Friday, November 16, 2012

heart's content

i told the girls at work today that i liked making the little felt hearts so much i was going to sit in the easy chair and make nothing else for the rest of my days....

i even bought pieces of deep rich red, blackish/brown and forest green felt
and a whole bag of stuffing
colourful skeins of embroidery thread
so i could settle in by the winter's fire... and stitch hearts to my heart's content...

(insert sound of screeching brakes here)

 but it isn't to be
the invitations for my annual sale are done and being hand-delivered as we speak
the date is set, less than three weeks hence

on our last vacation, i was inspired by the markets of france
of baskets and boxes filled with the loveliest of things

so when i sat down in the summer to sort out what i wanted this year's invitation to be
i came up with these

 little collage post cards
torn papers, music, images of paris
stamps and paint smudges
and little hearts made of knotted strips of torn fabric

 in the colours of france

i'm not usually much of one for themed events
but i thought if i was going to give it a go, paris is the best theme of all

i think i've made about 35 or so... and may need to conjure up a few more yet

 a few people have commented on how much work i put into them
how many hours they must have taken
"and isn't that kind of crazy" they said

 nope, not crazy at all

this is a special night to me
my one time each year i have my very own little store
a place of treasures and delights
of beautiful things

where people can browse and shop
and ooh and aah
and nibble on tasty treats
the kind of thing i would love to be invited to!

i spend a lot of time and effort making the things i make
lots of care and attention

doesn't it make perfect sense then, that i would give them the best send-off possible?

for me, the invitation sets the tone
makes the announcement
"you are special"
to both the people that come and the things i have created

yes, they take time
and yes they take money
but i wouldn't have it any other way

and in precisely three weeks i can finally settle in by the fire and begin my new life's work....
stitching those little felt hearts to my heart's content
if i can stay away awake that is!


suziqu's thread works said...

Oh Jillayne I just love love these invitations! If only one could be sent to me you know I'd be there in a flash to view and purchase some little gift made from your hands.
AND yes there is something so sublime and satisfying about creating little hearts to our hearts' content!
Sending you hugs and good luck wishes for my Giveaway!

Dorthe said...

Dear Jillayne,
those invitations surely, speaks of love for your work, and your christmas shop. I would feel so very special ,too ,recieving such a wonderful invitation, and save it for ever. In my own shop, it is not possibly to do what you so beautifully did, but I understand so much your feeling behind, and your pleasure in doing it.
Love your Paris theme invitations,dear.

FlowerLady said...

Jillayne ~ Your invitations are so lovely and anyone who receives on will cherish it. May your evening be a wonderful one.

Creating little hearts is a joy, and pretty soon you'll be able to sit back and do just that.

Hugs ~ FlowerLady

Tina @ TinyBear Studio said...

Your invitations are delightful Jillayne - a little piece of art in itself. So beautiful

teri said...

They are delightful - truly a treasure - and anyone lucky enough to receive one will grip it fiercely in their little hands and never let go.

Karen B. said...

Sweet Jillayne,
your invitations are stunning! You are such a great artist!

hugs and love
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Marj Talbot said...

Maybe a lot of work to put together, but very nice invitations. They are a keepsake for your friends - hope they keep them. It would have been a great collection if you had kept one of each set you made. They are truly a work of art and much thought has gone into them. Love the little knotted hearts. What a lovely thought - sitting by the fire making felt hearts. Thanks for sharing once again.

Suztats said...

I suppose any card might do as an invitation, but anyone receiving one of your special invitations already knows that your shop will be filled with wonders created with care, stitched with love, and stuffed with just a little touch of magic.
I'm sure it'll be a wonderful success!

Robin said...

Your invitations are wonderful and a true reflection of your heart. Have a great weekend.


Bead and Needle said...

OOOOOOOH LA LA!!!! Happy Saturday - Tanya

oldgreymare said...

It's not the "devil is in the details"...It's love is in the details <3

Createology said...

Some people just do not understand the love of creating from the heart and soul...which is exactly what you have done from these beautiful artistic invitations right on through every item you are offering. I would be delighted to be part of your Parisian event...darned distance. I adore you and your creative loving spirit my dear. Enjoy every moment...

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jillayne,

How very beautiful your sweet invitations are, and yes, the folk you have invited are going to be in for a real treat.
Hope that you are enjoying the weekend


Mary Walden said...

Your invitations are totally exquisite. Wish I lived next door to you. You are so sweet and so very talented.
Best wishes on your "Party" for it sounds like so much more than a Holiday Sale. It sounds like a gathering of good friends.

The French Bear said...

Jillayne, I just love your invitations, they truly are little works of art!!!! Is it too far from me to you? How I would love to be there!!! You have been so busy and it all looks so wonderful, the excitment and details do make it a magical night.......I can't wait to hear all about yours!
Hugs and Best Wishes,

karen said...

I truly understand your need to invest time and so much of yourself into these. It is definitely worth it too, they are amazing. Now I am wondering how those red hearts will fit into your wrapping cloth!

Anonymous said...

They turned out so wonderfully!!

Carol R said...

Wow these are just beautiful. I've stitched a Paris themed book for my grand-daughter to celebrate our annual visits to the AEF in Paris. Is there any chance I could buy one of these for this book please?