Super Moms

I hope all Mothers & Future Mothers receive the love and attention they deserve yesterday, today, and everyday.

Here is a #painting of my Mother in her younger years.
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I get into an emotional wreck when I talk about my family.  I truly do owe my life to this person in every way.  I sometimes wonder how Mom was able to survive the Vietnam war running with a one year old in hand (me) and being pregnant with my Sister Linda. Like many leaving the Homeland at that time, she came to a new country not knowing the language, culture, and experiencing tragedy.  My sister and I often talk about how amazing Mom is and if she can accomplish what she did for our family against all odds, there is no excuse for us not to accomplish our dreams.  Her strong will and determination keeps me going when life gets a little tough – and it does get tough cause life is funny that way.  Thank you Me and I ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ you!

So to all the Supermoms and Supermoms-to-be, thank you for inspiring us and future generations. ❤️💐  Happy Mother’s Day!

XOXO,

Ann Ngo

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LUXE DIY Veil Kit Launch : Dream Weddings Bridal Show

It was an exciting weekend for Brides, Grooms, and vendors.  Couples got to explore their wedding options as Vendors got to share their passions.  As a vendor at the Dream Weddings Bridal Show, I was excited to launch the LUXE DIY Veil Kit.  The kit includes all the high quality items needed to make your very own veil.  I showed Brides up to 9 different veil styles created from one veil kit.  I am happy to announce the launch was well received and a success.  To view more photos, click here.

You can purchase your LUXE DIY Veil Kit for $32.99 and use the 10% Off Coupon Code PERFECTWEDDING10 at checkout.  Visit YOUTIQUE BRIDAL SHOP.  Create the veil yourself and you can use the savings toward other wedding projects.

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For $32.99, the LUXE DIY Veil Kit includes everything you will need to create your very own veil and you will have exclusive access to the step-by-step video tutorial.  Watch the promo video and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

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What inspired me to create the kit?  There are many little life lessons that came together in this kit.

First, it was inspired by my Lace Trim Veil.  Like the Lace Trim Veil tutorial, I wanted Brides to have more than one option to design the veil.  The Lace Trim Veil came with 3 options to design but the LUXE DIY Veil Kit came with up to 9 design options.  The Kit gives you a basis to the design and you can go further by embellishing the veil yourself.  With your imagination, it is possible to come up with more designs.

Second, When I taught classes on how to create my Camryn Flower, I realized many students did not know where to purchase each of the items so I would help them shop for supplies right before class.  Many wanted to skip the shopping if there was an option and go straight into creating.  This inspired the “KIT” idea.

Finally, most Brides I worked with was on a budget.  If Brides could create a quality veil themselves, they would save money.  As a designer, I understand the cost of time & labor and have the most respect for a Designer’s time and talent.  But what if I can teach a Bride how to create her own veil with an easy step-by-step tutorial?  She would be able to save money and use her savings toward other areas of her wedding.

All these ideas came together to create the LUXE DIY Veil Kit.  Thank you for visiting and I hope you get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary.

Hugs!

Ann

Valentine’s Love to My Blog : Rustic Ring Bearer Pillow Tutorial

It has been a long time since I last posted on my blog.  I have been wanting to do it but when writing is not your strongest suit, it’s hard.  Well, enough of making excuses!  I decided today on Valentine’s Day that I will show my blog some love and update my readers, if I even have any;)

I will start with the most recent tutorial, the Rustic Ring Bearer Pillow.  This was fun since I asked my community what style Ring Bearer accessory they would like to see – most voted Rustic.  The choices were Rustic, Formal, or Steampunk.  So here is the Rustic Ring Bearer pillow:)


The process was fun and the embroidery work connected me to my childhood.  In August 2017, my best friend Cathy texted me the photo below during her Hurricane Harvey mandatory evacuation.  I couldn’t believe she still had this coin purse I handmade for her from the 4th grade.  This touched me on so many levels.  First, I was surprised she still had it after all these years and second, it meant that much to her to evacuate with it.  Now talk about feeling the Valentine’s love:)  So her text was the main inspiration behind my Rustic Ring Bearer Pillow.  I knew I was going to somehow incorporate embroidery work since the last time I tried it was the fourth grade.

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Well, thank you for reading and Happy Valentine’s Day!

XOXO,

Ann

Spring Flowers $15 Challenge: DIY Flower Bouquet, Pomander, Boutonnieres, Corsage, & Flower Crown

Greetings!

This is a fun challenge I created for myself before my next big project.  I gave myself a $15 budget to purchase flowers & supplies to see how many different wedding accessories I can create.  To save time you can buy all these supplies at one location.  However, I wanted a certain color so I did not mind exploring my options.  Feel free to view the video & let me know which is your favorite accessory.  What else can you create with these supplies?


Here is the video break down:
{0:35 }*Ordinaries
{1:53}*Pomander Ball
{3:09}*Boutonnieres
{4:47 }*Corsage
{5:36}*Wrist Corsage
{6:21}*Flower Crown
{7:48}*Veil Flower Crown Look 1
{8:00}*Veil Flower Crown Look 2

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Here are the items I purchased (price-not including tax, place)

Dollar Store ($1.00each):
1 Mini Roses
1 Small Contrast yellow
1 Small white Flowers
1 Green Filler

Walmart
2 Main Red flowers: $0.97/each Walmart
1 Bag of Floral Wire: $0.97each
1 Floral tape: $1.00

Hobby Lobby (50%off):
5/8″ Ribbon: $1.50
1.5″ Ribbon: $2.00
Pins: $1.00
1- 3″ Styrofoam ball: $2.14

Supplies Grand Total: about $14.55
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I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary;)

Hugs!

