With this ornament I was inspired by a decorating project I saw on Pinterest. Old maps were used to cover books and I wondered if I could use maps with my ornaments. I knew I could sew on paper with my machine and gave that a whirl, but it really didn’t give me the effect I was looking for. Then I remembered those old sewing cards I had as a kid and I knew what I wanted to do.
I decided to use a heart shape again (one of my favorite shapes) and cut one large and one small out of my maps. I made a template using an old cereal box and traced two of each size. For each tracing I made sure there was a major city visible on the heart. For the big heart, I chose two cities in England (where my family’s from) and for the little heart I chose Brussels and Paris. I cut out the hearts and then used my paper piercer to make evenly spaced holes around the perimeter of each heart.
I used red embroidery floss (4 strands) and did a running stitch on the small heart and a backstitch on the large heart. I stuffed both of them with polyester fiberfill to give the ornaments some dimension and then glued glittery hearts near each major city. I’m really pleased with how they turned out.
I love fresh flowers and love the idea of being able to go into my backyard, snip a bouquet of colorful beauties, pop them in a mason jar and set them on our table or better yet give them to someone. I figure while I’m in the yard tending to the vegetables and the fairies, I might as well grow flowers.
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So you’re planting a vegetable garden, a cutting garden and making a garden for these fairy creatures. Is there going to be any backyard left for us? I need space to flex my ball-catching muscles. Sorry for talking with my mouth full.