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Monday, April 27, 2015

Album Cover and Love

Over the weekend I finished up the photo album cover that utilized a special heirloom hankie on the cover.  Hopefully the recipient will like it!






The front cover with the lace-edged hankie to the left of the cross-stitched 'Photos'.




Another view of the front, showing the buttons I used on the spine.




The back.  This was made with a piece of harvested wedding dress satin with a couple more hankies for added interest.











The 'love' part of this post comes from what my DH bought me over the weekend.  Our local Canadian Tire store (of all places!) had a lovely shipment of bamboo arrangements come in and I ended up coming home with this....


It's hard to tell from this picture, but the entire thing stands about three feet tall.  The vase itself is stunning and it's filled with layers of beautiful stones and pretty coloured sand.  Perhaps if you click and embiggen the picture you can see it better.    Now the trick will be to keep it alive!!

Edited to add:  Linking up with SuperMomNoCape's linkie party HERE.

Today's quote is from James Russell Lowell...."All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action"

25 comments:

Pamela Kellogg said...

Oh this is just beautiful!

Dolores said...

What a beautiful photo album cover. Simply stunning. Good luck with your plant. It is a tall one.

Kim said...

The album cover is lovely.....'tis perfect! The recipient is going to love this. It will add to the special reminisences she has as she reaches for her album to take another look at her photos. Your bamboo in that pretty vase is very cool.

Vicki W said...

That's really lovely! It's going to be a special memento.

deanna7trees said...

you did a great job on the album. i know it will be loved. i had one of those bamboo plants but not as elegantly shaped as yours.

Renee said...

The photo cover is absolutely lovely! Your work is always so gorgeous. I love the bamboo, too!

shirley said...

The pretty handkerchief has made a lovely cover for your album. I like the addition of the buttons on the spine.

I forgot to enlarge the pic of the bamboo, these are wonderful plants.

Christine said...

The album is gorgeous! Lovely bamboo too

Christine Barnsley said...

I just love your photograph album Mary Anne.... the recipient is going to adore it! I really love your bamboo too... If it is what I think it is, they are really easy to look after as there is no earth to dry out... they just stand in water and all you need to do is to top them up! Good luck! :) x

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

beautiful album cover. The plant, I think, is Dracaena. They grow lovely in water and will live for a long time, just don't put it in direct sunlight. It was so thoughtful of your husband to gift it to you. He's a gem!!
xx, Carol

Lady of the Manor said...

The album cover is stunning!! What a beautiful way to use these treasured heirlooms. I know she'll love it!!

Suztats said...

The photo album is stunning! You did a beautiful job. Love the bamboo.

Mosaic Magpie said...

I have been gone on vacation and am slowly getting caught up on my blog reading. MA, the photo album cover is beautiful! What a treasure!!!
xo,
Deb

Janie said...

Good for you!
Bamboo is a graceful plant, you will enjoy it.

crazyQstitcher said...

Simplicity at it's best. A beautiful cover.

I love the coils of the Happy Bamboo. I include a link about the plant.
http://feng-shui.lovetoknow.com/Lucky_Bamboo_Meaning

Elfie said...

I just love your photo album cover. So beautiful, and obviously made with love.

BumbleVee said...

oh, this turned out beautifully Magpie! ... it is similar to what I see in my head for some smaller needle books.. just to keep a few needles inside of... to carry around with me all over the house when I do projects.... versus a pin cushion...

Wendy said...

how lovely! I'm sure the recipient will be thrilled

SuperMomNoCape said...

I'm sure the recipient will love the photo album... it is so beautiful!

I love bamboo plants... they are symbols of good luck.

Thanks for linking up to this week's Stitchery Link Party and for linking back to help to get the word out about it. I'm so glad you joined in! Aloha hugs!

Sheryl S. said...

Beautiful photo album cover.

liniecat said...

Such a beautiful book cover!
Love it : )

karen said...

I love the attention to detail you employ in your gorgeous stitching Mary Anne....this album cover will be treasured.

Wandering Wren said...

Lucky Bamboo -it's practically impossible to kill off, you'll be right! :) Lucky indeed is the person receiving the lovely photo album cover!
Wren x

Vicki Boster said...

Mary Anne-- this is beyond beautiful. What a creative way to use the handkerchief-- it's truly a treasure. Your photos are so pretty!!
Have a lovely Sunday!
Vicki

suziqu's thread works said...

I love this Mary Anne!
So beautiful! I could hardly think of a better way to display such a beautiful lace handkerchief!
And it will be displayed so readily!
Thank you for your lovely comments.
Hugs,
Suzy