Let us put by some hour of every day for holy things...

I will not doubt, though all my ships at sea
Come drifting home with broken masts and sails.
I will believe the Hand which never fails,
From seeming evil, worketh good for me.
And though I weep because those sails are tattered,
Still will I cry, while my best hopes lie shattered:
I trust in Thee.
--Ann Kimmel

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines, the labor of the olive shall fail and the fields shall yield no meat, the flock shall be cut off from the fold and there shall be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:17-18

Friday, January 4, 2013

I'd Welcome Your Opinion

After seeing my son off at the airport this morning, I had an idea for a new muslin wedding favor bag design on the drive home. I spent the afternoon experimenting, and now I have three variations to show you and I'd love your opinion. I'm thinking what I'm going to do this year (rather than take on much in the way of custom wedding orders) will be to come up with four or five basic designs and make up lots and lots of each one to feature in my Etsy shop.

The bridal trend right last year seemed to be mostly burlap and lace from what I could see, if Etsy's front page is any indication. (Is Etsy's front page any indication of what people really want? Sometimes I wonder!) Anyway, I think I'll go the rustic, primitive route to start with, and later indulge my own preference for lush satin and organza creations. (I have some pink satin and lace I'm dying to get at!)

Here's what I whipped out today:

 These little bags are made of a dark unbleached muslin (not as light as these photos appear) with ecru lace trim. I've tried three different kinds of ties, trying to decide which look best. Which do you prefer?

This one, which organza ribbon?

This one, which sports a string tie?
Or this one, with an ivory-colored satin ribbon tie?  

Another consideration I'd like your input on is the matter of seams. If you were (or are!) planning a wedding or other big party event, would you prefer the economy of simple pinked seams (below)...

...or the added elegance and durability (and expense!) of French seams  

After I made these prototypes, I found 4 yards of another type of lace I'd stashed away, and I have bags ready to stitch up using this other design tomorrow. I'll show you these, and also a lace-overlay muslin bag in my next post and you can help me with your critique.


1 comment :

  1. Im not sure about the seams

    but I like the organza ribbon znd ivory-colored satin ribbon
    They look good