Sunday, March 30

Getting Ready for an Exciting Event

My youngest son is getting married next month. And we've all been busy getting things ready for the big day.

One of the projects I've been charged with is the ring pillow. Actually, I asked, "pretty please" if I might make the ring pillow. I've been all about little pillows since making the sweetheart pincushions last month.

I started with a delicate tatted piece of muslin stamped with the name "Alice S. Hagy." I have no idea who Alice was nor why her name was stamped on this piece, but it stayed on the pillow.

Then I added a piece of jersey to the back of the muslin to reinforce it, and started stitching and beading . . . 

And stitching, and stitching, and stitching . . . 

I used a piece of eco-printed felt as the back of the little pillow, because the bride and groom are using a woodland theme for the wedding, and because I think everything is better with a little eco-printed something on it.

I added a pair of delicate silk ribbons in shades of their colors, a vintage "M" for Marsh, and it's ready to be carried down the aisle!

Saturday, March 29

Faux Union Case

Last year, my friend JoAnna Pierotti was here for a few days after she taught a couple of classes in New York. One of the things she taught was her "Little Embossed Case." I wasn't able to take the class, but she did share her techniques with me.

I fell in love with the idea and the look of her case, and couldn't wait to make one. . . 

It only took me a year to get around to it. But, I am no less thrilled with the sweet little thing.

Each panel is only 2 square inches. 

Thanks for generously sharing your creative inspiration with me, JoAnna!

Friday, March 7

Paper Roses

Well, not roses, actually.

But, as we wait for a spring that is so long in arriving . . . 

We've been making our own spring flowers . . . 

From crepe paper, yarn, tulle, florists tape and dogwood branches.

We're ready for the real thing.

Hurry, Spring!