Monday, January 9, 2012

...Sweet Love...

My daughters take after me in so many ways, and I'm thankful for most of the similarities.  They have generous hearts, a quick sense of humor and a love of anything creative.  They always make me gifts, and I treasure each and every one.  My 9 year old daughter, Madison, learned about pressing flowers in school a few months back and took it upon herself to pick some flowers this past fall and press them between paper and a stack of my old books.  She left them there for close to two months and then used them to make Christmas gifts for her Grandmother, her Aunt and me.  
She used some of my vintage sheet music and old frames for the finished product, but the idea and the arrangement was all her. I was so surprised to find one of her special pressed flower gifts under the tree for me, and I have it placed here on my desk so I can look at it every single day.

With this being my first week back from the holiday break, I've been ever so slow in getting back into the normal groove of things.  I've been working on a few customer orders as well as Valentines Day items for my Etsy shop.  It's never too early to think of Valentines Day!  
These quilted puff hearts were made from an old tan corduroy shirt.  The inside fabric had a lovely design and beautiful shades of pink and cream that reminded me of romance and sweet love...
They can be used in a variety of ways:  as a pin cushion, a decorative accent to a doorknob or shelf peg, or as a tag on a special gift.  

I also created several Valentines Day goody bags with the same material.  The corduroy is visible on the inside and it's machine stitched along the sides leaving a rough edge.
Tuck some chocolates or homemade cookies into the glassine bags and write something romantic on the vintage card and you've got yourself a wonderful little gift of sweet love.  

I certainly appreciate you stopping in and hope you check back soon as I'll be posting about some more items I've been working on.

Have a great day, friends!

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