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?