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The needlebook I sent off
I heard from Joni yesterday that she'd received the needlebook I sent for the Button Floozies Spring Needlebook swap!
Joni is a quilter and she loves vintage, so I created a book from a piece of a vintage cutter quilt top. I loved this quilt because it is a true patchwork creation, and it was fun to find just the right edge to snip off to make the book.
I covered the front with a very special handmade cotton doily I'd been hoarding -- I love the wispy shape of it. I sewed three sweet buttons on the front, including a diminutive blue glass one in the middle there. I edged the cover with tiny mother of pearl buttons.
I lined the quilt with a piece of heavy vintage fabric with a pattern woven into shades of green, and sewed in two 'pages' of felted wool sweaters in pale green and blue.
I covered the inside front cover with vintage lace, and then sewed on a pocket which was cut from a piece of embroidered pillowcase. I love the sweet purple embroidery, which I accented with a pretty purple button.
I added a selection of vintage-but-new needles in the green leaf, along with a fun pierced vintage button...
I tied some spools of thread into a piece of seam binding in the middle of the needlebook, and then added some vintage pins and safety pins. I stuck some new, decorated pins in a tiny doily for decoration.
On the back cover -- another piece of that vintage quilt to which I added some barkcloth and lace, and a pretty red button. I edged the inside of the cover with more of those petite mother-of-pearl buttons.
Here's the back cover -- more of that vintage cutter quilt that I think is so charming! I had a really good time with this swap.
Here's a tutorial to make sweet baby Jesus ornaments: Materials: 3/4" round wooden balls blue felt like-sized small wooden stars flesh-colored acrylic paint yellow acrylic paint black permanent marker small button as star decor raffia natural excelsior "moss" silver thread or coordinating yarn candy cane You'll also need glue or a hot glue gun, paint brush and scissors Begin by painting the wooden balls with flesh-colored paint and the stars with yellow paint. When dry, draw two sleeping eyes on the ball. Meanwhile, cut small pieces of felt and make little rolls to represent the baby's body; tie with a tiny piece of raffia. Next, glue the wooden ball onto the top of the body roll of felt; if you wish, you can also cut a small wedge of felt to glue over like a little swaddled hood on the baby's head, but I think it looks cute without it as well. G
Earlier in the season Rebecca and I went to a craft fair at a local high school, and there was one booth with the CUTEST little jeweled, framed Christmas trees! The gal was nice enough to let me photograph them. Sorry it's kind of blurry, but it was dark in that high school gym! I know it's an older kind of craft (from the '60s and '70s) but she made them sweet -- not gaudy at all. We were both SO inspired. So, last week we made it happen. I brought a bunch of my old, broken vintage jewelry, some velvet, glue, old frames, and we sat in her dining room and made a forest of little trees! It was so simple: first, we took a vintage frame and covered the backing with velvet. We just glued it on. Then, we took our time arranging bits and pieces of jewels into a Christmas tree shape. When we were happy with the arrangement, we committed and glued the jewels down! I love this avocado green velvet! And then we did it again. We had so much fun playing
I indulged in some thrift shopping this morning, and was very happy with what I came home with for just under $5: This pretty runner, which I intend to take apart for its tatted middle I don't know why I felt I needed this veil -- but I did. It's new in the package. Just in time for Oktoberfest -- these tiny paper party hats! They originally had feathers attached, which I might replace since these came without. This extra large pad of hangman pages -- I thought it would be the perfect thing for hanging out with my son next week. We used to love to play that when he was little! Even though these transfers are intended for punch needle, I think I can just as easily use them for regular embroidery. Some handwritten letters, a prayer card, and an old postcard. Did you notice this under my pile of ephemera? I had to have it! It desperately needs cleaning... but it's PINK and I think it will be fun to craft with. This party centerpiece is incomplete, but I still like it -- e