"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."

Thomas Moore

Friday, January 17, 2014

A gift for my friend...

Last year I purchased a blank calendar panel HERE from September House.
The panel has a 2014 calendar printed in blue along the bottom, and a blank area across the top to add whatever you like, such as an applique or stitchery.

My idea in purchasing this panel was to make something very special for my friend Wendy. When I first moved up here to the tropics she made contact through my blog, and as our friendship bloomed she would drive a 4-hour round trip just to visit me. Now we live less than a hour apart, usually catch up every couple of weeks, but I never forgot the effort she made to develop our friendship in the early days.

So, back to that gift.
Wendy stepped her twinkle toes into the world of designing about a year ago, and over a long coffee one day she shared the kind of things she'd love in a logo for her blog and patterns, 'Sugarlane Quilts'.
I took mental notes and over a few weeks I secretly sketched ideas based on what she'd told me. 
When I finally showed her my drawing she was excited - really excited!
But my own design life was busy so this project had to be pushed aside while I attended to my magazine, family, personal health issues, and then our house move in December. Finally, I had an open window of time this month to bring my sketch to life.
Today Wendy dropped in a for coffee and this was what greeted her...



To be able to design and stitch a special logo for a dear friend is amazing. God is good to me, but so much more when He lets me bless others with the work of my hands...



Special friends bring out the best in us, don't they? I love my Wendy-friend.

At the moment I am working on a free Scripture stitchery about friendship that I'll share with you next week. Perhaps you have a special friend you can stitch this for?


hugs
 jenny

19 comments:

  1. oh Jenny. what a cool idea. she would have been thrilled - well done you!!! love Karen

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  2. That is a really beautiful gift Jenny. How thoughtful you are.

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  3. That is such a gorgeous and thoughtful gift! Can't wait to see your friendship stitchery!

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  4. It's just beautiful Jenny! :0)

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  5. OH Jenny, this is so PERFECT for dear Wendy!!! I LOVE that you also included the Ecclesiastes verse - PERFECT!! Can't wait to see what you have in store for us over the coming year sweets!! <3 Hugs!!!

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  6. What a special gift for your friend! I am very impressed with you perfect stitches. It inspires me to do a better job with mine. Have a great weekend! Cindy

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  7. So beautiful and I can't wait to see the new stitchery you have planned for all of us

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  8. What a lovely gift and a very cute logo.

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  9. How beautiful and inspiring! God sure is good to us to enable us to imitate His creativity and generosity in a tiny way. :)

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  10. Jenny that is perfect for a friend! I love it. Your stitching is so perfect. Love you sweet sister.

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  11. Love it Jenny - and I am sure Wndy does too. xx

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  12. How nice it is to make gifts for special friends. No one appreciates them like another needlewoman would.

    Blessings,

    Capi

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  13. This is such a beautiful gift for a friend Jenny..this is a very lovely calender to have all year long...

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  14. Jenny-girl you never fail to amaze and delight me. Your loving and generous spirit is an inspiration to all - love you so much!

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  15. Jenny, You are so talented! Love the calendar.

    Patricia

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  16. Jenny, You are so talented! Love the calendar.

    Patricia

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  17. I love it. And what a story of a friendship growing.
    Mama Bear

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