Thursday, July 25, 2019

Needle/Sewing book~

Hi friends!
I'm hoping your Summer (or Winter ; ) season is going well?!
I have been keeping busy with family; and that, for me, is the best kind of busy!  I am going to start creating a project soon I hope - - But my heart is still reluctant - as my mojo's been on an extended vacation  (sigh : / )   So,  once again I am bringng a treasure from the past and sharing it with you today : )
I shared this story a few years ago~
I was at my sisters house and we were trying to mend something - but she had no sewing basket or even the basics for hand stitching!  So I got it into mind to create a little needle book & basic sewing kit for her, using this favorite pic of our grandmother.
It started out rather simple, but grandma's photo inspired me to embellish it rather 'fancy-like' ! And I gifted Mariann with this.
The outer layer is white burlap; the inner layer is muslin.  I used a vintage brown handkerchief  to create 'pockets'  for some essentials - and I stitched a piece of wide (cream colored) bias tape across it horizontally, to create some slots for scissors & etc.  I enclosed all the necessities for a basic repair : )

The front cover is a combination of Maja Designs papers (love love love . . .)   Some machine stitching and pearl-like beads, silver micro-beads, seam binding ribbon, die cut flourishes, bits of glitter and laces. Whew!
The little metal 'envelope'  embellishment was a Hobby Lobby find : ) The key is chipboard.
So there she is, grandma at about 15 years old~  (circa 1925)
And Mariann  now has a sewing kit - should the need arise!!  :  )

Wishing you a blessed day today and a wonderful week-end to come <3
Loving hugs,


  1. So sweet and what a lovely present to give your sister!

  2. It is a gorgeous sewing kit map, dear Karen - adorable with the old photo, and the blue soft tones you used.
    I love the swirl, with beads between, and the other pearls you also added, giving a beautiful shimmer to the front, and also so adorable with the bows. Vintage and sweetness together, it is only to love , my friend.
    Hugs from Dorthe xoxo

  3. This is utterly charming, Karen. The colours - those soft stony greys and the muted blue - are right up my street, and I just love the beading you've done over the lovely Maja papers. The photo of your grandmother looks right at home, and with suitable refilling of the supplies I can see this being handed on down the family to future generations, becoming an heirloom in its own right. Wonderful!
    Alison x

  4. I am so glad to hear that you are enjoying your summer and even more so with your family :) I am sure that mojo is lying in wait for the perfect time to appear :) This beauty was very much appreciated by your sister I am sure, and I love how you went with it as in how to decorate with that awesome picture of your grandmother, she knew how to style it didn't she, I can see why it would be a favorite picture of her. I always love all the fabulous details you bring to your project, and great use of vintage materials too!
    How wonderful to have something functional and so pretty too!

  5. Oh my! How lovely is this? What a gorgeous gift you created for your sister, Karen. I'm sure she treasures this .. it is so beautiful! I love the cover. Such a beautiful photo of your dear Grandma and the colours and embellishments are perfect! A beautiful gift on the outside and so pratical on the inside! Couldn't ask for more! hugs xx

  6. OMG - this is a gem Karen! Unbelievable ...I love it!

    Big hugs, Susi

  7. Hi Karen... I am SO glad you brought the treasure to us today as I have not seen it before but I feel it has been within my vision for ever, what a delightful story. You created not only a useful tool but also one with heartwarming passion. With your Grandma being the focal I'm sure it brings a warmth when ever it is used by your Sister. It is stunning in everyway dear friend.
    I'm glad you have been spending time with family always a wonderful thing.
    It's good to hear you will soon have time to be creative, I'm looking forward to having a little more time myself soon. It's frustrating having ideas and not have a moment to create them.
    Thank you as always for your lovely comments, they are always very much appreciated.
    Take good care of yourself & enjoy your time with family. Creative Hugs & Wishes Tracey xx

  8. Hi Karen! I absolutely love the adorable sewing kit you made and I especially love the beautiful and gorgeous front cover! What a thoughtful and wonderful gift you made! And I really hope you get your mojo back soon, my dear friend. But I am loving that you are sharing these projects with all of us. And thank you so much for your amazing visits to my blog, too. Big HUGS!!!!!

  9. I love the embellished photo of your grandmother and the sewing kit is gorgeous. Mine is falling apart and I've been thinking I should make a new one. You've inspired me.

  10. Oh how magical!!! I simply can't take my eyes away, Karen! I'm in love with every little detail of love you poured into this beautiful little kit....What a truly delightful and thoughtful creation. I just love it!! Thank you so much for your sweet visits friend, and I'm sorry I've been away for a while. Really enjoying browsing your beautiful art this morning :) Old mojo or new, your creations always bring me soooo much joy! Sending the biggest hugs! xo

  11. Boy am I out of the loop!I've been trying to play catch-up with my visits to my blogs, had you not visited me I might have missed this precious little post!

    What a fabulous gift idea for your sister who was desperately in need of some sewing essentials I would say. :-)
    I can see why you chose to pretty it up with that picture of your grandmother, just precious and who wouldn't want a sweet little sewing kit like that!?
    Karen you did a beautiful job.

    Enjoy your day~

  12. Hi Karen! This is all so beautiful! And made all the more special with your grandmother's photo. What a special gift!

  13. This is gorgeous!!! Love the vintage feel and all the special details!!!