Monday, November 5, 2012

UR Priceless in more ways than one.

This is my day for the UR Priceless Blog hop.  I  joined up on this blog hop because I like to try new techniques.... And gave me an opportunity to try several.  At first I was going to make the coin purses out of cute fabrics for my granddaughters.   And when I got the pattern form Madam Samm I started grabbing fabrics and sketching ideas....but that name UR priceless kept rolling around in the back of my brain, partly because of the spelling...  it kind of irks me to use UR of you are.  But the thought of You ARE Priceless kept tugging at my heartstrings....... so we're going to take a little side journey...

This is my second daughter Elizabeth, and her daughter, Kylie.
While this is not the best picture of them, with what I had access to while typing this post, it will have to do.  Elizabeth, aka "Bethie", she got that name form her twin (who is younger by 4 minutes).  When they were first learning to talk, Sarah called her Elizabeffie and eventually it got to just Bethie.  This picture of them was taken at a St Louis Cardinal baseball game this summer shows the fun loving mom and daughter they are.   Isn't that priceless?  It was a girls' day at the park. all 3 of my daughters and their daughters went to the ballgame. 
Elizabeth has been dating this guy, for more than  four years now since before Kylie was born.  Although not Kylie's father, Randy and Kylie are best buddies.  Definitely priceless
Long story short, on Mothers day Randy asked Bethie to marry him and so next year the week before mothers day, they are going to be wed.  This will  be the last in my priceless family to get married.  So while all these other hops and sewing projects have been going on,  wedding plans and ideas have been bouncing around in my brain too.  And if I would even think about tucking that event in to the back files,  Bethie keeps it up in the front by tagging things on Pinterest or texts me pictures of things she wants or wants to to do for her..  : )
SO....with all this wedding stuff floating around in my head, about a week after I got the pattern I knew what I wanted to do. 

 A very special coin purse that could hold the small treasures of a new bride or the new bride's daughter the minature because both of them are priceless.  I have been wanting to do some different fabric techniques and this gave me a chance to experiment and do some odd, possibly interesting effects... and hopefully produce something special for one of the priceless people in my world for her special day.

You ARE priceless.
For you on your wedding day because You ARE Priceless!
There are small pearl beads inside those gathered fabric bubbles above and glass seed beads for flower centers.  Does it look bridal to you? 
Did you notice the beads in the lacing area on the hardware? 

SIDE VIEW... silk hydrangeas between satin and a shimmery chiffon.  She is having real hydrangeas so that will be a rememberance but a surprise lining, not the color I had intetended.  I had the wistera/eggplant colored satin to use which is in the background on these pictures but because of the lighting (is dark and raining outside.... no natural light to soak up) it  appears to be very dark purple and yet is not..... but it alsowould have made the inside quite dark. I opted for this color below...... and those who know me well will laugh.  What can I say I like green although for me this is rather tame.

DON"T look real close.  I usually pride myself in being neat but the inside is going to need some work to hide some stitching before May.  ( yikes!)
Below are some of the process pictures.  note flower drawn on pattern PLEASE NOTE:  The flower is on the WRONG pattern piece and I ALMOST cut the gathered floweres with those pieces, WHEW, carpenter's rule applies is sewing too!! Measure twice, cut once, always check twice before cutting!!,  The flower drawing is basically what I used for the flowers, run gathering sitches and pull the flower center towards you (is the back of the work) leaving the other 5 bumps on top of the work(the right side).  Fill the low part of the flower center with some beads.  I think what's drawn on the pattern is drawn with dimes.  But they were TOO big and after experimenting..... eventually what I used was a shirt buttons to draw around and then gathered the fabric around the small pearl beads.  See the flowers layered for the side gussets below?  I dabbed a little glue stick to the back of flower center to hold in place while I sewed a single glass bead to the center(each center was done separately and knotted because I figured some may fall in my sewing area and I did not want to sew over them or have the foot catch them.  I had to clip a few off because they fell in my basting area for the pattern.
(all edges of pattern were basted and pinked), see below  (basting kept things together and gave me a line to match up to and sew inside. 

Now I had intended to have a couple of other purses for three priceless little cuties.....
BUT......


one of my friends, (?am re-thinking that, : D ) asked to help her out with some owls pillows, and her time was short.  She had bought a pattern on the internet and was having issues.......(her "issues" were, she doesn't sew...lol) and could I help her out with just a few,  sure I said and she handed me a LARGE bag of Minkee in various colors, the pattern she bought and said I'll email you the list of what I need..........I got that list 17, SEVENTEEN!!!  4 girls and 13 boys, chicken no wonder she wanted to email me the list, she was not in hearing range, LOL!!!!!  It's a Good thing I like her!!!
so here are some sneak peeks at the some of the possible ideas?  Corduroy beaks, stuffed or not?  Although cute stuffed, thank goodness she opted for not stuffed, one less process!! 

Eyes, all kinds but she didn't want the lidded sleepy eyes, she wanted big and bold or big and crazy.  Do these qualify?

