Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Forever Young . . .

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

Lyrics: Bob Dylan

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

To Be, Or Not To Be . . .

That really is the question this afternoon, the day before Thanksgiving.

For those of you who know me, you know I do not like to cook or bake.  I find it to be a total bore!  This proves problematic many an evening since my husband and I do not buy or eat prepared or packaged foods.  Luckily, I am married to a man who has decided he likes the job and though his repetoire isn't extensive, he does just fine in my cookbook.  (I think it's the "survival instinct" in him)

Can I cook?  Well, that's a matter of opinion ... but let's just say that I avoid the chore as often as I can.  In fact, I go by the philosophy I found on a greeting card ...

However, last week we made the decision to stay put ... at home ... on Thanksgiving, and came up with an "untraditional" holiday menu.  A feast that will delight our tastebuds ... and a day to do as we want that will satisfy our "souls".  Sounds good to me!  However, I'm determined to throw an apple pie into the mix, so to speak.  It's Tom's favorite ... and think it might be a nice gesture, on my part?

Full Disclosure: I've never made an apple pie in my life ... or any other pie for that matter.  So honestly, "to be, or not to be" that is the question before me this afternoon.  Will this work? Who knows! But I am prepared and off to the task at hand ...
But before I go, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very ...

 Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy ...

Bye, Bye Birdie

In my previous post, I mentioned that I recently sorted through many of the pictures I've taken over the last few months (going back to last summer) ... and I came upon this set as well.  You see, I had visitors at the Children's Couture Showroom last June; visitors that stayed for four weeks but ones that captured my attention and imagination every day. They were not the kind of visitors that come inside and make themselves comfortable ... instead they chose to "nest" outside and make themselves at home on the storage shed located behind the Showroom ...

See the Boston Fern on the left ...
To my surprise, I saw an adult robin fly out of this hanger one afternoon.  From past experience, I do know that robins will make their nests in the most unusual places ... but a hanging plant?  Sure enough ... and further investigation revealed ...
A nest with four blue eggs ...

After two weeks, they "cracked" and four baby birds emerged
For the next two weeks, it was a feedin' frenzy ...

But one thing I can't figure out ...
Look how tightly squeezed these four birds are in the nest (for two solid weeks).  Granted, they are small but really, the nest could have been a touch bigger!  Nevertheless, somehow they manage to turn themselves around, day after day ... how'd they do that?

 After two weeks of endless "grub" and tight quarters, they were ready to go ...
And go they did, into the wooded grove behind the shed where I'd like to think they were safe until late fall, when it was time to head south for the winter.  Next spring I'll be sure to hang the ferns on this shed in anticipation of their return.  This is just too cool!

Yes, I suppose I've lived in the country "too long" as I've become engrossed in the nature around us and on our property.  And one lesson I've learned over the years is that "we may watch and protect, but don't interfere" ... and life will play out as it should.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pretty in Pink

Many people work hard these days.  I know I work hard.  I also know I should learn to play hard(er) ... but when you love what you do, it's often difficult to find a distinctive line between the two.
I was sorting through the numerous pictures I've taken over the last few months and came upon this group which, in my opinion, give a little bit of insight into the work I put into each and every piece at Children's Couture.  The dress is one of my best-sellers, Breakfast with Tiffany, well-accessorized with my Cheshire Hat, another popular item from my Accessories Collection.  

And please note: I often use a mannequin for "viewing" the proportion and
drape/hang of a garment.  This mannequin, which some mistake for an actual child, is shown in the following pictures ... with pencil marks around her neck and arms (which are not "on" at the moment).  Please understand that I do not draw on real children.

Cut, Tuck & Center Back Loop Closure
Cut Collar, Bind Edge in Contrast and Preview Layout & Fit

Bind Armholes, Attach Collar and the Finished Result; an oh-so-nice roll-line

Cut Skirt Front (and back, not shown), Cut and Bind Tie Ends
Bodice Waist Piped, Skirt Attached and Tucked Hem Complete

Covered Buttons, Snaps and the Finished Back View ...
Well-Accessorized with the Cheshire Hat
And Ready to Ship
Who wouldn't want this dress!
Enjoy ...

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Help Us Help! Fabric Sale and Event

In addition to the fabulous array of fine apparel and accessories for infant to preteen girls, the Children's Couture Showroom offers a vast selection of premium quality 100% cotton fabrics for your quilting and home-sewing needs.

From February 3rd to March 12th, 2011
when you bring a can of cat or dog food to the Showroom to benefit the animals at the New Hampshire Humane Society in Laconia, NH.  

The New Hampshire Humane Society is a private non-profit organization that was founded in 1900.  As one of the largest and oldest humane societies in New Hampshire, they provide care for more than 1,300 animals every year and offer a variety of programs and services for the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. 
Help us help NHHS and their very important work just by taking advantage of this incredible sale.  Cotton prices are on the rise, you know!

The Showroom is full, not only in the Fabric Gallery, but baskets of fabric bolts are found throughout every room; from traditional to contemporary prints, large and small patterns in every color imaginable, solids in delicious shades of the rainbow, and corduroy so fine you will think it is velvet!

Showroom Location: The Showroom is easy to find in the Lakes Region of NH, just 15 minutes from the Tanger Outlet Mall in Tilton, NH, and near other area attractions and shops.  Just email me for directions.
Hours: Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 10am - 4pm, or by appointment to fit your busy schedule.

Please come by and get something for yourself, help a deserving organization ... and definitely remind me to offer you a cup of coffee or tea.
See you soon ... and THANK YOU!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Cozy Up With Color ...

Cozy up with color during these colorless winter months.  New fabrics for spring and summer have arrived!

It use to be I just had to have all of the new fabulous shoes for every season.  Now, that desire is directed toward FABRICS!  You know what I mean ...

In addition to the wonderful array of girls' apparel and accessories, the Children's Couture Showroom offers a vast selection of premium quality 100% cotton fabrics, from America's leading manufacturers, for your quilting and home-sewing needs.

Tradtional prints
Contemporary prints
Large patterns
Small patterns
Polka Dots to add a unexpected splash of color 
Polka Dots with a vintage twist

AND . . . 
Solids in delicious shades of the rainbow

I'm in 7th heaven so come by the Showroom and see for yourself!
Or email and I'll be happy to send you samples for your Children's Couture dress, ensemble or accessory selections.

Enjoy ...