Monday, March 07, 2011

You make my Heart sing {UPDATED}

Hi friends, I am updating this post to play in Karla Nathan's Using the Good Stuff! challenge.  I LOVE the idea of using lots of or all "besties" on a project.  I think that's why I had so much fun making my cloth heart, and also why I was so darn pleased with the result.  I do hope you will check out Karla's beyond beautiful blog and try to play in this challenge that encourages you to bring out your favorites and USE them.  You won't be sorry when you do.


My Marie Antoinette Mail Art group is hosting an online Valentine Gala this weekend and I can't wait!

The divinely talented miss Terri, hostesse extraordinare, gave us a wonderful pattern and instructions for a Cloth Valentine Heart with a Contest in preparation for the Gala.  I had so much fun creating this project with some of my favorite finds.
Hanging cloth heart (closed).

 Hand embroidered feather stitch surrounding stamped silk.   A vintage millenery flower that I glimmer misted with Silver and Crushed Shells.  Garter clip and key.  Seam binding and vintage lace bow.  All on deep gray, dupioni silk heart base.

Side view

Inside view.  I used a ton of my treasured hand-tatted laces around the border and for the ties.  I just adore the scalloped rosette one.  I sewed a necklace to the V of the heart as a hanger and a pretty dangle for the bottom.

A satin Marie I have been saving for just the right project.  I pulled her from a scrolly, gold metal frame with crumbling foam and red velvet backing.  Here I encircled her with *~sparkly~* rhinestones.  This is also a good view of the background lace which is actually cream with pink stitching details.  Also two glass buttons, and a sweet ivory one.

An image stamped on fabric and topped with a poofy pink, pinked tulle heart.  And a close up of the cool chain.

"You make my Heart sing" stamped on one tail of a creamy silk bow.

Back view (closed).  I made both the pink flower under the tulle and the shabby gray rose.  I attached a pretty button to the back of the necklace charm so this side was also nice and finished.

Side view of back (closed).  That feather stitch is so fun! This was the second time I have tried it. I taught it to myself on the crazy quilt stocking I made.

Outside view (open).



Sigh, I {heart} this project... I hope you had fun looking, thank you from the bottom of my (oh my goodness, I didn't mean to pun that) heart for popping in.

28 comments:

debi said...

It doesn't matter how many times I look at it, it still makes my jaw drop! Gorgeous, absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!

Little Black Scrap Cat said...

I {heart} it too. What a great project!

Terri Gordon said...

Hi Holly, Oh you are so sweet, I love your beautiful heart, it is amazing. It is so much fun for me to see how everyone has designed their heart. You ladies always amaze me. I am itching to make another and incorporate some of everyone's wonderful ideas. Thanks again for joining this contest. Happy Valentines Day! Hugs, Terri

Mary Brockway said...

Beautiful!!! Simply beautiful, My Friend! Thanks so much for sharing :)

Rella said...

Your heart is amazing......and I love how everyone's is so different. What a fun challenge this was...and tomorrow...wooohooooo!!!!! our Gala!!
See you there Princess H.

xox Rella

Holly Loves Art said...

Wow Holly I am so very impressed with your work. Huge kudos to you!!! All of these pieces are truly amazing and I have to tell you that I don't think I've seen any Valentine projects that I've loved more. I hope you'll get these published! Coverworthy for sure. Happy Valentine's Day Sweetie!
Hugs,
Holly

eclectic archivist said...

WOW...This is stunning!!!!

Georgianna said...

Oh, my, Holly, this is just unbelievably beautiful! So creative. Wow! Thanks for your visit and very kind words. Lovely to meet you. :) – g

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Thanks for sending the link, but I've already been here, drooled over it and sent the link on to friends already!! Its one of the most beautiful hearts I've ever seen.

Lena said...

Your heart is beautiful. What an amazing amount of work you've put into it. It would have been lovely without the "good stuff" with all that handwork, but all those nice things you've embellished it with, elevates it to an amazing piece.

Thank you for participating in the challenge.

Lena

victoriantailor said...

Hi Holly, Oh, these hearts are so me!
Adorable, love the little garter on the one.
Celeste, The Victorian Tailor (Good Stuff on visit blog list)

Storybook Woods said...

Wow, your heart is amazing. So much detail, I love the way it closes. Just beautiful!! Clarice

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I don't think I can find the words to tell you how gorgeous this is. I love that the heart opens. I would be squealing over this beauty!!

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

I LOVE this! You did an amazing job. Just lovely.

Danielle

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!! Sooo romantic. Every detail you used is perfect, you are so talented! I am off to check out more of your beautiful blog :)
Hugs,
Amy

Katsui Jewelry said...

You did a wonderful job with this. I remember seeing it before, and it is a pleasure so see it again!

Fondly,
Suz

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Your link worked just fine. And this is a great post to link to, its full of such pretty things!

Thanks for joining.

Laurie said...

Wow!

Something Special said...

Oh I think we need to be blogging friends for sure. This project is awesome. I sure loved doing the challenge from Karla. I noticed you had some trouble with the linky thing too. I was debating on entering a second time. I truly love your blog and have become a new follower!

Jeanie said...

Holly, this is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for stopping by The Marmelade Gypsy, too! Wasn't the challenge fun? And I've so enjoyed seeing new blogs!

kluless said...

This is just over-the-top stunning! All the little details are just wonderful and the use of the garter was inspired, I never would have thought of that. Thank you for sharing!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Holly....would you like to get together sometime. There are a couple of bloggers that live around us. Laura from Decor to Adore is really near. email me at lencar@cox.net. Love to hear from you...and you could let me see that gorgeous heart in REAL!!

Ginger said...

WOW, your heart is drop dead gorgeous! I think everything you used must have been your "BEST" stuff!!! Love your blog and I am your newest follower. Thanks so much for stopping by. You are so talented, and I loved the garter. Brought back lots of good memories of my Mom wearing her stockings with garter belt, I even wore one in Jr High if you can believe it.

fairyrocks said...

WOW you sure used your BEST in a most Magnificent way.
Stunning millnery works
Keep smiling and creating

Marianne@RuffHaven said...

so absolutely gorgeous. Every detail, every item you used to make it.
breathtaking!

Judy said...

This heart is absolutely beautiful! You did a great job on it and I love all the embellishments you put on it!

Thanks for sharing!

Sheila R said...

Absolutley gorgeous!! Thanks for popping by and saying hi...

Enjoying your beautiful blog.

Mitzi said...

I love your projects! I've never visited your blog before, so this is a real treat!