Sunday, August 11, 2013

And now.......presenting The Blue Ribbon Box

It's hard to believe it's been a month since I last posted. I know it's cliche', but exactly where does the time go???? The summer is going by way too fast, which weather wise I don't mind; I can't wait for the cooler days, nights and colors of autumn. Then.....on the other hand, September can wait forever!!! My grandson will be starting kindergarten the day after Labor Day and I don't think I'm really ready for that yet. Can't we keep him small and innocent for a bit longer???? I wish!!!! Enough musings....on to my stitching!

I have finished The Blue Ribbon Box, a class I took back in April from Sherri Jones at Salty Yarns. I absolutely LOVE how it turned out, the colors, the delicate design, the wonderfully crafted triangular box--it just makes a perfect package! I dedicated this piece to my Mom and put her name and the words" Mom..a blue ribbon winner" on the bottom of the pincushion. Otherwise, I stitched/finished it as called for. I have to admit two things: one, I messed up the pink silk ( too much handling and it started to shred) strawberry scissor fob and am on the hunt for something to substitute; two, I had glued the side pieces a little too low and the box wouldn't shut. I was able to GENTLY pull those pieces off and re-glue---I am one lucky girl!!! I did splurge on the scrims for this piece--just don't think it would have been as stunning without them. Okay, any excuse to get the scrims!!! Here you go with some photos:
Outside of box with scrimsahw piece

Box opened with pincushion in place

Box opened showing scissors and scrim ruler
Don't you love the scissors? I found them at Hobby Lobby right before I put this all together and they were perfect!

front side of pincushion, pin keep and needle book

back side of pincushion, pin keep and needle book

I also managed to get two more side panels for my Tall Year Square stitched, Autumn and Winter.  I am so enjoying the stitching on this project. Lots of small sections that make it go fast--I'm on to the box top now.

On the non- stitching front, I did a little fun "craftiness" by making a summer wreath for my front door. I had seen this idea awhile ago and filed it somewhere in the back of my post menopausal brain, where it lay dormant, until I saw flip-flops on sale at Michael's recently and it came flooding back to me. Here is the outcome:

This just makes me smile!!!!
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  1. Love your go girl...good job Staci

  2. Gorgeous as usual, Stasi!
    Love that box!

  3. Heavenly stitching as always Stacy!
    The Blue Box is so pretty and so so sweet with the Mom-blue ribbon winner dedication:)
    The Flip-flops are so funny, love the idea!
    Hugs and take care and thanks for sharing this beauties:)

  4. Your stitching is exquisite! The Blue Ribbon box is such a great project and such a cool box. I would love to one day take a class with Sherry and also Betsy Morgan! Their pieces are to die for and you are so lucky to be able to take them. Totally green with envy!