Thursday, May 15, 2008

Invites, a Gift and a Plea

Happy Thursday! Thought I'd share a couple of things I've been working on.

Remember the Vintage Party Sawp that Artsy Mama hosted? Well I made good use of all of the wonderful supplies that Whitney provided for me and I created my invitations.

Please excuse the sad photo quality. It's been stormy here the last couple of days... bad light! Can't wait to send these out and have my tea party.

Mom if you are reading this and have not made it to the post office, stop reading NOW. By the way, you should have gone to the post office yesterday!

My mom's birthday was last month, but with everything going on, swaps, shoppe stuff, parents moving off of the Continent, her present kinda got put on the back burner. Sorry mom! But now it's done and has been shipped off and is sitting sad and lonely at the post office on the island of St. Croix. She should really go pick it up, don't ya think!

Please meet Sir Lloyd Francis...

Now let me tell you the story behind this little guy. My grandfather passed away 16 years ago. When he was still with us, my mom made bathrobes for him. When he would wear one out, she would make another. She always used bath towels to make them. If I remember correctly the last one, in a masculine brown and golden yellow, she gave to him as a Christmas gift. When my grandmother passed away a few years ago, we found Grandpa's bathrobe in the closet, well worn and threadbare in spots. I asked if I could have it, not knowing what I would do with it, but my mom and sister know I can be kind of strange sometimes so they gave it to me without any questions. Last January came around and I was making a list of gift ideas for the year, because I'm a list maker, and it hit me. I knew what I wanted to do with the robe, give it back to Mom as a twice handmade gift.

I love how he turned out... like an old, well loved, worn out bear. Mom had put my grandfather's monogram on the front of the robe. There wasn't a way to get the whole monogram on the little bear, so I simply put the "L" onto his tiny tush.

Hope you love it Mom and Happy Birthday!

If you can, please stop by Pink Faded Roses. Lori needs some help decorating for her son's graduation party. She is wanting to make a tag tree with "American" or "military" themed tags. After graduation he is leaving for the Air Force. If you can, go help her out to see her son off in style!

Here's to a beautiful Thursday! (if the clouds will finally part)

6 comments:

Lori said...

sorry about your weather...we have had glorious sun all day today:) LOVE the bear you made for your mom and the story behind him, she is just going to love him to pieces!!!

wanda said...

Thanks for putting the bit about Lori on your blog.

Whitney Johnson said...

I so love the bear! What a fantastic idea. It will be so meaningful to your mom - and what a fun twist on heritage art!! Well, the invites look wonderful. It's fun to think about how those swap goodies were at my house being photographed, now they're at your house being photographed - and it's all on the internet! Small world. I love it :)

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

That little bear is unbelievable!

M ^..^

Mandy said...

Your little bear is so cute and I love that you recycled something old and meaningful to give to your mom...how sweet! I kept all of my dad's old denim work jeans and one day I plan on making a quilt from them for my son. Take care!

Rosalyn-Sue said...

That is the most touching gift I've seen in a long time! If someone made that for me, I'd be running over everything in my path to get to the post office :) Love the vintage linens, as well! Thanks for sharing -- hope you have a great start to your week tomorrow.

Hugs,

Rosalyn-Sue