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!

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 11, 2010

Creating With Vintage Chenille

I love love vintage chenille bedspreads and have collected two closets plus just jammed packed full of them. Normally I find them to use in my children's clothing creations but several have made it to the pile of "I just can't cut these." My husband laughs as that pile seems to be getting larger and larger, but once I get them in the mail as I buy many from the internet, they end up being much more beautiful than the pictures I saw and in perfect shape. I have four antique full size beds and they fit perfect so I really do use them. There are a few twin size ones that don't fit and I probably will never use them, but I just can't bare to cut them up, at least not at the moment. I remember as a  child having chenille bedspreads used on my bed and I just hated them. All my little girlfriends had fancy frilly ones so I thought mine were more like a grandmother's because my grandmother used them too.

Oh but now .... I think they are gorgeous! A bit of growing up and maturing has helped that i'm sure, but I also have a passion for things from the old days especially the beautiful linens of yesterday.

I have used chenille in many creations from clothing for children, to stuffed animals, and gift items for moms.  I love the designs and textures of chenille and the uniqueness of the creations I make with them. I have even researched the history of how chenille bedspreads were made as I'm always so curious, and found it a fascinating story which I will share another day.

Below are some of my creations, some with a little chenille, some with alot, and of course several different types and colors. My Very Very favorite chenille is called "squiggly chenille" which I use alot for my vintage chenille pantaloons, and if ordered with our peasant style pillowcase dress, the sleeves are done in that too. It's very hard to find, but every once in a while I get lucky. I always try to use every inch of my chenilles as I hate to waste any of it. Some of these items are available at our Cameo Kids Boutique, and some are no longer available. You are always welcome to ask if we can recreate something you might have a fancy to if it is no longer available. We do custom orders all the time!

This is available here: Vintage Chenille Bunny Jumper 18M.
This sweet set was handmade by another designer and offered to you at Cameo Kids.
Perfect for Easter or anytime!

This is available here: Holly Berry N Chenille Dress 6M - 9M. Perfect for Christmas! Add a little turtle neck long sleeve or short sleeve top!

Vintage Chenille Top and Pantaloons (Sold Out) Love how the flowers fit right over the little hiney.

This is available here: Vintage Chenille Baby Romper
This was created using a vintage pattern and vintage bates chenille. Lots of work went into this sweetie. Back in the early 70's, my daughter had a romper very similar to this one. And it was in pink but not chenille. Wish I had kept that! This one is truly beautiful in person and the pink is gorgeous! There is a little chenille bunny sitting there by the flowers too.

This was so adorable! The little satin flower rose buds in the collar just set it off! (Sold)

18M - 24M
Vintage chenille collar, sleeve and pant cuffs, and chenille fringe trim. The jacket is made from a designer quilted Moda fabric. It's gorgeous and kinda holiday festive too!

Our peasant style pillowcase dress creations with chenille pantaloons and chenille sleeves. Both are sold, but any of our vintage pillowcases can be made in this style. Our vintage pillowcases are displayed for you to pick the vintage pillowcase you like and then we'll custom make a dress for you. If you like the peasant style, email us with your interest in that style and we'll set up a custom purchase for you. Our peasant style vintage pillowcase dresses are $49.95. Does not include the pantaloons. The prices on the website on each pillowcase is for the original style pillowcase dress that ties with ribbons on the shoulders. You can find all our vintage pillowcases here:, we have some real beauties!

These are available for custom orders and sizes here: Yellow Vintage Chenille Big Pops Capri's Toddlers or 

These are availale here: Vintage Squiggly Chenille Diaper Cover. These are availale in Pink shown, yellow, white, and two shades of blue.

These are available here: Pink Popcorn Vintage Chenille Pantaloons. Sizes available in our pantaloons is 6M to 3/4T. Super cute by themselves with just a diaper, or even sweeter under a dress. Looks adorable worn with a onesie too! Great for those precious photos!

For Sqiggly Chenille Pantaloons in sizes 6M, 9M, and 12M. Available here for 18M, 24/2T, 3T/4T . The title says white but there are other color options to choose from like pink, yellow, and two shades of blue. This is a 6M size and paired with a sweet onesie that I hand embroidered a rose bud heart with childs initial in it's center.

If interested in the embroidered onesie and pantaloons with color options too, go here. Sizes available are 6M, 9M, 12M, 18M, and 24M.

The yellow squiggly chenille, such a beautiful yellow!

These are lavender sachets with embroidered linen tops and vintage chenille backs in white and pink chenille's. They are available here: Linen and Chenille Lavender Sachets. These make wonderful drawer sachets for scenting your clothing, great in gift baskets, and an all around sweet gift idea!

We even have candy rolls and candy balls for lavender sachets with vintage chenilles and sweet floral fabrics! You can find them here: Candy Lavender Sachets Quanity 7 in each order. Pretty in gift baskets and lovely in a pretty glass bowl, even better if it's vintage.

These are our "Fancy Vintage Victorian Style" Lavender sachets with satin fronts and vintage chenille backs. Each are adorned with sweet embellishments. These were all created from patterns I made from my huge cookie cutter collection. Aren't they sweet!? You can find these here:

And then we have our stuffed animals!
Gertie the Goat with vintage chenille head, arms, and legs. ~ You can find her here: Gertie the Goat. Chenille and designer fabric.

