Tuesday, August 17, 2010

All Dressed Up

So here they are. The eight bookmarks that have been the focus of the past ten days. The first couple days sorting through beads, buttons, ribbons, and thread selecting adornments for each one as I envisioned them. Then gathering together needles, bodkin, needle threaders, embroidery scissors and setting up a workstation making it as portable as possible so I could move back and forth between the couch in the living and the bed in Mom's room because I couldn't work in the same room where Mom would be moving about or sleeping.

It is not as quiet dressing them up as it is to crochet them. Tho it gets quieter once I've gathered all tools and selections. Besides the noise disturbing Mom's nap in the living room there is the issue of having to have the Ott Light cord drug across the middle of thee room right across Mom's path.

These eight are for my RIF mini-challenge winners from April's 24-hour-read-a-thon and will be going in the mail as soon as possible now. I need to touch up the ribbon and rick rack with the iron on several of them first.

It's going to be hard to say good-bye to them. I got so attached I even started naming them. Top picture left to right: Apple Blossom Spring; Baby's Breath; Summer Daze; Bounteous Grace. Bottom picture left to right: Whispering Breeze; Blueberry Dreams; Flowering Snow; After the Rain

Here's close ups of two of the old buttons I used. The brass colored acorn is attached to Bounteous Grace. The translucent blue flower below is on Blueberry Dreams.

There's no telling the age of most of the buttons as very old (80+) to medium old 25-40) are all mixed in together. Mom inherited her Mom's buttons and also took buttons of the clothes of two of her aunts she was executor for. She took buttons off all the family clothes as they wore out and went into the great quilting pile that sits to this day in the tiny sewing room down in the basement.

Mom identified the acorn button as having been on the jacket she made for herself in highschool.

Well, I guess I better wrap this up and get my head swung around towards sleep as tomorrow is a big day. See tomorrow's post for details. I will publish it minutes after this one as I don't want to worry about posting tomorrow night.

3 tell me a story:

Elizabeth Bauterfly,  8/18/2010 5:16 PM  

These are really beautiful. I especially the acorn one, and I love your incorporation of the buttons; very creative. I'm sorry to hear that you wont be coming into town as soon as we expected, but that's completely understandable. I will just have to wait to see you.

Michelle 8/25/2010 6:42 AM  

Hi Joy Renee,

These are awesome!! I'm so glad I'm one of the lucky winners. A lot of time and effort has gone into making each one. I look forward to using them as I read.


Bonnie Jacobs 9/04/2010 12:17 PM  

Dear Joy Renee,

I received the bookmarks you sent, but now I have a miffed cat. Kiki is not at all happy that I won't let her have one for a toy. She even wrote about it in her Caturday Report today:


I thank you, even if Kiki doesn't.

~~~ Bonnie

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