A birthday gift with a theme-- The Secret Garden, my favorite musical (yes, musical!). I guess this qualifies me for my first Tie One On as well. I may be the only one who saw and loved this musical, it had a short run on Broadway...the set was so amazing, inspired by the shadowboxes of Joseph Cornell.
This gift ensemble includes a linen tackboard embroidered with a bird-- a modern cross-stitch. I loved the mindlessness of this activity. I never NEVER thought I would say that I loved cross-stitch, but I have tons of ideas for more designs in the future. I used a clothing quality linen rather than cross-stitch fabric, and I like the simplicity of it. It probably is a little more difficult because you have to concentrate enough to count the threads, but I am a beginner and managed just fine.
Next, some home-made tacks, similar to my others, but this time I used some scrap-booking paper that was printed with flowers, berries, and vintage seed ads. I love the way this reinforces the collage-y feel of a Cornell piece.
And here is a craft apron similar in cut to my patchwork apron, but simplified with a single piece of fabric for the pocket, divided into four smaller pockets. The print is a Japanese fabric similar to the one I sent Stephanie of Little Birds.
Finally, a tin of 18 vintage bird prints, 9 different designs. I love these so much I got them for myself too. These are made by Cavallini, and I wouldn't be surprised if they make it in a calendar next year. (Yup, looks like they have one on their website)
All these things for a special person. By the time this posts, Elliot and I will have arrived in Ohio to deliver the goods. Happy Birthday Friend.