August 2, 2009

Sunday In The Studio...

I spent the afternoon in the studio completing a few projects that have been patiently waiting for me. The first project I finished was the long-overdue ribbon embroidered pincushion.

I told you late last week about rediscovering it in the studio. I believe it's waited long enough to be finished, so today was the day. I stitched this design using silk ribbons and I'm really pleased with the way it turned out. After securing the edges and stuffing the back with wool batting, I secured it in the authentic Shaker wooden base. Then I chose pretty green perle cotons and made the cord to attach to the edge. I hope you like it as much as I do!

When the pincushion was complete, I went on to my next project. I found a beautiful bronze wire when I was at the Craft Show...perfect for making birds nests! (I warned you they're addictive!) I also have some beautiful Swarovski pearls accent beads that I'm using for "eggs". So, I immediately got to making a new nest. From there, I just let my muse carry me and the result is this Birds Nest Button Jar! The jar is a Longaberger basket jar with a basket pattern molded right into the glass. I hung the nest from a hook and then added a pearly dangle with a peridot-colored faceted bead. I entwined a pretty bronze/gold ribbon with more of my wire and secured it to the ring that screws onto the jar. Lastly, I added coordinating buttons inside the jar. So tell me, what do you think? Don't you just love it?

Now, you may also be wondering how I'm doing with those dresses for my granddaughters. Are they finished yet? (You betcha!) Are they cute? (yuppers) So, then you ask, "Where are the photographs?" Patience, my dears. My daughter-in-law (their momma) reads my blog and I want to keep this a secret until the girls get to open their gifts. So in order to keep them a surprise, you'll just have to wait until the weekend to see photos. I apologize, but I promise I'll share pictures with you! Really. This way Miss Stealth Sneakypants won't see them ahead of time! (giggle)
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DeeDee said...

I am truely insired now..I need to get a few unfinished projects done too...I will patiently wait to see the dresses fit for a princess...have a fun weekend.

DeeDee said...

Ok I have more to say..I couldnt' imagine having a pincushin that pretty and where oh were did you find that jar..it is awesome...two great things to add to your finished things...I lvoe having new things. thats what is feels like to me when I finish something up.

Christine Edwards said...

Your pin cushion turned out so beautifully! And I adore the birds nest and how you fastened it to the button jar. Well done Donna!

Jane said...

Your projects are beautiful. The pincushion is definitely too nice to use! I have been making pincushions using old silverplated sugar bowls as my base but my pincushion top doesn't compare to how pretty your ribbon embroidered pincushion looks! Your button jar is lovely too.

Liberty said...

Your pin cushion is precious! And the bird nest on that cute jar is adorable. WOW. You've given me some ideas! Thanks, Donna!

Blessings,
Linda

KnitWithTammy said...

OK. Now remember, you asked what I thought....

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the bronze wire with the birds nests! It makes them perfect! The jar is awesome, with a basketweave type pattern on the sides and the ribbon to match. But..... ummmm, how do I put this? A little OCD? COORDINATING BUTTONS in the jar? (ROTFLMAO!)

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