!!! And how exciting for her that she is learning to sew...It's "sew special!"

    I love your art--you absolutely inspire me!!

  23. Wow I bet you spent a lot of time on that journal for your sweet daughter. It is so wonderful and I know she will treasure it. Good job!! Thanks so much for stopping by to see me. Love your blog.

  24. What a beautiful treasure for your daughter. What a wonderful friend to mentor her. Love all the vintage image goodness.

    Have a great week, dear friend.

  25. Oh my wonderful is this..I so adore the thoughtful notebook you made her. What an amazingly creative idea. What a sweet friend you have...I hope your daughter enjoys her middle daughter loves sewing and has designed many a costume for school plays.

    Hugs and love .xoxo

  26. Only YOU would have thought to create a journal for Sarah for her sewing classes, Brilliant idea Julie. So creative and useful, What a wonderful gift!
    Be sure and share her talents with us here on her creative journey!
    hugs Lynn

  27. Oh Julie, what a sweet book for your daughter... it's so wonderful that your daughter wants to learn to sew... can't wait to see her creations!!!
    hugs~~~ Daphne