Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Up for Air!

I have missed all of you so much! I did a short post wishing you a Happy Easter & sharing a sweet card on Sunday. In that post I told you about the Swap I was busy working on. I am going to Savannah, GA at the end of the month for the Petticoats & Parasol Plantation Art Event. I am very excited & when I first signed up they started the Yahoo Group for this event. There was MUCH talk about swaps & what all we were going to be doing. So, when Rosalyn-Sue said she was going to do a Dessert Bar & Swap Get Together in her suite I signed up thinking "Oh Boy That Sounds Like Fun". And I'm sure it will be. You had to do a gift for each of the girls that signed up. I HAD NO CLUE HOW MANY WOULD SIGN UP! Well, she cut it off at 18 but, there were two late arrivals that you could include (heck you don't want any one excluded right?) AND then how about one for the teachers? Add 3 more.... And one for the key note speaker (none other than Jo Packham editor of Where Women Create Magazine) OF COURSE!!!!! Now that's 24(I did have the count wrong Sunday I said 26). YIKES! Well, today I shipped them. I am sorry my photos are AWFUL but, you can get a little bit of an idea of what I have been up to. Below is three of them laying next to a sweet nest sitting on my kitchen table.
And a close up of one of them. Here is the process that was entailed... I bought 2 & 1/2 yards of white muslin. Washed & dried it to remove the sizing. I read & was going to use Dawn's tutorial (HERE) for this but, in emailing her she sent me a link (HERE) from Rebbecca for printing on muslin so you might check both of these excellent tutorials from these sweet gals (I think my friend Lisa had also done a tutorial on this subject). Thank you to all who had the tutorials. You are so sweet to share. In the long run I went with Rebecca's method of using the freezer paper & it worked well. I did not set my image (she gave directions) & I can tell you that if there is a chance your item might get wet you might take the time to do so because, one of mine did have a drop of water get on it & the ink bled. Doing the printing yourself will save you A LOT of Money! Those packets you buy at the store cost about $12 each & don't go very far. This process gives you the softest prettiest fabric transfer. The only other suggestion I would give is to trim with pinking sheers when you cut the freezer paper so the edges don't fray as badly (unless that is the look you want).
After peeling the back off of the freezer paper you stitch the linen to your item (ITEMS!) This was no small feat I can assure you. I added the beautiful cotton lace I bought from my sweet friend Pat at this step. Things really wanted to slide around on that blackberry velor I used. I wanted it to be soft & velvety feeling without the use of velvet. Then you sew the two pieces together to make the pin cushion. I filled a small zip lock bag with rice to put in the bottom of each one so that it would be weighted & not want to "JUMP" off the table when you use it. Next stuff the cushion. Yep all 24 of them. That was a treat. :0
And then let's not forget getting them all sealed up! I tried stitching it closed & was not happy with the way it looked. So, I tried Fabric Tack by Beacons & it worked GREAT! Then there were the seed beads, the buttons, the flowers... are you getting the picture? And when that was all done I made pins to go in the pin cushion. I dipped pearl headed pins into glue & then into 3 different colors of glitter for these pretty sparkly pins. A GIRL'S GOTTA HAVE HER BLING!!!!!
And then it was time to wrap them up. Originally I was going to wrap them in purple tulle but, by this time I was in a time crunch & I was OVER MAKING THESE! so I placed them in cello bags, put a card I made that had the same image(small in size). Under the image I wrote "The Real Gift Is NOT the Item Received But, The Friendship Made" my name, blog address & Petticoats & Parasols Art Event 2010 & placed these on the back of the bag. On the top I folded over a pretty white doily & stapled it all closed. My last finishing touch was to do each bag a beautiful glass bubble with the image of a dainty Southern Belle. The one above belongs to the Event hostess Jennifer so it had her name & the Belle Bubble on it. Below is a regular one. Sorry the cello bag has such a glare. I tried to fix it but, that didn't work too well. You can get the idea.
For the Teachers & Jo's bags I used HEART shaped doilies & as I said they got their names on their bags. I think the bubbles turned out really cute.
Here is the PILE all ready for the shipping box. I told you the glare was bad but, I had to show the PILE!
I'm so GLAD to be done & up for air. Now, I'm going to visit all of you & see what you have been up to. By the way, I NOW have to do 6 Paper Dolls for a different swap for this same event! WHAT WAS I THINKING? See ya soon!


