Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pretty ~ Calm

Hi Girls!
Wow you guys! Thank you so much for all of your wonderful comments on my 35 Squares sampler, you girls sure know how to make me smile! Too kind, you're all too kind! Schwwwwwaaaa! That was a big ol' smootch from me!

Ok, so! A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I stitched up a goodie for my girlfriend Melissa, for her birthday, since I finally shared the last two squares of the stitch-a-long with you, I can start sharing the other stuff I've been up to, yay! I like sharing! Here's how it all went down...

Have you ever consciously known that something, a wedding, a birthday etc. was coming, but somehow it doesn't really dawn on you?? Like you see the date approaching on the calendar, but somehow you don't fully appreciate that the event in question is right upon you? This is what happened to me the night before  Mel's b-day. I knew full well that her party was Saturday, and Friday after work, the light finally came on and I realized I hadn't gotten her a birthday gift... awww nuts!

Not to worry, I'd had a vague notion of a little goodie that I wanted to make for her for a while and her birthday was the perfect excuse. The question was, could I get it stitched and sewn in a few hours the night before the party?!? Heck yeah!! I'm a stitchin fool!

Pretty & calm, that was my mantra...ohm...

Water and lotus...ohm...

M is for Marvelous Melissa

More water...more lotus...ohm...

Here's the fabric for the back

Here's another view to see the top & bottom together.

Pretty...calm...

She likes it!

Yay, I liked it too. Start to finish, it took me about five hours, including a quick trip to the store for the top fabric and a pillow form. I am by no means a fast stitcher, but this is a simple pattern and comes together pretty quick.  I got the idea for the stitch combo (ripple and lazy lotus) from my newest crafty book purchase, Sublime Stitching's Embroidered Effects by Jenny Hart. I really like this stitch combination;  I even used a tiny version of it in my sampler (square 6).

Saturday morning, I even had time to bust out Mr. Sizzix and whip up a cute bag to put it in... Success!

I love rising to a challenge! Makes me want to hold an embroidered flag and sing (badly) from a mountain top.

Thanks for visitin'
~oxo~
Lisa

8 comments:

Jill said...

Love that pillow-- the design, the fabric-- everything! I have that same book-- love it!
Hugs,
Jill

Shirley said...

Hi, I found you through a mutual friend Donna at Brynwood Needlework. You had left a comment that caught my eye about motorcycle boots. I have a daughter who works in construction and rides a Harley. I do like your stitching. It is different then mine, but I enjoy looking at other people's work. Have a wonderful day.

GardenofDaisies said...

Your pillow gift turned out great!!! I can't believe how fast you got that embroidered and sewn up into a pillow! The bag is really cute too!

Erica W. said...

That's such a beautiful pillow! I love the color palette you put together, particularly paired with the design. It's so fresh and lovely!

suzitee said...

You are a stitching machine, girl! Can NOT believe you got that done in a night...awesome job.

Caitlin T. said...

Hi, Lisa! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. Your work is lovely! This is such a super pillow--simple and beautiful!

parTea lady said...

What a lovely gift. Your stitching is wonderful - I really like the green M monogram and the fabrics. I leave the stitching to my husband (he does cross-stitch) - I'm more of a sewing type. I also can't believe how quickly you finished the pillow.

Beedeebabee said...

Hey Sweet Girl! This pillow is soooo pretty! I love your stitching (what else is new!) You're such a natural Lisa! What a gorgeous birthday gift and that bag is so adorable too! You really are very inspiring....very funny too! xoxo Paulette ;)