Friday, March 27, 2015

A Fabric Lacebook/Journal Request for a Best Friend

There are sometimes in your life when you know you have been
gifted when asked to fulfill a wish for someone
whom you have never met
this was the case when a woman emailed me that her
best friend was dying of cancer
she wanted me to create a
special book as a surprise for her
 (knowing she was an admirer of my artwork) 
so that it would be
a place where they could share some precious thoughts
and memories.
I just call it "Journal for a Special Friend".

 Front Cover shown above.



Part of the spine

the journal closed with sari ribbons,

inside cover and first page,


second pages showing room for shared thoughts, pictures, etc.



 the pages continue as above
but you can see the order in which embellished images appear.



This shows the side view of all the pages included.


It holds three signatures


and view of the covered spine here

and, of course, I couldn't ignore the fact that these
two women are "best friends".
and also to acknowledge this I included the tag below for 
the woman who requested the commission

  and one for her very close friend also which will live in the journal.
(and, for some reason, when I was preparing this post
I couldn't separate these last two images and
my heart skipped a beat!!!).

I feel deeply honored that I was given the privilege of being
able to share in such a meaningful interaction
between these two women
whom wanted to express their immense love and gratitude
for the years of friendship that they have shared
have left together. 

I'm linking this post to Ivy and Elephants
"What's it Wednesday" 
with Patti and Paula so go and visit some lovely blogs there!

Every day is a precious day 
that we have the choice to make meaningful
and to show our appreciation for what matters in reality!

Thank you all for your visits and for taking the time
to leave a comment. It is so appreciated!

Love and hugs, Suzy xox

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Vintage Mixed Media Cards

I would probably call this first Mixed Media card
a "Melange" with a Vintage flavour and with
a touch of "Australiana"

 as this one incorporates both a vintage themed printed paper napkin
and Australian subject in the dear little Blue Wren bird
also on a paper napkin.


 This next one has been created using many layers 
of fabrics and laces of different sorts

 This image was downloaded free
thanks to Julia at Cemerony
She shares some very beautiful images there
such as this one and many other
digitally altered ones that can be used in your projects

which lends itself to some beautiful layering
just as she has achieved in her image. 


If these appeal to you then they are both
available in my Etsy shop
with all the materials which have gone into the construction of
these two fabric, lace and stamped collages.
These have now made their way out of my shop!!!
I think it may soon be time to share some garden
images as we slowly merge from
Summer into Autumn
where I live!

Love and hugs to you all,

Saturday, March 21, 2015

French Themed Holy Cards

Just finished are two collaged cards
using a couple of French Holy Cards as my theme
for Easter.


 The first one above is the larger of the two
and translates as "Sheltered by the Cross"
(correct me if I am wrong!)

and this second one is
"Salvator Mundi" 
(Saviour of the World).

These cards would,  I feel sure, appeal
to anyone who loves French holy cards

 they can be viewed with all the details of my workings
and materials that I used
 in my Etsy shop.


Thank you always for visiting and the lovely
comments you inspire me with!

Have a lovely, restful, enjoyable and creative weekend
as you experience the coming of Spring bringing
the warmth of sunshine or the softness
felt in the changing of the light
as we head towards
Autumn here in Australia -
it makes you feel happy to be alive!

Warm hugs xox Suzy

Thursday, March 19, 2015

New Easter Cards

Using images from the Graphics Fairy
(thank you Karen!)
which I have stamped, inked,
stitched and altered
I have created
two handmade Easter Cards.

The First

 is based on a beautiful French image

where I have used some beautiful printed 
chiffon along with some of my own hand dyed silk 


 and in the second one I have used
a  German Vintage postcard of an angel

incorporating more chiffon of different sorts,
brocade, vintage net lace 

with sari ribbon, fabric lace and some embellishments.
I think I have turned her into a very tattered looking angel now!!! 

 I have also used some of my new distress inks giving
these cards more depth with toning the colours.

I have now placed these in my 
Etsy shop.
(Now both sold!!!)

Thank you dear friends for you lovely comments on my
Lace organizer (in my previous post)
 and letting me know just how you store, keep, 
hoard your own laces.

Wishing you all wellness and peace for the coming new week!


Monday, March 16, 2015

Lace Organizer/Wrap for Laces

Do your often wonder what would be a good way
to store all of your smaller lengths of lace
like this?

 Well this is just one solution that I have come up with
and of course it is made from a lace tray cloth too!

 It is a wrap/folder/holder
which has been divided into two rows of 4 pockets
with make a total of 8 pockets.

 It therefore holds 8 cardboard spools or reels
which I have gessoed and stamped with
a shabby chic style flourish
it folds up like this



 I've tried to leave plenty of room for expansion too!
The  back looks like this below

 and it folds up (front and back below)

 to look like this


which will look very full when the laces are all inside.

It has been a little mind challenge but I am happy
with the result and am pleased to say
that I've added it to my
I also have more reels (unpainted) if anyone should need more.

Now I'd be interested to hear how everyone else
stores their laces.
This wrap makes it very portable to take anywhere
when working on smaller projects.

Love and hugs,

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