Thursday

Pillow Cases


Deep inside I'm a romantic at heart and when it comes to giving gifts I spend a bit of time thinking of the person or couple who will receive the gift. "What would make them happy? or, what would they enjoy".  I always want a gift that will be used also. I don't want the gift to be put away or set on a table without much thought to it...


This past June my son married his sweetheart. They wanted to be married in a special place... "Big Sky Country, Montana"
They drove from their home in Michigan for a two week trip, were married and fell in love with the area... with dreams of returning one day.


"What better gift", I thought than pillow cases,, to dream of their return to this wonderful place.
I then went to the fabric store and bought 2 yds of 100% Egyptian cotton and made two cases... a bit larger than standard sizes, just in case they have large bed pillows.
I then went on an internet search for photos of Montana and the wild horses...


 Big sky, snowy mountains, wild horses, ranches....
 Once I had the idea in my mind,  using transfer paper to sketch the horse,  I then went to work embroidering....


This was a good thing for me to do while sitting in front of a movie and a few of my favorite tv shows. 
I really enjoy this sort of needlework.   It took me about 5 days (off and on)  to complete the two cases.



It's very hard to see in the photos but I have the word "Dream" stitched in white just to the side of the word Montana..  Dreaming as a very silent personal thing so white seemed to be the best choice..




Once I had the design complete, I stepped back and thought "I might need to do more" is it 'not enough'?   Then some words struck me, "Less is more" and I finished the design.. simple but to the point.
Tom and Michelle have dreamed of retiring to the "Big Sky Country" one day, and dreaming about it on the cases, might bring them closer to their return. 


There, another holiday gift complete!

now if I'm lucky they will not see this post

13 comments:

Granny J said...

The pillow cases are lovely. You've created something that will be treasured for years to come.

sissie said...

What a loving, thoughtful and wonderful gift from the heart. You did a beautiful job and I am sure they will cherish them. I think these will make their dream come true.

hugs
Sissie

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Those are beautiful, you do beautiful work! I know they will love them!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

What a pretty idea! I think they will love these. I haven't embroidered in years but it was very relaxing to do.

Atelier de Charo said...

So lovely!

Kim said...

They are absolutely beautiful and thoughtful. What a great idea to use a print off the internet, you are so talented. Thanks for linking!

Janette Mallory Interior Design, Inc said...

Sandy,
I just read your comment on my Stand up to Cancer" blog and I hope that your daughter is going to be ok. Hang in there.
xoxo janette

The Polka Dot Closet said...

OMG what a wonderful gift! You did beautiful work!

Carol

the cape on the corner said...

that is wonderful! how sweet and thoughtful you are!

Sara said...

Hi! I'm here from Tatertots and Jello. What thought and care you put into these! And what a keepsake they will now be. So special.

Misty said...

What a thoughtful gift!! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

Holly said...

Montana is great...what a fabulous gift for your son! I really adore your handiwork!

Cathy said...

My granddaughter loves horses, and what a nice idea to do for a gift!