Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Few "Grown up" Toys.....(263)

I'm excited about today's Stroll post as this is my favorite project of all time!!! I know, it's crazy to say that because I have so many projects that I LOVE, but this one spoke to my heart on a number of levels! I discovered this piece right around the time I found out our first grandchild was a boy and this was perfect to stitch in his honor. It also reminded me of our time in Bethlehem, PA where we were close to the PA Dutch/Amish and enjoyed their unique art style. Having always loved school supplies, I'm tickled it has a host of adorable accompanying smalls including crayons, a primer book and a paint box! And, in a roundabout way, this class was the impetus for the beginning of a treasured friendship! Today I'm going to share the actual box and the next two days the smalls that go with it.....drum roll please..... may I present the Toy Chest Etui by Betsy Morgan of Willing Hands!!! And trust me, it is much more spectacular in person!

Front of box with ouija board from In the Company of Friends and a tiny wooden top from a dear freind
Top of Box

Right Side of Box

Rear of Box

Left Side of Box

Inside of Box (sans smalls)
The two horses were fashioned after Betsy's own horses. Sadly, she had to have them both put down this past June, but they will be remembered as a tribute by all who stitch this box.

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



  1. What a gorgeous box and what memories it triggers for you, Stasi! Look forward to seeing the accompanying smalls.

  2. Oh my ... oh my! I stumbled on somebody's picture of this project a few years ago - was my first exposure to Betsy's incredible designs and I just love this. What an absolute treasure, simply gorgeous!! (um, I've probably used up my daily allotment of superlatives and exclamation points here)

  3. This is so awesome! I just love this piece and the finishing is great.

  4. I can see why this is your favorite piece, the sentimental factor of stitching it in honor of your first grandson and it's just exquisite. I love the finished shape of it, a little treasure chest. The design is beautiful and how sweet the designer incorporated her two horses on it. Looking forward to seeing what is stored inside! ( Is the Ouija board stitched?)

  5. Gorgeous!!! I love your project and all of the love behind it. RJ