Friday, April 17, 2009

A Piece of Heritage: Finished

I've finally finished it! If you are curious about the journey you can look back in my blog. Here is a link: A Piece of Heritage
Here is a nice close up for you. Click on any of the photos to see them larger.
I added a gold/pearl button to the top button cluster because I felt I need to add that gold color up there too.
Then I finished off the floral motif by adding seed beads the the center of the spiderweb roses and added sweetheart roses in a sepia type color. I think that finishes it of nicely!
I put it in the frame but not with the glass because it is not a shadow-boxed type of frame.
Now it's all ready to give to my Mother-In-Law!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Purple Tatted Heart Necklace

Here is yet another Tatted Heart Necklace for a birthday girl in my small group! Done in size 80 variegated purple DMC thread.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The Love Out Loud Sleepover

In our Youth Group I'm a Co-Leader of a Girls Small Group ('Love Out Loud' is our groups name) with Terri and we had a sleepover at my house!!! It was so much fun too!
First thing in the morning we had Crepes! I pre-made everything the day before so all I had to do was warm everything up in the morning! They were a lot of work beforehand but it was worth it. I had a request for them by one of the girls and as I was making 2 batches taking me 2 hours I thought...why did I agree to do this? LOL But then the happiness when I told her about them was exactly why. She was thrilled AND everyone loved them too thus making all the work and effort worthwhile in every way. LOL
Then we started to decorate flannel pillowcases for our group. I pre-sewed the cases from colorful flannel fabrics so that we could embellish them together (the fun part!). I also pre-made some heart appliques out of flannel prints.
Here is Terri ready to learn! She's never embroidered before.
I went around showing everyone how to do the blanket stitch around their applique hearts.
I also showed them how to create their own designs using stencils and a fade away pen or a pencil (we used both). Above is Amanda and she did the star in backstitch and found that it was very soothing and wants to do embroidery on her own now! I was plesantly surprised! I wasn't sure this would get a good reception from the girls but sure enough they all seemed to love it! Also I promised them a CQ day in the future because they saw Stephanie and Amanda's CQ pillows and wanted to make some too!
Here is Elizabeth, she already knew how to embroider so she was off and running. She's very creative and made bows to applique on the designs too. Right here she's shoving her needle through a bow! LOL
Here's Terri's work!
And here is what I was working on!
I had taken more photos but my new camera seems to "eat" photos and I don't know what happens to them they just mysteriously disappear. I know I had more than these yet where are they? Hubby is going to try to recover them off the SD card so if I find them I'll update this post.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Princess Block: #4 Complete

Here is another Princess Block that I've completed!
I started by adding a piece of pink tulle to the princesses hat and a teddy bear button in her hand Then I started adding jewel butterflies and sequin butterflies are fluttering around the block.
I added a rainbow braid to the right corner and above it added Rebekah's name using running stitch in pink and whipped it in purple, then added yellow and green buttons.
There is also some pre-made silk ribbon flowers that I attached above the princess.
The bouquet is made of of different ways to make flowers like using lace gathered together and a blue tulle gathered, an organza yo yo flower and some leaves made from lace. I added some feathers and buttons beads and some reclaimed wedding lace leaves and tatting that had been reclaimed from a mistake a friend was working on instead of getting trashed.
I added little buttons and running stitch "seams" to the patchwork print along with a fairy button.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Pretty Stash in Jars

Recently I was inspired to put stash in those pretty jars you find for the kitchen and have it out in the open so when I was browsing target I got 3 in different sizes. One for lace, DMC floss, and silk ribbon spools. I love it!
Here's a link to the glass jars online.
I put them on top of my little curio cabinet for now. I can reach them and they are out of the way yet I can see them. It's a fun way to have some of my stash, I enjoy it.