Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I bought the heavy denim shirt that I converted into this jacket for my Mom, several years ago. But I couldn't figure out how I wanted to carry out my plan. Then in October, I got it out and took the photos of the girls to use for the silhouettes and promptly chickened out on finishing it.

Finally I bit the bullet and it finished itself relatively quickly. The doilies are thrifted and the old ecru lace on the bottom is a length of hand-crocheted that I found at the thrift store.









These two Valentine's were for the girls. My parents got them to the girls because they were watching them at our house while Hubby and I were in Mexico for four days.


This one I made for Hubby - bonus points to anyone who knows what wonderful book and music I am referencing.


For grandparents.





I've been on a box-making-bender.






Rusty pie plate, the faces from two clocks, Scrabble tiles, clock workings, and a cherub all drenched in bee's wax.


Light's angel from Christmas.




After Willow died, I told the girls we could make ornaments for her. We all three included one of her tags on our ornament. The girls also included a toenail, which I thought was gross -- but oh well.





This bread box project didn't turn out at all how I expected (I like the artwork I got out of an old book but since I don't like how the bread box turned out, I regret my insistence on using originals rather than photocopies - oh well). I did learn a valuable lesson - buffed wax is hard to remove unless you heat it. It is much more durable under all conditions than ModPodge is.





I love the illustration below since it reflects one of my favorite moments in the entire book.



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13 comments:

  1. Wow, you have been BUSY. All fun stuff.

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  2. Melissa, I love the jacket you made for your mother. That handworked lace was a find at such a long length.

    Melissa, I Love the box you sent to me! And so does Zuzu, she's taken it from me. I am in LOVE with the bottle you made! So, so, much and have it on my dresser where I can always see it. And thank you too so much for the seeds! I can't wait to get my garden on!
    The same day I received your package I was thumbing through a catalogue we'd gotten (one I'd never seen before) and what do you know, there was a cute bottle trying to be just like yours!
    I was so pleased to have something right out of a fancy catalogue! Except handmade by your precious hands.
    You have made me so happy. Thank you.

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  3. Oh, wow.

    Busy for sure!

    I thought I wanted to sleep away the rest of February, but now I want to make stuff!

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  4. There you are! I missed you. :) Love the photos too---and the jacket must be a treasure for your mom. Btw, I'm especially drawn to the b/w photo of your mom's beautiful hand along with the lace trimming on the jacket. Wonderful!

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  5. What wonderful items! I am in awe that you found that lace at a thrift store!

    I especially love that tree box. how creative to make that tree from buttons. I just do not know how you thought of that.

    I hope you had a nice trip to Mexico!

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  6. I echo Heather...wow!

    I'm soooo glad you're back, I missed you!

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  7. I didn't realize you were so crafty, ...such creativity! I love the button flowers on your Mom's jacket and how you used embroidery to make them.

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  8. It's good your back. You didn't mention Mexico as part of your solitude! ;)

    The jacket is lovely funky and I also adore those little boxes. Can't have too many of those to hold stuff.

    I bet your house has such a cozy, inspiring atmosphere. :)

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  9. The reference is to Madeleine L'Engle's book Two-Part Invention, the Story of a Marriage (which I haven't read, but heard of).

    Also I noticed the reference on your bread box illustrations--Amy's "Valley of Humiliation" (Pilgrim's Progress.)

    Welcome back.

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  10. you are so clever...
    I love the jacket...and the valentines...and all the other little clever things that you have been busy making...

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  11. The jacket looks great. The white of the lace against the dark blue denim is very striking. We made paper hearts for our wedding, with sugar almonds inside. I could make them in my sleep after that!

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  12. I like the silhouette idea. You've been a very busy bee!

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  13. Oh. My. Goodness! I love all these idea! Such insipiration! I really really like the tree box you made. But that Jacket is AMAZING!

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