Wednesday, July 22, 2015

You’re invited to a Piano Recital!

Did you take piano lessons when you were growing up? I did and I remember being very nervous at my recitals. I think I even have an old photo of myself dressed for a recital that I might sneak in at the end of this post.

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Grace is modeling her new recital dress.

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JoAnn and I are continuing our summer sewing challenge. She sent me this fabric and we both made something with it this week. Her blog is HERE. I can’t wait to see what she’s made!

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I had the idea to make a collar and sash and drew out a pattern for the collar.

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And then at the last minute I thought about ‘sheet music’ and said something to my hubby. In a matter of a few minutes, he had found an image and printed it out for me. (I know, I am spoiled!)

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The clear glass piano box was mine as a child and I managed to hang on to it all these years.

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And yes, this is me at 9 years old.

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(it’s the back of our house and there’s a mop hanging outside the screen door, oh well, too late to photo shop that out now! heehee!)

I’m joining the Vintage Inspiration Link party HERE,

and Roses of Inspiration

and Ivy and Elephants.

AND Jo Ann at Scene Through my Eyes

and Shelia at Note Songs for

Wednesday Wee Ones.

Don’t forget to take time

to Play and Sing!

44 comments:

Shelia said...

Hi Diane! Oh, this is precious! Love the Note Songs dress and the sheet music to go with it. You did a beautiful job on the little dress. Classy! This is so much fun and I hope you're having a great week.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Grace is just precious, and her dress is even more so! I always loved Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. I just imagine Grace plays beautifully.
I was a band person and played the clarinet, I remember feeling so nervous over lessons-my Teacher was quite non-nonsense fellow. You are a doll too, your dress and hair are so pretty. I even like the mop, it is reminiscent of a such a sweet time in life:)
Have a Happy Day!
Hugs to you sweet friend,
Jemma

ann said...

Grace is beautiful. I love her black, cropped hair. The dress is adorable. And he's, I took piano lessons for a short while and endured the the recital. Leave the mop for it is part of your story. Love it.

Sandra@Prairie Patch Quilts said...

Such a beautiful doll and you made the perfect dress for her to wear. It is so pretty and just right for her recital. The sheet music makes it all the nicer! It is always nice to have something from our childhood days. Your glass piano goes perfect with your doll and blog post today. What a nice picture of you at nine years old. Now I will go over and visit with JoAnn.

Arlene said...

Sew Cute Diane!! And I love the photo of you, mop and all!! Gorgeous hair by the way!!

Debbie said...

What a precious doll! Please tell me how I can find one of these for my granddaughter. Thank you so much.

Thammie TheDollMaker said...

Hi Diane, Grace is beautiful in her really elegant dress. You did an awesome job.
Hugs,
Arlette

Susie said...

Diane, I love that dress. The doll with you glass piano and standing on your piano is so adorable. Your husband is a sweetheart to you. I like that. :):) You look older than nine in that long dress. Love your long hair. Hey, our mothers always leaned the mops and brooms at the back door, they didn't want those things in the house till they were needed. :):) Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

How cute and you're so fortunate to still have your little treasure box. Love the sweet black and white picture of you. Thanks, Diane for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Diane, oh I love this dress on beautiful Grace. She is just a precious doll and I love the fabric you used to create her dress. The collar and sash are perfect. You are so talented!! Grace looks so pretty standing on your piano along with the gorgeous glass piano box.
Yes, I took piano from 4 years old to 16. I hated to practice but so glad now I did. Love your darling pic. Such a charming setting and the hanging mop to dry brings back memories too. Love it.
Have a special day my friend.
Hugs, cm

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Wow Diane you made such a pretty dress for that gorgeous doll! I love that you even have the sheet music. Wow you were so beautiful when you were younger! I loved looking at that photo of you and this post. Have a wonderful day and rest of the week.
Julie xo

Linda H said...

Nine?! Wow, you look about fifteen! Grace's dress is sweet. I'm sure she will do well at her recital!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh Gracie is so darling in her new recital dress. I love what you did with the fabric. My dolls are still in casual mode, maybe they need some "dress up" clothes too.

I took piano lessons and have a picture of myself at the piano at a recital - I think I was 16. I can still hear my teacher "almost silently" counting the time as I played my piece - that made me more nervous than actually having to sit there and play in front of the audience.

Anna said...

Beautiful dress and senery !!!
Thanks for your kind visit !
Anna

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

What a sweet little dress- love the material. Your husband is such a sweetie to help you out with your crafts. Have a great day!

Conniecrafter said...

That dress is adorable :) Yes I took lessons when I was young, didn't last too long though, we had a lot of kids in our neighborhood and I just couldn't stand to be inside practicing when I could hear them outside having a good time.

Kathy said...

This is just adorable! (And so is the picture of you.) I would love to have some of that fabric to make something for ME! Now I have to hop on over to the other blog to see what your friend made.

