13 November 2012

UR Priceless

Hello, Welcome to my blog, my name is Mara and I live in Greece.
I completed many first with UR Priceless
  1. First time participating in a Blog Hop
  2. First time using a PDF tutorial and pattern (UR Priceless Coin Purse)
  3. First time using a paper pattern (Little Girl Dress)
Thank you so much Katherine and Madame Samm for giving me the opportunity to join in this hop, without any experience and limited sewing skills.  I was afraid for a moment that I would let you down when the purse frames hadn't arrived, but they made it safely and you can read that story here.
And let me tell you I love, LOVE getting a pattern over the internet, Madame Samm has created wonderful instructions for making the coin purse but the best part is all of the pictures, for me a picture is worth a thousand words, you can buy the pattern here. I made several mistakes on the dress I made for my daughter because there were no photos, but I bet if I had the pictures to go with the words it would have turned out just as wonderful as my purse.

I followed the instructions but had to make a few changes, it's hard enough to find cotton fabric let alone any type of batting or fusible fleece here in Greece.  So I worked with what I had and used Fast 2 Fuse on the front and back panels only, it's very stiff and I didn't want the purse to be completely hard.  I sewed my Ladybug Button Mad button on first and then did a little stitching following the already marked antennae and squiggly line behind.  Then I stuffed my fusible inside and steamed both sides so it would fuse, then I added the purse frame.
Close up of the Ladybug
 The hardest part about making this purse was finding where I put the red thread, I spent at least 3 hours looking for the special thread I had bought to sew the frame on, when it only took me about 30 minutes to get it done and that was with 2 kids jumping around me ( I think they hid my thread but they won't fess up).  I finally borrowed some from my MIL and it's not quite red but you can't really tell in photos or in person it looks okay.
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The inside and sides are up-cycled from a shirt of mine.
Now the reason I made this UR Priceless purse is for my Priceless Treasure, my little Ladybug and companion, my precious daughter, Katerina.
Not only did she get a new purse today but she also got a new dress.

Me: "What's inside honey?" Her little voice :"Nut-thin" , awe, we will have to work on that!
Where we live, Kalampaka, Greece, surrounded by rocks.
Please hop around to my fellow bloggers of the day and if you haven't already you can see the rest of the schedule here.
Day 7 - Nov. 13

Julia P
Tina
Dachsies With Moxie
Marci Girl Designs
The Sunflower Patch
Wish upon a star
Mary on Lake Pulaski
Greco Mara - You Are Here
Linda M
Mack and Mabel
Dreaming in Patchwork
Judith Handmade Treasures
Kaydie
Caesarea Scrappers
Patchouli Moon Studio
Sew We Quilt

Also make sure you visit sew darn quilt, she moved to this day.

I don't necessarily have a giveaway but the lady I bought the frames from sent me a glue in one (picture here) and I have no plans on using it, so I saw that several people have used those and if you want it just e-mail me and I will send it grecomara at gmail dot com.
I am also doing a Pay It Forward and well no one has come forward for wanting  a homemade gift.  I know I am new to sewing so that means it might not be perfect but it will probably be awesome since there are so many things I want to make.  If you are interested come check this post out.
Thanks for stopping by today.

62 comments:

Judy B said...

You did a beautiful job on your coin purse! Your daughter's dress is so cute and so is she. Thank you for sharing.

Pat Converse said...

I love the ladybugs...they are so cute. Perfect for the coin purse which turned out very nice! Thank you for sharing.

pnconverse(at)hotmail(dot)com

Marci Girl said...

Wow you did a great job, congrats on so many firsts! Seeing that little girl with it is the best!

Geta Grama said...

Perfect for little fingers!

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Your daughter is adorable...love your little ladybug purse and her matching dress :o) Thanks for sharing!

Nati said...

Great purse and love it that it is matching to your daughter's. I completely understand the frustration of not finding what you want! I live in Luxembourg and sometimes it gets quite hard to find things around. I find it that most likely than not things are there but I just don't know my way around the place yet!

Britt-Inger said...

Your purse with the ladybugs is adorable. And the picture with your little girl in her ladybugs dress is sew awesome.
Thanks for sharing

baukje said...

Your girl in her beautiful dress with the purse is such a lovely picture. I searched on your blog, want to be a follower to encourage you but I cannot find it....

memmens said...

Wow she is one lucky girl - well done

charlotte said...

Love those ladybugs!! You did a great job and the dress is adorable.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Very, very cute - the purse and the sweet little one! blessings, marlene

Rosa said...

Great job done.The purse and the dress are just beautiful and your model is adorable.Thanks you for sharing!!

Mommarock said...

The addition of the little ladybug was just the smartest idea! It turned out the cutest!

Julie said...

Perfect to match the dress!

Patti said...

The ladybug purse is wonderful, but your daughter!! Well, she steals the show!

Pauline said...

Oh my, you are great in making Katerina's, you made a adorable little girl and a sweet dress, with matching coin purse, thanks for showing, I like them all!

JCnNC said...

This is so special and what a great job you did. Judy C

Abbigail said...

Love all the little ladybugs! I am so lucky and just don't realize it. I didn't know that cotton fabrics were hard to find in Greece. We just take it for granted here because it so easy to find.
hulseybg at gmail dot com

Agnes B Bullock said...

Love this- ladybugs!

B Greene said...

