Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Anything But Christmas! (FREE SEWING MACHINE DIGI)

Daydream Designs is sponsoring another challenge and this one is soooo easy.  Anyone who wants a chance at a little shopping spree at the store should come on over to Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge and join in the fun.
Theme for the Challenge:  Anything But Christmas!

I'm certainly not tired of Christmas preparations and early celebrations.  I'm still really into my shopping and still doing a little decorating.  So I'm excited about the season we are in.  I love Christmas.  However, it was really fun after making 100+ Christmas cards to step completely outside that box and do the Anything-But-Christmas challenge for this.  

Here's my sample:

As soon as Christmas is over, I plan to buckle down and get some serious quilting finished.  I have three quilting projects in various stages and I really need to bring them to a close.  I had so much fun designing this sewing-themed ensemble this past summer.  I still love my fabric stash so I had to design some of those.  These sets are really fun for the sewing/quilting enthusiast.  

This machine brings to mind my mother's old Bernina that she used to make all my clothes on when I was a little girl.  I can clearly remember hearing the hum of that machine long into the night as my mother sacrificed her sleep many times to have the peace and quiet to finish her projects.  Every special occasion in my life was made more special because my mother made my clothes for each one...recitals, Christmas programs, Valentine's Day parties, Easter outfits, proms and even my wedding dress!  She continued to make clothes for me when I taught school and made a whole new wardrobe of maternity clothes for me.  If I would spend the time I could probably describe almost every one of them.  One of my favorites was a "poodle-type" skirt only it was a circus theme.  She copied the pattern from my baby sister's wallpaper.  She made a very full tulle petticoat so my circular skirt whirled and twirled just perfectly.  

At some point she shifted from making clothes to quilting, and she's made some amazing quilts.  Everyone in our extended family has received their own personal quilt designed and hand quilted by her loving hands.  I just think all of that is an extraordinary accomplishment for her.  Right now, at 87 years old, she is at my sisters and is knitting like crazy to finished sweaters for her 2 great grandsons.  Isn't that amazing?!

With every little image I did for this entire ensemble I thought of my mother, how very precious those memories of her sewing days are to me, and the beautiful way she expresses love to her family.  We are blessed by her so much.

Here are all the sets in the Life is Sew Sweet Ensemble:

2 outline images / 5 color images / 4 sentiments / 4 digi papers

2 outline images, 3 color images, 6 sentiments, 5 digi papers

5 outline images, 19 color images 6 color button cards

Quilted from the Heart Set (all three sets shown above included)
4 color seasonal wall hanging images, 4 color fabric stashes, 3 accessory images,
2 outline images, 4 sentiments
JPEG and PNG / 300 dpi / resizable

Sew Sweet Paper Pack
14 sheets / 12 x 12 / 3600 pixels / 300 dip / resizable

Thanks for stopping in, leaving a comment, and helping yourself to this little free digi gift from Daydream Designs!  (Available for a limited time).

THANKS for your visit today!


Mrs. Nancy G said...

What beautiful memories. Thank you for sharing. My Mom sews too.

You have such a way with design. I love the colors and print with your card. The sentiment with little sewing images is a great touch too.

Thank you for sharing the sewing machine image.


KT Fit Kitty said...

Your card is beautiful, Diane! I enjoyed reading about your memories of your Mom and I love your sewing-related digis! Thank you for the awesome sewing machine! This will come in handy! Wishing you a joyful day!

Maxine D said...

Thank you Diane - I do love reading your blog, and the freebies are a beautiful bonus to visiting you.