Tuesday, March 1, 2011

~*Remember the WHATS?*~

I can share what they are now...

notebook covers...


I made one for each of my friends that I knew would be at the Lenexa hook-in. They cover an ordinary composition notebook. Once the notebook is filled, it can easily be replaced with a new one... just slide the old out & insert the new. The covers were inspired by Maggie Bonanomi... as they are made from an old army blanket with simple wool applique added for decoration. The applique are all different & I added the initials of my friend to receive them (except for one & she knows why). There is a simple heart or double heart appliqued to the back. Also, on the inside, I made a simple pocket from antique mattress ticking to hold pens & pencils...

Oh... and I lined them with cotton batting. They have a nice, thick feel to 'em.

(The design for the sunflower on this cover came from Kelley... it was a doodle she gave us in the AAPG group.)











I wrapped them all in plain brown craft paper... with a fake daisy tied with jute... (the other gifts are for the kiddos & grand kiddos of my buddies)




They were fun projects to make... and I have ideas & aspirations to make more.

Wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty

31 comments:

  1. Those are so great !! I just know they will like them !!!

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  2. Betty I'm still admiring the one you gave me. Such beautiful handwork to enjoy over and over again.
    Sloan is thrilled with his gifts and was so excited to receive them.
    You are such a generous gal and I'm so glad to call you my dear friend!

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  3. They all look fabulous! You certainly have been busy!

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  4. Ok, so I love the saltbox house one and also the flowers and my address is...

    ;)

    (They're beautiful!)

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  5. Your friends are going to LOVE them and if they don't, let me know and I will send you my address! lol Seriously, those are awesome!!

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  6. What a wonderful personalized gift you have given your friends. It is something they can both use and treasure.

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  7. Betty................just love that idea, I am sure all of your friends were touched by your kindness.
    Linda

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  8. Betty, my covered notebook is just beautiful. You are such a generous gal...where do you find time to do all the neat things you do?!?!! The handwork is so beautiful and I do appreciate receiving such a neat gift. Am amazed at all the wonderful things you make. And I love the way you have decorated your studio and home... Thanks many times over!!

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  9. What a wonderful and thoughtful gift. You are truly a creative and caring friend! I love how they are all unique!
    Cheers!
    Courtney

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  10. Betty they are great and what a great idea! I agree with Ginger - you are a generous and sharing and caring person!

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  11. what lucky friends, they are all great

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  12. I like how you made a pocket for the pens.
    I have lots of blank notebooks, that is a fun idea.

    Debbie

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  13. Betty, these are great!! Now, maybe I'll be inspired to use my Maggie pattern ~ thank you for sharing!!!

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  14. how adorable!!! are you going to be selling the pattern??:)

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  15. What lucky friends you have! Those are wonderful!

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  16. These notebooks are so cool. Like the way you put the pocket in the inside, and the way you wrapped them. The designs you stitched on look great.

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  17. Beautiful!! Wish I was one of those friends!!

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  18. What a wonderful friend you are! These are just lovely and I'd love to make one too...do you sell the patterns?

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  19. They are wonderful Betty! You are always an inspiration, always caring and sharing. I'm sure the girls will treasure them!

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  20. Too cute! I'm sure your friends will all treasure them, and think of you when they're used. It looks like they have graph paper instead of lined paper? I'll have to look for some like that - can you tell me where you got the composition books? Thanks!

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  21. I really love the notebook you gave me, and the sheep is perfect, I also had a wonderful time at the hook in with all of you ladies, too many to mention, Thanks again for a gift I will treasure for years.

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  22. Lucky friends...these are great! I just purchased a lovely army blanket over the weekend...lightbulb is now on!! Thanks for sharing..
    Ronda

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  23. Betty, you are really something!! Those covers are just beautiful. What a sweet, generous thing to do, so like you!!

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  24. What a great idea - and so well done! What lucky friends you have!

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  25. Betty, I'll treasure my notebook from you forever. What a wonderful and thoughtful thing for you to do and so unexpected! I've already found a use for it....not a hooking use but a much needed one! And I'll be thinking of your kindness and generosity each time I put pen/pencil to paper.

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  26. What a delightful idea. I did something similar for gifts with making covers for purse size date books. I used wool also.

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  27. Betty,
    These are just too beautiful! I love them all (but especially the bird and flower one) You did such a great job and what a lucky bunch of friends.

    Also, I wanted to let you know, I was checking out past posts of yours last night trying to get an inspiration for a finish for one of your patterns I just finished and of course...I got sidetracked and went over to needleprint.com.
    Thanks so much for sharing that site...

    You are such an inspiration. I will send a pic of some of your freebies I am finishing.

    Hugs!
    Kerri

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  28. Oh Betty those are beautiful! What a sweet present for your friends! The inside pocket is a great idea. A fun place to write down hooking/applique ideas, doodles, and dyeing formulas. Lucky friends you have! :)

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