Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The gift and a great day remembered

Like I mentioned in the last post I wanted to show you what I made my friend Paula.
I really wasn't sure where I was going with this.
I always have to have a back up plan so I don't
 get too nervous about
creating anything for someone.
I had a back up plan so I could keep my insecurities in check.
It's one thing to make something for yourself it's something all together different
to make something for a friend
....and a friend with great taste and a definitive style.

Not sure why I photographed it on this wire grid but at the time it looked a little stark....

on this white wall......
but I like white walls???

I used a book cover for the base and then just added this and that.

This sweet winged girl looks sad....

but this one's ready to party

I adore the delicateness of this lace.

I wanted to make a pocket and kept wanting to use lace but still wanted to not cover all the paper underneath. 
 I remembered I had some odd copper wire ribbon that
I had used on a Christmas wreath.  When left outside too long it
changed it a perfect old metal shade.
It always looked too bright and garish and now it was just right.

The garden trowel charms from M and J trims in
NYC that I picked up
on a trip with Paula and other gal pals.
That was a fun day trip we took a couple of years ago.
It was rainy and we spent most
of the day in the garment district.
 Me and my friend Delores are button, trim and ribbon nuts so we ruthlessly dragged Paula and Ginny to every shop in that district.
Lets just say they were very patient with us:))
I think they still had fun...... despite the rain.
Poor Paula had no umbrella so she stopped
and bought one from a street vendor.
She hadn't even gotten to the end of the street and the umbrella
blew inside out and broke.
Crazy windy that day.
Poor Paula!
 we ended the day having a great dinner at Becco's Restaurant.
Good food makes everything all better doesn't it?
a little wine and alcohol doesn't hurt either:)

George and I have been there a few times
 and it's always incredible.
Crowded but worth it.
Aren't all good restaurants crowded?
The olives and bread sticks at the bar I could make a meal of:))
but I still find room to eat a meal.

I guess that's what I remember the most of that all sitting around a table enjoying a great meal together at a
 New York City restaurant.
We were 4 girls in the city,
no men,
 no husbands,
no kids,
Kind of like the girls of Sex in the City
but not really!

we could pretend!
it was our day!

for White Wednesday!!!
Go say hi to her and the other participants!


Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

You did good Carole! I'm sure that Paula was thrilled, and that it will be a cherished memory. Aren't 'girl trips' fun? I haven't had one in a very long time. Well, Thursday I'm going to spend the night with a friend who lives about 15 miles away....does that count?

Have a wonderful White Wednesday...not sure if I'll post... but ya never know!

oldgreymare said...

Paula must be thrilled! Carole, it is so lovely and thoughtful. I don't know what I love most but the "queen girl" and the wire pocket may top the list. I had to study each photo so carefully as I did not wish to miss a thing...the watch face, the bottom lace trim....

What a good friend you are, to make something so special. Of course I already know that so well. ;-0

Paula will certainly treasure it.



Anne Marie said...

so creative!! I love it Carole!! what a great gift for your friend.....

Anne Marie

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

All your "this" and "thats" worked wonderfully!! They became one magical gift!

Kathleen said...

That is lovely! I bet she loved it.
DH won't wait in any restaurant more than 10 mins! He says none of them are worth more than that!
There are only mediocre restaurants out here. Overpriced and not wonderful! But I guess for people who never cook, it tastes good to them!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

You are so creative Carole!
I am sure Paula loves that you took the time to create something special just for her!
I love the tiny garden trowel!
Have a great Wednesday!

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Carole,
What a wonderfully creative piece you've created! Oh you don't have to worry whether your friend will like it...she'll LOVE IT. It's something from your heart to hers. She's a very lucky friend! Have a wonderful Wednesday....Maura :)

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

It looks absolutely beautiful! You did a fabulous job! ♥

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Carole,

I love the beautiful gift you made for Paula and she must have been thrilled.
Every detail is just gorgeous, from the lace, to the old photos, buttons and all the treasures.
Glad that you had a fun Girls trip to the City ~

Happy week

Theresa said...

Carole, that is just beautiful! Paula must love it. I don't know if you saw the party that the french cupboard is having on friday but you should link your collage up, everyone needs to see how wonderful it is! I love the pocket and the little queen- she has great attitude! Thank you for sharing, I just love it! Theresa

Faded Charm said...

What a sweet gift and you did a wonderful job. So very thoughtful.

