Significance of the Name

My Blog’s name is a tribute to my Dad & my Husband. My Dad because he used to sing the song to me, "How 'd You Like to Swing on a Star?" It's about reaching for your dreams, you can stay where you are & be safe OR YOU CAN SWING ON STAR. Stars also refer to a difficult night just after my husband died. I was talking to him (I often do.) & said how I missed his "I Love You's". That night he gave me a dream... a gorgeous, bright blue night sky filled with thousands of stars, in the middle the stars formed an "I LOVE YOU"....such a gift on so many levels.

So "follow your own path, & don't worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest”

Saturday, September 17, 2011

"Friends are kisses blown to us by Angels."

I told you that I would update you on how I was progressing on this years gift idea for my sister-friend, Jeanne. I take gift buying very seriously. 
 After roaming some of my favorite creative gift shops in the area 
I returned to one of my favorites, 
Mt. Lebanon Floral. 
They have a  unique verve to their shop and their approach to their creative arrangements. 
I walked in and well, there it was. I KNEW it had great potential.
Very vintage, rustic looking.....perfect to display all sorts of wonderful things including plants. I had no idea what I was putting in it, but knew it had great potential.
It is about 1'6"high.
Jeanne loves things from nature and I felt this had great potential.
So I found some additional items to add and gathered all my other treasures from my many flea market finds.
Even my hatbox of vintage lace and bindings.

I bought a fragrant oregano plant to use, burlap ribbon and painted the terra cota
pot gray for the oregano plant.
I found this little bird on a garden globe also a Mt. Lebanon Floral find.

I added this bird and the nest to the moss base I placed on the bottom.

This little magnet bird works any where.I think he looks great perched on top for now.
I believe the gift wrap is an integral part of the gift giving, it makes the receiver feel special, a little extra gift. To me it is just as much fun as the gift. I made this bow from a roll of burlap ribbon I found at Michael's.
I started by making a large burlap bow.

I used some lovely fabric samples Jeanne gave me years ago to make the flower.
A vintage ear ring is the center. 

I'm so excited to give it to her today. I am working on a gift tag too. Do you ever give a gift that you enjoy so much you find it hard to part with it. That's when I know I have found the perfect gift. 
A gift from the heart for someone who is very dear to my heart. 
Happy Birthday dear Jeanne!
I hope you all have a very special sister-friend and very dear friends you
truly connect with in a very special way.

"A friend is a second self"...Aristotle 

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  1. Hi Shari! I wanted to thank you for your visit to my blog and for your very sweet comments. I can see by your blog that we have a lot in common. This project caught my eye immediately for many reasons. First, I too am all about the gift presentation. ( I confess, actually obsessed with it at times.) It's give me so much pleasure to personalize something. I love the idea of the magnet on the little bird. I use a lot of these in my projects but never thought about adding a magnet. Very inspiring! Happy to have discovered your blog and I look forward to following along.

  2. So sweet! You put this together VERY nicely!

  3. ...such a lovely bird cage!
    it looks like it could also make a charming fairy house now:)
    visitng from freckled laundry
    xo, Rosemary

  4. Shari this is beautiful. The burlap looks precious and could be used for candles.

    Thank you for your kind visit. Come by anytime.

    Warmly, ~Melissa

  5. Shari, you are such a talented to do a unique work. The burlap looks precious and could be used for candles. I visited your almost every blogs and enjoyed lot.
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