Today is my day for this blog hop! I LOVE doing them- getting inspired by the other participants, discovering great how to tips on working with and/or trying new techniques, and showing off what my brain came up with! (Try not to laugh so hard Frankie and ERnie- you know how difficult a time WHN has!)
As usual, I had lots of ideas, but could not figure out how to make them work! (Yes, the story of my creative life) HOWEVER, this month marks the second anniversary of the death of my very first dachshund, Ginger, who left me suddenly in 2012 while I was sewing- she slipped away in her sleep keeping me company. Blogville residents will remember that the first two weeks were a blur- the pain was overwhelming and I simply had trouble getting up each day- I swear that I could feel Ginger and hear her tags at night. I can still feel her and I still speak to her daily, even just to say hello. Some people will find my behavior strange- I know that I myself would have, before Ginger entered our lives in March 2008. Having not been blessed with two legged children of our own, Ginger and her canine companions are the blessings that God did bestow upon us, and I am forever grateful for that.
Now, I was starting a small cottage industry at the time, making small quilts utilizing pet photos and creating fabric appliques of the pet, for lap quilts, placemats, pillows and now Christmas stockings. I have always intended to make such a quilt of Ginger, Thai and Anna Rose, but have never been able to bring myself to do so- I have, however purchased the fabric needed for each of their memento quilts, just cannot bring myself to start for some reason.
Anyhoo- last year I started using printer fabric, which enables me to print out photos on fabric and then sewing them onto stockings and other such items. I printed out a photo of Ginger on half of a sheet of fabric, in order not to let it go to waste (the other half was used for a stocking for a pug). I used a photo of Ginger dressed up as an angel from her first Halloween, which is my favorite photo of her. (I actually misplaced the photo in my lair, and it turned up last week, after a frantic search ad lots of prayers to St Anthony! ) A happy incident, as I had finally admitted defeat on my most recent flag design!
Since we had lost three of our babies in 2012, I decided to finally make something by which I I can remember them - using leftover turquoise fabric to represent the sky, I used a rainbow fabric for a paw print, to represent the Rainbow Bridge that our beloved pets cross when they die. The paw print by itself was lonely on the vast expanse of turquoise cloud, and that is when I found my Ginger! My very own angel now has her own flag and I will be hanging it in my sewing room so that I can see here whenever I look up from my machines.
Please check out what my fellow participants today have created- the links to their blogs follow immediately the photos I have posted .
Just Keep Swimming
The House on the Side of the Hill
Texas Quilting Gal
Pigtales and Quilts