Sunday, July 18, 2010

Martha's Fruity Button Embroidery Napkins

So many birthdays this month already: Justin, Jason, John, Tobey, Lexi, Miles, Maria, Sam, Ed, Alyssa, Mike, Michael, and...my Mom!  She's always had a love for fruits: in her kitchen adorning the cabinets and walls, fashioned in clay, wood, porcelain and glass, so I used this Martha Stewart idea to make a gift for her: little hemstitch Irish linen cocktail napkins embellished with little button fruits.
I got the plain napkins from the extensively-stocked Boutross Imports in Brooklyn where they have "everything in linens since 1894"!  I love their amazing selection for table, bed, bath and baby from doilies to sheets to dresses and beyond.  I started in the car on the way to our DC/Philly vacation at the beginning of the month.
It took a little planning...
and for the dozen napkins I chose a dozen fruits and got going...
and then there were 12.
There were the citrus fruits: lemon, orange and lime.
The stone fruits: cherry, plum, peach and apricot.
One vegetable (peapod) and the "other" fruits: apple, blueberries, banana and grapes.
Then time for wrapping: one of my favorite parts!  I was very pleased to find a box I had saved from Manhattan Fruitier that came with a Christmas basket last year.
So, in they went with some sunny, yellow tissue.
Had to add a nice tag
and I had a little something for my sister, Emily, so why not wrap that too?  
P.S.: the other little box is Maple Walnut Fudge from the Reading Terminal Market  in Philly, fabulous foodie haven!, but more about that soon.

12 comments:

gunnawilson said...

so cute!

Thavasa said...

Wow~ They're so cute and I'm surprised it's simple too!! Thanks for always sharing the cute crafty ideas :)

N said...

ooh so cute. Your work is excellent as always. My favorites are the peapod and the grapes b/c those buttons were pretty.

MadsaboutU said...

the fruit buttons are so special! you are a great craft-ist!:)

Sandy a la Mode said...

awwww love the idea of button fruits, adorable!!

Craftiness NOW said...

hey gunna! thanks for visiting, babe.

thanks, Thavasa, i've been meaning to make these for a while!

thank you, N, i think they're my faves too! i meant to say that those buttons specifically are from Greenberg & Hammer, Inc.

aw, thanks, MadsaboutU, you're so sweet :-)

and thank u so much, Sandy!

Small Burst said...

These are really adorable. What a great project to do in the car and the packaging is too cute to tear open. BTW- Boutross Imports sounds fab!!

Helen said...

Those buttons ideas are so especially cute! I'm inspired :)

Craftiness NOW said...

thanks, Small Burst! Boutross has great stuff, and if you call their # you may speak with Ann, the owner's mother who is over 90 years old!

thank u, Helen, you're so sweet!

milk tea + polkadots said...

the button fruit napkins are adorable! what a great use of time to work on your projects in the car. i never would of thought of that. :)

thanks for the shower curtain recs! that was so sweet of you!

Claire said...

I love that you craft-on-the-go! Your little creations are gorgeous! How I would love to receive a gift from you. :)

Craftiness NOW said...

hi milk tea + polkadots, thanks for the comment! and hope u find a great curtain :-)

hi claire, thanks so much for visiting!

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