Wednesday, February 20, 2013

We are just back from a short trip to Arizona where we visited with my in-laws who are wintering there, and we also visited my cousins who live in the same town.  I made some little gifts to bring along with us, for my cousin and mother-in-law.

My cousin was born in Illinois where I am from, but moved to Arizona when she was a little girl.  She has two daughters close in age to my sister and I, and they all visited us on the farm almost every summer when we were growing up.  We've remained close despite the distance, so it was really good to spend time together on this trip.

I made this little book for my cousin.  On the front cover I adhered a vintage advertising postcard that was from an old business near our hometown.  The fabric bow is made of scraps from a vintage quilt, and the "JOY" tag is made of cardboard and a phrase from a vintage book.

This gift bag is made from a vintage quilt top, vintage lace and buttons.  I gave her the book inside the gift bag.

This box I made for my mother-in-law.  The box and lid are made of paper mache, covered with vintage papers, and adorned with vintage fabric and other personal mementos.  I put a pair of dangly handmade earrings inside the box for her.

Now it's time to unpack, do laundry, and get ready for my 40th Birthday weekend coming up!  


  1. "We do not remember days, We remember moments."
    -Cesare Pavese

    Dear Birthday Girl,
    For your 40th Birthday, I hope you'll be on the receiving end of something as wonderful as these things you've made for others. Enjoy your special day.

    1. Thank you so much! It really was a wonderful birthday celebration weekend. I'm so blessed.