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Monday, April 21, 2008

Sew Nice...

Ever had one of those pages you 'saw' it in your mind's eye but getting it from brain to paper was just... 'uuuuh!' ???

This was one of those pages:



The idea came from a purchase of Chloe's Closet-Coasters (Rise and Shine Mini Tags). The rest was inspired by the bunches of vintage sewing sh-tuff I have in my stash... The 'photos' & journaling are printed on adhesive backed Cotton (Generations). Lovin' this stuff! I've had it awhile and been waiting for the right time to dig it out.

The S-M-L-XL theme was perfect for my 4 boys. I'd been humming and hawing over a way to get the 4 of them together, but separate in a layout. Voila!

I tried rub-on stitching before I went with the hand-stitched floss. It just didn't look 'right' I wanted more 'pow' and the needle was the last bit of inspiration.

But... it took me over a week.

1st the stitching wasn't right, then I needed the safety pins (2 AM inspiration but had to wait til morning to buy), then I needed the right color floss because lo-and behold it was the one color I didn't have... then I had to actually go buy a needle to 'leave' on the page (the one I stitched with was MUCH bigger).



The embellishments are all hand-sewn on then reinforced with a few drops of Crystal Effects. A lot of work but well worth the effort.

Journaling: Small

Thomas Elliott Russett
October 4th 2004
“The Charmer”

Thomas has this uncanny charm, it unbelievable…
To be around Thomas is to love him...
He's always happy to see everyone…
He doles out smiles and hugs like he breathes oxygen...
He wants so much to make everyone happy…
Just listening to him chatter away while playing or delight in the smallest thing will make you feel happy; you just can’t help it when you’re near him…
He's just so eager to please…

Thomas is proof positive that Good Things DO come in Small Packages!

Medium

William Elliott Russett
September 16th 2004
“The Daredevil”

William is always looking for a new challenge...
He is very intelligent…
He has an ‘old soul’, there’s lots going on in that head & heart…
He is a visual learner. He just watches, takes it in, learns, and then does… its amazing…
He’s thoughtful and giving. He will almost always give up his seat or his last bite of a tasty treat if it’ll make someone else happy...
He loves animals…
He is the cuddliest child you will ever meet…

There is nothing else on this planet like a good, warm, strong William hug!

Large

Robert Elliott Russett
January 3rd 2001
“The Clown Prince”

Robert has this unbelievable 'ability' to make people listen to him...
He is very sensitive, always 1st to check if you’re ok when sick or hurt and then ask to help…
He has the most beautiful Gold Eyes and dimples…
Robert is the jokester…
He LOVES any festive occasion that may call for cake….
He is happy with simple things….
He always has something to say, it will almost always make you smile… and usual set you off laughing too…

Robert is a joy to have around, he makes everyone smile and feel good about themselves!


Extra-Large

Arthur Elliott Russett
February 21st 1998
“The Crown Prince”

Arthur is a builder, constructor and thinker…
He is very artistic…
He holds true to that 1st cookie fortune he got 'You'd make a good Lawyer'. He can wheedle his way out of almost anything…
He is the ‘Book Dragon’, hoarder of anything he can read…
He is a survivor, through family turmoil and his radiation treatments for Hyperthyroidism he’s hung on…
He is becoming quite the computer enthusiast, very ‘tech’ savvy…

Arthur is a strong, brave and intelligent. He always has the answer!

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