Friday, May 7, 2010

~~~~VINTAGE SEPIA KEEPSAKE PILLOW~~~~ Remembering Mom With Love~


If you've followed my little bloggie for any length of time now then you are sure to know how much I love creating pretty things from vintage finds...  Nearly every morning you'll find me working in my studio on something for someone. I'm ALWAYS excited impatient to see the outcome of what's being made!  To tell you the truth, sometimes I have no idea what the final results of my latest creation will be.  :)  No idea at all...

It's why I need peeps like you...I need to be inspired!


Yesterday I showed you a sweet picture of my Grandfather and Great-Grandmother taken around 1909.  Can you imagine?  That was 101 years ago!  Somehow the tiny photo has survived for a century and still remains in tact.  The original picture is very, very small and even a tad bit shadowy and dark.  Still, I couldn't resist using it to fashion a special Mother's Day Gift for my Mother.  I'm hoping she will love it.


(Now...a couple of days ago I told her NOT to visit my blog for a few days and she better not!  If she does, trust me, I will know..."YOU AREN'T PEEKING, ARE YOU MOM????")

Now...I used my home printer and reproduced the photo onto a high thread-count cotton.  After positioning the picture in place I began to layer old laces and trim on top of one another in a random, no-frills order.  After adding a flirty ruffle and simple back, the Pillow was filled with poly fluff, a hint of pure French Lavender and hand stitched closed.  Old buttons were stitched in place before adding a cluster of vintage millinery flowers and crinkly rayon ribbon near the top.  The final touch was the aging brass locket dangling from the bouquet...

I'd love to hear how you are remembering the special women in your life...Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Daughter, Aunt, Cousin or Friend...

Blessings for beautiful weekend filled with fond memories of the women you deeply love...
PS: Tomorrow I'm joining Beverly at HOW SWEET THE SOUND for PINK SATURDAY! My first one...should be fun!


Julie Marie said...

Hello dear Rebecca... the pillow for your mama is just stunning! What a beautiful treasure you have created for such a special lady... and I know every little stitch is filled with your love for her... since my mama is gone now, and my guardian angel, I plant a special rose for her on Mother's Day, as roses were (are) her very favorite flower... I am heading out to my favorite garden center now to pick one out... I also plant special flowers for my grandmothers... Delphiniums for my Grandma Delphine and Myrtle (vinca) for my Grandma Myrtle... For my sweet sister who passed away, I plant lobelia, her favorite... and for my sweet Great~grandmother Sara I always plants Cosmos... her cottage garden was always full of them so many years ago... these ladies made me who I am today, so I will celebrate all of their lives on Mother's Day especially... I am sending many warm, happy wishes to you for a most beautiful Mother's Day, and please send my wishes to your mama as well... love to you...xoxo Julie Marie

Dorthe said...

Rebecca, your pillow is adorable and beautifull, and so special to use that sweet old fhoto from your family.Your mother, will just love it, and feel so blessed recieving something that dear from you.
Wishing you a lovely week-end.
Hugs ,Dorthe

Anonymous said...

My beloved mother has been gone a long time. I did handpainted cards for all 4 of my daughters and 2 DIL. Our youngest daughter is not a mother but is director of a family homeless shelter and she does mothering things all day, so I send her a mother's day card. Such a beautiful post. Blessings Rebecca

Cinnamonstitch said...

Absolutely Beautiful, Brought a tear to my eyes, I know your mother will cherish this lovely pillow, Make sure to include the Hankie,,
Happy Mothers Day

Bellesanbeaus said...

That is gorgeous and how sweet is that picture? Oh I know your Mother will be so pleased. It is a stunning creation sweetie! I plan on planting a Pink Sweetie Rose in the garden in memory of the Mother I lost last July. This is my first Mother's Day without her. I painted a clay pot cream and let my 20 month old grandson put his hand in paint and pressed his handprints all along the side of the pot for his giftie to his sweet Mommy. I only had a small issue of explaining why he had purple nail polish on!!! lol You have a blessed Mother's Day! Big hugs Beth

RosesMarijke said...

Oooo this is soooo sweet and gorgous and beautiful!!!


Sandra said...

Oh Rebecca. That is beautiful. Oh i'm tearful here. She is gonna love it. Wow you have a gift, my friend. It speaks nothing but love. And the first reply to this post made me even more tearful. I love that plants flowers in memory of those special women in her life. OMgosh, that is special. My mama loved pink roses. I think that is why I have many pink roses in my garden.
I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day, Ms Rebecca.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Things become magical under your loving and creative touch, Rebecca! I am in total awe of you..and have been for some years now! Happy Mother's Day to you, dear friend!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Rebecca, this is an absolutely GORGEOUS pillow. It is stunning, and she is going to love it!

My mother is in Heaven, but my MIL is still with us. I always send her a huge box of flowers, and then she has fun arranging them all over her house. She adores flowers. I think we are the only ones in the family to send them to her so she eagerly looks forward to it. We live away from home so we have to send our love across the miles.

I used to love to sneak in and surprise my mother for Mother's Day or her birthday. I would spend the night with other family members to surprise them. LOL!


Sheila :-)

Blue Creek Home said...

I am quite sure that your mother is going to be thrilled with this most gorgeous pillow that you made her.
It is beautiful.

Victorian1885 said...

What a lovely gift for your Mother..She will love it! Happy Mother's Day Rebecca!

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi dear Rebecca,

What a lovely pillow, and the heart just beautiful along with the picture. I'm sure your mom will love it, I know I would. Happy Mother's day to you!