I will be up with the hoot owls tonight finishing as many as I can and will finish the rest tomorrow night. 

NOW, Thank you to Katherine, my cheerleader divine,
and to Madam Samm for her creative mind,
and Andover Fabrics for gifts so fine, sharing a selection of a of a great fabric line!!  Thank you, Thank you I'll say it again, Thank you to all, this is the end.

OH, NO, I'm sorry I forgot to do a freebie stitch thing, ugh I feel awful!!  If you're new here,  go down to the labels/tags lower right and click on HOW or ORNAMENTS.  It's getting to be that time and there's a whole bunch of hexagon ornaments to stitch (Hexagon Of the Week=HOW).
Sorry for re-runs.

  I hope you had fun,  Look Below to see who's next, Hop over there to see they have created for the UR Priceless Blog hop... creative goodness awaits you. click on......

from being a frog on Halloween. 

84 comments:

  1. Oh my! What an elegant little purse! It is truly beautiful! I had to laugh when I saw the owl purse at the bottom of the post...two VERY DIFFERENT (but adorable) purses!

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  2. Speechless, because it's so beautiful. Truly divine coin purse that your daughter will CHERISH, Cyndi. Inspiring.

    Thanks so much for joining us on the hop.

    UR Priceless!

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  3. Wow, the wedding purse is absolutely stunning - what a wonderful wedding keepsake. Love that cute little owl too, sew sweet :)

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  4. very beautiful. You have great talent.

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  5. Your little owls are adorable, but your bridal purse is fabulous!

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  6. Oh what lovely purses, love the bridal one! then I saw your owl cushions and I love owls- if you look at my blog- then the owl purse!! how stinking cute is THAT!!!!

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  7. So elegant!!

    The owl purse is really cute!

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  8. The coin purse for your daughter's wedding is elegantly beautiful. I'm sure she is going to treasure it long after the wedding.

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  9. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all of those huge owl eyes!! Too cute!!

    Coin purse is very elegant!

    I'm giving away coin purse frames on my blog....

    http://splittingstitches.blogspot.com/

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  10. I cannot get over how gorgeous that purse is! I am still mulling your instructions...can't believe how great it turned out.

    Careful who you show them to or your friends will be asking for those too!

    The owls are adorable. You must REALLY love your friend!

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  11. Wow, beautiful purses and great ideas!

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  12. Those felt eyes are divine! And that purse is so special. You can tell real love has gone into it.

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  13. What a gorgeous little bridal purse! It's perfect!!!
    I love the little owl, too!

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  14. That purse for your daughter is breathtaking! What a wonderful wedding keepsake. It was really fun to see the little owl at the end, especially after seeing all those great eyes you made! You are amazingly talented and creative.

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  15. Stunning!!!!! and the last one is adorable too.

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  16. Great purses! and a fabulous story!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  17. I see that you have a pattern for the coin purse. Can you tell me where you got the pattern? Would love to join in the fun but don't have a pattern. Thank for you for sharing your beautiful project with us. You can reach me at gentry dot leesa at gmail dot com

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  18. Simply LOVE the bridal purse... LOVE LOVE!! I just can't imagine anything more beautiful!

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  19. You my dear are priceless for sewing a beautiful gift to your daughter. Stunning. Love all the details. Priceless! Thankyou for sharing....Judith, Texas

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  20. What a stunning bag for your daughter's wedding- Breathtaking!

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  21. Cyndi, your wedding purse is awesome. Your daughter should be very happy with this. I bet you could sell a lot of these in the local bridal shops.
    BTW your owl one is cure. So you...

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  22. Your purses are amazing, the beaded bag is scrumptious. :)
    Congratulations Bethie, Randy and Kylie!

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  23. What a gorgeous purse for a bride! Fantastic idea.

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  24. I am so glad you shared that sweet story with us, the purses are beautiful!!

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  25. What a treasure this will be for your daughter - gorgeous! blessings, marlene

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  26. The bridal coin purse is BEAUTIFUL. Such detail!

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  27. WOW! that just blew me out of the water. that little purse is just gorgeous!! And the winner is....
    Thank you for being so creative and giving us new ideas

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  28. Best wishes to your daughter. The bridal purse is beautiful! What a treasure!

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  29. Oh my, that little wedding purse is beautiful. What a great idea.

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  30. How elegant. I never would have thought of making one this beautiful. And the little owl is just too cute.

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  31. Hi!!! Your coin purse is lovely!!! It is a priceless heirloom!!! Your daughter will cherish it, I'm sure!!! The little owl purse is too cute!!! Thank You

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  32. Beautiful coin purse, perfect for that perfect day! Thank you for sharing.

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  33. Such a cute purse for a lovely and happy bride. And your owl purse is awesome
    Thanks for sharing
    Britt-Inger in Sweden

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  34. What a beautiful purse for the bride and something that she will always treasure because you made it. The owl person is cute to.

