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Washi Dress by Made by Rae

 I did a review for Pattern Revolution on this cute dress.  It's the Washi dress pattern by Made by Rae.  You can see the entire review here.
My review was part of a Dress Your Shape campaign.  I'm a rectangle.  I don't think I followed the rules for this shape, but I love the dress.

-ellen

Honey Gum Dress by Ainslee Fox

 Here's a dress I made for my patriotic post on Pattern Revolution.  The dress is the Honey Gum Dress pattern by Ainslee Fox.  I really fell for this one and so did my girl.
 Did lots of star appliques in two different navy and white dot fabrics.
I never do red but the dress turned out so bright and cheerful.  It's just a perfect dress for my happy girl.  All the fabrics were from my stash so that made me happy!!  The pattern had the best directions for an invisible zipper.  Mine turned out great and I dread zippers.
 Made her a little tissue paper pom pom from directions in Family Fun magazine.  My girl loves some props for her modeling sessions.  Gotta love the cowgirl boots.
 In love with this face.  Those eyes!
 She wore the dress on July 4th for the parade.  She actually rode on a float for school in the parade and loved throwing out candy.  It was hot!  Look at her red face.
My husband was there too so it was a fun family day.  Another successful dress sewn up!

-ellen

Ceilings for Healing Painted Tile for Cancer Center



This is me with my ceiling tile I painted for our local Cancer Center.  It's for a program called "Ceilings for Healing".  It's inspired by a national program, "Healing Ceilings".  I painted the sun tile in honor of a very close family member currently battling cancer.  It means the world to me that I can hopefully make someone at the center smile a bit or bring a little happiness to their day while they're dealing with cancer.


 After my proposal was selected, I received an acoustic ceiling tile to paint.  The acrylic paint was donated from a local art supply store.  SO NICE!  First step was to gesso the entire tile.  After it dried I drew the sun in pencil, then did a base color on everything with the paint.  It took a lot of time to get the paint into all the many holes.
Then I started shading the yellow sun with oranges and reds.  Obviously they want happy paintings with bright colors.
Last step was to add some gold acrylic paint that I bought and doing dots!  I did the dots with the tip of a brush.  It's dark blue and white.  Signed initials in corner with gold!  Done. 
 The Cancer Center had a nice little reception for the artists and my family came to support me.  My son got his photo with all the BEAUTIFUL tiles.  There were 12 in all, for the 12 overnight rooms.


I am so proud to be a part of this program.  Even though I teach art for elementary kids, I don't consider myself to be an artist.  There are so many more talented than I am, but this project means so much to me that I can dedicate my painting to my loved one.

-ellen

Daddy's Girl Dress Pattern by Little Lizard King

I had the privilege to test a beautiful new pattern from Little Lizard King.  Cassie came up with such a cute idea to upcycle a man's dress shirt into the sweetest girl dress.  The pattern is called Daddy's Girl Dress and it's wonderful.

Here's the dress shirt I used.  It's my dad's XL tall shirt.  My husband wears a uniform to work so no dress shirts in this house (that I can cut up!).
 
 Since my daughter just loves animals, I added a little elephant applique to the front in a fabric from my stash, and also used the same fabric for the top of the straps.  It has shimmery silver in it and is very pretty.
 The straps in the back are supposed to look like a tie!  Isn't that so great???  Some of the girls tied the straps in a bow too which I really liked.
 I added a heart ear and hand stitched it in red thread.  I zig zag stitched the elephant outline on the machine in red.  I used the same buttons for the eye.
 I had to add one button on the front bottom of the skirt since there was such a huge area with no button.  Easy peasy.
 What a great dress.  You can also choose to make the dress without upcycling, but I will only upcycle I think.  Nothing like having your hem already done and all those buttons/buttonholes!  I just finished testing another great pattern from Cassie for Little Lizard King and can't wait to show you how that turned out!

-ellen

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