Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring's Song

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I had one final finish in 2012 that I'm finally able to share.  I stitched this little piece up for a dear friend's birthday (which I am notoriously and repeatedly late for).  She spent the majority of her year last year stitching for other people, and I wanted to do something special that was just for her.

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This is Spring's Song by Blackbird Designs from the Spring 2012 Loose Feathers booklet, Mary Ann Blackburn.  I stitched it with the called for threads and linen (Crescent Colours and GAST on 30ct Sheep's Straw).

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Part of what I loved about this piece was the jewelry box it is mounted in.  I found the called for box at Hobby Lobby and painted and Briwaxed my little heart out. 

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And I really thought this might be a perfect little sewing box, a place to keep her scissors and threads.  It has a mirror inside the lid, and little removable trays to hold little odds and ends.   
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I love the way it turned out and the finishing instructions were very easy to follow for mounting the piece in the lid.  Another sweet friend lent me her Briwax so that I could get the box finished, when my hunt for a local source to obtain the stuff turned up empty.  But thanks to online resources, I'm now the proud owner of more Briwax than you can shake a stick at.  I suppose there will be a lot more box painting in my future!
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I'm always nervous about mailing things off, and I hold my breath until I know they've arrived safely.  But I wrapped this baby up in about a thousand layers of bubble wrap and sent it on its way.  I'm so pleased that even a very late birthday gift still brightened her day and let her know how much I treasure her friendship.  

Happy Thanksgiving Christmas New Year's Valentine's Day Birthday, my sweet friend.  

I am grateful for hints of Spring.

34 comments:

Missy Ann said...

Absolutely gorgeous! You did a fantastic job.

Laura said...

Absolutely stunning!!! I would have fainted if I had seen it in person! What a beautiful gift!

Marsha said...

Very wonderful!

Deb said...

What a beautiful box!!! I love it. You are so sweet for giving that to your friend. It's gorgeous!!

Terri said...

It's beautiful!! Great work!

Laurie in Iowa said...

You did a fabulous job! Sylvia will treasure her special box.

Kim said...

I LOVE it!!! Beautiful! And I'm with ya on the abundance of Briwax in house! LOL Love that stuff. Beautiful stitching, Michelle!

Evelyne said...

The box is beautiful!
It's a gorgeous present.

Margaret said...

Wow, it's amazing! What a special gift!

Vickie said...

Great job! Unique gift.

Andrea said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Hazel said...

Love love love! x

Sylvia said...

I cannot even tell you how much I love my box!! I am still totally speechless! I do have my scissors and glasses and needles in there - it's right next to my chair in the LR. It is so very special to me. Thank you, dearest Michelle! It does not matter that it was late - it was so worth the wait!

Katrina said...

It's so pretty!!!!! I love it :-).

Jackie said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love the depth the BriWax gives to the box. And of course, your stitching is beautiful!

Jodi S said...

What a beautiful gift. I am sure she didn't mind it was late at all. I know I wouldn't have!

Mary said...

What a wonderful, thoughtful gift. Your friend must be thrilled!

Linda said...

Your stitching and box are gorgeous Michelle.

Linda

P.J. said...

Fabulous! I love everything about it. It turned out beautifully!

Siobhán said...

Beautiful finish, Michelle! I love how you finish finished it, too. I know it is treasured!

Paulette said...

What an amazing gift from the heart, and for such a deserving person too. Beautiful, Michelle!!

Paulette

The Scarlett House said...

Wonderful, Michelle...just wonderful!! I know it will mean the world to our friend.

Dona said...


Michelle, it's beautiful! She will always treasure it, and it's a wonderful thing to do for her!

Giovanna said...

What a beautiful finish - congratulations, and lucky friend :-)

valerie said...

What an amazing finish! Love how you finished it on a jewelry box and the briwax is well done! I am sure Sylvia is totally and completely in love with it!

Chris said...

Wow! What a gorgeous finish! I know that she will treasure it.

Sharon said...

That is gorgeous. What a wonderful gift.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Lovely! You did a beautiful job!

woolwoman said...

lucky lucky frind - such a beautiful box. Love it ! Have a happy easter Melody

Catherine said...

Simply stunning!

Karoline said...

It's gorgeous, congratulations

Deborah Schander said...

What a gorgeous box! Amazing work!

Anne said...

What a stunning finish! That box is so unique and beautiful!!

Elisabetta said...

Beatiful finish I like so much the stitch!