Feb 13, 2012

Marvelous Monday Update 2/13/12

Last week some of you asked about the supplies I used for my Sew A Mystery box, and where I got them. As I mentioned in the post, I got the fabric from JoAnn Fabrics. It was one of those fat quarters. The box came from Hobby Lobby. It was only a couple of dollars. It looks great painted, not so great stained. Also, I sanded the box really smooth before priming and painting. I used Rustoleum spray paint in the color Expresso. I did not put a clearcoat over top of the paint as I've never seen a need to on any of my painted projects. The lace trim was from my stash. I only had a short piece of it so I'm not sure where I got it from. Probably from one of my thrifting adventures. Other things I used: batting, crochet cotton (for lacing), tacky glue, and cardboard.

Lee from Lakeside Stitcher is writing about her favorite things during the month of February. One of her favorite things is my needlework box! You can see it HERE.

I stitched and finished my February ornament last week. It didn't turn out as puffy as I anticipated, but I do like how the beading turned out.


Snow
Designer: Whispered by the Wind
Fabric: 14ct Baby Blue Aida
Fibers: DMC 4025
Embellishments: Ribbon & Beads


My birthday celebration continues with more BFC cards from the Chatty Stitching Exchangers and Stitching Sisters:

Here's ALL the cards I received this year:

Again, a big Thank You to all the BFC'ers!

Even though I didn't finish it, I made good progress on Blossom Splendor. So close... so, so close!


Whew! That's a lotta stitchy updates.
Until next time,

34 comments:

Carol said...

Thanks for sharing your information on your beautiful box finish, Meari--it really is spectacular!!

Hey, that little snowflake looks familiar--I had it on my blog last time :) It looks so pretty in the colors you've used...

Such a nice bunch of cards and floss you received--enjoy!

I smell a finish very soon on Blossom Splendor--woo hoo!!

Berly said...

I swear I am sending you all of my Christmas ornaments for finishing. You do such a beautiful job!

Denise SA said...

I love that finish of your box and am thinking of copying your ribbon storage idea.

cucki said...

Wow everything is looking so beautiful..
Love and hugs xxx

Rachel S-H said...

Very pretty ornament finish! One more question about the box. Do you put anything over the paint once it's finished to seal it? I have some things to paint, but whether or not I need to seal it has me stymied.

Barb said...

I'm with Bearly. I'll ask you to finish something for me if I join an exchange. You do great. I love that snow piece. Great finishes.

Anonymous said...

Love, Love, LOVE your needlebox!! And, I have another project on my "Must Do" list -- your ribbon organizer. Mine are currently tangled up in a box for a case of paper (way too big). Thanks so much for sharing all of your great ideas!

Pennyb

angie stitchings n things said...

WOW<WOW<WOW I love your box so cute but as always your sitching and finishings are amazing. <3

Anne said...

Thanks for the info on the spray paint you used for the box. I might have to try that sometime soon!! Look at all those cards! Wowza! I think I've had a max of 10 bday cards, all from my family!

Mouse said...

thanks for the info :) you got some lovely cards and threads and well done on your stitching :) love mouse xxxxx

Kathy A. said...

That box is just so very lovely!
I love your snow ornament and the finish of it!
Belated but heartfelt birthday wishes my dear!

Kay said...

I will be honest when I say with how you explain about how you go about things, you make it sound easy as 1, 2, 3. I would not have the notion to even think of half the things you do. Always a clever lady with your ideas of how to make something look beautiful with little to no money being used, just pure imagination! Looks like you had a great birthday with all of the goodies that have been rolling in. Your February finish is divine as well. Since you finished school it looks like you have a lot of crafting time, I imagine you are loving that!

Anonymous said...

I love the latest ornament - great finish!

It seems like your birthday is lasting a long time - great fun!

Can't wait to see your geisha finished!

Hugs,
Lynette

Deborah said...

Thanks for the info! I love your latest ornament! So very cute. Belated Happy Birthday.

Pam in IL said...

As always, your stitching is beautiful. Love the ornie finish too!

How difficult is the beaded edges of the ornie?

Oh, and I love that one of my current favorite songs was playing when your blog loaded ;-)

Katie said...

Love all the bday goodies. I LOVE your ornament. Good luck on finishing Blossom Splendor.

Shaunterria Owens said...

The box you made came out beautifully, and I love your ornament - blue is my favorite color :) Congratulations on two wonderful finishes!

Cindy said...

Great progress on Blossom. Can't wait to see finished product. Did you see the cover of the Stitchery catalog. The Flutist. I thought of you when I saw it.

Cindy in MA

Faith... said...

Can't wait to see Blossom Splendor finished. It is so brautiful

Shelleen said...

The box is beautiful. Love the colors in Blossom Splendor. Looks like a lot of great Birthday cards.

Anonymous said...

That's very pretty, Meari! I'm glad you are happy with the beadwork; it does add a real sparkle to the ornament.

(And happy [belated?] birthday! What neat gifts you received!)

Patricia Cecilia
(aka Dr. P in NC)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info on how you finished your beautiful box. That idea would make a great gift for someone. Wow, you sure did get a lot of Birthday cards. Enjoy them! Blossom Splendor is looking great!!!!
Betty in AZ (ILCS)

chrisstitches said...

blossom will be a 2012 finish....yay!
love the little snow ornie too..

Elena said...

Thanks for the information.
Your February ornament is beautiful, love the finish!! As always your stitching is gorgeous, Blossom Splendor.

Anonymous said...

Blossom Splendor is almost done! That's awesome!

Karin in CA

Debbie said...

Meari, your box is beautiful! I'm going to try your bobbin idea for some ribbon that I've got.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Mel said...

happy belated b-day Meari. I know I suck. :(

I'm soooo excited that Blossom is soooo close. I can't wait to see it all done!

Nancy M said...

Blossom should be done soon so you can devote ALL your time to JG! :-) You received a ton of birthday cards!!!

Anonymous said...

Meari,
I really like your finishing of your ornament. The beads do add pizzaz, especially the edging. Did the designer have the center pulled in that way? It is so different, similar to a biscornu, but I have not seen that in a square puff ornament before. I think I will try that on an appropriate design. Thanks for all these great ideas you are sending out!

Sue

Anonymous said...

I love your February ornament Meari!! So pretty!!!! Ready to do that happy dance with you for Blossom Splendor!

Happy Trails,
Pam K. :o)

Anonymous said...

Meari

Your February Ornament looks really wonderful and I cant wait to see you "Geisha" finished :)

Tinna

Carolyn NC said...

Lots of great cards! Your box really is so cool and Blossom is looking great!

Kelly Smith said...

Love the ornament Meari and the colours you used.
Looking forward to seeing blossom finished!

glenda said...

Ornament is so pretty. I love that color of blue on white.