Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dress for Silent Auction

One of Zach's pharmacy school organizations recently held a silent auction. I donated one of my dresses and am happy to say it helped raise $40 for the organization!





Thursday, April 10, 2014

Giveaway at Dugans in Cahoots

Visit Dugans in Cahoots to read a featured artist post about Minnie Millery and learn more about my shop. You can also enter for a chance to win a Nora or Phil hand puppet!


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Marcus

Introducing the newest addition to Minnie Millery, Marcus the monster! Marcus may be the color of mucus, but he's really snot a bad guy.





Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A is for Art


Vera's bedroom walls were looking a little bare so I made her a couple pieces of art.

Vera's silhouette at one-year-old. I completely copied this idea from my friend Bethany, who made one for her daughter. Canvas, paint, paper, and mod podge. Done. Super cute and super easy.


I also made her an alphabet painting.


I started by printing letters of different fonts and sizes onto label paper.


I used a piece of scrap plywood instead of a canvas because I wanted the wood grain to show through for some of the letters. I cut the letters out and stuck several of them to the plywood, then painted over the entire piece of plywood with pink paint. Then I stuck down several more letters and painted it with a coat of blue paint. I repeated this process with the remaining letters and paint colors. Once the paint was dry, I peeled off all the letters to expose the paint beneath. The paint bled a little bit around the edges of the letters, but I was ok with that since I was going for a slightly distressed look. I lightly sanded it to further distress some areas.






Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas Dress

For the past few months I've had an image in my head for a special holiday dress for Vera. I wanted a gold triangle print for the bodice, peter pan collar, and exposed gold zipper in the back.


I used Butterick's B5912 toddler dress pattern (view B with the peter pan collar and puff sleeves). The pattern was fairly easy to follow but I had a lot of trouble with the collar. I've sewn peter pan collars before without any problems, but had to rip out the seams twice on the collar of this dress! I didn't love the size and shape of the collar either, so I made a few adjustments. I would probably draft my own collar next time. On the positive side, the sizing was accurate.

I wasn't able to find a metallic triangle print so I decided to make my own. I used DecoArt SoSoft Metallic Fabric Paint in Glorious Gold and made a stencil out of freezer paper. The nice thing about freezer paper is that one side is coated in wax, so you can iron it on to fabric and it will temporarily stick. It's perfect for stencils and cutting out shapes for appliques.



I used premium bleached muslin for the bodice and a cotton/polyester blend broadcloth for the skirt. The skirt looks somewhat gold in the pictures, but it's actually a warm green color...I believe it's called "Avocado".



And I couldn't resist making a coordinating hair clip. It's mistletoe!





Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christening Gown

A friend (of a friend) had a baby girl a couple of months ago and asked if I could turn her wedding dress into a christening gown for her daughter. I thought it was such a sweet idea and was glad to help.


I used Burda Kids pattern 9649. It's a very good pattern with easy to follow instructions and clear illustrations. However, the sizing does run a bit large.

I made a few modifications- a peter pan collar instead of a ruffle and extending the skirt lining to full length. I was able to make the gown entirely out of fabric from her wedding dress. The only thing not original to her wedding dress is the snaps.



I also made a matching bonnet (included in the same pattern).


They plan to use this gown for all of their children so I embroidered her daughter's name on the hem of the skirt lining, that way they can add each child's name as they wear it.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Kelli's Baby Shower

My long-time friend Kelli and her husband are expecting their first baby any day now, and I had the honor of hosting a baby shower for her. A huge thanks to the other hostesses, Megan, Katie, and Adria for all their hard work and creativity!  We went we the nursery theme for the shower - blue and gray with animals.



Cupcakes with animal cracker toppers



Turquoise lemonade!



Each guest got an elephant magnet as a reminder to pray for mom and baby.




Yummy food, and cowboy caviar!


We used a vintage suitcase to hold some of the smaller gifts.


Guests had three minutes to sculpt a baby out of play-doh, and the mom-to-be chose the winner.


The wonderful hostesses with the mom-to-be