Thursday, November 18, 2010

Darling Handmade Holiday Aprons - Mimi's Needle and Thread

Sharing Another Handmade Crafter & A New Friend

It's that time of year again girls! We're off to the business of holiday baking and creating our menus for those wonderful family gatherings to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas! With that thought in mind for all you ladies big and small, I would like to introduce you to a lovely lady who creates the cutest and most festive aprons! Her name is Iris, and she has an online Etsy shop called Mimi's Needle and Thread.

Iris creates many other things too, like crocheted beverage cozies, crocheted or knitted hats for women and little girls, hand made accessories for babies, dolls, plus a whole lot more.  She has been sewing for over 30 years, loves to do custom orders to give you something no one else has, and she is just the sweetest funniest lady. I just love her and I'm so glad to now call her my friend.

She recently had this apron listed and I loved it! (shown below). I love chickens and roosters and when I saw this, it just had to be mine. She also did one for my lil granddaughter Emma which I just gave her on her birthday. Now her mommy wants one, so Iris is making that up for her and we are going to start our baking together for the holidays come this week. Emma and I love our aprons! They are superbly made, and from 100% cotton, so we can just throw them in the washer and dryer, and get back to more days of having kitchen fun!

Here's my Emma in hers.

Cute Print Isn't It!?

Emma and I sporting our Funky Chick Aprons together.
I love Iris's combinations of fabric prints.

Well now I want to share her aprons especially her holiday ones. Iris creates aprons for moms, little girls, and even for your little one's dolly, and they can all be matching too!
When visiting her site, Look for her Dolly, Mommy, and Me sets.

Here are a few for you to view! (hehe I sound like a poet!)

If you like the design and style in one of the sets and just want one not the set,
...Just ask Iris! Or, if you like the fabric and want a different style...Just ask Iris!
She's easy peasy and willing to pleasy! (lol I'm on a roll!!!),
Geesh wondering what the HECK was in my milk today!
hehe be thankful I'm not stuttering! :)

Cute cute cute!, and so festive!

I Love Love LOVE this one! It's a bird thing! :) Awww look at those darling birdy faces!
I have a thing about Cristmas mail boxes too!

This one is silk and taffeta!

Well that is just some of the wonderful holiday aprons I have seen either in her Etsy shop or on her Facebook page. You should visit her there too to follow all her news and creations. If you find something you like that she has posted on Facebook....Just ask Iris about it!

Here are some other aprons that she has created. Some are on her site available now, and some of these were custom creations for her customers.

Now this is darn pretty!

This was a custom order.

This is one of her darling daughters Emily modeling an apron! She's a funny girl too!

I love love cherry anything too! Cute Apron! (well I guess the girl is too! :)

Love this print! This one is tied in the back 
Picture below shows the same apron, but tied in the front.

Love the vintage look of this one.

Oh So Retro!

Well there you have it! Aren't they all just fab!? Did you notice all the details she adds? Now you have an idea with all these aprons that the sky is not the limit in this lady's creations.
If you have an idea of what you want and don't see it....JUST ASK IRIS! :)

Thanks for coming along and I hope you will visit her

OH OH!! Here is just a couple of other things that she makes that I just love!

Baby Boppy Band

Bon Bon Dolls

This Adorable Fairy Flower Wreath Hat

Smocked Pink Baby Booties

And last, a child friendly Little Miss Hooty!

Be sure to visit Ms. Iris here: Mimi's Needle and Thread...<--- rollover link
and tell her Debi sent you!

Keep up to date on news at Mimi's by following her
here: Mimi's Needle and Thread on Facebook...<----- rollover link

And here: Mimi's Needle and Thread Blog .....<---- rollover link...just click!

Any one of these things would make perfect Christmas gift choices
 for the loved ones on your gift list!

It's always a pleasure to share some of the worlds creative minds, hands, and hearts with you. Thanks again for coming along and for visiting!

