Tuesday, 22 June 2010

In my garden

I was inspired to make a piece of 'Mail Art' by a project from Viv at Hens Teeth in an old issue of CPS ( Jan/Feb 2009). I didn't open my envelope out as there wasn't a lot happening on the back and just covered the address with paint and tissue. I always feel slightly nervous about other people's names and addresses and the potential for living relatives to come a knocking!

I punched out some butterflies and after watching a You Tube 'How To' I managed to stitch a few French Knotty flowers. I also added a piece of ripped muslin and an old button to the corner.

I drew around the woman pictured in the journal photocard from my previous post, her dress is such a great shape. I reduced it to teeny tiny and stitched around the line using an old paper bag as backing. Unfortunately she looks like a no-neck woman but I promise with practice I will improve!
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26 comments:

Mari said...

Очень - очень понравилось! Такая теплая работа.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hmm - mail art - that looks like fun to!!

I LOVe your take on it. Your young lady looks great to me, I wish I had her waist size!!!
Your french knot flowers are lovely.
It's all very pretty Margaret.
I'm off to check out 'hens teeth' - love the name!!!lol

kiwicarole said...

And who said they could stitch French knots?? They look totally gorgeous!
Cx

Sue said...

This looks fab, love the French knot idea.....might have to play with that myself! Thanks for the ideas.

ale said...

hola margaret!!!!!! qué divino!!!!how beautifullllllllll....the envelope with the butterflies...the little flowers and that lady with few neck but very prettyyyyyy!!!!!!!l love it!very sweet and very inspiring!!!muchos besossss!!!

Halle said...

This is simply beautiful!!

La Dolce Vita said...

love this M, it is just wonderful and you did a great job on the french knots!! bravo!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What an all out extravaganza! This package will be admired by every postal person from your place to its final destination. I bet you will brighten their day as much as the recipient. Love the french knots and the muslin lady.

Linda said...

Your french knots look great. I love this...but you knew I would!

My name is Toni said...

This is just beautiful... so simple but breathtaking. love love all the textures. and OMG, the french knot flowers are adorable... hmmmm think I'm going to have to look for a YOUTUBE on this... great job !

Jamie said...

Looks wonderful! I love this project you've created! Jamie V in MT
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Nathalie Thompson said...

WONDERFUL all the way around! Your no-neck lady is perfect, because of course, she is a free spirit so her hair is down and flowing...

Really, you are too hard on your self about stitching, because everyone can see that you CAN make French knots! :)

bad penny said...

loving this Margaret - I love Viv's work but I can't do the stitching at all !!!

Dawn said...

How beautiful, and it's all lovely

Love Dawn xx

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

I thought I saw French Knots = there is nothing you can't do and SO stylishly too!
oxo

Sue said...

I was inspired!! Take a look www.sroddis.blogspot.com

libbyquilter said...

i love what you've done with this~!!~

don't you just adore Hens Teeth~!?!~ i find her work quite inspiring also.

yesterday morning i spent the entire morning out on my patio making mail art for my daughter. the sun was out and it felt delicious. ihope to post some photos of it soon. in the meantime, i'm going back for another look at your beauitful work~!

:-)
libbyQ

Sinderella Studio Designs said...

got to your blog by way of Frosted Petunia - dress Up 2010 - love your blog!!!!!!!!!!! I am starting my dress up closet with my granddaughters - 7 and 4. Was looking for something artsy and magical that would be new to do with them! Digging thru my odd boxes to come up with our closet next! Love the mail art - I am a snail mail enthusiast, in fact this weekends post on my blog is all about just that-snail mail.

Jill said...

This piece is fabulous! I am so happy I found your blog. I will be back to scroll through all your old posts and my just have to start making dresses. I've been working a bit with stitching my little pieces of this and that. It's so satisfying and what you are doing is beautiful!

Catharina Maria said...

Love this so much !
♥RINI♥

Ragamuffin Gal said...

So pretty! Your flowers are dreamy and I love the no neck girl ~ I would say "bravo Margaret!" Only you could take all these elements and create such beautiful art! (The 3-D butterflies are sensational too!) Love and Blessings ~ Katie

Alisa said...

I love the simplicity of your flowers... perfect with the rest of the piece!

Oxana said...

Hi Margaret! This looks simply beautiful! Your french knot flowers are lovely.
Hugs
Oxana

Lynn Stevens said...

I just adore your art style! This is incredible!

Melinda Cornish said...

I love this and it definitely looks like your style......I love the little flowers.....

Gez said...

Wow! Simply beautiful. Just love the little red flowers. Inspiring. :)