Nancy's Notes said...

Glad you are up for air, you are one busy lady! I am new to your blog and it's awesome!


Julie said...

BREATHE!!! Oh, my, Charlene! What a lot of work you put into those beautiful gifts! I can't believe you did so many! The ladies will absolutely love them, I just know it--lucky ladies!

So glad to be home and getting back to normal--fun to catch up with everyone again! Hope your weekend was wonderful and that you're enjoying a lovely day!

Linda said...

This looks like such a fun event! 24 pincushions IS a lot! They turned out really well, though!

Bryanna Lenan said...

Wow... great work! See ya soon!


Charlene, you've really done a fabulous job with these! What a treat for the recipients. ~ Angela

Inspired-Simplicity said...

That is quite the project. They turned out so cute. We will miss you at art group. Hope to see you soon.

Jodie (everything vintage) said...


These are beautiful and I cannot wait to get mine!!!! yay!
Girl, you was all nervous for nothing...these are FABULOUS!
The purple is stunning and I love the way you made the P&P logo for us to have as a keepsake of the event!!!!

Have fun with your paper dolls...I didn't do that one. I can't wait to see what ya'll come up with!

2 weeks girl...2 weeks!!!!!

Lisa said...

C U T E!!! Have a great time! I so wish I could go it is so close to me! My Grandfather lives in SC but only about 30 mins from Savannah! I could easily stay with him to save money!! Maybe the next go round!!
Have a super wonderful time! And if you happen to travel to Raleigh let me know!!
Hugs, Lisa

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Charlene!

You have some talent! Love your little gifts! The ladies will love you to pieces!

Yes, I am a SOTF (#595) and I have met LaVerne and have been in her trailer! She is a hoot and lots of fun! I met her at our first Giddy Up in AZ! I love you Texas gals! My best buddy is Anne #470 from San Antonio. LaVerne and Anne are buddy's to.

It's a small world!

Riki Schumacher said...

Holy Cow Charlene!! Oh my gosh, those are beautiful, and what a lot of work. Well you are an ambitious thing, but the ladies receiving them will be knocked out.. That's a lot of gifts!! Take some time to breathe girl!! Hugs, Riki

blumensnapdragon said...

Charlene-you made your own pins??? That is crazy! all the detail and time and thought you put in shows and they will be thrilled. Have a great time-we can't wait to hear about the event and to see your pictures.xo Devon

BellaRosa said...

Charlene amor...all I can say is WOW, you must be tired after creating all those pretties :) Hope you get to take a moment to breathe and smile in between your lovely projects! Besos, Rose

Pat Winter said...

Those are delightful! Love seeing them all ready to go. Nothing is wrong with you, you just like having fun!

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Ohhh those are beautiful !! You are going to have so much fun ~ I cannot wait to see pictures ~

Kimberly said...

Wow that was a lot of work! But so worth it. Very nice and useful gift that will be a nice remembrance of the event. I so wish I were going...Maybe next time, Can't wait to see the paper dolls!

Karen Valentine said...

OMG Girl!!! You HAVE been busy!!!! But, oh... they are so worth it! These gals are going to think they died and went to heaven. That was a lot of work. I would have gotten so bored after about the 10th one!!!


Me....bunny said...

You've out done your self....beautiful pin cushions and beautiful person...you!


Alisa said...

You did a great job Charlene... they're really pretty!

Denise said...

Oh my goodness, you have been a busy girl! Bet you're happy to have those pretties finished. They are just beautiful!

tarnishedandtattered.blogsot.com said...

Wow! You put a lot of work into those sweet treats. I'm sure everyone will appreciate your efforts. That is a really great idea for a swap, we crafters can't have enough pin cushions -right? I will miss you on Friday, but I can't wait to hear about your fun. Lisa

Vicki C said...

WOW you have been one busy girl! Those are gorgeous!

Sandy Navarro said...

Girl, you did yourself proud!! These are FabUlous and you have nothing to worry about. Make sure you have enough room in your suitcase for all of the goodies you'll be bringing home. Unfortunately, I don't think me & my BIG hair would fit too! LOL

JD said...

Your gifts are just lovely. I can see that they were a lot of work...but I'm sure they were appreciated...

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