Sunday, May 22, 2011

1860's heirloom based design

Based on the 1860's heirloom gown I have seen at the Perth Freemantle Jail , at the current exhibition Woman Transported .
Pure white silk gown , lined bodice with handbeaded crystal panel decorating the chest has been handstitched into place across the gathered yoke . Fine white guipure lace complements this eye catching design .

I'm still in two minds about the matching bonnet for this garment though ....

Saturday, April 16, 2011

If you come across an Angel by Douglas Pagels

Everyday in the world around us , real life angels are doing the things they do

and bringing more smiles to the world around them.


Real- life angels build bridges instead of walls ....


They dont have hidden agendas.

They tend to be the only ones who understand what you're going through

If the sense you are hurting , they do whatever they can to help you.

Real-life angels understand difficulties and always give the benefit of the doubt.


They dont hold others up to the standards they cant live by themselves.

They are what "ineer beauty " is all about .

They dont hold things against you.

The only thing they hold ...... is ...... you .....


They take your hand in theirs when you could use some reassurance .

They walk besides you when you could use some guidance and direction in your life.

And they support you in your attempts to do what is right.

Real-life angels multiply your smiles and add to your integrity.


If you come across an angel, you are one of the luckiest people of all .

If someone in your life is like an angel to you ,

it's important to thank them.... for the blessing .

Monday, January 17, 2011

Few words from my heart

Would like to say thank you to Jess at Multitasking Woman Who Achieve Heaps for including my story in the Inspiring Woman articles . I hope in some small way this article will help to bring in much needed support to the angel cause.
Im not an angel mum, but I grew up around Angels . A lot of my own friends find it rather difficult to understand why I spent so much time talking to grieving mothers and fathers . Some of them , like many of your own friends , believe forget and dont speak of the departed babies is the easiest way to go through the life. How wrong are they ?
If only one person reading it gets strength and courage to reach out to a grieving family and not be afraid of the tears ... that will bring smile to my own face . Dont be afraid to mention Angel's names and lend a listening ear . Sharing tears and hugs is the biggest gift you can give to a grieving mum and dad , to their children and emidiate family .
Wishing you all a gentle day x x x Dana

Monday, November 15, 2010

Gabriel's special day

Just got an email from Gabriel's parents who generously allowed me to share their son's special day with all of you here. Gabriel is wearing an off white silk dupion gown. The parents designed their son's Unisex baptismal gown. The have chosen the heirloom style guipure laces to complement the Unisex gown. The garment has an opening at the back ( with two buttons ) and it made it so easy to hold Gabriel safely and comfortably by all guests .

Friday, November 5, 2010

Replica of family treasure

A couple of months ago I have been asked to make replica's of 110 year old family heirloom gown . The orginal garment was handmade using fine cotton . The family wished for the replica to be in white silk dupion with guipure laces ... I am awaiting the email with photos from the special day .

I seem to be running short on time nowdays. I'm sorry I dont post on my blog as often as I would like to . I am sewing , raising family of three and being a part of the Angel Baby support community... I honestly wish , I could grow a spare pair of hands or two ! The days just go , I get up , check what has been happening overnight while getting kids ready for school , stay in chat for couple of hours , than go to my sewing room etc ... have a great day :D Dana

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I'll be there - unknown

I cannot ease your aching heart
nor take your pain away ,
but let me stay and take your hand ,
and walk with you today .
I'll listen when you need to talk
I'll wipe away your tears
I'll share your worries when they come
I'll help to face your fears .
I'm here and I will stand by you
On each hill you have to climb
So take my hand, lets face the world ...
And live just one day at a time.
You're not alone, for I'm still here
I'll go that extra mile
And when your grief is easier
I'll help you learn to smile again !

Friday, August 27, 2010

A bird without wings , Celtic thunder

Damian McGinty from Celtic Thunder
Love the song and i hope it will touch your hearts as it has mine , hugs Dana

Friday, July 16, 2010

Precious white angel gown

I was asked to make an angel gown with a matching bonnet for a precious little girl . Pure white silk gown was edged with lovely white angel guipure lace and complemented by white silk threat embroidery across the skirt of the gown.

An Angel in the book of life
Wrote down your daughter's name
And whispered as she closed the book
' Too beautiful for this earth '

size 0000

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Angel romper

I would like to introduce you to little Aidan . Isn't he adorable ?

Aidan is wearing an Angel romper . White silk dupion garment with baby blue pipping and embroidery across the chest . This romper has two invisible zips , one at the back and second in the crouch , for fast and easy access to change the bubba's nappy .

' Baby ' unisex handmade booties with matching baby blue covered buttons
complement this special christening outfit .

Special thank you to Aidan's parents for sending the photos and giving me their permission to share the baptism of their handsome young man with you all xox