Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Put your Stamp On it Blog Hop


Somethings are not meant to be... This Blog Hop was one of those things for me!

First, I wasn't going to sign up for it! Then there was still some space available and I asked if I could be on the last day. That worked out, so I signed up.

Then I had a brain wabble...  no idea what I would do for this blog hop! Weeks went by and then...




My wonderful machine stopped working...



Then my sugars went out of wack and took my eyesight with it!



But don't give up on me just yet.  A commitment is a commitment...  and this WAS a commitment.


Here is how it all came together...

First, about a month ago I found this on one of my many blogs I follow...
http://sanfranciscostitchco.com/SpringSpellbinder2.html
The spring Spellbinder from this year


Which led to this...


http://sanfranciscostitchco.com/SpringSpellbinder.html


Which led to my inspiration for this blog hop...

The label for the Paris Spellbinder


This was my "Ah Huh' moment... I could use this to make my stamp, with a few minor changes... if my machine was working.  I almost cancelled this blog hop! Off to plan B... I would use my 730 which embroiders perfectly.

I started putting some ideas together. My son and his fiancee are getting married in less than a month and I could play around with all of these embroidery designs and come up with something that would work... so into Embird I went.



Well two weeks later... one week to go before my day at the hop,  I had three great ideas, one for each child, all ready to embroider. Luckily the problem with the "Beast" was minor, so I picked it up from the tech and put my ideas into motion...then for some strange reason my sugar went out of wack and I could barely see clearly... I almost cancelled my part in this blog hop again!

But I worked away, finishing up the embroideries at 11:37 pm July 2nd! So they are not quilted as I hoped they would be!

I have made 3 little wedding wall hangings. Each will measure about 8 1/2 x 11.

Two of the wall hangings have a theme. Each STAMP has the country they were married and the date. The cancellation has the month and the year as well as where they were married and the colours are the colours of the Bridal Party. The body of the hanging has a picture from their theme.

My son Scot and his wife Dee got married August 21, 2004 at a park near us. The bridesmaids wore fushia and black and carried Gerber Daisies, Dee's favorite flower.  The Gerber Daisy embroidery was a freebie from Zundt designs.







My daughter Susan and her husband were married on June 18, 2011 at the same park. The bridesmaids wore black and red.  Susan rode to the wedding in a Cinderella carriage; the embroidery came from Embroidery Library.

This is my family including 8 of my 9 grandchildren. The baby was off screaming somewhere.. LOL



The third, well that wedding hasn't happened yet... Kris and Mariona will be married August 1, this year in Mexico. The bridesmaids will wear a beautiful royal blue...


And the find that got all this started was the Spellbinder Paris, Eiffel Tower embroidery.

In October last year, Kris secretly planned a trip to take Mariona to Paris to get engaged under the tower.  A special moment for both of them.



Hopefully before I leave for Mexico, I will have all three quilted and ready to gift.  Or maybe they will be a wall hanging for me. Come back and check! Or follow me by email or bloglovin' so you won't miss the big reveal!  Right now... I am off to bed!

Thanks Mdm Samm for this "stressful" but fun blog hop and a special thanks to cheerleader Thearica from Pig Tales and Quilts  who came so close to scratching me off the list, but didn't have to.  Her encouragement kept this hop running smoothly!  Both of you worked so hard for the success of this hop and deserve lots of gratitude.

Don't forget the rest of my friends who are "putting their stamp" on today...  Here's the list!

57 comments:

Judy B said...

Your wedding stamps are a wonderful way for the happy couples to remember their day! Thank you for sharing.

Amy said...

What great momentos to give! They are fabulous! So glad you didn't scratch hopping with the group! :)

jan said...

You must be one of those people that excel under stress because you did a fabulous job. I hope you are proud of those stamps. They are all adorable! Glad you didnt give up
Great great job
jan@http://sewandsowfarm.blogspot.com/

Vickie said...

Wow ! What wonderful mementos of a very special day.

Liz - Moments said...

That is a great story behind the stamps.
Very creative and super personal and special !

Gill said...

What a fabulous story - I love your stamps!
My sister and my niece are getting married in September and this would be perfect!
Thank you for sharing!

Mara said...

Lovely, just lovely memories, so sorry to hear about your eyesight, I hope everything works out.

charlotte said...

Your wedding stamps are just beautiful. You had quite a time getting to this point, but YAY! you made it.

Debby said...

Those are fabulous wedding stamps! Makes me want to pull out my embroidery machine and see what cards I have! Your children will be delighted to have those, I'm sure. Thanks for sharing!

Thearica said...

I was almost in tears reading your post... I always cry over weddings. And that proposal under the Eiffel Tower, about did me in! So romantic!

Love your stamps!

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

I think your stamps are wonderful! It's amazing the journeys we take sometimes to produce beautiful things!

Madame Samm said...

ahhhh I just love love stories...and your love affair with creating such memorable stamps...I LOVE them all...glad you did not quit....it only led you to this....serendipity...

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Wow! Those stamps are beautiful. Very creative thinking and designing.

