"She seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands." ((Proverbs 31:13)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Ella's Brown Bunny Name Sampler

Thank you to many of my dear stitching friends for your thoughtful well wishes and prayers.  It is very comforting to know that others are so kind and caring, and I appreciate your words more than you can know.

Recently I completed a special sampler for our new little granddaughter, called "Ella's Brown Bunny Name Sampler".  Why brown bunnies?  Well, our daughter, Carra loves bunnies and decided to decorate Ella's nursery in shades of antique pink, and wanted to incorporate a theme with little "brown bunnies"  She chose curtain fabric with pink and brown bunny "toile" etchings.  A close friend created a beautiful appliqued, "brown bunny" quilt, using some of  the "toile" curtain fabric.  (I will have to take a picture of it to post.)

So of course, Grandma Kathy just had to create something special for Ella's nursery to go with the "Brown Bunny" theme too.  Using an adorable alphabet bunnies booklet of designs,  making color adaptations and a few of my own little creative additions, I created "Ella's Brown Bunny Name Sampler".

These photos don't do justice to the true colors of this piece, because the actual colors are rose and shades of medium and light pink, although some of the photos make the colors look like more peachy tones.

Well, although I need to sharpen my photography skills, at least you can see each "Bunny Letter" a little more closely. 

The little pink rosebud vines and baby bunny holding a cabbage are my attempt at being creative.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

"Consider the Lilies of the Field..."

Sometimes when the storm winds blow in our lives, it is difficult to see or understand why some things happen the way they do.  But, it is all part of life, that we will all travel the roads of life through the peaks and valleys, on sunny beautiful days and through the dark, and rainy days too.

Last week I learned that I will need to have some surgery to provide some relief from a medical issue with which I have been dealing for quite some time, without a great deal of success.  I wasn't prepared to deal with the potential outcomes from the surgery, because it will mean that I will have limitations that I am just not ready to face, but I have to come to terms with it and accept it.

I have prayed a great deal about it over the past week, cried, and at times have wanted to be left completely quiet and alone to come to a place of peace and acceptance.  Fortunately I have a very loving family and a few very close and caring friends, with whom I have sought counsel and prayer, and now I am at peace. 

Several years ago, I stitched this piece called "Consider the Lilies of the Field", when our oldest son was hospitalized with a serious illness.  It kept my mind and hands busy during the long hours of waiting and praying for his recovery.  Everyday,  this piece of needlework reminds me of how blessed we are that our son is stable and well, and it also reminds me that whatever trials life brings, we can find comfort, peace and beauty in all of God's creations.  

Consider the Lilies of the Field

Consider the Lilies of the Field
"So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the Lilies of the Field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, that even Solomon in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these." Matt: 6: 28-29)