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Friday, January 29, 2010

handmades and hankies

The January birthdays are all over now.
The handmades are finally finished and the time is right to safely show one off.
An apron with a vintage family doily, my Grandmothers lace and a handkerchief for embellishment.
Actually the handkerchief was mine. A gift...one of three given to me on my holy communion day...some thirty plus years ago.
I thought the lemon rosettes went beautifully with the vintage sheet....another family goodie.
I simply copied this pattern from another apron here at home and made the rest up as I went.
I wonder if you remember the original pillow case?
The matching sheet was found recently which I claimed just for this project...the remainder of which is still sitting in my stash ready for some autumn lounge pants for the girl and I perhaps?
And with the serious doily love that is going on in this house of late maybe they will be embellished with the same somehow...
Oh yes...there is a stack of recently claimed doilies and embroidery here ( making me smile and flip through it every time I walk passed....a serious time stealer) destined for some big and delicious crafting...after the mothering and study is done of course.

In the meantime there are some gorgeous examples of doily love here from a book I am ever so desperate to get my hands on.....and seeing as there is a satiated supply of crochet goodies here for now maybe a book is on the cards for an April birthday? *wink*

15 comments:

littlechrissy said...

This is so pretty, and I love that it includes pieces that mean something to you. I've just finished making my mum a brooch for her b'day which uses a reclaimed doily and scraps from her fave dress when she was a teenager. Incidentally they're exactly the same colour as your apron.
Chris xxx

Mary Smith said...

Wow! Gorgeous! And there is so much sentimental value in it!

Tricia said...

That apron is so special! I love gifts that have bits that used to belong to someone else.

I'm glad i'm not the only one who has already started hinting for April birthday gift ideas :-)

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Abigail Jasmine said...

lovely. simply lovely indeed!!
*hugs*

Levin said...

what a perfectly delectable apron with so much history. life's chores must be nicer in a beautiful apron like that!
l
x

Kristi said...

You are so brave to cut into that handkerchief, it turned out beautifully.

Kelly said...

Beautiful and special.

Bird Bath said...

wow! your handmade creation is stunning. The colours, florals and lace definately appeal to my sensibilities.
How nice that you have used some meaningful treasures to creat this. Looking forward to seeing what comes of the stack!
I know I have been going on about the carefree book for a bit - but it's still continuing to inspire me. still a few projects I'm daydreaming about :)

Madeline said...

Very, very pretty! What a lucky gal to get such a nice apron.

Kate said...

That top is just so pretty! I have just ordered that book after seeing all the lovely examples popping up all over the place.

Stephanie said...

so, so pretty, Leanne.
xxx

Molly @ Star Cottage said...

Wow, that turned out gorgeous!

Heather said...

Oh wow, I LOVE what you did with the apron. The colors are so bright and cherry, and the embellishments make it so unique. Gorgeous

Sabrina said...

Super lovely! What a wonderful use for all those special bits. I've been pondering my doily collection and trying to decide how to use some of them. I actually have a pillow made up that I was going to put on my blog soon...

Can't wait to see what else comes out of your crafty over there.