Monday, April 6, 2009

Embroidery Envelope, Lavender Sachet Heart, Etc

In a couple of weeks My Sweetie and I are going on a vacation to Paducah Kentucky. We will be meeting up with my long time dear friend Inge and her husband Jaap from The Netherlands. We will be attending the "American Quilter's Society Quilt Show" and are scheduled for a couple of classes together.

I am also very excited about meeting and taking a Brazilian Embroidery Class from Peggy of Virginia. I will also be meeting Rita from WV another Brazilian Embroidery teacher which I took my first online class from. So to prepare for the BE class I decided I needed a special needle case just for my BE needles.

I bought a "Crab-Apple Hill" pattern called "Arlyn's Embroidery Envelope" sometime ago and thought it would be the perfect case for these needles. I did alter it a bit and added my own touches to it by using all BE flosses. This needle case folds into thirds which I really like allot. Above is the front of the completed Embroidery Envelope with my touches. I made it from 100% hand dyed wools.

This photo is of the pincushion part and I added my handmade clay "Rose" button and sewed it on with lovely pale pink BE floss called "Boucle"!!

This is a photo of the large Sundries Pocket. I used some lovely ceramic Pansy buttons and added the lavender flower and hearts with variegated pink and lavender Boucle floss. The lavender silk ribbon I hand dyed some time ago.

I added a hand dyed lace dragonfly with beads to add some more bling to the needle case.

This photo is of the whole inside of the embroidery envelope. On the far right I created my own flaps for all my Brazilian Needles. I also embroidery the needle sizes and which threads to use them with on the flaps. There is a pocket for my scissors and to hold a "Laying Tool" or a pen.

This photo shows the whole front of the Embroidery Envelope. I used a lovely pink cording to tie the whole needle case together. I also added my "JG" initials and a Swarovski Butterfly Crystal to add more sparkle to my case. I added three rose buttons for wee flowers along with the Lavender spikes.

My Sweetie and I took a Sunday drive to "Ludington State Park" to enjoy nature and so he could play with his new treasure hunter. This is a photo of the inside of the park with its lovely beach and lake.

After a very long winter it is also so wonderful to see the "Sweet Awaking" of my garden flowers. Connecting with "Nature" are some of the most satisfying ways of making the most of our time here.

In May of 2006 my friend Heather took a trip to Alaska and brought me back a wee twig of an Alaska Fir Tree she scoop up from a ditch outside of Anchorage with a large spoon. It was just one stem with no branches when I received it wrapped up in a wet paper towel. This is now its 4th Spring of living in my sun room. I have changed it's clay pot twice as it has been growing. If you look closely you can see the wee green buds just about ready to create new branches. Sometime at the end of May I set it outside for the summer and bring it back in the sun room in late September. I reckon I will be keeping it safely in my sun room for a couple of more years before I get brave enough to plant it outside for good.

This is a photo of my wee Alaska Tree in the summer of 2008 when I transplanted it into its new pot. You can see it is truly growing each year.

I visitAnita's blog to admire her crafts and gardens. Anita's blog is called, "My Country Cottage Garden". When I saw Anita's Lavender Heart Sachets, I instantly fell in love with them. I wrote Anita and ask if she could create a "Happy Easter" Lavender Sachet Heart for me. I received my heart last week. Isn't it lovely? It is in my favorite color of pink with roses. And it smells so wonderful with the scent of Lavender. Thanks Anita. It hangs in my sewing room and I admire it everyday.
I read a wee article in the American Legionnaire paper that was written by a pastor and she said, the author is unknown. I thought I would share it with my readers.
Speak words of "Kindness". Seek out the good in people.
As you grow older, you will discover, that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, and one for helping others.
The Beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The true Beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows.
The beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!
Celebrate Everyday with Passion, Purpose and Inspiration. Happy Spring, Happy Easter Everyone.



Heather said...

Judy, your needle case turned out just lovely, I love the beautiful delicate pink you chose. I hope your little tree grows high and mighty. The heart sachet is adorable. So, did you Sweetie find anything in his treasure hunting endeavors?

Lisa Dunn said...

Hi Judy - I'm popping over from our Circle Flowers group. I love your needlecase! It is beautiful! And what a great idea to not only put the size of the needle on the needle holders, but the thread it works best for! I will have to borrow your idea. :o)

Your wee Alaskan pine tree is adorable. I just know with all the love and care you are lavishing on him he will grow big and strong. :o)

I'm very envious of you that you get to meet Peggy and Rita, and that you get to take a class from Peggy! Maybe one day I will get to meet all of you fabulous stitchers face to face too. :o)

Happy Stitching!

