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To add flower petals or not?

I'm making progress on my civil war ball gown! I've been working on it, but now I'm stuck.

So, I've made the shoulder straps, and sewn them on.

I've made the 7 skirt tab things and sewn lace, braid, and beads.

I've run out of braid and gone to Joann's to buy more only to discover they no longer carried the exact braid I needed, so the last tab has a slightly wider black braid on it.
Now I'm ready for the last decoration. These flower petals.

There are 49 of them. 7 for the bodice, and 6 per skirt tab.

This is what they look like on half of the bodice. I think I may like the bodice better without them, but I can't decide. So the short story is I'm considering leaving the flower petal like things off the dress entirely but would love some more input. Any thoughts?

My Awesome, Creative, Little Sister

I have a very creative little sister. She's always doing one craft project or another, and I'm typically very happy if her crafts improve her sewing skills. So I'm pretty pleased with what she made today, completely on her own!

She turned old pant legs, left over from cut-off shorts I made myself a few years ago, into pillows. She got the idea from this pillow a friend made us several years ago from an old jeans leg.

So she went digging through my fabric/scrap stash and found some soft, slightly stretchy, pretty colored, pants legs. She turned them all inside out and sew one end closed. 

I'm very proud of how straight her straight seams are getting! She then turned the legs right side out and commenced stuffing! Once she finished stuffing them, she sewed up the open end and ta-da! A finished pillow! Out came the glittery fabric paint to add the finishing touches.  
Green and purple, my 2 favorite colors! Now she did get a little carried away with the stuffing part, as …

Goin' to Guatemala!

I'm excited!! Why? This summer (June to be exact) I get to go to Guatemala for a week!! On Monday my passport came in the mail (only 3 weeks after I applied, rather than the 4-6 it was supposed to take!), and I paid for my plane ticket.
So this is really happening. Now why am I going to Guatemala? The short answer is I'm going on a mission trip with Christian Fellowship Church. The long answer includes a back story that started about 3 years ago.
My senior year of high school a missionary couple who had been in Guatemala for several years came to my school to tell us about their ministry. They told us about the conditions the families whom they worked with, lived in. Of course my heart strings were tugged. I love kids. Hearing about those kids in Guatemala who needed help made me want to go and help in anyway I could, but logically I didn't think I would ever get the chance to go. Then God opened a door for me. The week after the missionaries left the dean of students sat …

I'm dreaming of dresses. . .

It's cold. And snowy. And slippery. So, other than caring for the animals I'm staying inside today where it's warm and not slippery. On one hand this is sad, I can't go to church this morning and I really wanted to, but on the other hand this means I have lots of time to sew on my ball gown! And dream of things I'd love to sew one day if I ever have time.

Ever since finishing my purple plaid wool dress I've been dreaming of making more historical dresses from different time periods, why? Just for the challenge, the experience. I want to become a better seamstress and this is one way I can pursue that goal. Also because I love history. I want to know what it was like to live in the past, to wear the clothing of the time. (although I do really appreciate having my sewing machine to use when making these, so nothing is completely historically accurate as far as construction goes.) So these are some of the projects I am hoping to one day get around to (when I'm…