Thursday, December 2, 2010

Still Creating!

Sorry for the lapse in posts.  It has been a month of significant loss in our family and I have been figuring out my new normal.  But, in the midst of crisis I have learned that I sew and sew and sew some more!  So, my sewing machine has not been idle...only my computer :)  Here are a few holiday items that I have made in the last month or so for gifts, my kids, for etsy and custom orders!

Twirl Skirt in Michael Miller's Tiny Trees with coordinating Christmas Snow Dots in Brown

Boy's Christmas pants and appliqued shirt in Alexander Henry's Yuletide in black

Girl's ruffle pants with appliqued shirt in Alexander Henry's yuletide in white

Ruffle Romper in Michael Miller's Tiny Trees in Spice

Ruffle Romper in Sharyn Sowell's 12 Days of Christmas and coordinating dot

Double layer twirl skirt in AlexanderHenry's Yuletide in white with coordinating button dot

Another double layer twirl skirt in...that's terrible...I can't even remember who this designer is.  Unusual for me since dreams of designer fabric dance in my head each night!
 Hope your Christmas season is turning out to be merry and bright.  If I can make something for your little one this holiday please message me.  These items are great gift items as well!

* remembered!  Robert Kaufman's Sparkle all the way line. 

Thursday, October 21, 2010


The first long awaited Christmas Dress!  I have had a very hard time finding fabric that I feel is vintage enough, sweet enough, not too cheesy, not too Christmasy, but still Christmas...and this is what I have come up with!  The 12 Days of Christmas in a sweet, vintage, maids-a-milking kind of dress.  LOVE!
The fabric is a simply sweet toile with an ivory background and teal, black, olive and red accents depicting the 12 days of Christmas. 
Is is designed by Sharon Sowell for Clothworks and it is HARD TO FIND!  So, if you are interested in this dress you need to let me know ASAP :)  It features a round apron with a red or teal bias edge (depending on the sleeve color).  I am going to make my older daughter this dress with teal sleeves to change it up a bit.  The back ties for a vintage look.  Finally...the apron is embellished with hand designed ornaments for the final holiday touch.  This dress will sell for $50.
Merry Christmas!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Profits to help orphans in GULU!

If you have ever read my personal blog, I’ve shared with you before about Sweet Sleep, a nonprofit ministry based in Nashville which provides beds, bedding and Bibles to orphaned and abandoned children around the world ( This past June, I traveled with Sweet Sleep to Uganda to help provide over 100 beds to Blessed Hope Orphanage.  Thanks to you, Sweet Sleep has done amazing work in northern Uganda. And, with your support RIGHT NOW, we can do it again. This month Wonderfully Made will donate 10% of all profits to help build 700 beds in Northern Uganda.

Here’s the situation:

Sweet Sleep and their partner, American Refugee Committee (ARC), is working with hundreds of thousands of children living in child-headed households in the IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps in northern Uganda. 20 years ago, the government of Uganda placed every person in every tribe into these camps to protect them from rebels which were attacking the North over two decades. A few years ago this area finally began to experience peace, however today, more than a million people are still living in these camps. An estimated 750,000 of these people are children who are orphans with no place to go. ARC is working to trace each child by their family name back to their home tribe. They then work with village leaders to determine what land their family owned and reclaim it for them. As part of the process, each resettled child receives a new hut from ARC.

Being resettled gives a child hope and a chance for a new life. There’s just one problem: the children have been afraid to leave. Until now.

Even though the Ugandan Government has closed these camps, it is very difficult to get all of the children to leave. The children in these child-headed households were born in these camps – it’s simply all they’ve ever known.

In January of this year, as Sweet Sleep’s partnerships began in northern Uganda, ARC hoped to resettle 600 children. This was more than the number of children they resettled in 2009, but they were hoping the children would have a good response to the opportunity of being provided with a bed, net and Bible.

By the end of this June, Sweet Sleep had already provided ARC with the full amount of beds, nets and Bibles they’d requested for the entire year! Much to the amazement of ARC leadership, the children are now lining up to leave the camps to be resettled into their home villages. The children are sharing with ARC and Sweet Sleep that they never imagined they could have such a thing as a bed, mosquito net or a Bible of their own. Many other organizations in northern Uganda have come to ARC to ask how they’ve been able to get so many children to resettle. Who would have known something as simple as a bed, mosquito net and Bible could be so completely profound on a child’s life? Amazing. Simply amazing!

So, my friends, here’s where you come in. ARC recently asked Sweet Sleep to provide 700 more beds to the additional children they’ll be able to resettle this November -- in just 25 days! But we can’t resettle these children without you. A resettlement kit with a straw mat, new mattress, blanket, mosquito net and Bible is just $50!

$50 to help a child find hope, peace and comfort in their new home. And thanks to some wonderful friends of Sweet Sleep’s, any gifts given to help resettle these children in October will be matched 100%! We need just 350 friends to give $50 or 175 people to give $100 – we can do this, right? So take a moment and think – how many beds can I provide? I know you’ll sleep sweeter knowing a child has come home and will sleep sweetly because of your gift. Just go to to donate any amount and be sure to write “Gulu” in the comment box.

One more thing….read this letter from a child Sweet Sleep resettled in June. Let’s work together to help more sweet orphans like David finally come home.

