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Circle of Angels

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

I just finished this the other day for a dear friend.

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Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

I may make one for myself one of these days as it matches my winter gold sprayed dried arrangement quite well.

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Grantsboro, NC(Zone 8b)

Absolotely beautiful.

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

Just fantabulous. This one brought a tear to the eye it did!!!!

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Thank you so much. I had put it on the table to show it to Maybelle when she came to pick it up. Maybelle lost her grown son to diabetes 4 years ago and she took one look and told me that she was going to use it to surround the urn that holds her son's ashes.

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

OMG what a testament to hiim and to your abilities. It is just beautiful. Will these be offered for sale?

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

I thank you Quilter. I was so touched when she told me her intentions for it.

I don't have any additional made, but yes I will be making them for sale. The cost will be $30 plus shipping which might be a bit more than the $4.95 priority mail because of the stiffened wings it will need to be shipped in a box.

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

Sign me up for one if you would please? I'd be so honored to get one...

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

OMG really? I'll let you know soon as the next one is made. If you prefer I can make one and not stiffen the wings, then it would be easy to send in a priority mail envelope. You could then stiffen the wings yourself when it arrives?

I am presently working on the stand up angels. They are quite a challenge.

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Jacksonville, FL

Lovely! Absolutely beautiful!

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Thank you all so much, I am just loving retirement!

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

I'm loving retirement too and I'm loving your work!!!!

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Thanks everyone.
Barb, I have 2 other things to make before your angels, should get it started by Tues or Wed. Do you want me to stiffen the wings, or do you want to do that yourself? There is nothing to it, you just put a small wad of wax paper under each set to lift them and then spray with spray stiffener that you can get at any craft store.
BTW, how long have you been retired? I just retired one year ago tomorrow!
Candee

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

I will give the stiffening a try. I've never done it before but I'm willing to learn. I've been retired now for 5 years and have been quilting/sewing away to my heart's content....Quilting and handwork (that I can see!) are my passions. I do crochet but the finest I am comfortable with is baby yarn. I think I'd really be pushing to try crochet cotton.....Maybe that's why I so love your work...I'm just plain envious!!!!!!

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Oh bless your heart for you kind words Barb. I have never tried quilting, I have a friend who does beautiful work and I do have my baby blanket made by my great grandmother stored away safely.

The stiffening is no big deal. I just buy a spray bottle of fabric stiffener and as I said wad a bit of wax paper under the wings to raise them and then spray and let dry. You may want to repeat that process 2x until wings are stiff you your satisfaction. It is a simple process. I'll let you know when I get started.

I have made a lot of items using yarn. I even purchased (when I was working lol) cashmere yarn to make our grandchildren their first afghans. They came out beautifully. Here is one of them.

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Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Barb, I see from your profile you also like turtles, fairies and pewter. I have a ton of pewter that my mother collected over the years and it is all quite old. When she knew she didn't have long to live (which none of us nor my dad knew) she actually started marking the bottoms of her favorite pieces with masking tape with our name on the pieces she wanted each of us to have. I will cherish them forever.

I see now why you loved the "Tooth Fairy"!

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

Oh Candee, that blanket is so pretty. It looks sooooo soft. I used to make those too. But my first three babies were boys and their Dad just didn't like the handmade things on boys. But my last was a girl and I made up for his attitude with her!!! He is gone now and my Norm is so supportive of my handwork. So different. I did make a baby blanket a while back. I got the instructions from Helene - it was the baby rings one. It came out quite nice and the girl who got it really loved it.

I have liked pewter for a long time. And now I live in a town with a pewterer!!! He does fantastic work (His work is in the Smithsonian and the White House) and my daughter started my collection of his work. I have 6 grandchildren and I now have a baby cup with name and date of birth for each as well as small plates with their monograms and a small porridger for each as well. I think my favorite piece at the moment is my Grandmother's Vase. It only stands about 4 inches tall and it is made for the violets and dandelions that they all bring to Grammy. I just love it..

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

I have that rings pattern too, and will make it one of these days.

Your pewter collection sounds divine! What nice gifts for your grandchildren. Mine are going to have to settle for the doilies! We have a grandson too and we do woodworking and have made him some nice things. We have made everything from rocking horses to adirondack chairs. You can see some of our pieces at our Cubit if interested:

http://cubits.org/handmade/forums/view/allthingswood/

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

I just spent a most delightful time going through your cubit!!! Absolutely wonderful - you and your DH have such accomplished skills. I'm in awe!!!!
I must take a picture of my grandchildren's case with their pewter cups. The plates are at the jewelers being engraved but I still have one set here...

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Thank you Barb, how kind of you to say.
I would love to see the pewter cups, bring them on!
I started your doily yesterday and hope to have it finished over the weekend??? I also just got orders for 3 more of the breast cancer Circle of Hope crinolines! My new retirement activity!!! I love it.
Candee

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