Ann

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How to sew a Flower Girl Dress {TANYA}

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Greetings!  It’s been a busy couple of months helping out with my Goddaughter’s wedding.   I am excited to announce the Flower Girl Dress Tutorials are finally complete.  I wanted to create a pattern from an existing dress & a dress that can be worn again by the two Flower Girls.  For example, they can easily change the color of the sash to celebrate different holidays like Easter or for their First Communion.  I would like to use the organza pattern again to sew my daughter a separate Easter Dress if I have time.  I will definitely share the project if I do.  Well, I hope this inspires you to get creative.  Enjoy!

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Congratulations to Calvin & Mary – photo credit: http://www.baoloiphoto.com

Thank you for visiting!

Hugs!

Ann

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Baptismal or Flower Girl Gown Restyle

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I had the opportunity to restyle a Baptismal gown for a precious baby girl.  The Mother had initially approached me about creating custom Baptismal shoes and then also asked if it was possible to lengthen the gown.  The mother, sweet Lundy, had always wanted a long Baptismal gown for her baby.  So I took it upon myself to see how I can fulfill what she had always wanted and thought these ideas can inspire a Flower girl dress restyle as well.   Feel free to follow me through the process and challenges…

(1) First, I checked the hem width under the dress to see how much can be extended.  I was able to lengthen it by about 3″.

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Now since I was able to lengthen it, I had to add another row of ribbon to scale the dress design.  (2) So, my next challenge was finding the right white ribbon – matching width, shade of white, and sheen (or shininess).  I went to several different shops and found the right width, but the sheen was difficult.  I actually did not find it.  So I thought I would remove all the ribbon and replace it with the one I found.  I had to spot test the fabric first(3).  It was a delicate thin cotton fabric that felt like linen so I had to be extra careful removing the thread.  Due to the fullness of the gown, the ribbon lengths were very long.  Also, the sewing thread width was very small.  This all meant that removing the ribbon would be time intensive and if not extra extra extra careful, it could tear the delicate fabric:)  Due to a short timeline, removing the ribbon and sewing on a new ribbon (and creating the custom shoes) was not an option.  After speaking with Lundy, I learned that she liked lace.  This made the process a little easier but I still faced some challenges — finding the right lace design, the right width, and the exact shade of white.  So off to the shops I went again.

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After visiting several shops, I would find a lace that had the right width but not the right shade of white (7).  Another store would have the right shade but not the right “feel” of the lace design, and the challenge continued….until I found a scalloped trim with the right width AND went well with the scalloped bodice.  Perfect!

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I sewed the bias trim onto the hem, sewed on one new row of satin ribbon, and then sewed on 3 rows of the lace trim to lay over the satin ribbons.  The dress turned out beautiful:)  Here is the before and after:

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Thank you Lundy & Precious Audrey for the opportunity to restyle your gown.  As you can probably tell, I live for sewing design challenges.  I had so much fun and the whole process was rewarding.  Thank you Thank you Thank you:)

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And here are the custom designed Baptismal shoes to go with the gown…

If you look closely, I designed the flowers on the shoes to match the bodice flowers on the gown.

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Hope this inspired you to design, sew, and create.  Thank you for visiting!

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Original Post October 8, 2013

 

Happy 2017 New Year! : Undergarment options for a Sweetheart Neckline & Low Back Wedding Dress

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Happy New Year!  I hope you had an awesome New Year’s Celebration.  Did you come up with some new goals for 2017?  Since one of my goals is to get over my awkwardness of talking into a camera, I’m working on a video to share my ideas & projects for 2017 with you. I’ve been practicing so hopefully it’s not too awkward.  Yes, I have to practice;)  Coming soon!

So let’s get started on the topic today – bra cups, bustier, or braless.  If your bridal gown has a sweetheart neckline & a low back like my Goddaughter’s gown below, there are 3 options for you.

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The 3 options are:

  1. Sew in Bra cups.  If you would like an extra lift, I recommend asking your seamstress to sew in bra cups for extra padding.  I like to keep things simple so if I don’t have to worry about an extra item like a bustier on my wedding day, I’d go for this option.  Also, you would save time not having to put on a bustier.
  2. Seamless Bustier.  My Goddaughter wanted her waist to be more cinched in and a little extra lift so I recommended a seamless bustier like the one below.  It has the sweetheart neckline as well as a low back.  I like the fact that it is seamless so there will not be visible lines going through your dress:

    You can shop for it here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2iMmhCN

  3. Braless.  If you don’t need the extra lift or cinch, go braless.  Most Bridal gowns already have padding in them so if you’re comfortable not wearing an undergarment, you are set.

Well, I hope this was helpful.  If you have any comments or questions, feel free to share it in the comment section below.

Have a wonderful day!

Ann

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I had put together a tutorial for my Goddaughter’s Bridesmaid on “How to lace a Wedding Dress Corset,” feel free to view it below: