Friday, April 10, 2015

Shop Update : An Ode to Spring




Inspired by our recent trip to the Japanese gardens, I created another little nest to honor the day.  This little nest has been painted with acrylic paints onto a piece of cotton muslin and then accented with embroidery for added texture and dimension.  It is mounted onto a wrapped burlap canvas and framed with pine cone petals kindly left for me by our resident squirrel darlings.    This one is now for sale in my Etsy shop.

And I have a question for you. A friend from church recently had a sweet little baby boy, and I was thinking of making another of these to give to her as a gift.  Since he was born in spring, I thought this might make a nice memento.  What do you think?  Should I embroider his name or his birth date somewhere, or just leave it as it is?  I've been trying to think how I could incorporate a monogram or his birth date, but can't decide how to proceed. Any suggestions?

Hope you enjoy your weekend! We have scary storms in the forecast, so we are keeping an eye on the weather today.  Aaaah, springtime in Alabama!

14 comments:

Barbara said...

Oh my, Starr, this is striking and so lovely! I have come to recognize your very own inimitable multi-media style. It always makes me feel closer to nature.The frame is also an eye catcher! I'm thinking about personalizing it for a new baby, and I think the most obvious would be to make use of the upper right empty area, and embroider the child's name and date of birth. I'd do that in smaller letters, not to detract from the scene as a whole.
How did you make the blossoms?

Wynette Vass said...

Loving the spring theme you have been doing. Great idea to make one for your friend as a baby gift. Maybe you could paint the name and birth date on and add a few accent stitches. My sister had a friend who did wonderful ceramic pieces and she commissioned her to make for me a little shoe with my son's name and birth date along with a sweet painting of Winnie the Pooh. I have cherished that little gift and always will.

Margo Brooks said...

What a beautiful idea to make something like this into a baby sampler! I like the idea of painting the name with some accents. But I tend to be blunt, so I would center the name across the top and then add the date smaller below and to the right. Those blue eggs will be so perfect for a baby boy! I bet if you advertise this idea you will get special commissions. Of course, you may get tired of doing the same idea over and over.

Valerie Gardiner said...

This is delightful Starr, I'm sure your friend will be thrilled with a personalized one for her new baby. I can see this turning into quite a business, anniversaries, birthdays, I think you're going to be busy!



Jules Woolford said...

At last I can stay on the computer a bit longer without wobbling! Loved the Cherry blossom post and this is just gorgeous! You have inspired me to make some nests of my own!I think using the top right space would be best - maybe finding an appropriate font for the piece/ recipient - so you could vary it for different people? It's just lovely!

CYNTHIA CRANE said...

This is just so very lovely! I adore your prescious woodsy style. You were so sweet to post such a nice comment on my blog recently and I wanted you to know how much I appreciate that. I'm so glad you did because I can see I'm going to enjoy hanging out on yours for a while!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

This is a beautiful piece. It would make a nice gift. I think his date of birth would be perfect. Special gifts from friends are always cherished.
xx, Carol

Mary Ann said...

This is beautiful and the frame...wow what a fabulous idea :)

We had our scary storms Friday night and Saturday morning. What a lightening show!

Suztats said...

This is gorgeous, Starr! i think it would make a wonderful gift for a new baby, and personalizing it with the name and date would make it a treasured keepsake. If I was doing this,I might embroider the name on the top left and the date on the top right corners, but one could also make these a part of the nest, sort of hidden but still visible, if you didn't want to add more to it. Lovely idea.

Suztats said...

Hope you are all safe and sound after the storms.

Deborah OHare said...

This stitching is gorgeous.

Penny said...

I'm just now catching up. Your work is so beautiful. Your love of nature surely comes through in your stitches.

Jeri Landers said...

Starr, That is just beautiful and I think it would make a
lovely gift for the new baby. I would stitch the name and birth date all along the borders in very small stitches.

Anni - My Creative Life and Mixed Media Books said...

What a beautiful spring embroidery love the way you have framed it, thanks for your sweet comment on my blog.
Anni