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  35. Your purse is just gorgeous! It can be your daughter's 'something new'. And your granddaughter is sure to treasure her special purse as well! Congratulations to all of you on the happy announcement!
    You are a good friend to stitch up all of those owls! That's a big project in a short amount of time! They are going to be super cute though!

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  36. your bridal purse is stunning. what a really nice idea.
    love the owl purse too. thanks for sharing.

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  37. What a beautiful purse...and what a treasure it is going to be for your daughter's special day!!! TFS

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  38. Both are so cute and creative, and the wedding one is just fabulous!

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  39. Such a beautiful little coin purse--love it! You really put a lot into it to make it special. I thought the name UR Priceless was kind of catchy, but thank goodness it didn't bug you so much that you couldn't sew that cute purse. LOL

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  40. Congratulations with the happy news about the wedding of your daughter and her sweet friend. I love your bridal coin purse, it is so lovely, it looks so precious.
    The owls are cute, you are the most sweestest friend there is.
    Thanks for sharing your story and the lovely photographs.

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  41. Love the bridal putse! Totally gorgeous! And of course you had to add an owlish purse! Nice. Thanks for sharing.

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  42. Gorgeous purse for the bride! A keepsake to be treasured!

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  43. WOW - you really took it to the next level! Thanks for the inspiriation!

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  44. Rosemary B here: oh my goodness, waaaaay too cute.
    the first one is exquisite.
    thank you for sharing your massive creativity

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  45. What a beautiful purse for the bride! I am betting she will love it!

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  46. Your coin purse is so elegant and beautiful. That is one lucky bride.

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  47. This is stunningly beautiful and so wonderful. Judy C

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  48. Such a beautiful coin purse, and indeed priceless at that! LOVE the wee owl too :)

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  49. So sweet, I love the bridal coin purse as it so special. Thanks for sharing.

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  50. Very elegant purse. I love it. I love hopping from blog to blog and seeing everyone's creativity. Great job!!!
    ~a

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  51. Splendid! What a marvelous touch to your little purse!

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  52. Fun, I really love the first one so classy! Thanks for sharing.

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  53. Your coin purse is magnificent!! Perfect for the occasion!!

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  54. HIlarious--I love the way you jump from elegant to crazy eyes! The beads on the sew line are a beautiful touch--fabulous idea!

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  55. Your purse are very cute,the bridal one is gorgeous!!

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  56. Your coin purse is absolutly perfect for a wedding. Amazing work. Thanks for sharing.

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  57. That is beautiful and so elegant. I also love the owl!

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  58. It's not only bridal; it's perfect and amazing. That fabric "bubble" technique is awesome!

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  59. Your daughter will love it and treasure it. It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  60. Your daughter will love it and treasure it. It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  61. UR definitely rich with your priceless family. DH and I often comment to each other that we are price beyond measure with our sons, daughters in law, and precious grandchildren. Your purses are beautiful and will be cherished. Thank you for sharing.

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  62. Your Priceless coin purse is sure to be treasured,and bring fond memories for years to come!

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  63. What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing your creation with us today.

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  64. The owl coin purse made me smile, thank you.
    The one you made for the wedding is just the cat's meow I love it!
    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  65. Your purse for your daughter's wedding is beautiful and very innovative. Thanks for sharing with us all.

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  66. The wedding coin purse is truly priceless! What a great keepsake for a very special day.

    Can't forget the owl coin purse ... just adorable.

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  67. wow! The wedding purse is amazing. I love the gathers and can't imagine how hard it was to bead the clasp into place, it was hard enough sewing it!!

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  68. The bridal coin purse is absolutely beautiful! I love the idea of beading on the stitching line.

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  69. Outstanding!! I can see all the love you've sewn into this little 3" miracle. The crunchy flowers, the beading, the fabulous fabrics outside and in are just awesome! I think a wedding purse is just a fantastic interpretation for UR Priceless!

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  70. Oh a wonderful post full of priceless moments and upcoming events...for sure!! Your bridal coin purse is perfect! It looks very bridal :O)

    Here is to all the best with the upcoming wedding! Our oldest daughter is married, our second daughter married this past May and next Sept our son gets married. What wonderful blessings that continue as our family grows :o)

    Blessings & Aloha!
    I am visiting our oldest, her hubby and our grand baby, but am squeezing some blog visits in to see all the wonderful coin purses created and so much fun meeting more bloggers :o)

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  71. I *love* these two!! The wedding purse is a terrific idea!! And I love the little dress-up owl -- too fun! GREAT job! :)

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  72. Cyndi, a beautiful and precious coin purse for a beautiful bride. The detail and beading is outstanding, thanks for sharing in the hop. Happy stitching, Pauline

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  73. How beautiful your wedding purse is! I love those fabrics!

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  74. By the way ... I took some time and went through your blog -- you are a new favorite! Such fun stitcheries! I'm a new follower; your blog provides LOADS of inspiration!! :)

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Thanks for leaving me a message. I always read them and hopefully answer as many as possible. Cyndi