Saturday, March 3, 2012

Gentle Arts

Sometimes, in the midst of all the craziness, we all need some little degree of respite and regrouping.
For me it is working with my hands, either arranging flowers, gardening or needlework.

Words I aspire to.

This little project began as a gift to a very worthy recipient, someone who gives to others everyday, through her talent and generosity of heart despite, how very popular and well known she is.

This box is also know as a boite livre a l'ancienne in French, or a book box, for storing treasures, love letters, keepsakes and the like.

I added the old script, covered it over with some scrim and then layered on all the little details, a hand embroidered initial for her name, and some wonderful, old tea stained French ribbon to tie it closed.

I recycled some vintage curtain lining to add the embroidered initial to that was just the perfect shade of old!

The interior of the "boite" was imprinted with a favourite quote which suited the recipient perfectly.

Although I long to perfect some of the forgotten needle arts, I am content to try my hand at little snippets of sewing and crafting which nurture me when I need a little quiet time.

What do you do to restore your spirit?

Please bear with me, this is the post that does NOT seem to want to MOVE ON, in my followers blog rolls!!!!
I am playing around with my settings hoping this will change things, if I repost it with a new time!!!!  Thank you for your patience,  in the meantime, you can receive my new posts via email subscription...THANK YOU, N.xo

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  1. ...visit you through your beautiful and inspiring blog ~


  2. Your work is divine - as always - and so inspirational, too.
    Just beautiful.

  3. Wonderful words to live by ~ and what a wonderful hobby. Beautiful work and lovely blog.

    Enjoy your Sunday.

  4. Dear Nella,

    I am spellbound. This treasure was made in a few moments of peace seeking? Such flair. Such exquisite taste. You are an artist. And again I marvel how human beings are able to create such beauty with their hands and their hearts.


  5. your treasure box is just are the photos...xx

  6. Lovely photos Nella! I would love a treasure box like this one for all my specials cards from my husband! That would be so romantic!
    Pamela xo

  7. HELLO THERE NELLA!!! OH I really have to watch for your posts because it does not come to me, but dear heart, THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL!!! You have the same vision as I do....what gorgeous gorgeous photos of your wonderful art. SPLENDID! Anita

  8. I just joined your blog as a follower! I love your posts and your aesthetic. I also nominated you for a little blog award! Please check out my post at
    Thanks! Mitty

  9. Hello dear Nella,
    I am in awe that you spent the planning, the time, the detail into making such a special gift for your friend. It is a treasure I am sure she will love and appreciate. thank you for your kind words and visit to my blog today.
    hugs&XX Colette

  10. This is so very lovely, Nella. A most treasured gift!

    I have been feeling that little tug to embroider again - I am just today searching for something to embroider on a tea towel!

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  11. What a lovely surprise to see your comment literally pop in my dear Nella! THANK YOU SO MUCH for your kindness!!! Have a magnificent day. Oh, you should see the new birds I just made for a special order. The colors are SO FUN!!! Anita


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