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Friday, December 30, 2011

Memory Ornaments

   I made and gifted several memory ornaments to family members at Christmas. (the one above belongs to my daughter, Riki) The fabric encased in the small 3" wooden hoop is actually a small piece of a favorite sweater worn long ago by my husband's late paternal grandmother.
   The retro pin is just that....an old Christmas pin I found and pinned to the sweater remnant. They compliment each other perfectly, don't you think?
   Each month I spend a day on Maui sorting through pieces of the family history. This memory ornament is very special because it serves as a reminder of a loved one who is basically responsible for my family being my family
   After all, if this tiny woman (well under 5 ft tall) hadn't had the gumption and courage to travel by boat from Japan to Maui and to marry her Japanese plantation worker beau, my father in law would have never been born, therefore my husband wouldn't be here either. Instead, it all happened just like that.
   Over thirty years ago, I met and married this courageous woman's grandson. We are proud and blessed to have had two healthy, happy, giving souls, our son and daughter.
   Our "kids" are grown now and building the foundations for their own families. We owe everything to this magnificent woman. Merry Christmas to you, dear Taki!  
   Make some memories and please have a safe and wonderful New Year.  Blessings and Aloha for 2012!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Vintage Hankie + Drop Cloth = Throw Pillow

   It's been a while since I posted. Christmas this year involved a lot of gift making so I hope to post more of those projects very soon. And, since 2012 is just around the corner, I can't promise, but I will say that one of my goals for the New Year is to be more diligent with updating my blog.
   For now, I wanted to show you this simple drop cloth pillow I made for someone special to me who was born in Germany (in fact the town the hankie is from). All it takes is some inexpensive canvas drop cloth, polyfiberfill stuffing and one vintage hankie.
   Sew the handkerchief to the pillow front as close as you can to the rolled edges of the hankie. Then, of course, pin right sides together of pillow front and back, leaving at least 6" section open for turning. Turn sewn pillow right side out, stuff and slip stitch opening closed.
   You can find vintage hankies like these on Ebay or Etsy and many thrift shops. The drop cloth is available at any home improvement shop or Amazon has them also. See more of my drop cloth home decor projects here.

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