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Sunday, July 17, 2011

I Just Couldn't Resist

Hello my dear friends,

after my last baby dress creation I just couldn't resist making another one, but different this time. I had this antique little dress in my cupboard and unfortunately it had some stains on the front so I decided I would tea stain it hoping the stains wouldn't be to obvious anymore but it didn't work for one stain. OK, I thought - I can still work with this. I just wasn't sure how yet but I was hoping it would come to me sooner or later and after not being able to do anything at all on Friday and Saturday since I hurt my right hand, I was more than willing to try anything out. (I had spent many hours in the garden and my right hand had swollen up so bad I couldn't even bend my fingers and my palm was bruised as well).

As with my the last canvas - which I covered with book pages - this time I covered this entire one with old music sheets. As I was looking through the sheets, one of the titles jump right at me and I knew then exactly what I wanted this creation to look like. All the bits and pieces I needed like ribbon, wire, pearls, lace and everything else were on hand in my craft room ~ no need to head out at all which was great since it was very hot again.

The title that inspired me was:

"The Modest Violet"

This is my finished creation!

I just love it!!

I tried to make it quite different than the last one and I think it really worked out.

This little dress was speckled with tiny stains all over the front, but it would have been such a shame to just throw it in the trash ~ it still is so beautiful ...

... and it has so much detail!

Tiny embroidered flowers ~ so delightful!

Now you know why the title of the music just spoke to me.
I used just one of my own made little violets ...

... it was the modest one!

Right now whilst I am writing this post I am looking outside my dining room window which is a very big and I can see the fireflies playing in the dark in my garden. It is such a beautiful and also peaceful sight ~ I wish you could see it too.

I hope you are all well.

Have a peaceful and creative day,

Karen B.


  1. The dress is gorgeius! I just LOVE it!

  2. Just beautiful,Karen!!Love it.
    Have a wonderful week.

  3. Oh sweet Karen. I LOVE this!!! all of it!

    I too have a cute little dress, but it has several spots on it. Thinking I will need to use buttons, or a bunch of little flowerettes to cover them. Still looking for just the right thing!
    barbara jean

  4. What a great thing to do with a little dress. I have some left from my daughter and some from flea markets, etc. I must start looking for some frames.

    thanks for the great idea. I really enjoy reading your blog.



  5. Sensationell Fantastic work Karen. I love your little dress.

  6. I love this sweet dress and all that it needed was this tiny and cute violet!!!!

  7. I found your site quite by mistake and am so glad I did. I absolutely LOVE it. You are so inspiring. I will be back to visit often. Thank you for sharing :)

  8. I love this idea. My mom gave me 2 baby dresses yesterday that belonged to my older brother and sister (ages 63 and would have been 61). they are stained, but I love them just how they are..one even still has the baby button. I was thinking of using a shadow box, but after seeing this, I must try the same...thanks so much. I just wish I had a photo of them wearing them