Mar 23, 2012

If you're running out of wall space...

check this out!!  Hello people.  I've been playing again.  When I was measuring the Hinckley/Bliss small samplers for mounting, the numbers sounded familiar. 

 Aha!  A real sampler box!  You know I couldn't stop there.  My favorite of all the other ways of displaying samplers is my sliding box.  LOVE.
So I continued....
 

I'm liking this.  Warning....this post may be photo heavy!
The nice thing about this?  My fabric is still intact, just folded back.  If I ever want to frame it, there is plenty to mount.  A good way to display your finishes that are out of sight, waiting for a frame!  The smaller Hinckley sampler also fit perfectly on the little 4" round box, but I'm tired of them.   So here we go..




I still have it in my head to try a tall glass cylinder with ornaments (or a single sampler), filled with dried fruits or greens for Christmas but this is a small jar from a candle.  We all know to slice the remaining wax and stick the entire jar in the freezer to make it easy to remove what's left.  I usually let it melt down and pour it out before freezing - pops out easier.  I love these jars with the lids.  Too short though, so I moved it to the outside of this one, and like it.  Again, extra fabric is pressed to the back.  This is easy for small projects, but my larger pieces waiting for a decision are pressed and draped across the back of a chair, hung over a basket, taped to a cupboard door.
I keep standing up, putting down, standing up, putting down, but I like how this injects stitched pieces that don't need to be put into something, hung, or lost in the display. 
 And can anyone tell me what this is?
It's scratchy and I found it with some wool.  I checked samplerfarmer's Webshots and saw her Pineberry Lane Wool finish and remembered that I have a little bag of raw wool. Now I know what to do with it!  She also finished the Catherine Metcalf sampler and in case you didn't see it on Pinterest, you can see it here.  I think I'm missing a lot by not viewing Pinterest but when I entered Catherine Metcalf, Metcalf sampler, samplerfarmer, yadda yadda, I got zippo.  I'll learn eventually but don't need to be engrossed in more photos until I get things completed around here.

I'm on my way to the local antique store for a box they are holding.  It's so ugly.  Brass straps, goofy legs, modern handles.  But I can see all that removed, holes filled, painted, distressed, possibly stenciled, little bun feet attached, and the solid cedar box will be a looker. 
Another beautiful day here, hope yours goes well, have a great weekend, thank you thank you for visiting!!


18 comments:

Peggy Lee said...

You certainly are blessed with creativity. I've always envied those who can look at an otherwise 'ugly' item and see something lovely.
Can't wait to see what you do with the antique store box.

:o)

Vickie said...

How creative are you?! You are always thinking and coming up with something new. Cool. :)

Margaret said...

Marly, you are so creative! I just love the ideas you come up with. And no, I didn't know about slicing the wax and freezing it. NO clue!!! Carol is amazing, right? She always stitches the most wonderful pieces. I'm afraid to go to her webshots album for fear of falling in love with something there. lol! Looking forward to seeing the box you bring home!

Solstitches said...

You always come up with such great ideas. Love these sampler boxes and jars.
Margaret

Vera said...

Hi Marly! Love those jars -- you come up with the best ideas. Can't wait to see the box from the antique shop. Vera

Deb said...

You really do come up with the best ideas!! Really like your boxes and jars. And I can't wait to see your new box.

Krista said...

You have such creative ideas. They all look great!

Lanie said...

Marly, you are just the best...love your creative ideas! I'm going to hire you to take a look at all the "things" I have that I know would look charming "somewhere" doing "something" but for the life of me I can't get it together! :)

JillMN said...

I just stitched your Peacock needlekeep. I stitched it 1 over 1 on 30ct. linen. Please visit my blog to see my pictures. I just posted about it and I also have it in my new blog header. Thank you so much for the great freebie!!! Have a great day!
www.purplepeacockjill.blogspot.com

Barbara Shores said...

Thanks so much for sharing all of these creative ideas. They are all so wonderful and useful. I will be trying them soon ... first I must get of this 'puter so I then can finish my many unfinished projects.

Have a great day with much Peace, Barb

Shirlee said...

I envy your creativity! My degree is from the Ho-Hum School of Non-Decorating.

Laurie in Iowa said...

You have the best creative ideas for displaying needlework. I love Carol's little wool pillow too and hope to get it stitched up soon.

Cathy B said...

Yep, like the others said, you are a creative lady. I always enjoy stopping by your blog. Makes me drool....

Rugs and Pugs said...

I, too, think you are such a creative soul who just has THE BEST ideas!!!
Hugs :)
Lauren

Bertie said...

Great ideas you are giving us Marly, have to get my finished stuff out now!
Love the square box and look forward to seeing your new box:))

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Terrific ideas~ love the canning jar~
smiles
Teresa

Angie Burrett said...

What a great idea - thanks for creative inspiration!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Gee....there are people out there who have stitcheries done, just waiting to have things done to them?? Guess I need to get my stitching on. ;o) Love the way you choose to showcase your gorgeous work with "less predictable" finishes...they captivate me....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

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