Monday, October 4, 2010

Behind every ornament is. . . the back of the ornament.

Some of you were interested in how these would be finished up, so I thought I'd share some photos before I ship the lot off. These guys are little plush ornaments made for a customer who was looking for a unique way to give her child's crazy-adorable drawing to friends and family for Christmas. I printed the image she sent and used this tracing paper to transfer it to natural linen. Next? Pretty red floss and a backstitch, folks.
I made a little wool-felt label to note the year at the back--and then I moved on to make this similar cushion in a bigger size:
I love this fabric, which was sent to me long ago by the bird queen:
(I do not so much love the fabric of my free-if-you-haul-it sofa, but not buying stuff is a big part of how I make all this magic happen.)
And off they go!

15 comments:

Mandy Crandell said...

How sweet!

Laurie Anne said...

So precious!

KaHolly said...

Oh, yeah, you are just too clever. I love these - the whole idea in general. What a smart customer!

Amanda said...

They're lovely! I want that cabinet of yours! Lots of love, Amanda xxx

Tara said...

What a great idea!

NanaBeast said...

Oak card catalog files! I have worked in public libraries for years. I worked for the Seattle Public Library System in the 1980s when the paper card catalog files were being replaced by the film catalogs (before the computer terminal kind we have today.) My, you are lucky to have these. They sure make a lovely background for these adorable ornaments.

JillyB said...

OMG! I love your work, but I am even more in love with that beautiful card catalogue!! I am a librarian with a certain amount of nostalgia for those beautiful cabinets (i.e. I love the cabinets, but I also love that I can use an electronic catalogue and not the cards to find what I need) -- I haven't been able to find one that was that beautiful. You are a lucky girl :)

Melissa Crowe said...

Thanks, y'all. And yes, I do feel very lucky to have this beautiful card catalogue. It was a gift from my parents two Christmases ago and comes from the library of the University where I taught before moving to Portland. It's amazingly useful, too--almost all my supplies that will fit have their own labeled drawer. Changed my life!

Kitten's Lost Her Mittens said...

They are so sweet! What is the red and pink fabric on the back of the ornaments? I love it!

Melissa Crowe said...

KLHM--isn't that a great Christmas fabric? I got it a long time ago at a fabric seconds place, so I don't know if it's possible to get any more, but it's a Windham fabric from a line called "The Tannenbaum Collection." I also have it in a lovely blue colorway, and I recall it came in green, too.

mbroider said...

I found your blog today!! I love it - so much that i have started reading from the start: April 2008. Just finised till August 2008. Will be back tommorrow:)

Melissa Crowe said...

Oh, my, mbroider--things are pretty sketchy back there in 2008! I'm glad you found me, though. ;-)

Julie said...

That's so great, I just love this idea!

Whosies said...

that is such a totally cute idea!! love the extra large size of the pillow though. what fun to have a bunch of random drawing pillows hanging around!

SewMuchFun said...

I love the "free if you haul it." Saw it in an earlier pic and was thinking how much i loved the bright pop of color it provides. Love all of your work. Thank you for sharing. Recovering Nurse-turned-quilter in Texas.