Monday, May 26, 2008

anniversary weekend

Thanks for checking in...I'm back! It was a very beautiful holiday weekend. This is what the sky looked like every day!Lots of gardening and sweet celebrating of my wedding anniversary to my dear husband. We can't quite believe it, but it's been twelve years since we exchanged our vows in Sky Meadow in the Santa Cruz mountains(Big Basin). We've been looking over the pictures with the children and talking about the many kinds of weddings people have to celebrate their love. Ours was quite alternative: I designed and sewed all of our clothing...we made our favors. The ceremony was followed by an incredible potluck and then we camped out under the stars with our guests right there in the meadow!
There were so many wonderful responses to my post "my little corners" that I thought I 'd bring you into my home again. So I'm inviting you upstairs to my bedroom...sounds a bit intimate, but I've been working on a little project I couldn't wait to share...and it fits in with our anniversary weekend...something for our room... I was inspired by The Purl Bee's Swatch Portrait Pool on flikr and finally did a cluster of my own. Isn't it a beautiful way to display your favorite fabrics, or at the very least, a cheap decorating trick! I want to encourage everyone to try sewing skills needed! Click here for instructions.

The reason you're really here is to see this...

My wedding dress was packed away in the attic (like most, I'm sure). A few years ago, I was looking for something soft to hang above our bed...the dress seemed like the perfect thing, and here she has hung ever since. I made the pattern from one of my favorite dresses
(my litle sister's) and used undyed hemp with crocheted trim. Here are some very dated shots (May 1996) of the process...(my hair is quite short now).

So there you have it... some more insight on who I am/was and how I've always enjoyed... making and photographing my world.

One last thing...I found the perfect anniversary present for us yesterday (all right, mostly me) at a barn sale around the corner...this beautiful vintage coverlet in the perfect shade of butter for our bed! Look back at the bottom corner of the bed photo! I had been planning this post and it felt like serendipity!

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  1. What a beautiful beautiful bedroom you have! I'm a bit jealous, it's so light and fresh!

  2. Thanks for the peek inside your home. I absolutely love it and what a wonderful find that blanket is. I have one similar but it is in rough shape. Thanks again for the tour.

  3. Your room is so inviting! Luv that blanket.

  4. So many things to love here...
    What a beautiful buttercream color in that blanket.
    And the wedding dress is so ethereal!

    I am convinced that I need to try that fabric hoop project now:)

  5. Love the decor of your. It's like summer sunshine in there. The fabric hoop idea is awesome, I'll be trying that in my living room.

  6. Hay MayaMade - Se7en here - again!!! Not only do we have the same music box, but I also have my wedding dress hanging above my bed - couldn't stand to see it stuck in a box for the rest of my life - it is out as a sweet reminder to me (and the rest of my family!) of the best day of my life... Lets see what else we have in common next week!

  7. Thanks Shannah and High heels! I'd love to see your hoops if you go for it!
    se7en!! I'll be so curious ever time I post now! I'd love to see a picture of your dress someday.

  8. Maya: lovely post!
    It's funny, I have the same pincushion you had when you were making your wedding dress. Look here.

  9. What a gorgeous room!! I love the color of your wooden doors, and the bedspread and wedding dress are so beautiful. My aunt made my wedding dress for our Medieval-themed wedding, and now I'm dying to get it out of its box and see what it would look like hung up. You are truly inspiring!

  10. Maya, more of the pincushion here:

  11. I've been reading your blog for a while now... I LOVE the tutorials and made a couple of nightgowns for my daughter (and one for me!) using your pillowcase dress tutorial. And so this morning, I'm clicking along looking for more projects and I just had to comment on this post. I have a coverlet exactly like your yellow one that my grandmother gave to me. I have two matching shams, too. I love my blanket - it's perfect for fall mornings when it's just a little bit cool outside. Love your blog!

  12. Wow your bedroom looks great (I know it might have changed by now!) I love the idea of having your wedding dress above the bed. It never occurred to me to do that, but I love the idea of not having it for just one day.