Ah, the strange things I like to do . . . like cross-stitching. Here I’ll be parading my newest completed project of frivolous arts and crafts. Though, actually it’s not that frivolous. What started as a project to keep me occupied, ended up being the perfect idea for a wedding gift for some good friends of mine who will be married in early December.
I know I procrastinate a lot, but eventually things get done. The hardest part was buckling down and finishing the thing, really. There’s a couple good shots of all the little stitching I did, which took approximately two and half weeks of nightly applied discipline (sometimes I even picked up the thing in the mornings even!). The design was a kit that I had purchased quite a few years ago and packed away, unopened and still in the retail bag from the little stitchery shop I bought it from (with receipt!).
After about four years of the kit lying around and packed away somewhere, I decided I wanted to do a little cross-stitching (as I had grown tired of sewing and soap making). The kit is from a . . . I guess it’s a company . . . called “Just Nan”, and the design itself is called “Spring Orchid” or something like that. It came with a little metal orchid charm that I omitted from the final product because I thought it was too gaudy (and it would cover my fine central stitching) . . .
The box is an old cigar box that a friend of mine gave me for the project. As if you couldn’t tell it was a cigar box, heh. . . Anyway, I had made a sweet little box for myself long ago with some cross-stitch designs I made myself, which I eventually used to keep my stationary and writing materials (sealing wax, seal, stylus, ink pot). So the idea came to me after I realized I wasn’t going to be able to attend the wedding in Wisconsin, and therefore decided on transforming my cross-stitch jaunt into a very nice, hand-made wedding box. Well, the box isn’t hand-made, but the stuff I put on it was . . . Semantics. Moving on.
Yeesh, you’d think I was some 80 year old lady with nothing better to do than make soap and cross-stitch. I’m almost 28, in point of fact.
The box itself had beveled edges, which make it nice looking but also made it challenging to mount the background fabric around the corners! So they have a little character and they stick out a little, but I don’t think it looks too distracting. Just more of a hand-made quality, I guess. I used a powerful fabric glue that described itself as also being good to adhere fabric to wood, and it dries clear. I used the same glue to mount the finished stitching pattern (done on 28 ct. linen, btw) and frayed the edges a bit to give it a little more personality.
And voila! A Wedding Box! To put pictures, tinkets, charms, and any small thing of sentimental value. Or whatever!