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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Retirement gift for a friend....

....Happy Thursday all.....


....Well,.... The time comes when one has to say good bye to a dear, dear friend and colleague.... Good news: she is retiring in excellent health, has a fantastic outlook and a retired husband waiting at home to travel with....Sad news for me: she's my BFF here at school.... We lean in each other.. We have laughed, cried, nurtured and stood by each other for MANY years.... Really, I am SO very proud of her!!!!

A special friend deserved a special gift from the heart.... So I made her this~
~ Mary Valentine's Handework ~
Mary Valentines Handework by With thy Needle & Thread.... We cried this morning when I gave it to her~ she's always been appreciative of hand made goodies....

I took an old chalkboard... Stained, painted, distressed and mounted handles to make a tray.....
~ Mary Valentine's Handework ~
My favorite chenille surrounds the stitchery... It reads: "Forget me Not Sis".. ( I added the word Sis because she IS like a sister to me~)

~ Mary Valentine's Handework ~
Coffee stained ( we share a cup if coffee each morning to start our workday..), with old buttons.....

Hand tatted lace.....with our names as a rememberance~
~ Mary Valentine's Handework ~
(My bird is Weeks Aged Pewter instead of the called for GAST Sage)..

~ Mary Valentine's Handework ~
All backed with wool felt ~

Here's to lots of fun and relaxation Jean! Let the good times roll, be safe and know I love you Sis~

Always..... Faye



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53 comments:

Penny said...

What a beautiful gift for a special friend!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Such a beautiful remembrance to your Sis. I know she appreciates it as well as your love and friendship.

pam said...

This is such a sweet remembrance! It looks just lovely

Giovanna said...

What a wonderful, unique, and precious gift. You are a most special friend. I hope your friend has a very happy retirement.

butterfly said...

Beautiful gift for your friend , she will never forget you .

ga447 said...

I had tears in my eye, so appropriate.

Krista said...

So beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Faye,
What a sweet gift for your friend, sister and coworker. I hope she has a happy retirement!
Michelle

DawnM said...

What a gorgeous gift Faye. I am sure Jean will cherish it.

Mii Stitch said...

This is a beautiful finish, a most wonderful gift for your friend :)

Bev said...

That is quite simply beautiful she is lucky having a friend like you x

Julianne said...

Lovely gift! It is so nice she appreciated handmade things.

Elisabetta said...

Lovely piece!!!

Keeper of the Crowes said...

What a phenomenal gift, Faye. You picked the perfect design and I love how you made it so personal. A very lucky friend, indeed!

Deborah said...

Beautiful gift, Faye!326

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Faye, that made me tear up. I hope you two will continue to make time for each other even though you won't see each other daily. What a treasured special gift and friend.

Vickie said...

Wow! What fabulous, custom gift.

Ann Robbins said...

Wow. That is an heirloom to be treasured. What a great friend you are!

Fiona said...

A lovely gift, it shows that you put a lot of love into the gift.

Melissa said...

What a beautiful gift to commemorate your friendship and wishing her well on her retirement!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

AHHH Such a sweet gift and friend. A gift she will always treasure. Your the best

Alice said...

Faye, you do such beautiful work. I'm sure this will be treasured by your friend for a long time.

Rhona said...

Wow! That is sooo beautiful!

Tommye said...

so sweet and so beautiful, Faye. I know she'll treasure it.

Evelyne said...

What a beautiful gift for your friend!
Such a very nice finish!

Margaret said...

So sweet. I bet she will treasure this gift and continue to treasure your friendship as well!

Annette-California said...

Gorgeous gift you made for your friend. I love how you made the tray. So much thought went into it - beautiful. love Annette

MoonBeam said...

What a great idea. You did a spectacular job on everything...as always! Nice.

Bobbi

Sherri said...

Oh my goodness, I love this! The attention to detail, the coffee staining, personalization and finishing are all perfect. I am sure your dear friend will treasure this keepsake. I would.

pj said...

Love it... You are so sweet Faye. Great sentimental gift from the heart!

Pam in Iowa

Jackie said...

Such a sweet gift Faye! I'm so happy the retirement of your friend is happening at the perfect time for her. Thank you both for your dedication to our children!

Jannie said...

Boy do I wish I had your talents! What a fantastic gift!

Barb said...

A perfect gift for a retiring teacher!!

Myra said...

I would have cried too Faye. It is lovely but your kind thoughts and love I am sure made it even more special for her.

Simply Victoria said...

Gorgeous!

Pat Matejcek said...

Beautiful Faye! What a gorgeous finish!

Wanda said...

Faye, what a beautiful and thoughtful gift for your friend! Your work is amazing.

Christine said...

What a gorgeous gift for your friend's retirement! She's very lucky!

Von said...

That's the sweetest retirement gift I've ever seen!!

Teresa said...

beautiful gift for a friend, I love this piece.
Teresa

Peg said...

What a beautiful gift, I love the colour way you have chosen to use. I'm certain she will treasure your gift. It's never easy to part company with someone we have grown to love, your friendship has lasted all these years and will for many more I'm sure.
Thank you for sharing a special moment.

Peg x

Chris said...

What a wonderful gift for your friend. I hope that you live close by and will still see each other often.

P.J. said...

Such a touching gift. Your work is always exceptional!!!

Jennifer M said...

Unique, beautiful and one of a kind- both your gift and your friendship. Now you can look forward to away from school times together:)

Friendship Crossing said...

What a perfect gift ~ looks beautiful the way you finished it!

Hugs,
Tanya

Karen said...

Oh what a sweet gift! Amazing how great people can make work bearable.

robindefender said...

It's lovely!

Andrea said...

A beautiful gift for what sounds like a treasured friend.

Suzanne said...

What a very special gift to make, I love the idea of mounting it on a blackboard.

Pam in IL said...

What a beautiful gift! I'm sure it will be cherished.

Lili said...

Very beautiful gift!!

Hugs,
Lili

msmartello said...

That is absolutely beautiful Faye!

Sonda said...

How beautiful!