Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Catching Up on Gifts

I have this tendency to put the wedding announcements aside and collect them until I am ready to do something special. Today I had five to do.

When I was in Denver, my daughter-in-law gave me some baskets that hold pie plates. I decided to purchase some pie plates and etch their names on the back.

I only had three baskets, so the other two couples got their names etched on wine glasses.

I have to get the local copy shop to cut their names in vinyl and I use that as stencils.

Since the couples with pie plates got a nice holder, I had to do something special for the couple with the wine glasses. After their names were etched, I applied glass paint and glued a Swarovski  crystal to each one. I use special glass glue that doesn't come off. I wrote their wedding date at the bottom of each glass. If you click on the pictures you can see better detail. I love how their names are reflected upside down in the back of the glass.

So it was a productive day.

The other day I made a pillowcase for a friend who recently went through several months of chemo, only to have her breasts removed as soon as it was done. I figured she needed a pillow case on which to rest her weary bald head, so I made a pair for her. I used the green for the back of the pillow and the brown for the front, since brown is her favorite color.

These are fun ones that have a flap to hide the pillow. I got tutorials from here and here. Neither are ultra clear, and I ended up experimenting to get the end result. I think I will make up a tutorial myself. They turn out so beautiful though, I want some for my beds.

I also finished two purses I have been working on for a while. They got put aside for more pressing projects. I made them from this darling purse pattern. One is on its way to my niece in New Mexico. She just got confirmed last year. Her favorite color is lime green, I hope this is lime enough.

I'm keeping the other one and have my stuff transferred already .  yay!
I am keeping with my pledge to continue to finish works in progress. Anytime I run across one, I stop all other projects and finish. It is such a fun and liberating feeling. 

I hope you are having a wonderful day.


Sailor said...

Very spiffy Dear Friend. Those turned out nice.

Suzanne said...

My goodness -- you HAVE been busy. Love the purse -- very cute and the engraving is really wonderful!
- Suzanne

Rae Ann said...

I loved your post and seeing all of your wonderful projects... they are so great! I think I will try making a pillowcase from the tutorial. Looks fun!
I am also going to adopt your... if I see an unfinished project idea. Loved it!!!

Alisa said...

I'm glad you put me on your blog list...it is fun to see all the creative, amazing things you do and helps me get ideas for showing more compassion - I am SO BAD at giving gifts and never know what to do. The pillowcase was a nice idea for a time when you hardly know what to do. So often it is just that someone is thinking of you and that is what really makes your day...but I don't know how to show that a lot of the time so I do nothing and then feel worse... Or I want to do things that are too elaborate...and just never finish.
I enjoy seeing your projects, thanks for helping me with inspiration.

ZB said...

Are you etching ? I need more time.. sigh… How do you do it? Get a stencil, but which product are you using?

Christine Poulsen said...

You have been a busy lady. I wish I had some free time to get caught up on things like this. My sister-in-law told me about the glass etching idea. Yours turned out great. Thanks for sharing.

CEL said...

I immediately bought the pattern for that DARLING purse! Yours was even cuter than the one on the pattern!!! So adorable, Anita! You are amazing......gosh!

Anonymous said...

Pillowcase is a project I will add to my list of 'wants & needs' to do.. Guess I will be bugging U in the near future! Wink...

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

It looks like you have actually had a productive week!

Thanks for participating in my "secret number" giveaway yesterday...so sorry you didn't win...it was #16...but it was fun.

Hope you have a lovely Easter!


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