Sunday, May 10, 2009

mother's day delight

I hate when I can’t blog and check email! My laptop has taken a crap and therefore I can’t blog and check emails regularly. I’m pretty perturbed about the whole situation. I get so behind on everyone and my group emails get high in volume so I know I miss conversations as they happen. But onto better and brighter things…

The first person to wish me a Happy Mother’s Day was the child that started it all. The child that made me what I am nearly twelve years ago…my first baby boy, Jose. I was so shocked at my heart-card but wasn’t surprised by his sentimental thought. Jose has always been a very thoughtful child. He wrote the most perfect words. I’ll share them with you.

“For all the things you’ve done for me
I just keep loving u more and more
And even bigger MORE.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Love, Jose”

This is probably the best card I’ve ever received.

I was overjoyed and yet completely surprised by a gift, or shall I say gifts, that I received from Aunt Pam for Mother’s Day. I was not expecting this pleasant surprise. It definitely brightened my day. I’ve been busy reading word for word of Little Quilts. The photos are amazing and the amount of detail in the writing is fantastic. This by far is my favorite quilt book. It’s for any skill level. I highly recommend it. My aunt also included a piece of blue fabric which is absolutely lovely. She knows how much I love reproduction fabrics. :o)

For my mom’s Mother’s Day I made her a scissor case and fob along with a pair of titanium scissors. Well, I didn’t make the scissors – LOL. I will be honest. I started this project a little over 2 years ago and at the time it was a little ambitious for me. I had every intention of getting it stitched and assembled but it didn’t happen. The next year came and once again same symptoms and hang ups. Finally, this year I was completely confident. I’m glad it's done and well received – mom loved it! Just so you know, this has been my “secret project” for the past several months.

It went from this…

To this…

This design is Mother’s Day Scissors Case & Fob by Giulia Punti Antichi ("GPA") ~ she’s in Italy. It’s stitched on 28 ct Natural linen using Waterlilies throughout. For the tassel I added GPA’s recommendation of a Kreinik Metallics Braid #4 to add glitter and it worked. :D

To add a little personal detail I lined the scissor case with the scissor fabric which is really sweet inside. I twisted ALL the cording myself and I love doing it. This is the first time though that I tacked down cording. It was interesting.

My mom is my angel – always has been always will be, but more so now than when I was a child. I have learned to appreciate mom more and I simply cannot live without her. I realize our lives will end someday, but until then mom is my angel here on earth. I know there isn’t anything or anyone perfect except for the ‘man upstairs’, but my mom comes as close as any one thing or person can that lives and breathes and walks upon us. I could go on and on about my mother, but I don’t want to keep you from yours.

Happy Mother's Day Everyone!


Daffycat said...

WOW! Oh, Julie, your mom must have been thrilled with that scissor case! You did an outstanding job!

Tanya said...

Lovely ~ so pretty!

Happy Mother's Day, Julie ;)

Melissa said...

Wow, that scissor case looks beautiful and it looks like lots of work! Your mom must've been thrilled.

I understand what you mean about the computer. That happened to me recently and I'm learning to use a laptop - nice but still a bit of learning curve.

I love that card from your son. Very sweet. Those things are worth all the gold in the world, so to speak.

I have the Little Quilts book and love made some little quilts from it. Great Book. Have fun with it.

ps your photos are looking great! Makes me feel guilty I haven't been doing more!

Celtic Shamrock said...

last saturday I met Mrs. Giulia Manfredini of Giulia Punti Antichi in person! I was at an exhibition and she was there!

She is such a talented and kind woman! I took a picture with her, and she encouraged me so much in trying different finishes than framing! :)

I will post later in the afternoon with pics and so on.

Youe scissor case is simply wonderful! Good job! And...I can bet that card is the best you've ever had... ;)

Yours in stitches,

Sara in Italy

mainely stitching said...

What a great, uplifting post, Julie! I'm so glad your Mother's Day was top-notch. :D

primitivebettys said...

That is a super sweet card! :) Beautiful finish on that FOB too! :)

Anonymous said...

The FOB is lovely you did a wonderful job!

Chrissie said...

What a really beautiful card from your son. Aren't those cards the children make just the most special things!! I still have the ones my now grown children gave me all those years back and treasure them all. I just love the scissor case and fob you made your mum. What a beautiful job you made of it.