This block will have an unusual key that was actually found at this farm! I love being able to give it a place of importance. The end of it is a flat head screwdriver, but the size and general shape is that of a key so in my book it qualifies. I imagine it could help open a door or two. We pulled a couple of old dirty bins out of the barn and when I was cleaning the 80-90 years of grime and dirt I found this 'key' hanging from a nail toward the back of one of the openings.
I added some buttons to help visually combine the blue flowers and the peacock feather. I found the little peacock pin with the blue stone in my stash of old jewelry. Isn't it perfect!
The history of the home and the photo of the home were stitched in place.
I tied a blue organza type ribbon to the key.
I created a blue seed bead butterfly using the brick stitch.
I stitched the blue flowers and green leaves with embroidery floss and added an amber bead to the centers of the flowers. I am still playing with placement of the buttons, key and butterfly a bit. I have to 'live with it' a few days before committing to the final details. Do you do that too?
I may try to find a sepia pen to deepen some of the details of the house, but I don't want to add much color or detail to it as it represents a memory from times gone by.
I am debating whether to (1) add some sort of greenery/leaves for the butterfly to rest on, (2) shorten the ribbon ends rather than having them fly off the borders, (3) add some stitched lacy pattern somewhere around the history paragraph, (4) add more greens extended off the image by the blue flowers, (5) bead (or stitch a design such as trailing leaves) on the frame around the house, or (6) ...??
Any suggestions or ideas come to mind when you look at it? Sometimes I look at things like this so much that I don't see the obvious.