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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hooray for Tyler!

I had the pleasure of helping a little girl learn to sew this summer. Tyler, a 9-year-old 4-Her, wanted to sew and Anna wanted to learn to ride a horse. Turns out that Tyler's family is horse experts. So we traded sewing lessons for horse lessons.

Tuesday night was the 4-H style revue. This is when the 4-Hers model their sewing projects.
 Tyler made the Mommy, Dolly and Me apron in her size. This was so cute on her and I'm sad I didn't get a better picture.
 We also made a cute skirt pattern and the matching headband. The headband is from my kit but you can also download the pattern for free here on my website.
 Tyler got the Special Merit award for construction. This is equivalent to third place! Way to go Tyler!

 My nephew Trey received the Grand Champion award for putting together an outfit that you buy. Good job Trey!

Love,
xoxo

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

From the Flickr Group

Graces doll tote1

Look what popped up in the Lilac Lane flickr group! Mary Grace of Hooked on Needles made the cutest All Dolled Up Tote. Even better, she let her little Gracie pick out all of the fabric.
Graces doll tote2 
xoxo, 
    Love,
 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Emilie's New Room

 Before . . .
 Oh how I loved the green walls in Emilie's room. However, when I redid Anna's room this summer, Emilie said, "Mom, Anna loves pink and her room is pink. And I love purple . . . " Yeah I got the hint.
 And here is her purple room. Do you recognize the curtains?
The girls and I added glitter to the walls while painting the second coat and a pretty swag border at the top. I did keep the green ceiling and added colorful butterflies to it.
Emilie is quite a collector of pretty much everything. I put in a bookshelf, window seat which opens for her dress up clothes, a stack of purple scrapbook boxes on one side of the bed and a little stack of hat boxes. The clutter is *pretty much* under control and it has been about a month since the remake.

Love,
xoxo

Friday, July 20, 2012

I Made the Catalog!

I just received my Nancy's Notions catalog, and my patterns made it! Right on page 50 to be exact.
 The dress pattern on the left with the matching doll is Cherished and Cherished for Dolls. And do you recognize the All Dolled Up Tote?
 Here's the cover, in case you're not sure if you have the magazine.

It's almost time for back-to-school sewing. Cherished made Coat's and Clark's list  for great back to school dresses.

Have a great weekend!

Love,
xoxo

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Pattern Testers Wanted

As we come up on the new season for patterns, I will need several pattern testers. Specifically at this time, I need a couple of people to test a new girl's dress pattern. The pattern is for a skill level of motivated beginner or better and I feel it's very cute!

I need someone in sizes 2T-3T and also size 10. This pattern is sized based on height, 2T is 35", 3T is 38" and 10 is 53".  For reference, a size 8 is 50". I always round up to the next size for in-between heights. For example, Anna is 49" tall so I made her a size 8.

If you would like to test other things besides dresses, go ahead and send me an e-mail as well. As something comes up, I will get back to you. mstramel@melissastramel.com

the Cherished pattern from last fall/winter
Thanks in advance!

Love,
xoxo

Monday, July 16, 2012

New Policy for Lilac Lane

For some time now, I've been thinking about how much I love independent businesses. Of course I had one for quite awhile. But also I love places like Etsy and craft fairs and anywhere you can see an entrepreneurial person trying to make a go of it. To that end, I am now making all Lilac Lane patterns available for sellers to create and sell. As long as you work from your home or a small studio and don't mass produce them, ie 50 or less products per pattern. No strings attached. However I would LOVE for you to send me links and pictures so that I can direct people to you if you do decide to sell what you make from my patterns.

If you are teaching a class from my pattern, it still has to be purchased by each participant in the class.

Now for the policy official wording: "(c) 2012 Lilac Lane, LLC. All rights reserved. All Lilac Lane sewing patterns are for personal use or sale of handmade product ONLY by at-home businesses. Manufacturing of ready-to-wear products made from my original designs for commercial use is strictly prohibited. No part of this pattern may be reproduced in print or electronically. This agreement replaces all previous agreements on patterns."

I'll work on getting the wording changed on the patterns. Until then -- happy sewing!

Love,
xoxo

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Wowee! I'm in Nancy's Notions!

Just look where my patterns have popped up:

 So exciting!

Love,
xoxo

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

the Joy Bag class!

 Hello everyone! Just wanted to leave a quick note that I will be teaching a class on the Joy bag this Saturday at Colby Sew and Vac here in Colby. There's still time to sign up. The class fee is $30 and includes the pattern. If you haven't been in to visit Colby Sew and Vac, you really should go. They have a huge store with tons of fabric and a giant classroom. They will also be part of a shop hop this weekend, so it's definitely the place to be.

The sweet ladies there wanted me to try out a new stabilizer they now carry. It's called Soft and Stable by Annie. This is the best interfacing I have ever used. It's so soft that they purse is actually comfortable to carry. But it's also strong! So the purse stands up, sort of like Peltex. Honestly it's a dream and I wholly recommend it for all of my bag patterns. Thanks for introducing me Lisa and Ronda!

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 If you can't make it this weekend, you can buy the Joy bag at my etsy shop!
Love,
xoxo

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pig Pool

 They are  kind of cute.

Love,
xoxo

Monday, July 9, 2012

Spotlight on Pastime Pillows

Since QuiltWoman.com is featuring Pastime Pillows today, I thought it would be a great opportunity to tell you about the kit.
Pastime Pillows contains two cross stitch patterns as well as instructions to make them into a pillow. Of course, if you don't like the design, you could substitute another, perhaps this?  Or you could use these designs in a quilt pattern, following this pattern. And of course, any quilt block could be substituted for the embroidery.

However, if you like it just how it is, and of course I do, here's what's in the kit:
pattern
5/8 yard turquoise fabric
5/8 yard pink floral fabric
3 yards trim (yellow crocheted and pink crocheted)
2 packages piping
10 skeins DMC floss
12" x 12" Aida 10 count fabric
18" x 18" 28 count linen

The whole kit is just $45 -- you just add pillow forms and you'll have exactly what you need to make both of these pillows, including the exact trim pictured. Find the kit here.

Love,
xoxo

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Fun on the Fourth

 Well, it remains hot and dry here. So no fireworks, bonfire, fire at all was had for the fourth of July. We celebrated by fishing,

 watching several episodes of this,
 and visiting Grandma and Grandpa for homemade ice cream. Yum.
 Hope your 4th was a blast!

Love,
xoxo

Monday, July 2, 2012

Perfect Punch Recipe

Baby it's hot outside! And dry. We've had only a teeny bit of rain this summer so for the fourth, there's no burning. That means no bonfire. No fireworks. No tiki lights. No sparklers. My kids are not happy!

So to celebrate, one of the things I'm planning is punch.
 Here's what you need:
1 container sherbet, you pick the flavor. We love raspberry.
2 2-liter bottles of fruit-flavored pop or 7-Up (We used Big K pineapple and fruit punch)
1 can frozen lemonade, thawed
1 can frozen fruit punch or other frozen fruit, thawed

Mix pops and 2 cans frozen beverages. Scoop sherbet on top. For a fun ice cube, add frozen blueberries to the punch. This will really make it All American Red White and Blue.
 Other fun non-fireworks for the fourth: silly string, pinatas, swimming and a good movie.




Each morning everyone gathered as much as they needed, and when the sun grew hot, it melted away. Exodus 16:21

Love,
xoxo
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