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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Finished Projects--Two Years Later!

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.
There's something about having this blog that makes me finish projects. In the past, abandoned projects would go unfinished forever haunting me and causing me much guilt. But, now, the new blogging me gets these things done for the satisfaction of posting them, which is somehow more motivating than actually giving the gift. Hmmm? For my sister's bridal shower I had two gifts, a sewing kit and a cookbook, neither was completed until this month. When was she married, you might ask -- nearly two years ago! Thanks for waiting sis.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.
This cottage needlebook, made from a pattern (I can't remember the book) is the final addition to the sewing kit. All of the wonderful needlebooks posted lately (see here, here, and here) gave me the inspiration to get mine done. All I had to do was sew in the pieces of fabric to put the needles in. It took about five minutes to finish. Why did I wait two years! Note: the fabric for the needlebook is a wonderful woven wool/rayon felt, the same as I used for my embroidered stockings. It's a little more rough around the edges than regular wool felt, but it is so soft and drapes beautifully.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.
Originally the sewing box was an ugly brown stain. A quick remedy of matte red spray paint with black details made me much happier. I took the whole box apart before painting it to get a cleaner look. Then, I filled the kit with vintage supplies! Hunting for the notions was the funnest part.

Bridal Shower Cookbook
Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.
The cookbook was a collective gift that I organized and art directed, and then let lie fallow. It's called "Whatcha Got Cookin'" and everyone brought a favorite recipe and decorated (you could say "scrapbooked," but that word leaves a bad taste in my mouth) a page to add to the book. I can't say it's fine bindery, but I did learn a bit about grommets and glueing fabric to cardboard. The book has been sitting unbound until just recently. The party invitations were also tied into the cooking theme. I drew a caricature of my sis holding a spoon and a spatula and then hand decorating the cards with felt, tulle, and rickrack.

Whew! Two projects done, many more to go. Coming up next in the world of unfinished projects: circus-themed bean bag toss game, vinyl and polyester quilt handbags, vintage fabric appliqued heart quilt.

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Anonymous blair said...

What a fabulous gift in every way! Well worth the wait. All the thought gone into wonderful details, I'd love to get a gift like this.

Sun Mar 12, 03:56:00 PM PST  
Blogger bunny said...

i love the needlebook. It has great details.

Sun Mar 12, 04:51:00 PM PST  
Anonymous brenda said...

The needlebook is sensational, and I am impressed that you took the sewing box apart before you painted it and managed to get it back together - excellent!!!!

Sun Mar 12, 05:05:00 PM PST  
Blogger capello said...

Why is it that I have multiple projects going on as well? It takes a deadline for me to get most things done.

Great job on all your projects; I'm totally envious.

Sun Mar 12, 06:34:00 PM PST  
Blogger Toni said...

Wow! That sewing kit! and your needlebook is just darling! I love the pink flowers climbing up the sides. I know, blogging definitely motivates me to finish projects also! Especially if I post a sneak-peak on what I'm working on! ha. The cookbook will be a keepsake I'm sure.

Sun Mar 12, 09:16:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Heatherica said...

Wow, that cookbook is the best gift ever!!!!

I really love your sewing kit :)

Sun Mar 12, 09:37:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Susannah said...

These are gorgeous! What wonderful thoughtful gifts! The needlebook is so sweet and the reno you gave the box looks fabulous. And vintage notions. Woweee!! I've a bit of a thing for vintage sewing kits of late.
I'm hoping my blog has similar results completed projects!!! You have me motivated!!

Mon Mar 13, 03:34:00 AM PST  
Blogger eireann said...

I'm the same way--I've become much better at finishing everything I start now that, well, there are people watching! :)

Mon Mar 13, 07:10:00 AM PST  
Blogger Aurora said...

Looks like you've been a busy girl. I like all your colorful and thoughtful ideas here!

How did you enjoy the weather this weekend?!

Mon Mar 13, 10:24:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Ulla said...

Lucky Sister! The little house is so delightfully whimsical... and what a great color change on the sewing box. My daughter has one just like it, in boring brown, I think I will talk her into transforming it as well. So true, about how blogging gets us to finish things so we can share them, I do that too!

Mon Mar 13, 01:17:00 PM PST  
Blogger Samantha said...

Beautiful gifts - surely worth the wait?!

Mon Mar 13, 01:32:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Dana said...

I love both of these projects!!!! The sewing box is so gorgeous and I would just love to rummage through it.
I may have to use your cookbook idea for my family!!!!!

Mon Mar 13, 09:36:00 PM PST  
Blogger Blaize said...

I am still mulling over our conversation yesterday about why it is harder to complete tasks for friends and family than to complete similar tasks for strangers. The fact that friends and family will love me despite my vague lame-i-tude seems like a bad excuse. I need to try harder, maybe. Or, I need to be less hard on myself. Hmmm. I'll have to try harder to be less hard on myself. Snort.

Tue Mar 14, 01:46:00 PM PST  
Blogger Mirre said...

What a lovely needlebook.... everything is beautiful! What a wonderful gift!

Tue Mar 14, 03:42:00 PM PST  
Blogger mangetsu said...

So lovely! Too bad that it had to wait to be finished for such a long time. And I agree, blogging really helps to actually finish projects, more than promising somebody a handmade gift...

Wed Mar 15, 12:34:00 AM PST  
Blogger Green Kitchen said...

Thank you everyone for the lovely comments. I'm really pleased with my new get-things-finished energy. I also have accomplished framing some of my work, which is something I've never done. They look so much more finished when framed. Thanks again to Amy Karol for the sources for the framing supplies. And, sorry about my absence from posting--I've been nursing a sick boy for two weeks.

Wed Mar 15, 08:16:00 AM PST  
Blogger ladylinoleum said...

Fabulous projects!

I'm with ya on the finishing for your blog posts statement. I find that I am much more motivated to finish stuff since having my blog.

Wed Mar 15, 02:40:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Kim said...

I absolutely love your work. I want to be just like you someday. Really. WOW!

Thu Mar 16, 07:34:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Hanna said...

What a beautiful house, it is the sweetest thing I've seen for a long time. I want to make one, how does it open?

Fri Mar 17, 05:29:00 AM PST  
Anonymous nichola said...

What lovely gifts. I'd say they were worth the wait too.

Sun Mar 19, 04:52:00 AM PST  
Anonymous karin said...

love itall, esp.the cute needlebook, I Love houses. *Karin

Sun Mar 19, 06:30:00 AM PST  
Anonymous krista said...

I love this gift, it's all so wonderful. Also, I have heard many bloggers say the same thing - blogging keeps the fire lit under them - very motivating to finish things (and to start things too) for some reason. I have found the same thing, many, many times. It's great!

Sun Mar 26, 03:58:00 PM PST  
Anonymous krista said...


The cake hat is so creative! What a great gift as well.

Sun Mar 26, 04:00:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Marcy said...

I know this is an older entry, but I just ran across it this morning. I adore what you did with the sewing basket and filling it with vintage notions was inspired! I've jotted this down as an idea for a gift for a stitcher friend of mine! Wonderful!

Sat Aug 11, 04:28:00 AM PDT  
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