Saturday, 21 December 2013

Carol, don't read this :o))

Carol, my very bestest friend, if you are reading this you shouldn't be, so go away or the surprise will be spoilt, ha ha. Anyone else can look now. I am going to be visiting Carol over the festive period, so I thought I would make her a pressie, rather than worrying over what to buy her. It would be hopeless trying to find anything anyway, she can well afford to buy whatever she wants for herself, she doesn't need any tat I might pick up at the shops.
Me and Carol go way back, about 55 years in fact. We were friends at junior school and people thought we were sisters because we looked alike. We chose completely different career paths. She had the brains to further her education and carve out a career in company finance, whereas I chose the practical hands on type of work. Another difference is that she has been married and I have not. We do have one thing in common though, we both chose not to have children.
There have been long periods of time when we have got on with our own lives, but always coming together through phone calls, emails, and meeting up a couple of times a year. Today we lead completely different lifestyles. She still works and has an active social life with lots of friends, I have a more sedate outlook, bimbling along, doing my own thing, with a few good friends. She is part of a big family, I have a very small family. When we come together it's like I see her every day, we chatter ten to the dozen and have lots of laughs. So I am looking forward to a jolly time this festive holiday.   
So, you saw a snippet of the pressie I was making, here is the finished article. There is no plan, no pattern, things are just made up as I go along. Ideas pop into my head and I think, I wonder if that would work, or what would that look like. I bought some pieces of colourful felt about a year ago from the Hospice Shop. Thank goodness she has only five letters in her name. I don't think I would have attempted Stephanie or Elizabeth. My first idea was that the letters should have a gusset and would be freestanding, but I didn't have enough time to sew all those seams. So I decided on cutting two of each, sewing them together with a blanket stitch, and stuffing them. Then mount them on a fabric background.   
I made all the letters first, then I gathered a few materials. Plain green fabric, a piece of sponge which just happened to be the right size, a roll end of some stiff window blind fabric, and some floral fabric. As it was I didn't use the floral, I changed my mind.

I needed some stuffing, and I remembered I had bought a white crochet shawl for 50p from a clearance sale, the shop was closing down. It is nice and soft, and I thought it would come in useful for something. I removed the tassels and chopped them up.

Here are a few close ups. Small pink beads in the centre of the flowers, and some even smaller red beads dotted around. I stitched the letters on to the pale green fabric and the stiff backing, before I added the sponge, and lastly stitched the back on.


 
On the back I attached two brass rings for the hanger.
The white cord all around the edge I seem to remember, came from a gift of flowers in a bag, that someone gave me for my 60th birthday. Something else that has come in useful. It took ages to stitch it all on.

 
I hope she likes it.
Enjoy your weekend. Toodle pip.

57 comments:

  1. I love this piece of art work and I'm sure your friend will also. It's really colourful and made with love.
    Carolx

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  2. I am sure that Carol will love it. It doesn't matter how much money one can earn a gift from the heart is priceless. Merry Christmas Ilona xx

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  3. Wow! It's gorgeous! I would be chuffed to bits to receive something like that. Homemade presents are the best. You are both very lucky to have such a lasting friendship. Debbie x

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  4. That is really beautiful, Ilona. I should think that Carol will be thrilled with it xx

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  5. Lovely,,, nice and bright. My proper name is Carol,,, want to make me one?!

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    1. Errrrrr, not really, ha ha. I like to move on with ideas, try something new.

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  6. I love the chain stitch between all the flowers, that little touch just finishes it off really well. Have a good visit with your friend.

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  7. That is lovely, and so clever! I wish I was good at crafts (and had the time!). I would be delighted to receive a gift like that.
    Jane
    http://shoestringcottage.wordpress.com

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  8. I would love to receive a gift like that because it's so cute, personal, and made by a best friend! Great job, Ilona.
    Nancy from Northern California

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  9. Wow, thats stunning. What a lovely gift. I am sure Carol will be pleased.

    X x

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  10. Well done you, thats brilliant. Im sure Carol will love it. Im green with envy over your lovely neat blanket stitch (I cant do blanket stitch and had hoped to master it as one of my goals this year, but havent gotten round to it yet) sigh.
    Have a wonderful Xmas.:o)

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  11. Sensational. The colours are amazing. Such a sunny gift, just the ticket this time of year.