I love your little purse and the dres, but that photograph is amazing!!!! Just beautiful!

feltfree på Åsly said...

So sweet it is. Tanks for sharing

Linda said...

Your little purse is almost as adorable as your little girl, but not quite! Great job! Congratulations on all the firsts!!!

Carla Bynum said...

Hi!! I love the ladybugs!!! The purse is too cute!!! The little girl in the ladybug dress is beautiful!!! Thanks for the fun!!!!

patchouli moon studio said...

The ladybug fabric and button is so cute. Then of course the little ladybug dress with your precious one wearing it and holding the purse is well....priceless! So cute.

Gill said...

What a great purse! for a beautiful girl in a beautiful dress!
Thanks for sharing!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh how totally sweet! What a cutie pie!

sew.darn.quilt said...

WOW!! Mara, your purse and dress are so sweet but not as adorable as Katerina, she's precious!

hugs :)

Needled Mom said...

It is so cute as is that darling little girl in her cute dress.

Els said...

Lovely purse!!

Nellie Duclos said...

Mara
Your little Lady Bug coin purse is precious and what a perfect match with your little girl's dress. I didn't realize that cotton fabric was difficult to get as we have such an abundance here in the US. I'd send you some of mine if I had your address and my husband would be happy for me to get rid of it. From California, thanks for sharing.

LJ said...

Ohhh, thank you for sharing your purse and your pictures. What a sweet little one - your purse and your daughter! :) Wonderful that you matched the dress and the purse; she'll have fun finding treasurers for her own special coin purse.

Beth said...

I love ladybugs! That is so cute...the matching dress & bag. You did a great job.

Laura said...

Precious little purse. What a beautiful place to live!!!

Mack and Mabel said...

Beautiful purse... and dress.... and little girl! Well done!

Wendy said...

I love your purse! The ladybird button finishes it off perfectly.

SuperMomNoCape said...

Your purse turned out so pretty. I love the ladybug fabric you used and adding the ladybug button is just the right touch. And your daughter is so adorable!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

I love the ladybug print and the added ladybug! And your sweet, adorable little girl with her ladybug purse and ladybug dress...sooooo cute! (My hubby and I live in Savannah, Georgia and every year we LOVE to go to the Greek Festival to enjoy the food and entertainment! Opa!)

Blessings & Aloha!
I am home from visiting our first little grandbaby! Wish I could have stayed longer! But I am trying now to catch up with all the wonderful posts on this blog hop. Yay! I am caught up now, so am here with my visit!

Melzie Belle said...

You did a great job! and your daughter is adorable with her matching dress and purse ;) good job! xoxo melzie

DonnaJ said...

The purse is adorable, but the little girl is beautiful

MoeWest said...

Your ladybug purse is very cute! Katerina in her dress and matching purse ... priceless!

Sallie said...

Adorable! Thanks for sharing!

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here:
adorable purse, cutie colors. love the ladybugs
Your little girl is sooooo cute. What a beautiful face ♥
You live in a very cool place.
Thank you for sharing your creativity

Rebeckah Austin said...

Congrats on all your firsts!

Carrie P. said...

how cute is your purse and your daughter. Love the frame you used too. thanks for sharing.

Sue said...

I love your ladybugs! They are adorable. You did a wonderful job on both the purse and the dress! Thank you for sharing with us all!

S Walker said...

How cute - a purse and matching dress. Your daughter is adorable. No giveaway needed.

gpc said...

I love it, and love the addition of the little ladybug. It's perfect!

Debi said...

So sweet. The ladybugs are cute and the matching dress is adorable. Thanks for sharing.

Sheila said...

I love your little coin purse , I love lady bugs and this was a perfect way to use the fabric , the dress is adorable too and so is your daughter .

pinsandneedles said...

oh sew cute! Thanks for sharing!

Madame Samm said...

everything about this coin purse speaks of your heart...
full of life, comfort and brightness..beautiful...x and your model too...captivating sweet

CeLynn said...

A priceless coin purse,for a Priceless little Lady :) I love your ladybug fabric,have some scraps of the same ;) Your purse frame is beautiful too!

jmniffer said...

The ladybug buttons are the perfect touch for your purse. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing.

Allison said...

your daughter looks so sweet with her matching dress and purse :)

Maria Kievit said...

Nice coin purse, and beautiful dress for your daughter. Hopefully she will love to wear hers as much as mine loved wearing the dresses I made for them. Thanks for sharing.

Vickie said...

Your purse and little dress are beautiful.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Love your purse. Love the lady bug buttons. Sweet dress and cute daughter.
Congrats on being one of the chosen.
Thanks for sharing.

Joanne said...

The purse and dress are ADORABLE!! Thanks for sharing your creations with us today. I think I'll e-mail you about the pay it forward. It sounds fun.

Laura said...

Hi Mara
I have just discover your blog, love the way you write. I also love your little purse and the dress for your daughter is so nice, she is beautiful.
I am now one of you followers so I will visit you often
Laura xx
http://sewfar.blogspot.com/

♥Duff said...

HOly cow! that is the cutest little set I've seen in ages! She's adorable and the outfit with purse is like icing on the cake!

Katherine said...

Oh, Mara, that is the cutest matching outfit and coin purse! Your daughter is so adorable and looks happy with her new place to keep treasures.

baukje said...

Hi Mara, I just saw you on buttonmad. Also became a follower!