I have been doing a lot of cleaning and going through my old clothes and shoes and throwing them away or giving away items that are no longer in style, don't fit me or that I don't really like anymore. I am kind of a "pack rat" normally, but when I get going on cleaning and sorting, I really get the "donate or toss out bug!" But what do you do when you come across a dress and top that you hand embellished in the 90's with tender loving care, that either does not fit any more (and the chances of it ever fitting again are extremely slim) or has holes and damage to severe to fix? Do you toss or donate? Or do you keep them around for sentimental reasons? Do you take pictures to remember them by? Well, I decided to do it all! The light blue top is the one that has the fabric damage. I always wanted to remember this design, so first I took some pictures of it just in case I wanted to ever replicate it again. It's a soft muted basket design with raw edge applique flowers, hearts, leaves and yoyos. All hand quilted to the top. If I recall the yoyo's were found at a antique shop and are made from sweet vintage calico prints. I also did a similar design on the front of a denim dress. This raw edge applique basket design began with a tea stained battenburg doily. (Remember how we used to tea stain every thing?) More of the same vintage yoyo's but this time with vintage button accents. I even embellished the pockets with more lace, fabric and buttons! And then here's the killer... I even embellished matching shoes!! I found these burgandy suede shoes at TJ Max and glued on a fabric bow a tea stained lace rosette and a vintage button in the middle. Let's just say that at the time I thought that I was very cool and super original! Now I will just have to rely on this blog post and my pics to remember them by. I am still debating whether or not to pick every thing off and make them both over again. Hmmm, come to think of it, that would be a lot of picking out! Second thought I think the pics will do just fine!