Wednesday, December 29, 2010
QUEEN OF THE GARDEN
WOOOOHOOOOO! My first finished project for January 2011. I know it isn't quite 2011 yet, but what I MEAN is that this is a birthday gift for one of the 4 coffee club ladies who meet at Barnes and Noble's cafe each day, and who I see each Thursday when I go there
to do some errands to drink too many cappuccinos and buy more books. Sigh. Anyway, Laura - the lady whose birthday this is for - will be 80 on the 16th of January. I will give it to her on the 13th - the Thursday before. I could have waited and made it later but I need to get going more on the dolls I'm making for sweet Cindy's Quaint Old-Fashioned Doll Swap! I have 2 partners so I REALLY need to get myself in gear. After all, it's DOLLS we're talking about here. And those of you who know me, KNOW I sew by hand and BADLY at that. EEEEEKS! OOOOOPS! I digress (as always.) Back to the crown. Over the last year, I've made each of the other three ladies crowns depicting THEIR passions for THEIR birthdays. So I COULDN'T fail to torture poor Laura with make Laura a crown as well. She loves, loves, loves all things gardening! And I know she is the more 'classy' one of the 4 ladies so I couldn't go TOOOOOOO far over the top. Oh, it was HARD to contain myself. I actually WANTED to include a garden with rows of baked clay carrots and lettuce and so forth, a little bunny rabbit, and all sorts of gardening tools plus a pail. But these poor defenseless crowns can hold only so much. Sigh. So I was good. The only BAD thing about this is that NOW I'll have to think up another sort of gifty to make the ladies for their NEXT birthdays. (NOTE: I thought I'd share this 'cause it's so adorable! Mavis, one of the ladies I 'adopted' for the holidays - and FOREVER if possible - from 2 nearby retirement facilities will soon be 98. On Christmas Eve I asked her, "What would you like for your birthday, Miss Mavis?" She sat at my dining room table as I was cutting up celery and onions, her sweet little hands working on some lace edging for her roommate's pillowcases, and said, "I know! A sexy nighty! We heard last week that a new gentleman is coming to live at our home. And, Kai. He's supposed to be HOT!") I almost sliced my thumb off trying not to laugh! I think maybe I'll just make her a crown, too. Below you will see photos of Laura's crown!