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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Winter perfect for celebrating the New Year!

Can't you just see a pine circled skating rink and whisper soft snowflakes falling! Winter White Fleece is fashioned into a cozy dress with matching beret (have to have a little bell on the beret!)....Jacobean embroidery stands out on the bodice and beret. The style of this gown fits loose,comfy and will keep your snow princess toasty warm!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cair Paravel Christmas Gown

Upon the hill,
A ruined castle stands.
It once was the house
Of all our glory:
Cair Paravel

Four thrones
Have waited there
The endless ages through.
They wait
Like a half-forgotten dream
In Cair Paravel.

A little girls dream dress...size three

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

English Country Jacket in Autumn Shades

Walks in the country and tea at four...Add a scarf and pin to the forest shades of the English Country Jacket...

Friday, November 12, 2010

Harvest Pillow

Autumn Harvest Pillow....Eggplant and Pumpkin shades...I love jewel tones they add richness and warmth to my home...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Rattie Tattie Bunny Shirt and Prairie Skirt

Available for Thanksgiving...A Prairie themed skirt and top with just a bit of country fun to it! A fun distressed Olive and Black Ratty Tattie shirt with an adorable nutmeg bunny!!! Add a matching nutmeg print skirt with a bounty of prairie animals...Horses, Bunnies... Deer, Wild Turkeys and even!....Buffalo!!! Now at my store Shades of Wyldemor in the Wee Maids of Wyldemor Collection!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Little Gypsy Tea Dress

Little Jaelyn shares her spectacular smile and captures the Little Gypsy Tea dress OOAK perfectly, in a size 5 -6!!! ...A sweet design that has a vintage feel to it.... An old rose print complements three additional fabrics to create this one of a kind little girls ensemble. A unique outfit for celebrating special occasions. On Sale for October! Just follow this link for more pictures and purchasing info

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Autumn and Apple Picking

Acorn Apple Picking Jumper....Perfect for your Fall pictures and celebrations!!!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Here Comes the School Bus!!

Back to School Special....Cuteness Overload!!! Size Five with lots of glam...Perfect for those special first day of school pictures!!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Carnivals and Clowns!

Just a peek....Vintage clowns and swirly swirls remind you of the circus! A sweet dress in a extra roomy size two toddler. Custom orders available in the size of your choice!!! Cotton Candy Sweet!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Butterflies and Matching Dresses

Butterflies were the inspiration for this size four little girls gown...Shortly after I made it my garden had two special visitors!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

On Sale! One Available...Whirly Twirly Dress

Perfect Dress for Twirling....One available in a size 5/6 with shabby bows matching
flip flops! Too see additional pictures or to purchase just click on the banner above!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Antiques and Weddings

I want to share pictures of a dress I am working on right now...almost done!

Thank you friends!

Just want to take a moment to Thank each of you for your kindness...prayers...encouragement to our family as Joe continues with his treatment for cancer....A million thanks to each of you! He has completed the many weeks of radiation and first round of chemo....June through November he will have chemo alone without radiation...We are so grateful for every single moment we have together...there is much to be thankful for...laughter...grand kids...our marriage...and above all our trust in the Lord that He is faithful! Here is a pic of one of our trees this Spring... Our summer garden and roses are a sweet refuge.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

My Joe

A little over a month ago my husband was rushed to the E.R. A whirlwind of tests...Doctors...M.R.I's...bloodwork....showed a brain tumor.

If you would like to read my sons account of how it all begin please just follow the link below....I never imagined this happening nor the support and outpouring of love that has followed us...out of this a fan page has grown on facebook for him...hundreds of prayers, memories, comments and support! If you chose to take a peek I hope you come away feeling blessed... Mary

facebook link!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Just a Touch on the Wrist....

Just the smallest touch of lace...dried rose petals in a antique plate...a`music box from my and white photo of a loved one who has gone on to a better place...a note from the one you love....all are on my dresser. Little touches that make me smile...A soft green perfume bottle with adapter reminds me of a little girl sneaking into her big sisters room and putting a touch of "Midnight in Paris" perfume on her wrists...A vintage inspired crystal bottle to hold your favorite scent. Just a touch of elegance. Available for sale at my store Shades of Wyldemor.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Buried in Satin and Lace

Black satin, point D' espirt lace, antique gold Dupioni silk and cranberry hued lace adornments..The Beginning of a custom order for a wedding....The bride has shared it is going to take place in grand style. A rich Victorian manor will host the ceremony....Candlelight....Antiques...Red Roses...The ultimate wedding!
The pattern shown is a design that will grace my next gown and the shades chosen by the bride for her bridesmaid...Tonight I cut out the gown and tomorrow I begin pinning and stitching....watching it come together is worth every minute at my sewing machine!

