Sunday, 19 December 2010

The cabinet and the dress.......

This is one of the little cabinets that my husband made for me, I wanted to make something special for his cousin Shawna... (if this is Shawna, stop and don't look!). Each year she makes a piece of stitching for me and I try to make something original and equally beautiful for her. It is so hard because her stitching is stunning and perfect. You can see it here if you don't believe me...perfect I tell you! Her hands are so talented and she is so precise and sort of, well you know....picky, but it is so worth it, her work is like a piece of art!!!
So this year, I had The Dutchman build me some cabinets from some old windows that I had stored in the basement, he made three.....this is the first one. I wasn't sure what to put in it, then I thought of making her a doll, but she has several that I have made, so I decided to make a dress..... here it is, what do you think?
I made a paper shoe tag, from this very talented and generous blogger...
Under the pleated skirt is a full slip of black polka dotted taffeta......I have little black fluffies all over my house....
The back of the cabinet is papered with sheet music and a small black and white picture, sorry I don't remember where from....
On the bottom I attached a piece of my French Bear ribbon, that Anna made for me.
I hope Shawna loves it, I am happy the way it turned out. This has been a rough week for me, my health is not the best and for some reason I really am all emotional, crying at the drop of a hat.....silly old French Bear. It's always tough at Christmas without my Mom and my Sister, but I am so grateful I have my family and you......thanks for being here!!!

47 comments:

Margaret said...

Shawna will love it! Wow! It's perfect, gorgeous!! I'm sorry to hear that your health isn't the best and that you're feeling emotional. For various reasons, I'm emotional too. So we can keep each other company. lol! Feel better soon! I'll be thinking of you.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Oh Margaret, that is wonderful! I'm sure Shawna will love it! What a lot of detail you put into the box and that dress ~ amazingly gorgeous! I hope you feel better soon health-wise and I hope it might make you feel better to remember the good times with your Mom and sister. Oh, and kudos to the hubby for putting the box together for you! ; )

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

OH.MY.GOSH! Margaret!!!! This is stunning! Simply stunning I tell you!! Absolute Perfection!

Shawna will love it!!! LOVE IT!

This is a hard time of year for me too, so I know where you are coming from....we have that ache in our heart that is always present, but even more so at the holidays! I will be driving down the road and just burst into tears....it's hard...I just tell myself that they are celebrating Christmas in the MOST beautiful place...heaven...and I will see them again one day and we will celebrate together once again...

I will keep you in my prayers...

Lou Cinda

Sassy Marsha said...

Oh, Mags, how absolutely exquiste!! Shawna will be over the moon when she receives this absolutely stunning gift!

I am so sorry that you are not feeling well. This time of the year can be such a trying time for many. It is for me too.

My mother and my Aunt Nena loved Christmas and now they spend the glorious day in heaven as do your mother and sister.

Sending you a big ((HUG))

xxoo
Marsha

Name: female, I shit you not! said...

The both of you are talented.
It's gorgeous and she will love it.

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Gosh Margaret it is beautiful. I love the trimming on that dress. You are so creative.
QMM

Theresa said...

That is just beautiful, she will love it so much! I think the holidays, no matter how excited we are still have those tender moments when we miss those we love so much. I hope your health gets better and that you feel the love of the season. Theresa xoxo

Denise said...

That is beautiful! What wonderful treasures you make....... I am so sorry that you are tearful..... I so understand...seems the closer we get to Christmas the more I cry.. Seems that our hearts are a treasure house of memories........ Blessing to you my friend.......... have a beautiful Christmas...

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Dear Mags:
Shawna is going to love her gift from you. You, my dear, are talented beyond words, and your stitches are as wonderful and creative as your imagination. I'm so sorry that you're a little weepy this time of year, but I would be too in your shoes. My mum called me yesterday to tell me that my stepdad had to go to the emergency room. He has to have a catheterization tomorrow, and my prayers are that he's back home with her for Christmas. When those we love are missing family or friends, it makes our "gift wish list" much less important, doesn't it? I'm shipping out packages to family tomorrow, and then will concentrate on the few "special" gifts I'll be sending to my friends, including you!
Love and comforting hugs, my friend.
xoxo
Dee

MARY PERNULA said...

