Sunday, May 10, 2009

Memory Chest

I made a travelling trunk for my mother - just a small one.

With stamps and labels from the places she's been... young single girl, wife, mother...

I added recent photos of my girl and her art, and then filled it with Mum's photos of the extended family (they used to be in a very ordinary-looking basket).


She seemed to like it.

Technical information: I roughly followed a project in this book, and used a combination of fabric, Peltex, Fast2Fuse, interfacing, Vliesofix and injet-printable fabric. The base fabric is Portuguese linen from the wonderful Méri and some fabric offcuts in prints that were reminiscent of the age in which my mother grew up.

PS. Thanks to all the lovely messages of support re: my last post. I hope that the discussion will make people think a bit more about sharing other people's ideas.

Thanks again, folks. I'm truly touched.

29 comments:

méri said...

Oh Nikki! This is a really treasure! So beautiful and thoughtful.
And I'm proud you have used the Portuguese linen!

handmaiden said...

your mother must have been thrilled to receive this.

Cass said...

Oh wow that looks fantastic, well done

Tania said...

Wow! I promise to be a much better daughter next year...

MissyP said...

W.O.W.

laura said...

Beautiful and brilliant! Your mother had to be thrilled!

trasha said...

Oooo! Can I be your mother and get one of those too??? ;-)


(how funny - word verif is 'revered'. Sadly it doesn't say whether I am on the giving or receiving end of reverence. Am hoping for latter ;-)

CurlyPops said...

Oh it's beautiful!

One Flew Over said...

I'm sure she liked it! It's gorgeous!

Lara said...

Just beautiful Nikki - no wonder you've had an emotional time making this! Very lovely, and I'm sure that your mum was thrilled. My tears welled up just reading this post!

casserole said...

WOW!!! I'm sure your mother will treasure this forever!!

I posted a link to your project on Craft Gossip Sewing Blog: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/lookie-what-she-made-memory-chest-for-mom/2009/05/10/
--Anne

Sandra @ Pepperberry and Co. said...

I. Am. Gobsmacked. That is truly sensational, and beautiful, and stunning, and emotive, and gorgeous, and touching, and inspiring. What a phenomenal gift to give and receive. xx

Marty said...

What a thoughtful Mother's Day gift! She must have been thrilled.

Handmade said...

MAGNIFIQUE!

our shabby cottage said...

Now that is one of the best Mother's Day presents I have seen. Fantastic job! Did she have tears running down her face when you gave it to her?

ALfa studio said...

Just BEAUTIFUL!!! Great Idea.
Your Mother is really lucky :-)

Tinniegirl said...

It's amazing Nikki. Absolutely stunning. What a wonderful gift.

Was lovely to run into you in the hood yesterday. I hope you had a nice day.

Pinktulip said...

This is FABULOUS! You are so talented. It looks extremely difficult to make. I am sure you Mom loved it! What a great, personal, present. I had so little time that I took the easy way out and bought a present for my Mom.

Little Munchkins said...

Oh wow, that is amazing! What a great idea and a wonderful gift.

Jodie said...

Awesome gift Nikki - lovely place for her to keep her memories.
This will be a better week for sure!

Bree said...

Beautiful Nikki! Have always wanted to try the photo to fabric thing but worried I'd muck it up. I love the photo of your Mum in the garden.

Baba said...

Oh I so love this box! What a fabulous treasure to give as a gift! Now I want to make one too.

Flickettysplits said...

Fantastic gift Nikki, what an absolute treasure. I've tagged you for a blog award today because you are so amazing and inspiring, and constantly pushing me to do better with my own crafting. Thank you!

My Black Cardigan said...

Homemade presents are the best.

Tiff said...

That's so cute!!! You have to do a tutorial on that!

Candied Fabrics said...

Ooh! This is fabulous! Is there hand sewing involved, or is it all machine done? I made a little tea house for a friend awhile ago:
http://candiedfabrics.wordpress.com/2009/03/28/teahouse-for-liz/
And involved lots of hand sewing - which I'm trying to avoid! Youch!

Nikki said...

Candied Fabrics - Nope - not a single bit of hand-sewing!

Tiff - the tutorial is already written in the book I linked to.

Katherine said...

What a beautiful and very special gift for your mum. The linen looks perfect alongside the photos printed on fabric. This is truly a treasure box, Nikki. Love this idea!

mayaluna said...

What an amazing gift for your mother... so much love went into it.