28 May 2013

Say It With Flowers, My Day

Hello Thank you for visiting my blog, I am Mara and I live in Greece.

Just very quickly, if you are in Europe and would like to join a charity quilting bee, we are looking for one more person to join us in our Siblings Together Euro Quilting Bee, more information can be found HERE.

I want to Thank Madame Samm, for having the wonderful idea of this hop and Carol for being our Cheerleader.  THANKS.

My inspiration came from a The Easiest Sew Along Ever Challenge! to use only what you had in your stash and the fact that I got to read this awesome E-book, my very first e-book, but it definitely won't be my last, it was way cool.
My stash, Burlap, Stiff Interfacing, and a Silk Scarf and some beads.
The end result a Burlap Clutch with a Beaded Flower for Decoration.

The book that I reviewed is called Beaded Flowers & Wedding Bouquets by Katie Dean, you can get a copy from ViveBooks, it is easy to download and I just love the embedded videos, it makes it so easy for a visual person to create.  Plus her voice is so soothing with it's light English accent and it makes a great way to rewind after a day of yelling and whining children, I watched the videos multiple times.  I wrote a review of the book and you can find it on Lily's Quilts.
This Flower says:

Thank you

I made the clutch for my step mom, she is very supportive and I love her a lot.  Thank you Rhonda for being there for me.  Her favorite flower is the Tulip in what ever color, my inspiration picture came from the internet, Yellow Tulip by Petr Kratochvil

The exterior of the clutch is made with Burlap, the bottom and sides with flannel and the interior with Silk it makes it a very textural piece.
Just full of texture
silk on the inside.
A Vespa picture for Madame Samm
I love how the flower turned out.
 I would also like to Say it with Flowers:

Congratulations

To my very good friend who is finally pregnant after many losses, I am making something special for her and can not show you the whole reveal since it is part of the Make It Right Challenge.

A vase filled with Cosmos they mean Peaceful, because I hope the new baby brings them peace and is peaceful!
This is stitched using my regular machine foot and with Aurifil Thread.
I would not be able to enter in this challenge if it were not for the support of Rhonda, she gave me an early birthday present, speaking of birthdays, mine and my daughters is coming soon, so stay tuned for a big giveaway.

Spring Hyacinth and Daffodils and Summer Roses, from my Garden.
Also linking to Such a Sew and Sew May finishes linky party

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78 comments:

apple blossom said...

nice clutch purse. love the beaded flower accent

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

What a beautiful beaded flower...love the clutch...your mom is lucky! Thanks for sharing.

Scrapatches said...

Lovely work, Mara. I love that you used only materials that you had to create this great tote. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

CeLynn said...

I just Love your awesome beaded flower! Also how you used only fabrics from your stash,the burlap really adds dimension and texture,lovely. Thanks for sharing the link to the ebook.

Amy said...

Love your beaded flower! It is a beautiful addition to your clutch purse.

jatajomi said...

Nice work, thank you for sharing,
Greatings from Germany !

Kristen King said...

Beautiful! :)

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Wow, that is is so beautiful!

cOto.patchwork said...

It's lovely!!!!

Judy B said...

Your beaded flower is beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

Els said...

Wouw, dat heb je prachtig gemaakt!

Patty C. said...

Very pretty beading!

Pauline said...

Dear Mara, what a sweet bag you made, great fabric, lovely beaded flower, what a stunning gift for you stepmom! The gift for your friend will be lovely too, I love Cosmos, such a pretty flower! Thanks for sharing your creativity, enjoy your day!

Britt-Inger said...

Mara, your purse is so sweet with the beaded flower. Thanks for sharing your creativity

Gingini said...

Lovely bag, that flower says 'Love' and not only 'Thank you'. A beautiful gift!

feltfree på Åsly said...

Lovely flowers. So special.
Thanks for sharing
Frederika

Deborah said...

so beautiful Mara, and so creative. Wonderful presents :-)

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Hello Mara,
your bag ist so gorgeous, beautiful flower!
So very creative.
Thanks for sharing, so glad to be in the quiltingbee with you ☺
Liebe Grüße
Bente

Gill said...

I love your burlap clutch Mara!
Thank you for sharing!

Sharon said...

Beautiful and very classy

InGa said...

It's unbeleavable what can be done with only what you have in your stash. This bag is just beautiful, and with the beaded flower as well.
The clue is to be creative! Well done. :-)

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Your clutch is nice and the beaded flower is beautiful.

Vickie said...

Your step mom will cherish this ! It's just beautiful. You're photos are great as well !

Jeanie said...

Cute bag! Love the wired flower!

Debby said...

Mara. Beautiful purse with beaded flower. A very nice touch and of course, on the Vespa - I think you get Brownie Points (you're an American, so you understand that term). Enjoyed so much your post today!