I love it, what a wonderful gift, she will cherish it. HUGS MARY

Robin said...

It's beautiful and she will absolutely love it! I hope you feel better soon and don't let the holidays bring you down. Keep creating!

Hugs,
Robin

Diane said...

Shawna should love this. Such exquisite work that you do too. You have every right to feel emotional....holidays bring that out, so does not being well and working too hard. Remember what I said? Secret anniversaries of the heart are tough ones. Hugs, Diane

The Feathered Nest said...

o. my. goodness....your gorgeous gift just took my breath away!!!! What a sweet and thoughtful gift dear Margaret, but I just KNOW she will love it ~ Christmas always brings such a mixture of feelings and nostalgia, of times with precious loved ones that have gone ahead of us ~ Sending you hugs and love dear friend, hugs and love, Dawn

Tina @ TinyBear said...

It´s a wonderful piece Margaret - so so beautiful. I´m sure your Shawna will love it. Such a great idea.
xo Tina

LiLi M. said...

This is absolutely stunning Margaret and so inspiring too. Love it, it is just perfect, I would be thrilled to receive this as a Christmas gift.
Ah I know what you mean, about Christmas time...I miss my parents a little extra too these days and while you always have a lot of extra work, less light, in my case some hormones drifting...you easily get emotional. Well I think of you when it starts driving me crazy and I know that I'm not the only one going through this. That always makes it easier, to share feelings, thank you for that! Take care!

manon 21 said...

C'est beau Margaret.

Joyeuses fêtes.

Amicalement,

Manon

Dorthe said...

This is a most beautifull gift, Margareth, so very lovely, and so to be treasured, I know.
Hugs, Dorthe

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Margaret, this is so dear....and that husband of yours is a real master carpenter....what a blessing he is!!! ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY MY DEAR FRENCH BEAR! Grosses bises, Anita

BELDECOR by Bine said...

Hello dear Margaret,
sooo nice to hear from you... what wonderful gift, I'm sure your she will love it... crafted gifts are allways very special. I understand you mean with christmas... wishing you wonderful christmas days and a glamorous silvester night...
sending big hugs
Bine

La Table De Nana said...

Priceless.. what a thoughtful beautiful gift..You are a perfectionist..Love this.

Paula said...

Margaret that is so beautiful, you are so talented girl! What a precious gift to give. I hope you're feeling better- it can be a hard time of year and the best all at once can't it? Sending big hugs to cheer you up!
paula:)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh my dear friend of course she will love it due to the amount of love that you put into it.

May you be merry and bright.

I am blessed to know you.

Bertie said...

If Shawna doesn't like I DO LOL.
Gorgeous Margaret and you have such a clever man :))
Happy Christmas

Bertie said...

You are not a silly old French Bear and would love to give you a big Bear hug Margaret, let the Dutchman take good care of you now :))
HUGS

Sea Angels said...

It is so beautiful Margaret, what a pair you are, a real team. xxx
I'm sorry your not so great pain and loss are not the things to make us smile and jump around or even feel like getting up sometimes! I send my love to you as your down and hope the sad days will lessen and fade and you will be surrounded by joy and laughter xxx
Lynn xx
With much love and hugs
Lynn xxxx

Cinderella Moments said...

That is so gorgeous! I love it. You have a Merry Christmas!

Caroline

Elizabeth said...

Hi Margaret,
I am still trying to get around to all the bloggerette sorority sisters' blogs to say HI! I love the dress and the shoe tag, what a clever creation! I am sure it will be loved...
Happiest of Holidays,
Bloggerette Sister,
Beth
If you get a chance please drop by my blog - I just gave it a facelift...would love to have your comments.
elizabethstudio54.blogspot.com

Mayflower said...