I will be posting pictures as it takes shape!!! I can't wait to begin!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Hearts and Dinosaurs

When my boys were little, we would each decorate a brown lunch bag with our name a few days before Valentines day...Covered with hearts and Valentine greetings, they also included dinosaur and G.I. Joe stickers, giving some uniqueness and individuality to each persons creation... Truly Masterpieces!!! (from a Mothers point of view) The seven bags were taped onto the chair rail in my kitchen... Each of us would address a Valentine and slip it into the bag for every family member. ...On Valentines day I would fill them with candy, nuts and little treats....Time passed and legos and action figures were boxed away. Footballs, gym-shoes, backpacks filled my entryway... I insisted we still celebrate Valentines Day...There was an occasional "Mom, you got to be kidding" truly good sports they tolerated a memory their Mama treasured. So, a brown paper lunch bag was decorated by each of them as teenagers...each one with his name and a quickly scribbled heart, I seem to remember one that was identified as "Joe The Great" hang in the kitchen...on the chair rail...for Valentines Day!

Grace and Kindness Meet

This little list comes from a late-nineteenth century book entitled "Correct Manners" A little bit of nostalgia that I hope you enjoy! Nineteenth century courtesies that were valued enough to be written down to be remembered. However after reading it I sadly realize I often fall short....choosing not to berate myself or make excuses, I think today I shall remember the grace...kindness...consideration expressed by another woman many years ago.

Never break an engagement when one is made, whether of a business or social nature. If you are compelled to do so, make an immediate apology either by note or in person.
Be punctual as to time, precise as to payment, honest and thoughtful in all your transactions, whether with rich or poor.
Never look over the shoulder of one who is reading, or intrude yourself into a conversation in which you are not invited or expected to take part.
Tell the truth at all times and in all places. It is better to have a reputation for truthfulness than one for wit, wisdom, or brilliancy.
Avoid making personal comments regarding a person's dress, manners, or habits. Be sure you are all right in thee respects, and you will find you have quite enough to attend to.
Always be thoughtful regarding the comfort and pleasure of others. Give the best seat in your room to a lady, an aged person or and invalid.
Ask no questions about the affairs of your friends unless he wants your advice. Then he will tell you all he desires to have you know.
A true lady or gentleman, one who is worthy of the name, will never disparage one of the other sex by word or deed.
Always remember that a book that has been loaned you is not yours to loan to another.
Mention your wife or your husband with the greatest respect, even in your most familiar references.
If you have calls to make, see that you attend to them punctually. Your friend may reasonably think you slight them when you fail to do so.
Be neat and careful in your dress, but take care not to overdress. The fop is almost as much of an abomination as the slovenly man.
If wine or liquors are used on your table or in your presence never urge others to use them against their own inclinations.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tea and Me

Brewing a pot of tea is like a ritual for me. In the afternoon when it is time to take a break from sketching new patterns or sewing I can sit back and savor a cup. Top shelf over the stove is my tea cupboard ... Earl Grey, Orange, Chamomile, maybe English Breakfast?....I tend to have my favorite often...Mint with honey. The sound of my tea kettle whistling is somehow comforting to me...the whistle reminds me its time for a break to stretch my legs...or on a nice day to walk along my garden. Today my cup of tea is a perfect moment to be thankful that I am toasty warm! As I peek outside the wind gusts and snow seem to be tossing the poor birds around. Whistling tea kettles must be a simple reminder of my home, as two of my sons asked for tea kettles that whistle when they got married...Tea in a china cup is a mug comforting...It warms the heart as well as takes the chill off an Winter afternoon.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Unconvential meets Scentimental

Satins that feel like a rose petal....Cranberry and black satin in a form fitting bustled design for an unprecedented bride....Unique as the bride who dreamed about a gown that would express her individuality! Inspired from a Godey Peterson antique magazine....created as a custom order.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Jenny's Hands