    Jean x

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  12. Quite beautiful, I would be very happy with a gift like that. I'm sure she'll love it.
    Briony
    x

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  13. What a beautiful and individual gift.

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  14. So clever and cute and well stitched. She will love it!

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  15. It's so beautifully stitched and Carol is sure to love it.

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  16. what a lovely present, as they say, friendship is sewn one stitch at a time.
    have a happy Christmas
    xxxxx

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  17. That is so beautiful, I would be so pleased to receive a lovely present like that. You are very clever with your ideas and have the expertise to carry them out and make something for your friend to keep forever.
    Wendy (Wales)

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  18. What a clever girl you are Ilona, your present to your friend is a delight.
    How pleased she will be and you must take a pat on the back for your lovely work.
    Well done.
    Happy Christmas.
    Love Pam in TX.xx

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  19. What a beautiful gift for your friend and so colourful it's a joy to look at and I bet Carole will be over the moon with it. Merry Christmas to you Ilona and thank you for your brilliant blogs - a Christmas present to me every day of the year xxx Lizzie-Tish, Pembrokeshire xx

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    1. Merry Christmas to you Lizzie, thank you for visiting.

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  20. Really lovely, your stitching is gorgeous. A lovely gift.
    Twiggy

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  21. Lovely neat sewing and really colourful. Natalie

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  22. I'm sure she'll love it.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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  23. It's lovely Ilona, what a labour of love. She will be utterly delighted. Hope you can get a photos of her face when she sees it.

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  24. Love it and I know Carol will too. Really like the flowers on the letters. :)

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  25. Oh, Ilona, that is so lovely. If a friend took the time to make something so beautiful for me I would cherish it.

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  26. Lot of thought & love has gone into this, she'll love it!

    X

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  27. What a beautiful gift for anyone to receive. She will be thrilled with it. Well done IIona

    Sue R

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  28. So lovely Ilona and I'm sure Carol will treasure this special gift from you.

    Cheryl x

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  29. What a gorgeous personal gift!

    xx

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  30. It's gorgeous, I'm sure she'll love it.

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  31. I think that's so wonderful and am sure your friend will treasure that. That would mean more to me than if you'd gone to a shop and spent squillions with little thought or effort. Have been round the charity shops in Uttoxeter today. Got loads of cheap but well nice decorations. Chuffed! Louise from Burton x

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  32. It's lovely Ilona.
    Can I have sewing lessons please!
    Angela (Devon)

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  33. Beautiful. A true gift from the heart. Laura

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  34. Whoever said that Flower Power was dead? That`s just amazing!

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    1. Yes, it reminds me of hippies. And the painted trucks in India.

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  35. Carol is a lucky lady....I love her present.
    Ilona you have the best craft ideas, and they always turn out very pretty.

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  36. Totally amazed! You rock!

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  37. Hi Ilona, I've happened to stumble upon your blog last week and I've had so much enjoyment reading it, thanks for sharing your ideas etc.

    I love the name banner. I also like creating things whether it be around the house, garden or craft ideas from bits and bobs - to me it's a celebration of how we can create things with our imagination.

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    1. Welcome Anon, pleased you have found us. I love using my imagination, so satisfying.

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    2. Ilona, thanks for your reply. I forget to sign off with my name - I'm Cathy M.

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  38. Made with love and love what you have made :)

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  39. wonderful, I love it, bet she will too!

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  40. this is absolutely fab, I wish I had as much talent! It would cost an arm and a leg in one of those posh' crafty'
    shops!

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  41. Very crafty you! Homemade gifts are the best....much love in them.

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  42. What a thoughtful and lovely gift...am sure Carol will be delighted with your beautiful work...

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  43. That is so pretty and colorful! How did you think up that idea? Your needlework is so precise. Love it.

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    1. Hi, I have my name in wood, the letters are joined, I wondered if I could do something similar in fabric. I don't know where the rest came from. Flowers are easy to cut out and stitch on.

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  44. Love your friend's gift, just to let you know, there are only five letters in my name as well! LOL
    Merry, merry Christmas to you and all the best for 2014.

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  45. Just gorgeous! Your chum will be totally thrilled I am sure.
    Arilx

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