Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Pedal


Years ago, in the dining room at my paternal grandparent's house rested a treasure, tucked underneath the window. The pedal was black, heavy metal polished clean and shiny along with the same treatment for the dark wood in which the mechanism rested. My sisters and I would sit on the floor and stare up at the grand piece, occasionally moving the pedal to see what would happen. It was my grandmother's sewing machine and oh how I treasure it now just as I did when I was little.


I have a feature up on The Project Girl's Blog on how just a bit of stitching can emphasize your design. (There's even a before picture!) I adore the extra detail stitches make and the current Young Crafter's Unite Challenge reminded me of the results you can achieve by taking the effort and an extra two minutes.

Wonderful news was just announced over at May Arts too, check it out!



37 comments:

  1. oh i love this...just gorgeous...Love the added lace...

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  2. Wow oh wow!!! This is a treasure Karen. That sweet floral paper is one of my favs (I'm currently hoarding this one and the black & cream version LOL!) Love this ;)

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  3. I love the visual you created of your grandmother's home. I feel like I can see it. I am going to England in a few weeks to see my 93 year old nana. Your card is beautiful!

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  4. Congrats on the feature, Karen!! I do love stitched look and your card is the perfect example!

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  6. Congratulations on your feature, Karen! Love the artsy card and so enjoyed the Grandmother stories:)

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  7. Congrats on being featured, Karen! What a charming card this is! LOVE the idea for the stitching, and the lace adds such a special touch! Beautifully done! :)

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  8. The stitching certainly made all the difference Karen. Do you leave the inside uncovered? Lovely card and the lace is such a feminine look :)

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  9. love the way you used the stitching!
    what a beautiful card :)

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  10. oh my, i adore the stitching and the silhouette girl. amazing.

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  11. love, love, love this card. That image, the sewing, the lace. What is not to love about it?

    Left you some love over on the other blog as well.

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  12. love the stitches as the rope. Beautiful color and elegant design.

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  13. This is gorgeous, Karen! I love the colours and your genius way of adding some stitching. Love it!

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  14. Love, love, love this, Karen! Fabulous symmetry and style!

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  15. What a beauty Karen!
    Love your use of that stamp!!

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  16. This is so pretty! Love that gorgeous lace and stitched tightrope!

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  17. LOVE the stitched lines. beautiful card yet again

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  18. I love the stitching you added. It goes perfectly with this image!

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  19. The stitching is absolutely perfect with that image!

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  20. Super fun stitching... you are so clever... I also really like the distressed edges.

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  21. Such a sweet creation, Karen!! LOVE the stitched tightrope!!! So perfect!

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  22. What a perfect touch that stitching is! I can really envision this lovely lady doing the tight rope walk, in an elegant way. :)

    Thanks for visiting me today, Karen. It was so nice to see you!

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  23. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate it! I'd love to have you as a follower, and would also love to follow you. I appreciate gaining inspiration from other crafters, and I really like your work.
    If you are ever interested, please check out a fun challenge every Wed. at:
    www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com
    Hugs,
    Karen

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  24. Wow! This is stunning Karen!

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  25. Congrats on being featured, Karen! What a sweet and charming card this is! ...love it... hugs...xoxo

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  26. Love your story about the sewing machine. :) The stitching is really fabulously perfect with this stamp. I love how you have the ribbon peeking out, too. Congrats on the feature! I am super excited about the pub appreciation for May Arts. Thanks for the head's-up!

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  27. This is super great Karen!!! I love the colors & the stitching is just WOWZA!!!

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  28. I love the sweet feminine image combined with the rustic colours - it really adds gorgeous texture and depth!
    Hugs!
    Aimes
    x

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  29. i too think that stitching is an effective and inexpensive way to add texture and interest to projects. love love what you did here. beautiful card!

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  30. Wow, this card is stunning!!! Congratulations!
    Lisa

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  31. What a beautiful card. I love how you used the stitching.

    Natasha

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