Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ella Dahling!!!

Hello Dear Friends~

At the Holiday gift exchange parties, I was so insane with excitement at all the beautiful items that had been made, I was taking pictures, trying to get everything on film...... in the meantime, I am told by Ella, that I had not taken a picture of the gift she had made for me!! She had drawn my name in the Thurs night group!!! Well  now, that was despicable on my part and I felt really bad, as Ella and I are good friends, we are serious shopping friends, we will pull in at any junk store, flea market, antique shop and we also love TJ Maxx, Ulta, Marshall's, Sephora, etc. You get what I am saying!!!
So here is my gift from Ella!! It is a Stacy Nash pattern, drum keep and slipper with a strawberry, have I ever told you how much I love handmade strawberries? They make my heart sing! LOL 
She changed the colors, using beautiful colored silks. Ella lined the slipper with some green thick wool, she also used a cool vintage button and stitched our initials on top. The strawberry was made with vintage velvet found on Etsy, and then she put on some black crystals, we love sparkly!!!!
Thank You Ella~~~I love the gift you made for me!
Hope you enjoy the pictures~
Best Wishes,

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Gift for JoAnn~

Hello Friends~

Just wanted to show you the gift I made for my Dear Friend JoAnn, it was given to her at Karen's party as I had drawn her name for the gift exchange! I decided to stitch the Pineberry Lane, Prim Sisters Club pattern on 30ct linen over 1 thread, sprayed it down with walnut crystals, found some awesome primitive fabric (did I mention Jo Ann loves primitives?) framed the piece out in the fabric, and designed this needle book for her! It is 5"x 5".

Inside I used another primitive fabric to make the pocket to hold her scissors, threads, etc. Made it a bit bigger for all the things we like to carry with us. Added a bit of black vintage rayon seam binding to close it up. On top of the other side is a pin cushion made with wool and stuffed with strips of warm and natural. The needle page is made of hand dyed wool, attached with dyed vegetable ivory buttons, and some feather stitching, for a whimsical "Jack".  Then, I had some vintage black velvet and made a small 3" strawberry with a wool top and a seam binding bow, stuffed with crushed walnut shells. The very first strawberry I have ever made! (I need one of those myself!)

I found this oval box at TJ Maxx that can be used for storage or display, it looked vintage, with birds on it, and the cool crown was found at "One Vintage Lane" in Hartville, OH. while shopping with my friend Maureen. We got one for our self and one to give away!!

Decided not to wrap it, and just used some blush colored wide ribbon to top it off and weave it through the crown to hold it down. There was lots of talk about the crowned gift, as no one knew who was going to get it.

JoAnn and I have been friends for 20 years and this gift was made with much love, designed  especially for her. All hand sewn by me. I enjoyed making the needle book, it made me smile, and it was so much fun watching her open it~~~~ xoxoxox

Thanks for stopping by~

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Christmas Party at Karen's House

Happy New Year Friends~~

Hoping everyone had a wonderful and safe Holiday!!! Good bye 2012, welcome 2013, hoping for a very Happy New Year and many Blessings to all of you!!
Wanted to share pictures of the party at Karen's House, a group of about a dozen, many who have been in this stitching group for 20 years or more. WOW! We have shared in each others lives through good times, sad times and in between times. These are some awesome woman and we have the love of needlework that binds us all together.
Enjoy seeing the gifts made by our hands, with much love. We all bring a dish to share, so the food is always good, Karen is our monthly host (her house is so beautiful) and we dazzle her with gifts for opening her home and heart to us every month! Her Holiday decor is just so lovely~ 
You can see us all in the group photo!!  

Best Wishes~

p.s. sorry if missed getting a photo of anyone's handwork gift~