What a wonderful cabinet has made your husband and you have so beautifully decorated with the lovely dollsdress and the background of musicpaper is wonderful.
What will she be pleased. The festive season is always a difficult time and you miss your loved ones the most. I hope that soon you're feel a little better and you can enjoy this lovely days and the people around you.
Warm wishes, Mea

Erna said...

Oh Mags this is just gorgeous, Shawna will love it....
I just wish I could be there to cuddle you.....
Take care ...
Dutch Hugs and Love
TODC xx
Er

Micki said...

That is absolutely exquisite! Thanks for sharing.
Micki

Sylvia said...

What a gorgeous dress you've made, Margaret !
Everything is so beautiful, what a lovely gift !
Sorry you aren't feeling well, hope you have a wonderful Christmas time,
Sylvia

Claudia said...

Hello dear Margaret - I don't like the thought of you crying. I hope you feel better soon - I know this time of year can bring out the emotions in all of us.

That present is exquisite! She will absolutely love it. You are so talented.

xo
Claudia

Michelle May said...

Oh yeah! That totally rocks!!!
Gorgeousssssssssssssssssssssss!
xx, shell

Createology said...

This is the sweetest gift of a darling little black dress. Looks like you have thought of detail. Hoping you are feeling better. May you enjoy the magic and wonder of this beautiful season. Happy Holly Jolly Joy to you...

Shirley said...

I know that she will love it. It has so much detail to it. Hope you get to feeling better my friend. Take care. Merry Christmas from your Missouri Friend.

Rosabears said...

What do I think ????
Beautiful present, I know for sure Shawna loves it.
I wish you and your family a
wonderful Christmas time.
Hugs.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Margaret,

Sending you big hugs, dear friend.
I know you must miss your sweet Mum.
It is times like this that I miss my Dad.
Shawna will love the pretty present you have made for her, the dress is gorgeous.
Have a beautiful Christmas, with you family.

Hugs
Carolyn

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Sea Angels said...

Thank you Margaret for your lovely comment..lets guess what do you think of soft printed fur collars .....hand muff.....cuffs...bags...I am open to your lovely suggestions.
I am also wrapping my arms around you and thanking you for all your fabulous support this year, your a real gem xxxxx
Merry Christmas have a lovely holiday
Lynn xxxxxx

Jillayne said...

What a gorgeous dress - it is a beautiful gift!
Christmas is certainly a time for remembering. For myself, although I am sad about the ones that are gone, I am thankful there is a time when I do stop and think of them, memories rolling around my head, making me laugh and cry at the same time. A special time when I am already quiet, to let the thoughts of them flow through and envelope me in a warm, gentle hug. I hope someday it may be like that for you.

Lynn said...

Amazing work from you and the Dutchman, what a treasure :)
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season, feel better.
Love, Lynn

gail said...

Hi Margaret-I tried to comment a couple of days ago, but I kept getting bumped off for some reason.
Anyway I love your little cabinet. I wish my husband would make me such wonderful treasures!
I think this time of year brings all sorts of emotions, so don't feel bad if you are a little down-tis the season and its' not always easy! but we are all here for each other, and that is indeed a Christmas gift!
Merry Christmas,
hugs,
gail

vicki said...

Margaret - this is drop dead gorgeous my friend! Your gifted friend is going to die when she gets this - what a lovely way to display these treasures! Oh my gosh - you have really made something beautiful -

Merry Christmas friend~~

Vicki

Willy said...

What a wonderful cabinet.
Merry Christmas.
Willy

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

This is awesome, Margaret! I LOVE it! Shawna will be thrilled!
MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family! Hopefully you feel better in the meanwhile and can enjoy the holidays!
xoxo,
Julia

Elly-My Everyday Things said...

This is the most gorgeous gift ever!!!!
Dear Margaret, I wish you lots of love and lots of happy and sweet memories....
Merry Christmas!!
Hugs, Elly

Charlene said...

I ADORE the dress & all the wonderful magical touches you added to the precious frame your Hubby made for you. SHE SHOULD LOVE THIS GIFT!

I am so sorry to hear you are not feeling well. Hope it gets better soon!!!! KNOW that we all love you so. HUGS! Merry Christmas! Charlene