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Something Old and Something New

  • Posted on November 25, 2006 at 8:40 pm

Something old that I found hidden in a box of my childhood toys and memorabilia (including a ton of pens and pencils, which Anne will find amusing) is one of my early cross stitch works. I would say one of my first pieces, but considering the use of a specialty stitch and beads, it wouldn’t have been that early, but it was still done sometime in the 80s. It was framed in one of those plastic jar toppers that were so popular back at that time (ick!), so it has been quite exposed to the elements and is very dirty. This photo is pretty much straight out of the frame, as I wanted to capture the piece before I tried to clean it, in case I accidentally ruin it in the process.

While we were out buying furniture yesterday at Thomasville, I could not resist stopping in at the Michael’s next door. 😉 Actually, I had to use the restroom, but I also wanted to look for some jewelry kits that I could make up for my youngest sister, Ginny, for Christmas. I found two kits with matching, pearl-like beads. One for a set of two barrettes and two hair combs and the other was for earrings, bracelet and necklace. I could not resist making them up while we were watching TV and afterwards last night. They made up quickly, once I figured things out. The barrettes and hair combs were a challenge because you string on all of the beads and then have to wrap the monofilament tightly around the hair piece, arranging the beads as you go. It took me several tries to get it right on each piece because I’m very precise, but I think they turned out beautifully. Enough so that I’m dying to go out and buy more kits for me. 🙂 I didn’t like the closures that they used, so I picked up some magnetic closures to use instead and they worked out great! Enough babbling, here’s the something(s) new:

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