Shug said...

You certainly were creative with your dress seeing and with this cute post. I never took piano lessons... But I sure wish I had

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love the picture...Oh know, you can't photo shop out history, the mop is perfect. Your dolls recital dress is perfect!

Carol

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

I never did take piano lessons but wished I did, I did take violin lessons though. Grace looks so pretty for her recital. Enjoy the day.

Art @ Home said...

So cute, and the notes are perfect for a recital!

Vee said...

Pamela Gordon at Playing with my Camera posted a photo of her ten year old self in an adorable dress yesterday, Now you have posted this cute self in a beautiful dress today. Love the mop and am glad that you didn't photoshop it out. Your dolly is so sweet in her new dress. You keep her wardrobe in tip~top shape.

Linda Kay said...

Diane, just adorable. I did take piano lessons as a child, all the way up until 18. Then after I was married, I didn't play much and kind of lost my touch. So I took lessons again at 50 to get myself back on track. I just like playing for myself.

Diane said...

Fun post! Love all the pictures. You haven't changed much! I took piano lessons for a short time-- got bored. I memorized the songs easy enough that I never learned to read music. Sometimes I wish I had stuck with it. Oh well.

Debbie said...

fun stuff, i played the guitar and loved it!!!

Elizabeth said...

Grace is lovely! I love the pic of you also!

Lynn said...

Very cute, love the little Peter Pan collar:@)

Primitive Stars said...

Grace is a beauty, what fun!!! Blessings Francine.

Debby said...

Wow, she is just beautiful. I'd love to come.

Sue said...

Grace is so pretty, beautiful dress! love the glass piano too!You are not spoiled, like me just loved a lot, my Dh cooked dinner tonight because I have been busy canning tomato sauce today. ~smile~
Lovely photo of you, we used to hang our mop outside to, to prevent it from smelling stale. ~smile~ Thanks for coming by an for taking the time to leave a sweet comment!
Blessings,
Sue

Connie said...

Hi Diane. Your doll is lovely and your photo is a treasure. You are a beauty. No, I never had piano lessons, but I purchased a really nice keyboard and gave it to my daughter, so that she could have her daughters take lessons. They have just started and I feel so good that I can be a part of it:) When you live so far away, you have to find ways to be a part of their lives . . . even when you can't be there.
This was a wonderful post, I truly enjoyed my visit.
Connie :)
P.S. I'm having a Give-A-Way . . . come on over:)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love this dress, so cute! I love this doll also. I did one piano concert where I froze from fright and NEVER did another one. Love the pic of you!
hugs,
Linda

Deborah Montgomery said...

What a charming dress you made for your doll. It is perfect, and she looks so lovely atop your piano. The sheet music is a darling touch. I remember being very nervous at my piano recitals, too!
I agree with the other commenters -- you look much older than 9 in that picture! Maybe it is the long dress? Anyway, love the mop!

doodles n daydreams said...

That is a cute dress on Grace, and I think the photo of you in your recital dress is very sweet, mop or no mop!

Diana

Red Rose Alley said...

Your doll is so cute, Diane, and her dress with the music notes is adorable. Yes, I took piano lessons when I was younger, but I never stuck with it. I so wish I had because I can only play two songs on the piano today.

You look so pretty in this picture standing next to your house. I was a bit nervous before my piano lessons too.

love, ~Sheri

Lorrie said...

You and JoAnn are having a lot of fun with your dolls and doll clothes. Yes, I took piano for many years, and later taught lessons. I never did enjoy playing in public that much - too nervous and I usually botched something.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

The dress is so pretty on Grace. The pretty little 9 year old has on a pretty dress, too! I took just enough piano lessons to play well enough to amuse myself. I hated the recitals, I was a nervous wreck! lol! Oh, I was so shy back then and hated to be in front of people. Somehow I got through it.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

What a cute post and I loved the photo of you at the end.

Linda Walker said...

Love Grace and her beautiful recital dress....I remember my own recitals. Wearing a pretty new dress and wanting to look just right. Feeling nervous, mostly because we had to announce our name and the pieces we were playing on the piano! I never liked speaking in public! Your photo is so pretty! Love your hair and the dress....
xo
Linda

Stephanie said...

Sweet friend, the dress is darling! And the picture of you is quite stunning :) Love and hugs to you!

cynthia lee designs said...

Love the photo of you!! I also the the sweet dress you made for your doll...so adorable!!
hugs,
Cindy

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

another adorable outfit! Yep, took piano lessons and our piano was black! :)

Gina said...

Diane, you are gorgeous! Love the dress that you wore and the one that you made. Grace looks so sweet!

Cranberry Morning said...

Grace is such a pretty doll!! And I love her musical dress. :-) What a pretty face and beautiful dark hair she has! You can tell that she's nervous before her recital, though. Brought back memories for me!