Friday, April 30, 2010

wedding shadow box




This was a gift for my good friends Brian and Kristyn, who were recently married on a beach in Hawai'i. 'I ho'okahi kahi ke aloha' means 'Be one in love'. Yet another use for my beloved IKEA Ribba shadow boxes. May they never stop producing them.

I had the most fun making the flowers. I got the basic idea from this MS post, except mine are in felt and not ultrasuede. Then I modified it a bit to make it look more tropical.

The lackluster embroidery is my least favorite thing about it. I'm not a great embroiderer, but I aspire to be. I lack the patience required. It's a bit lumpy and wonky and won't lay flat. And this is the second attempt. I recommended that my friends remove the embroidery as soon as possible and replace it with a great wedding photo.

22 comments:

  1. Cute! I'm sure they loved it!

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  2. Oh, you see, I like the shape of the embroidered letters...I thought that you had intentionally created them to look "tiki" if you will.
    Super cute. The linen mat just makes it!

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  3. so cute, what a great gift. I do also hope ikea never stops making those frames :)

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  4. I love, love, love this! My husband and I got married in Hawaii also and I would have treasured a gift like this.

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  5. The flowers are so fun. Beautifully done. I also like you're embroidery...really. Isn't the point to have it look done by a human and not a machine?

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  6. This is really cute and creative. Frankly, I think your embroidery is charming. I would never take it out and replace it with a photo. Very nice. Do you back your fabric with a little something before you stitch? I have found that if I back my fabric with a lightweight batting of some sort before I stitch, it gives the fabric a little more body and makes the stitching stand up a little better (reducing puckers, etc.). Hope that helps.

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  7. Great idea! My SIL is Hawaiian and I'm always at a loss for what to get her for birthdays and such. I'll have to try this.

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  8. super fantastic! love the tropical feel to it w/ those bright colors & the linen. gorgeous!
    i'll have to put those shadow boxes on my IKEA shopping list :)

    happy weekend!

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  9. BEA-U-TI-FUL!!! Seriously. I know they love it.

    There isn't a thing wrong with your embroidery, Ms. Pickypants. It's charming. Which is the goal, right?

    And can we please schedule an Ikea trek when I'm in town?

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  10. LOVE it! My honeymoon was in Hawaii (many moons ago) and this would have been a fabulous gift. Might have to make one myself. Another crafty mom now following you!

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  11. I LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing. I've been racking my idea file for something to make for a cousin who'd getting married in Mexico. You just saved me some time!
    And I like your embroidery too! Looks so sweet.

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  12. I love this!!!! I need to get over to Ikea and fast! They have so many wonderful things over there... I just wish it were WAY closer!

    HUGS!

    P.S. I love your felt flowers too!

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  13. Love the embellished mat! Such a great idea, love the flowers too, and the linen. I think you've just added another favorite handmade gift to my list. Thanks!

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  14. Lindsay, YEAH, tiki, that's it! I totally meant it to look rustic and tiki-like. (wink)

    Chris, yesssss, but I think I need to shoot for somewhere between machine embroidery and orangutan embroidery. :-)

    Mama Pea, I backed this fabric with iron-on interfacing to help. Thanks for your tips! They will help with future attempts.

    Robyn, thanks, and if it somehow reads as charming I will be very gratified indeed. One problem was the lack of time, as usual. And yes, definitely a trip to IKEA. I'll seize on any excuse to go.

    Cheryl, welcome!

    Beverly, do share a picture of the Mexican version. I'm intrigued.

    Lolly, mine is about 50 minutes away. But so worth it.

    Katie, my pleasure.

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  15. it's gorgeous! the color tones are perfect!

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  16. I love it! I think it's adorable and probably wouldn't switch it out for a pic even with the ever so slightly wonky embroidery. Great job!

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  17. i think that it's a perfect gift! i wouldn't change a thing... so beautiful!

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  18. that really is SUPER cute...i would freak to get this from someone! what at great gift and those flowers totally rock.

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  19. Thanks for posting this because I LOVE those blossoms! They'll make great accessories for my handbags :)

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  20. Can you do a tutorial on those flowers? Super cute! I love the whole thing. Thanks for such awesome ideas!

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  21. Lindsay, I'll add it to the list! the ever growing list...

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