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Lovely purse. Thanks for sharing.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

What a beautiful purse. All the texture in it is wonderful.

Leanne Parsons said...

What a great job! It's beautiful.

Madame Samm said...

Yes Yes Yes. I noted the vespa photo...this floral you do, it looks like it takes some fine motor skills...it really is amazing on your burlap bag...don't you just love working with that stuff....

patchouli moon studio said...

Lovely beaded flower.

Carol said...

Your beaded flower is beautiful on you burlap bag! Nice job showing it off on your Vespa and in the flowers...too cute!

Linda J said...

All kinds of textural interests there. What patience to make the beaded flower, lovely and unique bag, Mara. THX for sharing with us today. Your flower photos are so pretty I can almost catch a whiff of the jasmine. Or maybe that is the honeysuckle I smell through my window?

Melody said...

Such a gorgeous bag.

JanesQuilting said...

That flower is beautiful. You did a tremendous job on it. Wish I could do that. I am all thumbs when it comes to tiny things. Thank you for sharing.

Patty said...

I like your beaded flowers. Such pretty projects.

Beth Strand said...

Lovely work! I've never tried beading but you may inspire me to try it!

krislovesfabric said...

Gorgeous beaded posy Mara!

Flávia e Cristiana said...

Lindos trabalhos! Perfeitos. Um abraço.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Wow! I love your beaded flower. Just lovely. Looks wonderful on your sweet clutch. Thanks for sharing.
:-)

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Beautiful beaded flower--the perfect embellishment for your bag!

jan said...

That is sew very adorable! I love the contrast of the burlap and silk.

sew.darn.quilt said...

This clutch is very pretty :)

carla said...

Hi!!! I love the burlap with silk!!! Very pretty together!!!! Great beaded flower also!!!!

MooseStash Quilting said...

What an unusual combo that made up a fabulous little clutch!

lefuntz said...

Very pretty.

BizyStitches said...

very creative, thanks for the blog fun.

Linda said...

What a sweet little clutch! The beaded flower is just beautiful!

Emily C said...

Very nice. I love beaded flowers!

Lou said...

Beautiful!!! And so thoughtful to give it to your MIL. I love mine too:)

Joke said...

Your clutch is just gorgeous!

Corina said...

Lovely clutch!

Tutinella said...

It's lovely! What a great idea, I never made a thing with burlap!

Tammy said...

What an amazeing project. Love that beaded flower.

Lisa said...

What a lovely clutch! Your Rhonda will be so excited what a wonderful stepdaughter you are! I especially love your beautiful flower! Great job!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I just adore your flower!!! Never seen something like it....

sandra said...

Love your lovely beaded flower, it is the crowning touch on the burlap bag, what a wonderful gift.

Kathy H said...

A beautiful clutch, love the beaded flower. I don't know if I would have the patience to make one.

Julia Plunkett said...

Love the beaded flower, such a great touch for the clutch bag. Thanks for sharing!

Agnes B. Bullock said...

WOW! This is perfect!

Stitches said...

Beautiful!!

MoeWest said...

Your beaded flower looks very shabby chic on the burlap! Love it!

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Lobe the beaded flower!

Cathi said...

The beaded flower is just stunning! What a beautiful bag!

Ella and Nesta said...

Love the clutch bag, looks just right on the Vespa too!

Mrs.Pickles said...

lovely work!!

maggie said...

So lovely and SO VERY creative. The Cosmos looks really great as well.
Thanks for sharing.
cheers
maggie
maggiemine42@gmail.com

evelyn said...

Beautiful job. I love the creativity of using just what you had on hand.

Lavonna ZWB said...

Beautiful Beaded flower. You have done a lovely job.

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Love your beautiful bead work!!

vicki said...

Very pretty! I bet your step mom will love it. Thanks for sharing. vickise at gmail dot com

Just Quilt It said...

Beautiful clutch bag for a very lucky step mom. I love your flower!

KatheG said...

WOW on the beautiful beading. Thanks for sharing. Your family is very lucky.

Newbie Jen said...

gorgeous beadwork!

LJ said...

Hi, Mara. I'm so glad to read you again using this "Secretly Stitching" blog. I've been following with the "Travel Thru Greece". Love this blog - I've had a look around and you do marvelous work!! I'm putting this on my 'follow' list for sure! The clutch is wonderful with all it's different fabrics but, of course, the highlight is the fabulous beaded flower. What a lucky mother-in-law.

Thearica said...

Love your burlap bag! The flower is fabulous!

desertskyquilts said...

Your beaded flower is beautiful. I do crazy quilting and do a lot of beads for things, but this is amazing.

Elizabeth said...

That is a really amazing project! I love all the different textures. Your beaded flower is absolutely amazing and the silk linking is the perfect touch. Congrats on a fabulous finish and thank you for linking up!

xo -E

SIMPLESEW said...

VERY talented