Mimi said...

Great and original momentos!! Thanks for sharing!!

Sharon said...

They are beautiful and what a wonderful way to commemorate all of them.

Jeanie said...

So sorry for all of your troubles and I hope you are doing much better. These wedding stamps are wonderful and will be treasured for generations. Thanks for sticking with it and sharing these today!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Oh they are gorgeous!!! As are the brides and grooms

StitchinByTheLake said...

What an absolutely wonderful idea - and what a treasure each of your children will have to remember their weddings. Loved these! blessings, marlene

Patty D from NC said...

lovely stamps.

apple blossom said...

gorgeous way to remember these events. inspiration wonder

MooseStash Quilting said...

WOW WOW, for someone who could come up with an idea, you took the cake. What fabulous stamps and treasured memories. Just incredible!

suz said...

so glad you didn't give up! what wonderful gifts those will be - you make such lovely memories for your kids and their spouses

Linda said...

What a wonderful way to honor these marriages!!! Great job! They're beautiful!

Carol said...

Oh my goodness...I love those stamps! Such great reminders of their special days!

krislovesfabric said...

A wonderful idea which I am sure will be loved by the recipients :)

Theresa said...

Absolutely lovely wedding stamps, great job!

Kathy H said...

I just love them all! What a great anniversary gift they would make for someone. So glad you kept on and finished them. Thanks so much for sharing.

Katie M. said...

So pretty and what a great way to commemorate each one's special day.

JanesQuilting said...

Wow, they are all beautiful! To me, I know what a machine means to a quilter, which I surely hope nothing major is wrong with it....but going to your embroidery machine...perfect!!

Cathy said...

My goodness, you did good! Your stamps are beyond gorgeous. They are splendid!

Agnes B. Bullock said...

WOW! You have my sympathies concerning machine isues!

These are breathtaking stamps-

patchouli moon studio said...

Wow what great stamps what a great little memento. So glad you joined this hop. Sometimes those deadlines really get the creative mind to kick in gear.

Scrapatches said...

Your wedding stamps are wonderful. What a great way to commemorate these special days. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

Britt-Inger said...

Your wedding stamps are so wonderful. Thanks for sharing the story and the stamps with us

W Kruskie said...

Excellent job! So pretty!

Mary said...

Your stamps are beautiful. I love how you represented each wedding. Beautiful.

Little Quilt Shop said...

Wow!! now that IS Committing!! I agree!! BRAVO!!!....Thank you so much for ALL your precious work!!...So creative!!...every stitch!!

The Slow Quilter said...

Congrand to the wedded couple and your wedding stamps are wonderful.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Wow those are beautiful. Terrific way to reminisce..
Enjoy your upcoming wedding. Thanks for sharing.

gpc said...

Oh my goodness, what FABULOUS stamps!

maggie said...

I am so impressed with the beautiful stamps that you created even with your health issues. Bless your heart for sticking with it and thanks for sharing.
cheers
maggie

maggiemine42@gmail.com

Nellie Duclos said...

Love your "put a stamp on it" momentos. I made a quilt in remembrance of my daughter's wedding with pics and all. I work best under stress and seems that to a certain extent so do you, although it doesn't help being under the weather. "All's well that ends well" thanks for sharing, from CA.

Leslie said...

Life does get in the. Way of best laid plans....ask me how I know **wink**. But you persevered and have created three wonderful gifts that will be enjoyed forever. Now....go relax!

Heikesquilt said...

How romantic and fabulous,
thanks for sharing.

BizyStitches said...

Wow, I'm glad you didn't cancel because all 3 are beautiful and well thought out. Thanks for the fun and for the blog

Annette Schultz said...

love them all.
thanks for sharing them with us and giving us even more ideas of ways to play with our machines( I have an embroidery machine that I should use more)
in stitches

Joanna said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous; each one. I love the little stamps on your stamps; just perfect.

Linda J said...

You certainly overcame all the obstacles that were in your path to fulfill your commitments though you may have had your doubts. Your projects are each so gorgeous and so appropriate for each couple. It is amazing what those embroidery machines can do!

CharlotteT said...

Boy, those stamps were so beautiful you would never know you had any worries making them. Very, very nice. You enriched the hop.

Michèle-Renée Charbonneau said...

Ooh, I love the three different but similar style of your stamps. My husband and I were married on August 1 st. It's a great day to get married!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

What a super idea for the stamps. So inspirational! Thanks for the great ideas!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Wedding Stamps! What a wonderful idea. They will be treasured forever.

LJ said...

What a lovely, unique idea. These stamps are spectacular already; can't wait till they are quilted. If this is what you create when your machine quit working and your eyes went wacky, I wonder what would happen if you were 'perfect'!!

Jackie said...

Great job!

auntdebbiequilts said...

Love your stamps! Similar but each unique. Beautiful!

Emily C said...

You persevered through it all and they came out wonderful. Great job!

AimeeDP said...

They're all gorgeous, can't wait for the new wedding pics. Hope you are feeling better and they eyesight is improving. Miss your Friday Finds!