I’m not a painter. At all. Like, not even a little. I was always good at putting things together, but somehow the gene for painting and drawing skipped me and oozed out of my younger siblings. I’m not bitter, I’m just saying that’s what happened. I have always loved art, though, and I know that’s one of the things that drew me to Joie de Vivre by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics. I’m a huge fan of Impressionism (music, too!), and I always love taking the opportunity to learn about art even if I can’t put something on a canvas.

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Over Fall break we visited the St. Louis Art Musem (SLAM) and it was so fun to take the kids to something fun AND educational. And did I mention FREE? I knew it would be the perfect place to get a little culture and snap some pics of Miss L. in her new Bari J. dress.

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I had seen several beautiful items in Bari’s booth at Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, but one of the things that stuck with me from this line was a pillow with yellow crocheted trim. Bari always had the best aprons, too, so I thought I would put those two ideas together and combine it with my first sewing love: hand embroidery.

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It seriously took me most of the summer to hand sew a few things onto this apron. Baseball season was over and my slow sewing days were few, so I stole some moments to sew here and there It’s always interested to see people’s reactions when they see that you are making something by hand. It’s like they can’t believe that people still do that! Anyway, I especially love the C’est la Vie print in Winter, because there’s enough black and white to do some “coloring” with thread. Speaking of coloring, I need to get my hands on Bari’s coloring book!

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I also added a tiny doily as an applique. The Stella dress usually has a really fabulous stripwork skirt, but I opted for a solid skirt, and then added the apron. I wanted the apron to steal the show here and I really love how it turned out. The litmus test for handmade in our house is squealing and jumping up and down. This dress passed with flying colors.

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Big thanks to Bari for this amazing fabric and letting me dream and create with it! I have a small piece of the apron fabric left and I think some slow sewing during the holidays will be perfect for a wall hanging for ME!

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One last pic. I’m pretty sure I had to bribe them for this one. These two LOVE their art classes at school¬†and Mr. J even carried around a notebook¬†to take notes and sketch. Mrs. Richards would be proud!

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