Jennifer Caroline Johnson grandmother was born on May 23, 1894. One of fourteen children she knew how to make do... One hundred and one years later we said goodbye to her. I remember how beautiful Gram was to me....She smelled like ponds cold creme and fresh bread and egg coffee. I have yet to see a house as clean as her magnificent Victorian. The walnut wood always was polished to a high sheen and on holidays decorated. The tulips and daffodils she planted were tucked in vases through out the house. The dining room table was laden on Easter with hams, pickled beets, deviled eggs, rutabagas, scalloped potatoes, green beans, and creamed peas.... her homemade Parker house rolls.... Her spice cake, cinnamon rolls, coffee cakes and doughnuts were staples that I grew accustomed to. Her hands ...always crocheting lace for sheets, baby blankets and pillow cases...her knitting was so fine I still have never seen anyone who could compare. When she was old her hands still held a grace to them... I remember on Easter Sundays her impeccable taste...White gloves, pale suit, stylish hat with a little net on it and spectator shoes. When we walked into church I was so proud of her... Treasured memories of a little girl who is now a Grandmother.... I hope my home reflects the many memories my Grandmother gave me.

Friday, January 22, 2010

One Tidbit Coming Up

Been thinking....My husband says that when I say this that it will usually cost him money!! He can rest assured that it won't this time...As I put together my thoughts for my blog I included that I would be sharing "Tidbits". It occurred to me Hmmm, What the heck is a tidbit, Reallllllllly? A word of wisdom?....folklore remedies?....quotes from the Farmers Almanac?...unsolicited advise from the person in front of you while your standing in line waiting for you prescription? So I went right to the source! Websters says it is a choice piece of food or a choice or pleasing bit of information! Being that I love both (food a little more) maybe its time to share a recipe...Can't help is right up there with loving the Lord my family and sewing!

If you were fortunate enough to freeze some rhubarb Hallelujah!! If not, please consider this for Spring....You will become legend in your family!

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Pie (make two hide one)
1 Cup sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1 egg
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract(so much better than imitation!)
3/4 pound rhubarb cut into one half inch slices (about 3.5 Cups)
1 pint fresh strawberries, halved
1 unbaked pastry shell for a 9" pie pan (splurge! buy yourself a pretty one)

In a large bowl beat sugar, flour, egg and vanilla. Fold the rhubarb and strawberries into in and pour into the pie shell.

3/4 cup flour
1/2 Cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oats (quick or old fashioned)
1/2 Cup cold butter

Combine the topping by cutting with a pastry blender or a knife, until it is crumbly. Sprinkle over pie.

Bake at 400 for 10 minutes then reduce heat to 350 and bake 35 minutes longer.
We like our pies a little on the tart side, so I usually only use 3/4 Cup sugar in the rhubarb mixture !!Cool and stick in the ice box (sounds so ol fashioned) and then enjoy!! YUMMO

Southern Nights

Every single time I make a gown I hear myself saying..."Oh, this is my favorite!" I love this fabric! It looks like it was made just for this design...This gown was a custom order sewn for a museum curator in the South. She will wear it while giving tours of a Antebellum home....While I was working on her gown she dashed off an email and said a gown had been donated to the museum from 1863 and it was identical in the design that I was sewing!!! Wouldn't it be incredible to step back in time for one day...

Not Your Mama's Jacket

Gorgeous one hundred per cent silk opera jacket....shirred cuffs and collar and buttons in the front side....totally a statement glamming up jeans or standing on its own for a evening out...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Best Friends

Sometimes best friends show up in the most unlikely places! My backyard became the perfect winter wonderland with a family of snowman!

Juliet Necklace

A necklace worthy of a poem....Available in my store Shades of Wyldemor

I Look for no greater prize
Than your soft voice.
The steadiness of your eyes
Is my heart's choice.

I have never been rich before,
But divine
Your step on my sunlit floor
and wealth is mine?

Anne Campbell

A love Story

Swans ............simply take my breath away. Their grace and beauty is so often captured in and mementos of love...I had to include the antique Valentine swans...

I heard a true story from a woman who owned a pair of swans. A love story...She told me that swans mate for life...Her two swans were attacked and the females injuries were so severe, she passed away. The male swan mourned her for several days with a sad cry. When she shared this with me...I couldn't help but shed a tear... I still think of it each time I see a swan.