Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A silhouette surprise

My husband surprises me sometimes, both literally and figuratively. On Friday he traveled several hours away to Alabama for the funeral for his 97-year-old aunt. (Her name was Grace, and he said everyone chuckled when the song "Amazing Grace" was part of the program.) On the way there he'd seen signs advertising the antiques in a town called Brundidge, so on the way back home he decided to stop and check it out. This amazing silhouette was waiting for me when I got home!

I have a few other tea-themed silhouettes but certainly nothing as fine as this. It's a little dusty and I've got to figure out precisely how to clean it, but I love-love-love this piece!

This photo is one I took at an angle so you can see the papercutting details used to make this silhouette. This is an art/craft form I've never learned, mainly because it doesn't appear to be very forgiving like, say, needlework. I could just see myself investing hours in a papercutting project only to slip up and slice the whole thing with my scissors. So, I'm extra happy my husband decided to visit a shop called Millicent's and find this fun piece!


  1. What a sweet gift from your hubby. That is such a pretty tea themed silhouette. I can't imagine having the precision or patience it must take for this art form.

  2. What a wonderful piece of art - a wonderful husband and a wonderful wife! Your husband gets a gold star from me, that's so thoughtful of him.

    Years ago, when I was in Missouri, I was friends with some visiting students from China. We had a great time and took a lot of tours of Missouri. When the students were leaving, they presented me with a beautiful silhouette piece of a small house. I treasure it still.

  3. It's beautiful...even more so because of where it came from!

  4. What a lovely gift. I recently read in a tip in Good Housekeeping (from Helosie) about cleaning different types of framed artwork. I don't remember what issue the tips were in, but check the GH website.

  5. I do have a small collection of silhouettes and this would definitely fit in my collection quite nicely. What a special husband to find that gift for you. A real keeper!

  6. I love it, too -- perfect. I love silhouettes. Very thoughtful.


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