Tuesday, November 25, 2014


 a few years back, for my annual sale, i wanted to make the invitations extra-special
something that would give people a taste of what they could expect to find

that year i made little embroidered stars and attached them to tags that i coffee-stained and stamped, tied on with pretty bows in the palest shades of icy blue

 i embroidered "wish" on the back and called them "wishing-stars"

as i worked on them i thought about some of the things people might wish on a star for...

it wasn't long before i decided i would like to make them for people, people who read my blog, people that might have a wish they needed to make

the response was fabulous - i think i made about twenty... the recipients thought i gave them a special treat, but really, the treat was mine
time stitching is always wonderful
 reflective stitching is an even greater gift
each little heart i made caused me to ponder the recipient's word, why they might have chosen it, what that same word might mean for me, whether it might come true for them, what it meant in the world, and on and on...

it was a wonderful thing

and in addition to stars, i also love to make hearts

the little fabric-knot heart that graced the front of a book i made

 the heart that became a pocket-holder of dreams

 monthly word hearts

 a paper, lace and silk heart

and last year, tiny wool hearts with vintage buttons and scraps of lace

i have several of these, and still more i want to make

so i think it's time for word-hearts...

 if you would like a word-heart, with your very own special word embroidered on the back,
leave a comment telling me your word, and what colour you'd like your heart to be

pale neutrals, soft pastels, bright purples or aquas, rich red or burnished brown

lace or no lace

just say the word


suziqu's thread works said...

Yes I remember you making the little stars last year to go with the invitations and then have followed your varying styles of hearts throughout the year thinking just how beautiful they were.
I love your pretty soft neutral and lacey hearts and was thinking how kind it was of you to offer one of these little tokens as a way of saying "thankyou" so my word is "gratitude" but I'm happy to offer it to anyone less fortunate or to someone unable to stitch.
Such a heart warming post reading this Jillayne.
Keep your beautiful stitching going!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear Jillayne ~ I was one of your happy recipients of a wishing star and my chosen word was Hope. My 'hope' is in God, and little did I know that by the end of the year, my 'hope' would be sorely tried, when I lost my dear husband. God is still my hope and my belief in Him even stronger now. I have your star where I see it every single day.

I love hearts and collect and create them too. These that you have made are pretty.

My word of choice is FOREVER, because love is forever.

Burnished brown with a bit of lace. Dear husband had brown hair and eyes.

Thank you for a bit of your creativity, time and friendship with these hearts.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

Magpie's Mumblings said...

What an absolutely lovely thing to do Jillayne. Every year I make about twenty Christmas ornaments, some of which become the 'bow' on gifts and others are used as just a little gift on their own. Three or four years ago I suggested to my friends that perhaps they were getting tired of filling their trees with my creations and that maybe I should quit the tradition. There was such a hue and cry that I don't dare suggest such a thing again!

Shirley said...

Good Morning Jillayne, I love your stars and the hearts are beautiful that you make. I don't always get to leave a comment, but I take a break and do some reading of my special friends blog. Patience is the word for me. I have to have Patience to deal with all that comes my way. Sometimes I wonder how I do it, but I know that God is with me every step of the way. Thank you for visiting and being my friend. Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend Shirley

Dorthe said...

Oh Jillayne,
you are such a generous dear person, and both your hearts and your stars are so beautiful, and sweet little art pieces, made with love .
Your hearts are looking so soft and lovely , and I love the soft pinks ones, with lace and button,......but
I already am the happy owner, of a star ,dear friend,- and think you may have enough other hearts to create ,for other friends... so please ,with so much work, you don`t have to think of me, again.
I believe hearts are so very special, for almost every human, and you created so many amazing ones , filled with beauty .
Thank you for being such a wonderful friend.
Hugs from Dorthe

Marj Talbot said...

I cherish the star from days gone by. Your hearts are beautiful beyond words, as is your heart dear friend. If I chose a word, it would have to be peace - there's so much of it lacking in our world today, if only there could be world wide peace - peace for everyone. I too feel that you have enough hearts to create, one is not necessary for me - I just look so forward to seeing all the ones that you create and share. Hugs, Marj

Rachel said...

A lovely idea. I hope that you rejoice in all your heart-stitching!

Createology said...

Jillayne your heart is so giving and loving and I adore you. I feel so very blessed that we got to meet and spend a tiny bit of time together. I cannot be shy for I would dearly love one of your handmade hearts. Soft grey or blue with one simple word that means so much...love. Thank you my friend for your thoughtful and generous gift of your time and creative genius. Blessings to you dear...

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Mary Walden said...

Jillayne, What a wonderful person you are to offer one of your beautiful hearts to us. I would be honored to receive one-pale with lace and my word would be thankful. I need to be more thankful when things don't go my way. I know God is still in control and his way is best. I still look at my Christmas card book you made and I love it so much. I wish you the very best. Mary

karen said...

there is so much gorgeous stitching to look at on here Jillayne....there are too many words, mother, love, passion, but I would like 'envelop'....any colour....you are so generous.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Jillayne, your stars and hearts are stunning and so soft looking. The details are gorgeous and the invitation you designed is a real keepsake.
Love the heart on your book cover.
Your talents are over the moon my friend.
Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Wendy said...

Your hearts are always so lovely. And the little stars would make great ornaments for a shabby chic tree. I think the heart on the book is my favorite though.

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

What a wonderful and generous idea Jillayne, your hearts are truly precious. I would love to gift one to my Mom with the word 'Love' because she truly embodies all that that word means. She loves pastels and lace. Thank you for your kind offer, namaste my friend. Deb

lynn said...

sweet jillayne
i treasure the star you made... and have it up year round.. and you are gracious enough to offer hearts... ahhhh we are so blessed to have you as our friend..
if there happens to be any lavender color left... i would love one of those or anything... and the word for this blessed time of year would be faith

thank you so much and sending much love and hugs
and your heart quilting has really been so wonderful to watch as you have put thought into each of the stitches..

Mosaic Magpie said...

I just hung my star on my Christmas tree the rest of the year it hangs in my sewing room where I can see it and think of you.
I also was looking at my Christmas card book you created. I even took it to a bookbinding class for show and tell. All the sweet treasures you have made that bring the thought of you to my heart and a smile to my face.
I would love one of your heARTs...but a word is not coming to me...GIFT that will be my word. You are a gift to me and I treasure our friendship.

Monica said...

Your heart makes mine explode with JOY!!!!

I'm too far away, and the words so many... so I will gladly give mine to someone else closer to you. I have been already so pampered and blessed by your gift last year, that I cannot truly ask more.
But the smile this puts on my face... oh yes!


Diane Kelsey said...

I have a wishing star of yours and keep it in my workroom, so that I see it on a regular basis. I would love a heart in creams and browns, with lace. My word for this is 'health' as too many friends have been taken ill this year. Thank you for sharing your kindness once again x