TaTa for Now!
Hugs and Stuff Debi! :)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sweet Vintage Hanky Purse Creations

One of My Favorite Things to Create - Vintage Hanky Purses

I'm always thrilled when I get orders for vintage hanky purses. I totally love the beauty of the florals of nature that you find in so many of these treasures. I have collected hundreds of these tears and nose wipers over the years and love creating with them. I have used them to embellish or accent so many things over the years I can't even count them anymore. I have used them as aprons or pinafores and even little skirts on baby onesies, embellishments on vintage pillowcase dresses, made head scarves, fabric flowers, ruffles and pockets on pants, dresses, tops, jackets, and onesies, collars on some of my baby creatons, hanky neck scarves, belts, headbands, hanky bonnets, made all different styles and shapes of lavender sachets with them, baby blankets and quilts, heirloom hanky dolls or church dolls as some call them, hanky bunnies, and adorable little purses in all shapes and sizes. I have even made valances for windows and shower curtains. Vintage hankies are so much fun to create with and each item is one of a kind and ever so charming. And then there are a few that are so beautiful and unique that they have ended up framed and hanging on the wall. One of these days I have a pattern for a christening gown using the lacey bridle vintage hankies. It's gorgeous! Some day when when I can get to it. Here are the latest hanky purse creations for one of my customers. These will be Christmas gifts for her nieces.

These are fully lined with ribbon straps and ribbon drawstring closure.
Sweet for little girls and moms too!

TaTa for Now!


We're Creating Little Works of Heart with Your Little One's and Mommies in Mind, by Creating and Making Vintage Beautiful and Useful Again!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Only GREAT Minds Can Read This!

Something for FUN!

This was shared last year on a vintage community I belong too and I still laugh when I think of this. Give it a try and see how you do. Are you weird or what!? ....but if you're weird you also have a great mind if you can read this and quickly! 


fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too

Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frs it and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!
Did you do it!? Let us know! :)
TaTa for Now! Have a great night and a happy Sunday tomorrow!
Hugs and Stuff

We're Creating Little Works of Heart with Your Little One's and Mommies in Mind, by Creating and Making Vintage Beautiful and Useful Again!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Vintage Inspired Baby Onesie - Altered Couture

A Sweet Tea Stained Vintage Inspired Altered Baby Onesie

It's been a long long time since I've made one of these, about 3 years as a matter of fact. Boy time flies! I've been wanting to make more of these for months now but I have been so busy with custom orders all summer, actually the rush started at the end of last December, so I haven't been able to do any new creations for a long while. The other night I just couldn't sleep. My mind was on all the tons of things I have been wanting to make and ideas were just flooding my mind. I hate that when I can't shut my mind off because it normally means I will be up and down all night long, and then the next day I don't get anything accomplished because I'm whipped! Well this was one of those nights so I decided that if I couldn't sleep...I was going to create something. I have a ton of baby onesies along with a huge collection of vintage images that have just been waiting to become something. They have been on my mind for weeks now so thats what I decided to make. I went downstairs to put on a batch of tea then trotted back up the stairs to my sewing cave with this vision I had and set out to find all the items I would need to bring it to life. Well like always this little creation turned out entirely different from what I had first imaged it to be. Once I start the process of making something, it just takes its own course just like it already knows how it supposed to be when finished, so I just follow along to do the work and give it life. That's always the best part of sitting down to make something. I never really know what it will end up looking like when it's done. It's always an adventure! It most always ends up much better than I had planned too. Well this little sweetie was an all night until about 7:30AM project. I kept changing this and that until it was done and I was so excited with the finished product that I had to go wake up my hubby so he could see it. He just loves me when I do that. NOT! But, he is always so sweet about it. Well at least it got this nagging desire out of my system so I can get back to my orders and concentrate on them. It also made another day of dragging my fanny and not accomplishing much at all. But it is really cute!

The onesie was tea dyed, along with a vintage lace doily, a piece of a vintage lace tablecloth, and a strip of vintage feedsack fabric. Some vintage buttons, black satin ribbon for bows, and a tiny rose ribbon rose flower were added for embellishments and a sprinkle of pop. Then I added this darling vintage image transfer of the cutest little girls, one of my favorites. Lastly I got out my fabric paint and letter stamps. Several hours later and yawnng my tail off because once I start something unless my head hits the table, I can't stop until it's done, my nagging creative mind finally let me sleep. But, I have something new to offer in the boutique which has been sadly ignored all summer long. The second good thing is I needed to get out of my system creating something different. I still am trying to finish up the last few of the custom orders. I love them, but I miss being able to design or create something I haven't made in a long time or something altogether new. 

Well here is the little devil that was just determined to be no matter what time of night it was!
She is for Size 6M-9M - One of a Kind Original only at Cameo Kids Boutique

Isn't she just the cutest?! I guess she was worth the sleepless night.

She is really so much more adorable in real life!

Hoping to have more coming soon! I have lots and lots of ideas
 for some real cuties and a ton of other stuff too! I can't wait! :)

Now before I have another dragging fanny day.....Goodnight and Sweet Dreams!
Have a great weekend!

Hugs and Stuff!

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