Thursday, February 14, 2013

Labours of Love

Given that today is Cupid's day it got me to thinking about a couple of lovely hearts that I have received as gifts from equally lovely sisters, Jane and Linda. They aren't quilts but they are handmade with lots of care and hold a special place in my heart.

This one is made from velvet with a lace appliquĂ© and Jane gave it to me several years ago. She is a romantic and makes lots of handmade Valentine's cards every year.









It's about 4 inches tall and velvet front and back - I love the contrast of the thick lace against the plush velvet. I like it so much that I keep it out all year round; it hangs on our closet door and is a constant reminder of her talents and friendship.











  
And last winter when I wasn't feeling that great Linda made me this beauty. It's at least twice as large as Jane's and there is so much work in it I don't know where to begin.

There are flower ribbons, vintage buttons, velvet leaves, beadwork; it goes on and on.











One thing you don't see is the beaded gold tassel that hangs from the tip (I couldn't fit it in to the frame and still show you all the work in the heart itself). I can't imagine how long it took her to make. It too stays out all year, and since it is Valentine's Day I thought I would make them my Valentine to you. Hopefully your day is filled with sweet surprises...M

1 comment:

Kate said...

Those are gorgeous hearts from some talented ladies!