So even though this blog is basically discontinued, the http://family.madmim.com still gets traffic from this website. So people are still apparently coming here to go there.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Posted by Allan at 1:35 PM
Monday, January 25, 2010
So we're moving. Blogs. There are a number of reasons, but one is that I've been getting some chinese comments with horrible links here for the last few posts, and well...I've been thinking it would be a good idea to go private for a while. ALSO, I want to separate church from state. I know that some of you only read for family updates, and then some of you only for sewing/craft projects, and so I've decided to (in addition to going private) to create a separate public sewing/craft blog dedicated solely to my exciting craft life. Although it appears as if I've been on a blogging hiatus, I've really been blogging overtime.
Since Allan convinced me finally to switch over to wordpress for my blog, it only made since to bring our family blog over too.
My new sewing blog is madmim.com, and this first week I've got lots planned! Come visit me!
Our new family blog is family.madmim.com, and instead of sending an email out, the set-up has you go to the page, set up a log-in, I approve you, and you're set. I REALLY hope you come with us over there, friends.
Allan's website is www.uscollectacoin.com, and he'd love a visit as well!
-Mim and Allan
Posted by Miriam at 1:45 AM
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Sir Allan with the fam...
(I know, I know...also a repeat. I just didn't want to worry about it this year!) Thoroughly Modern Miriam. "If you've got it, you've got it."
And obviously I don't got it.
Caramel apples to her heart's content.
Posted by Allan at 12:47 PM
Monday, November 2, 2009
Ok, so when my sister told me that they were having a design contest over at Shabby Apple, I thought it would be fun. And it was! Ever since I was a little girl I've liked to draw pretty girls in pretty dresses. So here's my Dress design for Shabby Apple dresses:
And here are the specs: First of all, I wish I knew what to call the ruffle the comes down either side of the bodice--for lack of better name, I'll call it the PollyAnna ruffle. So anyway, the bodice, PollyAnna ruffle, the waist, the skirt, it's all in a uniform color. Because of the interest up top, I think one color makes it more cohesive. The bodice is drapey like a tucked-in-shirt would be, and the sleeves are half-circle sleeves that give them a lovely flowy look. The PollyAnna ruffle that goes down the front of either side of the bust and then around the back is meant to fall over the sleeves, giving them a tiered look. There's a lace applique (in white or perhaps a lighter hue of the overall color) with buttons, on a circular boatneck. The waist begins slightly higher than the natural waistline, and continues down to the abdomen arc (about 3 inches below the waist). It's subtly ruched (not too much!) and again has a lace applique with buttons on the waist. The buttons look dark in my drawing, but I've been imagining small pearly ones. It would definitely have a side zipper.
As far as colors go, I imagined it in a nice soft buttery yellow because that's one of my favorite colors. The design kind of lends itself to those soft vintage colors, so I think it would be stunning in a pale pink and slate gray. But I also think that bolder colors like blue and purple and even turquoise would make it especially fresh and youthful.
A word on fabric. This dress would be beautiful in silk of course, but a good silk/cotton blend would be lovely, and even a light drapey cotton by itself would be okay I think. but it has to be good and drapey.
My inspiration was PollyAnna herself. Josie has been watching it a lot lately, and the other day I noticed the dress she arrives to Harrington in. Aunt Polly says "WHERE in the WORLD did you get that dress?!" To which PollyAnna innocently replies "It came in the missionary barrels." Aunt Polly does have a point in that it's not especially stunning, BUT I saw the potential in that ruffle! Love it!
So that's it. I would love to make this dress! I haven't seen anything like it, which would make it even funner to wear because it feels special and unique, yet in a flattering classic style.
Posted by Miriam at 12:36 PM
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I wanted to give a shout out to my bro Cory, who just wrote a book!!! Woohoo! Isn't that cool?! It's such a sweet and touching story, and I'm super proud of him for making this happen. Check it out here!
Posted by Miriam at 4:23 PM
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Posted by Allan at 8:27 AM
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I have a lovely little corner of art to serve as my muse. When I rearranged my living room, I created a little nook for my sewing stuff. I bought a desk, and gathered a few paintings and photos of all things sewing. I also created a few pieces myself! Very tactile. Here are a few of the pictures:
I cut these gems from old vintage patterns, and then modge podged it all on blank canvases.
This is by Edouard Vuillard, and I LOVE the detail in her dress. His mother was a dressmaker (the woman is his mother), and he grew up around his sisters and mother SEWING.
Mary Cassatt. Growing up, we had an art history book that had several of her paintings including this one, and so she's always been a favorite. I love how the little girl is just chilling with the mother. That's just like Josie. Sometimes she just stands behind me on my chair while I sew. She's always near me, whatever she's doing.
I love this painting by Edward Hopper for two reasons: Firstly, the vibrant reddish orange color that makes you feel the warmth of all that light shining the through the window. Secondly, doesn't it look like she was getting dressed, but then she noticed something that needed altering on her dress and so she skipped over to her sewing nook to fix it before her she got dressed? Many a Sunday morning can I be found at the sewing machine fixing something real quick--
PS I'll take a picture of the desk plus art when I finish the desk...
Posted by Miriam at 7:56 PM