Friday, March 10, 2017

Sailing....... (69)

Sailing by Christopher Cross is one of my favorite songs. It doesn't have anything to do with this next piece; I just thought I'd mention it! :)

So, Sailing Away was a class I took from Catherine Jordan at Salty Yarn's Jamboree in 2009. We learned to paint on linen and created the background for the stitching---definitely not in my wheelhouse, but I persevered and was happy with the results.

Top of box

Inside of box
 I thought the way Catherine had us attach the stitched circle to the top of the box was quite clever. The piece is mounted on one of those metal button covers and we just placed a magnet to the back (no glue on the stitching) . Then we glued the other side of the magnet to a seashell, held it to the underside of the lid and "attracted" the top piece..... fuss!

I forgot to tell the story of my bottle tree yesterday and it's kinda sweet. My daughters gave this to us for my hubby and my 60th birthdays--we were born the same year, just 3 1/2 months apart. They sent out a request asking our friends and family to send a "note in a bottle" to us to help celebrate our milestone birthdays (we did not want any big to-do made). They then found an on line source for the "tree" and presented us with the tree and a case of lovely bottles. I made copies of all the messages and put the originals back in the bottles where they still reside. Cute, huh?  And, the added benefit is, I can't kill this tree.....not much of a green thumb here! AND, another benefit is that, according to lore, the bottles will capture evil spirits at night, so definitely a WIN-WIN all around. 

Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!



  1. Wow! This Sailing Away box is so neat! So is the whole idea behind your bottle tree. :D

  2. Okay, I got chills when I read that was one of your favorite songs! It's been mine too since it came out. Spooky!

  3. Sweet Sailing Away box! I love the story behind the bottle tree. Thank you for sharing it, Stasi! Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. I loved that class with Catherine, although all of her classes are awesome. I look at my box and just marvel that we got it done in what, two or three hours, I think!

  5. Love your Catherine Jordan piece and your bottle tree, very special!