Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Always In My Heart

 Thanks for stopping by, can you believe that summer's almost over?  Honestly, my summer has been more of a struggle than a vacation.  ;)  But I hope yours was great.  Anyway, I wanted to share with you something that is very dear to my heart.  I created a memorial heart of my mom, who passed away last year.  I miss her everyday, and I wanted something to look at that would make me smile in remembrance of her.
 I love the look of creams and whites, so I took old lace and bits of vintage hankies I had from mom, and put them together.  I also printed on fabric for the first time.  It was really easy.  All you do is get some freezer paper, and iron the fabric on (I used fabric from an old white sheet)  with a hot dry iron.  Feed it through your printer, then peel off the paper.  Have you ever tried it? At first I used a regular photo printed on paper, but it wasn't soft enough looking.  Now that it's printed on fabric I like it.
 Thinking of some of the best attributes of my mom, I placed them under some fabric.  Listener, support, loving, and funny came to mind.
 I took out my trusty sewing machine and just kind of went for it.  Ripped up an old ladies book, and stitched that in too.
 I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out, and I know my mom would like it too.  She used to do lots of stained glass windows, and she'd like that I soldered this.

 Here's another design I'd worked on before, but now I printed the words on fabric, and sewed them to some lace.
Well I hope you enjoyed my little tour.  I'm thinking of how to do custom work with the memorial heart, because I think it would be a really special way to remember your loved one.
Take care,
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