Whew! That was a lot of writing yesterday. I need a break. Bring on the photos! (And some more writing. I can't help myself.)
Here we have one of the little projects I just completed. It's a little pouch for keeping written memories for my daughter. The idea came from here.
The basic idea is that you cut up small cards (I did 3"x5") and decorate them (we have used watercolors and markers so far). Then you store them in the pouch for easy access when something happens that you want to remember. It's the type of stuff that doesn't usually end up in a baby book, the type of stuff you want to keep forever. And the bonus is that the memories are written on a piece of the child's artwork. Double nostalgia bonus! The cards can then be put into a scrapbook, made into their own little book, or stored in the pouch permanently.
The design was inspired by this photo:
While we were on a walk, my daughter picked these wildflowers, and when we got home she laid them out on the walkway like that. I took a photo thinking that would make a great embroidery project. I stitched them on linen and used stem stitch, some satin stitch, and some other ... I don't know, freedhand stitch. I just made it up as I went!
The lettering was done freehand and says, "I will always love you," which is a phrase I've always said to my little girl. I used some fabric that reminds me of vintage bedsheets to line the inside of the pouch.
The whole thing was meant to be a little more organic--rustic, for lack of a better word. It was a nice departure from some of the super detailed stitching I've done in the past, and I have to say I'm really pleased with the results. I'm thinking it might even translate well to some little pouches or cushions to be sold some day down the road....
In the near future I'll share photos of the pouch I made for my son's memory cards. Have a good day!