Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sewing Notions for Two Challenges

Here's my Ginger Design Team sample for this Wednesday's Gingersnap Creations Spicy Supply Challenge.  In keeping with November's fashionable theme, today is all about SEWING NOTIONS.  I hope you have a notion to enter the challenge.  More details here: GC78

She's Amazing:
I'm also entering this layout in Sandy's Challenge #1  She posted some domestic diva frames that are similar to my banner that I made a while back.  I love this vintage style and it's perfect for this layout.  All four frames inspired me but I have to state which one specifically.  The blue and red colors are from Domestic Bliss but I went with Home Girl's sentiment, She made it look easy, because my babcia made sewing garments look so easy!

Another challenge to enter: November Creative Spirit Challenge.  I really can't think of anything more creative than my grandma's sewing abilities.  

I chose this photo of my mom with her mom which I printed on cloth paper.  My grandma (babcia) was a seamstress.  The button on the top left corner is from her fragile collection (lots of shards on the bottom of the bag because the buttons are disintegrating).  My mom told me that she and her sisters would take their mom to a clothing store and show her a dress in the window that they liked.  My grandma would return home and sew it from scratch.

Years later, babcia would sew pleated wool skirts for my sister and me.  I have a small photo of us wearing those skirts under the fragment distressed with alcohol inks.  (I attempted Tim Holtz's tinted vision fragment technique.)  The photo wasn't very good, so I altered it in PSE7 using the canvas filter.  It's tucked under the flower so here's a close-up:
Some of the other materials I used:
patterned papers:
Crate Paper Restoration Collection: slipcover;
Fancy Pants Designs: Patterns: Simplicity by nancie rowe-janitz
g.c.d. studios MeLODY RoSS Homespun Chic Collection: Vintage Jane (both sides; plus vintage models fussy cut from a second sheet and layered on top)

antique button card purchased at auction: LuckyDay
Dress It Up: A Stitch In Time (sewing embellishments)
Anna Griffin Elegant Embellishments: Dorothy Rub On Art (title: She's Amazing)
antique red seam binding
Tim Holtz idea-ology fragment and snaps
Dolgencorp Perfect Harvest decorative garland: red flower


Sandy Ang said...

Oh your take on both Home Girl and Domestic Bliss is fab !

Loving the background story on your Grandma and your use of a cherish heirloom button. So touched to find the pic of you & your sis in clothes made by her.

SusanK said...

A lovely story and your art makes it all the more special. Thanks for sharing a peak into your family!

Katy said...

Love the colours and eclectic styling - a really fun LO.

Yvonne said...

Just beautiful, Ginger!

Shar said...

Fantastic! I love all your great details!

deb famularo said...

This is just beautiful! Love hearing about your family! xOxO

Terry said...

Love this layout. Your use of family photos makes this so meaningful! Beautiful!

VAWM said...

ADORABLE! I love your work! Hugs! <3

Lori said...

Ooo, another fabulous layout! Love your tinted charm, looks great! and all those little sewing embellies are terrific!

Betty Anne said...

Just love your layout and reading about your Grandmother.

The Nostalgic Scrapper said...

i absolutely love how u used this collection... great job!!!

Anonymous said...

You know its the little arty touches that has us all coming back for more and more ... superb and loving your work as always
hugs June xxxxx

JeanFB said...

Great layout - love the fragment and the vintage button card!

stampdiva said...

Fantastic. Sitting here studying all the detail. Lynne M x

Michele said...

i love the embellishments and all the dimension. xo

Sabrina said...

Wow Helene so many details with great stories behind it!! Wonderful indeed! I finally have time for Sandy's challenge and am about to start working on it :)

Marie (Mazz) said...

oh Helene (gasp) breathtaking! i just cant get enough of YOU! your LO's and ATC's and tags and this one is just gorgeous, fabby take on the challenge so RETRO :)

Marlene Letendre said...

Loved your story about your babcia replicating garments in the dress shop. I share that story with my mother doing the same with my sisters and I. She would come home and cut patterns out of newspaper. What a warm fuzzy for me.

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