Thursday, June 23, 2011

Linen and lace

Made a clutch for my best friend since childhood, Michele, who was celebrating another trip around the sun!

Here is a secret- I love old lady lace. It makes me feel fancy. My aunt gave me a bunch when she cleaned out her mom's sewing supplies when her mom moved into a nursing home recently. Swoon! So decadent. So I decided to cut into a bit here, pair it with some linen, for this simple, soft look.

In this photo, you can also see how I am rocking a pasta necklace, another must have accessory, courtesy of my kids :-)

Inside, I brightened it up with a couple prints I grabbed some time ago from the local quilt store. I love how the floral print is a bit "antique" but the colors are so vibrant! I used one print for the lining and a coordinating one to do a little double pocket, just right for stashing a credit card, license, and some cash.

This frame has loops and can be used with a detachable chain to wear over the arm, if preferred.


While I was at it, I made another ballerina bag for her youngest daughter, Serah, who wanted one just like her big sister's as she will be starting dance class in the fall :-)

The two girls just had a joint birthday party, and let me tell you, it was one heck of a bash! It was ice cream themed, complete with an outdoor parlor, and the weather was perfect...just check out a few of these photos :-)





15 comments:

Amy - Amy's Creative Side said...

Adorable clutch! And fun party :). Mind sharing where you found your frame?

Amy said...

I love lace too and the lace and linen combo is tops! The party looks like it was great fun!

Katie B. said...

I love the little linen pouch! And that ice cream party looks like a blast.

Tawny said...

Gorgeous. I love lace too. Makes me feel prim and takes me back to when I was 11 and read the Anne of Green Gables books. Boy did Anne hate crocheting lace! hehehe

QuiltyGirl said...

I love it, lace and all! The lining is perfect. I think I need one of these! :)

Little Blue Mouse said...

I think that clutch looks even more yummy than the birthday cake!

Shay said...

I wore a macaroni necklace to an executive meeting once because I had made a promise to my then 4 year old to wear it all day. Made a mental note to check my diary before making promises in future.

I love love love the purse. Who cares if lace is little old lady ? Anyway you're a trendsetter so Im sure it'll be making a comeback all over blogland now!

That looks like the mother of all birthday parties. Did you save me some cake?

LynCC said...

*Love* that clutch! It's beautiful in an understated way, and then you open it to find gorgeous fun-ness inside!

Bec said...

Gorgeous!! Im a huge vintage lace lover!! I made a new sewing machine cover.. dying to show you. Linen, lace, velevt ribbon, a diamonte! Your so clever making a clutch.. i get nervous making the clasp! xx

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

What a great idea, I love how that lace looks!!

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Hi Kristie! :)
That clutch is great, your friend will just love it.
I enjoyed seeing the photos of the birthday party- lots of yummy icecream! Even though it is cold here (yes you can laugh when I say it's 5C and freezing!) but I am still enjoying having some wildberry frozen yoghurt! :)

Jeannie said...

Awesome! I love lace and linen!! she will love it.
Love that cake!

Quiltstory said...

You make such darling things!!!!! Love the lace!

Susanne said...

BEST Birthday theme EVER!!!!!

Are you up for the Farmer's Wife quilt along? It's been super easy, some blocks are more challenging than other... you can do like two blocks a night and it's totally satisfying : D

Kimberly said...

That birthday party looks like fun!
I adore all the clutches you been posted. You may have mentioned it and I missed it but, where do you get your fabulous frames? I have been itching to make a few of these but haven't found a place that sells them at a good price. Thanks for any help!