Lilly the Lamb is here. Chenile and designer rose floral fabric.

Milford the Monkey is here. Chenille and gingham flannel.

Rasberry Rabbit is here. Chenille and rose bud fabric.

 and last is our Hoot family
Scrappy the Owl Pillow (small) - Cute on the bed and soft and hugable at sleep time,
 or Little Pink Hoo and Blue Hoo Pocket Pals, they fit right in your child's pocket for on the go fun!
These can also be made as lavender sachets for fun gifts. Chenille's and sweet old and new fabrics.

We'll have many more chenille creations coming soon!

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 4, 2010

Vintage Lives On - A Grow With Me Pillowcase Dress

The Look ~ The Design ~ It's Just Divine!
(Sounds Like Divine Design on HGTV lol!)

The beauty of vintage linens just comes alive when transformed or recycled into beautiful heirloom dresses and pantaloons for little girls. I can't think of a better way to celebrate the hand work of women years and years ago into something so sweet, to again cherish it's beauty in a new form and a promise of new life.  It simply amazes me everytime no matter how many hundrends of these I've made, just how cute and precious each one becomes. I'm just ticklely gigglely all over again. This old vintage pillowcase matched with an old vintage chenilled bedspread is now all of that and more. This darling set is on it's way to a little girl who hasn't even had her first breath of life yet, and will be her first gift from mommy and daddy to welcome her to this world. This will be an heirloom for sure with the hope of a little girl of hers also wearing it again some day! I just get goosey bumps thinking of it!

Size 6M

I so love the bluebird ones!

This embroidery is just perfect, every single stitch! It's just too Sweeeeeeet!

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!

Friday, September 3, 2010

OMGosh I LOVE This!

Found this article in my October Romantic Homes Magazine about this New York designer who marries literature and history with home decor creating unique hand-printed home furnishings. I visited his website which is called the Old Village Hall and look at this fabulous piece!

This is called the "Shipping Settee". His work is beautiful and I so love the history in all his creations!

Here's a couple of other things he has on the site

This is called the "Dirty Little Story Wingchair". Isn't this stuff so cool!?
His fabrics are gorgeous and so unique! I could see this stuff in my hubby's Library!

This is called the "Scalping Rocking Chair". A close up of the fabric below.

This pillow is called "Ravel and Nijinsky Pillow Cover"

 This one is called the "Poe Pillow"

This is called the "Delaration Pillow on Yellow", Toile

And cool totes too! This is called "Large Red Schoolboy Tote".
You should make a trip to see the website, link above. You should
also get the magazine to see more of his work and the story if you
like this kind of stuff. I love it! And theres more in store on your visit!
Wish I could visit the shop in New York!

A short about him:  Old Village Hall is the vision of Scott Hill of New York. Scott has always been inspired by the look of history. His lifetime love of collecting books and historic artifacts has propelled him down the dusty trail in search of interesting and esoteric shops and individuals where he finds the raw material he uses to create the furniture and objects one finds at Old Village Hall. The American experience is rich in singularly inspirational viewpoints and expressive graphic remains. This is where Scott finds the rich, complex and beautiful graphic material from which to cull and assemble his work. As American experience changes before our eyes it remains important to honor the traditions of those who came before us, while also innovating new forms and ideas for those now and those to come. Traditional furniture and interior design can be approached in untraditional, novel and exotic ways by which a home or interior can be created for fun, for optimism, for mystery, for ambience, for memory.

Each fabric is hand picked and hand printed by Scott Hill. Fabrics are all natural and inks are water based and non toxic.

Photo's courtesy of Old Vintage Hall

TATa for Now!
Hugs and Stuff

Thursday, September 2, 2010

OH What Have I Done to My Hubby! LOL

This is Just Too Funny!

I just couldn't help sharing this! My Jack is one of my biggest fans, and always so supportive. Before his stroke two years ago, this man would make runs to the fabric store anytime I needed, and Wal-Mart even at 2:00AM when I needed something for whatever I had run out of like thread, seam binding, ribbon, etc. He has done it so much he actually knows exactly what I'm talkng about without having to take a sample with him! He isn't the FRU FRU type, but he loves the sweet things I have created with my vintage linens and always tells me how proud he is of me and my mind. He is so so wonderful and I feel so lucky to have him. 

Well the other day as we were leaving his accupunture appointment for his stroke rehab, I happened to look up at the sky and the clouds. I said to him, "sweetie look at those clouds! I have never seen anything like that before. It almost looks as if one huge cloud had blown up and scattered little puffs everywhere!" He says lol, "It looks like CHENILLE!" I just looked at him and cracked up! As I looked again I said, "yes they really do!" I told him "I have ruined you!" He said, "Just don't tell my friends" hehe!

(I use vintage chenille bedspreads in alot of my children's clothing creations so he sees it often.)

Don't these clouds look so cool?! Do you see the chenille resemblance!?

I saw clouds and he saw chenille!

The sun setting reflecting off of the clouds

Isn't he just precious, the man of a women's dream and he is mine! :)
Thank you God, you gave me my everything! :)

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