Debbie xo

Denise@alloverroses said...

Thanks so much for your sweet words this morning Rebecca! Yes, that was me who sent the cross stitch to you a few years ago. I'm so glad it went from my mother to yours. You're a sweetie!


chicroses said...

your pillow is soooo lovely...your mother will be so happy to recieve it. My son,wife,Hattie (GD),MIL,and DIL mother are all going out to eat on Mothers day. I lost both my parents in 84 when I was 38yrs.It was so horrible..they were such wonderful parents. I do miss them both still..but I was so fortunate not to loose them as a child..I always can look around and see someone or something alot worse off than me. I will think of my mother on that day as I always think of her everyday...Happy Mothers day to you..sally

Tristan Robin said...

I'm sure your mother will love it - mine would!

I'm so bad about gifts for greeting card company holidays. I send my mother flowers and chocolates. At this point of her life, if she wants it, she has it. If shes doesn't have it, she doesn't want it LOL.

Happy Mother's Day to you!

Unknown said...

Oh HOW Sweet!
Rebecca if your Momma is like mine, she treasures all the beauties you give funny cause I posted last night what I sent my mom..hoping she wouldn't look at my blog anytime soon!
Happy Mother's day to you my sweet friend!
Hugs & LOVE,

Unknown said...

Oh, Rebecca, this is absolutely breathtaking ... your Mother will fall in love with her created gift ... from her loving daughter. You are so blessed with a special gift, Rebecca, to design such beauty.

I will remember my Mother in my heart & soul as i pray for her ... I miss her terribly.

Miss you ... Hugs of love,
Have a beautiful Mother's Day weekend ... Marydon

Ginger said...

Rebecca, oh what a sweet precious pillow you are giving your dear mother. I know she will treasure it. That comes straight from the heart and it could not be more perfect. Can't wait to hear how she reacts. My dear daughter is giving me and my Mom a tea tomorrow for our Mothers day. I will post it. Have a wonderful Mothers Day with your dear momma.


The Feathered Nest said...

Rebecca!!!! This. is. GORGEOUS!!!! Oh my, your mother is going to just love this beautiful creation you've made!!!!! I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day as well sweet friend, hugs and love, Dawn

chicroses said...

Now dont feel like you have to answer me on this message...but just wanted to tell you how thrilled and teary eyed that you sent me a message...I surely know how busy you are...I take care of Hattie 4 days a wk and I dont get anything done...but soon her mom is going to 2 days so I may be able to figure out my blog better..and do more blogging...and more crafting. I have a booth at antique store and it takes up alot of my time you know. I have thought of a website for my painted stuff..or etsy..but dont even have time to paint...sorry for rambling...Love all that you do...what a gal you are...sally


Hi Rebecca, I love the sweet pillow you made for your mother. I'm sure she will treasure if for years to come. Especially since it has the photo of your grandfather and great-grandmother and also to have been created by the hand of her beloved daughter. Nothing could be more special than that. Happy Mother's Day to you and yours. If you wish you can visit my blog and see the Mother's Day tribute I did for my mom at:

I also did a Mother's Day Garden Centerpiece as a treat for myself, which can be viewed at:

Charlene said...

Rebecca, I KNOW SHE WILL LOVE THIS! She is one lucky lady to have you for a daughter. I met 3 gals from Oklahoma City at the Art Event I just went to & can't wait to come up to see YOU (we'll plan it better this time) & to see them too. Hubby is not working up there as much now that his season is slowing down but, I still want to come up to meet you & see your shop. I bought 2 books on ribbon embroidery last week. My friend Pat does wonderful work like you do & I can't wait to learn. Happy Mothers Day.

Stephanie Suzanne Designs said...

Hi Rebecca,

Happy PiNk!!

Happy Mother's Day too. ♥

I wanted to come by and welcome you to PiNk Saturday...I know you are going to LOVE it..after all, you appear to be PiNk through and through. :0)

I've also featured your blog on my PS post this week.

I wish you a wonderful day...

Stephanie ♥

VM Creation Atelier said...

Oh my sweet,dear Rebecca!:-)*

You are amazing Artist and very blessed woman,because you are beautiful Mom and daughter!!!
You tuched me always with you post,my dear,dear Friend,thank you SO much for you one of the mostly inspirational blog!-)))*

Wish you a very Special,blessed, ful of sunshine Mother day!

My Love and many sunday hugs for you,wonderful Rebecca:-)*


Lee said...

Hi Rebecca
your piece for your mother is delightful and you writings inspired me to put a tribute to my mother on my blog. She has been gone over 20 years now, it does not seem that long as so much I have in skills are gifts from her. Thank you

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Precious gift, Rebecca, just like YOU!! Your sweet mother will love it! I so love the pic of the two of you together in the post above this one. Hope your Mother's Day was especially happy and meaningful!

Angelic Accents

~Earth Angel~ said...

Rebecca, the pillow you made for your mother is just gorgeous. What a wonderful idea! I love your blog and webpage. I just got back from Branson and couldn't wait to get online to see what you had been up to while I was gone. I am painting a bedroom suite for my grandaughter and want to know what kind of latex paint you use...glossy, satin, or flat? Also what kind of paint do you use on the hardware--spray or the same you put on the wood? I don't think I will be able to find a spray paint to go with the latex paint. Thanks a glad you had a wonderful Mother's Day.
Rebecca from Henryetta
P. S. I adore the satchet hanger! And thanks for the beautiful card.

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