Take care,


Rose Garden Romantic said...

What a gorgeous collage! I'm sure your friend will adore it! I would!!!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Your creation is just beautiful, Carole! It has so many different elements and wonderful details to look at. The wire ribbon maks a great pocket and I love that you can see through it. What a lovely and delicate lace you used for the border. The cute little garden trowel will bring back memories of your trip together to Paula as well and she must have been very excited and happy when she got your awesome gift.

Dorthe said...

Hi Carole, what a beautifull gift you have created,for your friend.
I love the pockets, and fragile lace, and the whole piece is gorgeus.
xo Dorthe

Jacqueline said...

Dear Carole,
I just love the way that you and your friend's make beautiful things for each other.I wish that I lived near you and you were my friend !! hehe.
You are so clever. I can just see it hanging in Paula's gorgeous home. It will be a fine addition to all of her wonderful treasures. I really love that delicate lace, too. I'm a sucker for vintage lace.
Here's to friendship and beautifully crafted presents. XXXX

slommler said...

Paula is going to be thrilled. I just love this piece. That vintage lace is incredible and the aged copper pocket is perfect!
Cheers to good memories!

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Such a special gift. You are very talented and I am sure she will treasure the thought that went into it. Thanks for sharing this very special gift.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful piece of art you've created..your friend must be thrilled! I love the mix of textures..that clever pocket made from copper and the delicate lace trim at the bottom...lovely. And I think my favourite picture is of your hanging against the wire grid. Great juxtaposition.

So glad I dropped by to visit...


The French Bear said...

Carole, your artwork is gorgeous!!!! I can imagine all the fun you gals I wish I was there!!!! You are a girl after my own heart....buttons and trinkets, and it!
Any time you want to trade for one of my bears or something you let me know, I am sure Paula loves this!!!
Margaret B

Amy Kinser said...

No back up needed there. You did a beautiful job with such feminine personality. I love it. Lucky friend you have...

Partying with you today. said...

LOL Love your Sex in the City Story:) And Carole, I didn't know you were such an artist! I just love what you made, all of the neat details you added. A pretty masterpiece for sure. I'll bet Paula is going to love it!
Blog:Capers of the vintage vixens

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Carole
Well I just love this!! you are so so clever.. and.. so so kind!!! I do believe one aussie gal has something just as gorgeous [though yet to be unpacked]. The only thing sweeter than a gift from a friend.. is a handmade gift... You truly are a special person Carole...

Well.. I just love party girl!!! she's the best... and the iron lace pocket... brilliant!!! Tell Paula I can sympathize with the drenching!! Have fun... xxx . Julie.. ps good to be back.. wonder how long it will last!!!

vicki said...

Your friend is going to LOVE this - I surely do! So creative and such a perfect gift! Can I just say WOW!!!


Mélanie A. said...

What a wonderful work of art ... It looks fabulous. Your friend will love it

Heaven's Walk - said...

Your creativity just shines through with this beautiful gift you made, Carole. It's just so interestingly beautiful! You must have so much patience to create such an intricate piece. I agree with Melanie - it IS a work of art!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Rosemary said...

Hi Carole,
What a beautiful gift!!! I love it!
Tell George I used to watch Buffy too! Loved it!
I haven't heard of Edgar and Edgar. Yes, you have to let him hear this creepy little tune.
Hope you are having a great weekend. I coming up with my Halloween items!!
Chat soon,

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Carole, you have a great blog. I love this piece! Connie

Monica@The White Bench said...

Hi Carole,
just wanted to tell you this is fantastic! I'd love to receive something as precious as this incredible piece from a friend (which adds to its preciousness)!
Hope you're having a great Summer!

Chatelaine said...

Wow, you made that? It's fabulous and I love that lace on the bottom.

Nice job.

Sophie said...

Carole this is beautiful, what an amazing gift. I love the copper ribbon and that incredible delicate lace.

Sounds like a fun day in NY!

Take care,

Denise said...

You make me laugh. A back up plan indeed. You are so talented and have wonderful taste. Anything that you create would be beautiful. Hope you are having a great summer!

Celena said...

Loved your work ... congratulations! visit my blog. a hug.

The Feathered Nest said...

Carole! Your artwork is so BEAUTIFUL!!! I love it so much sweet friend ~ what a precious gift!!!! I hope you are having a wonderful week,
hugs and love,