Dear Sweet Sleep,
My name is David. I am 14 years old and am in primary four. I would like to thank you, Sweet Sleep for giving me the mattresses and mostly the Bible.
Now days I know more about God than I did before because I read my Bible and after I go for a sleep on my soft mattress. Am very happy this days because I start sleep right when I got on to my bed till morning without feeling any pain.
So I again thank God for that special gift which I was not even expecting in my life and not forgetting to pray for you and also the organization called Sweet Sleep.
Thank you so much from David.
God Bless You.

Who can resist these smiles??

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Old Hickory Harvest Festival

Wonderfully Made is participating in it's very first craft festival this Saturday from 11-3 pm!  It is Located in the Parking Lot next to the Community Garden 1105 Hadley Ave, Old Hickory, TN 37138
I am a little nervous because I have never done anything like this before...this will be a learning experience for me for sure!  I am going to have samples of all of my dresses and outfits, swatches of fabric and I will take orders.  This is a family event so I will also have fun things for the kids to do and of course and prize and candy bucket :)  So, it will be fun for sure.  If you live in the area come by and check it out!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Feelin' the Love

A special thank you to Angie and to those of you popping in from Angie's blog. Since she made mention of my new little business endeavor I have had a huge amount of traffic and orders are keeping me busy, busy, busy!  I love it.  It is exciting and so much fun to create for your little ones.  I am not only excited about fulfilling orders, but am grateful for all of the emails, comments, and words of support and encouragement.  Perhaps someday I will share my story and struggles of motherhood and you will understand even moreso how sewing has been a gift from God...literally.  I am very grateful for this gift.  Here are some orders that went out this afternoon!  Hope you all enjoy your new creations :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sweet Lilia's Dress

Ahhh...I love this little dress.  It is unique with a round apron and an adorable tie in the back.  The fabrics are from Sandi Henderson's Ginger Blossoms line except for the brown polka dot.  I *heart* Sandi Henderson as well if you can't tell from all of my pattern and fabric choices :)  The lucky recipient of this dress will be my neice the next time I see her.  It is nice for me that her and Aliza are about the same size so I can try everything out!  Stay tuned for the holiday version of this dress in the 12 days of Christmas fabric that is fantastic...

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Dora Dresses

I made 2 of these sweet dresses for one of my LONG time friends ;)  It was a custom item that she wanted for her daughter and a friend's daughter.  I have altered several pillowcase patterns to come up with my own.  They are such a simple dress that I think they need to be fully lined.  I also have had issues with washing dresses such as these in the past because the ribbons fray and get stringy.  So, I use elastic in the neckline and tie the bows on for easy removal.  Then you don't have to rethread the neckline after washing either!  I don't normally use liscenced fabric (fabric with characters) but I have to say these came out really cute AND now my daughter won't stop asking me for a Dora dress.  I can't complain about that because I know she probably won't like my homemade clothes for that many years, right?  I also have seen some REALLY cute Olivia fabric.  We love Olivia books in our house and the illustrations are fabulous.  I don't think this is the one I saw, but it is cute too...with a black/white polka dot or a red/white polka dot?...
this may be the one I saw...cute! They have it in pink as well...
In other news...I have labels now!  A fantastic shop on Etsy "Mommie Made It" helped me with these.  An inside label as well as a side seam tag.  I am very happy with them.  Here are some pics!

The image is a nest with 3 little eggs in it behind the font. I do not have a completely solid answer as to why I chose this image.  But I love it.  To me it is just a symbol of creation.  I also love images of birds and nests and songs about birds (have you ever listened to Elizabeth Mitchell?  Little Bird or 3 Little Birds?) Anyway, I like it and I hope you do too!

Happy Labor Day!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Long Peasant with Ruffle Pants

It has taken me awhile to post this...ugh.  I LOVE these photos.  Kelsey Lantz took them and you should definitely check her out here.  Amelia loves this outfit and begged me not to sell it because she wants to keep it for herself :)  But, I can make more!  It has elastic shirring around the neckline, sleeves and chest.  It can be worn as a dress or long peasant over pants. It can be worn with or without the sash...this outfit is so versatile.  This one is made with Heather Bailey's Pop Garden fabrics.  I love all the color!
Without the pants
Detail of the bottom hem
Detail of the neckline

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Owl by Myself" Halloween

I love Halloween and I LOVE this dress!  It is so fun and seasonal without the traditional orange pumpkins.  I am a sucker for anything with birds and owls :)  It is made with Michael Miller's "Owl by Myself" and "Lolli Dots".  Keep an eye on my Etsy store because this will make it's debut this week.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Latest Creation

My friend Whitney has a little girl about 4 months older than Aliza and I have been working on a few adorable things for her.  One of them is the knot dress in these beautiful purple/green fabrics.  Whitney picked out the fabrics so I cannot take credit for these except the way I arranged them :)  I love the way it turned out and it will look adorable on Madilyn!  Can't wait to see her in it :)

Sunday, August 8, 2010


Hello.  Welcome to the "Wonderfully Made" blog.  This site is created to share some of my creations with you!  I am a stay-at-home mom of two little girls ages 1 and 3.  In the midst of our daily chaos I have a need to create that drives me and keeps me sane most days. I love repurposing old things (especially furniture), making my own stationary and cards, painting and most recently...sewing children's clothing.  I think my biggest creative passion lately is fabric.  I am now a collector :)  I have a cabinet in my sewing room full to the top of beautiful, fun, fabulous, fabric just calling my name.  So come in and take a look.  Maybe you will benefit from it too!