Miss 376 said...

That needlecase is gorgeous. I love the buttons and everything you have added

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Heather, Thanks for visiting and leaving your lovely comment. You know I am crazy for pastel colors and Pink is my very favorite color soooo the needle case had to be in Pale Pinks and Lavender. I do love that Alaska Fir Tree. Hopefully I will live long enough to see it mighty and tall. Nope my sweetie did not find any treasures. Darn. Hugs Judy

Hello Lisa, Thanks for visiting and taking the time to leave your message. I got the idea for the needle part from Heather and Rita and added my own touches. You are more than welcome to use the idea too.

I am totally thrilled to be able to meet Rita and Peggy in Paducah. I will have lots of stories to tell everyone when I get home. VBG

Jane, Thanks sooo much for visiting and leaving your lovely comment. Always nice to see you. Hugs Judy

jeannie said...

Lovely little needle case in such delicate colours. Your tree is super, here's to it's long healthy life!!

TattingChic said...

The needle case is so sweet! I love all the beautiful spring stitching!
You made that button??? THe heart, too? How did you do it? It's so cool!!!

That bunny-heart pillow is so adorably sweet! I love vintage easter images! :)

Liz Schaffner said...

Judy, your needle case is lovely !!
As are your words of Kindness !!
And you too !!

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Liz, Thanks for your lovely words about my needle case and my feeling about kindness. I try to live by them everyday.. Hugs Judy

Hello Tatting Chic, Thanks for your kind words on my work. I only made the polymer clay heart with the tiny pink rose on it some time ago and I was saving it to put on my CQ but decided to use it now. I will have to get back to creating things with my polymer clay again this summer.

Hell Jeanne, Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave your nice message to me. Much appreciated. Hugs Judy

sparkle jars said...

I've enjoyed catching up on all the beauty and color in your blog.:-)

Genie said...

Happy Easter Judy
lovely work as usual. have a great trip.
hugs Jean

Kayla coo said...

Happy Easter Judy,
Thanks for your comments.xx
What lovely wise words written by the pastor,thank you for sharing.

Grizzly Mountain Arts said...

Happy Easter, Judy! Your work is so lovely as is your blog! Thanks so much for stopping by ours :)

Jo :)

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Jo, Your website is wonderful and so is your art. Thanks for visiting my blog to and your lovely comment. hugs judy

Hello Kayla Coo. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to leave you nice comment. Hugs Judy

Hello Jean, Thanks for stopping by and leaving your very lovely comment on my work. Much appreciated. Hugs Judy

tangled stitch said...

These are such beautiful pieces. So lovely and delicate!

sparkle jars said...

Happy Easter!

Anonymous said...

I thought sure I had commented on this, but I guess not! It's a gorgeous piece, and so pretty all finished. I love the clay button.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Susan, Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave your lovely message. Hugs judy

Hello Gayle, Happy Easter to you and your family too. Hugs Judy

Tangled Threads thanks for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave your lovely message. Hugs Judy

Deb H said...

My goodness, what a full & wonderful post. The embroideries are lovely.

I have to laugh over that little Alaskan Spruce. My it has found an easy life compared to the one it would have experienced if it had remained here in Anchorage. We're getting yet another snowfall right now tonight! I suspect the Michigan summers may be harder on it than the winters would be!

Heather said...

oh my goodness! your embroidery work is stunning! So delicate and reminds me of spring. Beautiful!
Best of luck with the class! sounds like fun.

TattingChic said...

Hi Judy! Thanks so much for your very sweet comment on my blog recently. You mentioned that you were trying to "follow" my blog and it wouldn't let you. Well, when I click the follow button it opens up a new window and it gives you an option to follow publically or privately. I like to follow publically. Well, that's all I know. I don't know why it's not working. Sometimes Blogger has glitches for some reason.

Hope you're having a good week! :)

Gina said...

Just found your blog & I am getting all kinds of inspiration from your pages. Love the needlecase - I need longer days and more energy!

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Gina, Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving your lovely comment. I am happy I inspire you. VBG Hugs Judy

Tatting Chic, Always nice to have you visit, Thanks.

Hello Heather, thanks sooo very much for your very lovely comment. Much appreciated. Hugs Judy

Hello Deb. thanks for visiting and leaving your wonderful lovely comment. I do love that wee Alaskan Tree and hopefully oneday when it is big enough it will go into my garden. Hugs Judy

Kel said...

Your needle case is amazing
Great blog

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