Treasured memories

I recently completed a commissioned art piece for a friend...she wanted to give her mother a special present for her 75th birthday...so she packaged up a box of bits & pieces/odds & ends that belonged to her mother's mother and asked me to convey the life of this woman, whose passion was sewing...
I started with an old wooden drawer...it would act as a type of shadowbox...

After a layer of whitewash and a backdrop of polka dot tissue and old pattern pieces, I began the assemblage of layers...the vintage thread holder was a prize possession and took center stage with a pearl and rhinestone button added to the top...

A menagerie of buttons strung on a silk ribbon adorns one corner...

while in the other corner, a trio of wood finials mimic the shape of the metal oil can
(used to keep the sewing machine in fine running order!)

Every flat surface of the drawer was decorated in some manner...
the top was given a patchwork of vintage wallpaper designs that copied the look of calico quilting....

while the sides were embellished with old sheet music...
and sprouted a few posies made from old zippers...

The crowning touch was my own addition of "SEW" created from vintage wood type...

Treasured memories that can be viewed...rather than stuffed away, never to be seen and often forgotten. 
I would venture to guess you might have a few such items yourself...I challenge you to unearth them...arrange them...and enjoy them daily...

Linking up to Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors...lots of ideas of ways to show off your treasures...

And sharing the vintage love over at Knick of Time - Tuesday Vintage Style


  1. This is awesome! I could look at this for hours. Great job!

  2. Awesome is right!! This is a wonderful tribute ...and a great piece of art. Well done!!

  3. This is absolutely wonderful...such a special gift...you really did a great job! And I love that the shadowbox is an old drawer! I'm inspired! I shared a link on my Itsy Bits And Pieces FB page!

  4. What a lovely keepsake that will be! Well done!

    Angie @ Knick of Time

  5. What a lovely gift for your friend's mother to cherish! And a great keepsake for her to pass on to a great grandchild someday. Nicely done Amy!

  6. Oh Amy, that is gorgeous! And right up my alley! Miss you! Michelle

  7. That is just fabulous! She must have been overwhelmed with the details and the beauty of it. t.xoxo

  8. This is spectacular. What a gift this will make.

  9. I just discovered your blog, and I LOVE your style and admire your talent!

    I am slowly reading past posts, and I will be checking your blog regularly from now on.

    The piece in this entry appeals to me on all levels. I love looking at simple items that represent peoples' lives and passions.



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