Tuesday, August 25, 2009

seriously loving birds

So right now I'm having a love affair with crochet birds. I can't help it! It started a short while back with the owls, Jane & Carol. This week I finished a fine pair of blue birds with a little nest for some friends who just adopted a most beautiful baby boy from Ethiopia.

They were crocheted using acrylic yarn and an H hook,
made entirely out of items I already had on hand!

I am most infatuated with their long legs.

and now I'm working on some yellow birds that may or may not become ducks. I didn't originally intend for them to be ducks, but that's how they're lookin'.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

a dragonfly

One day late in June we came back home from being somewhere I don't recall. I noticed on a flower in the window box one of the largest, most beautiful dragonflies I'd ever seen. I assigned Doug the duty of keeping an eye on it while I ran in the house to fetch my camera. To my relief, the creature remained in place during my absence. I started taking pictures, and got some pretty nice ones, I thought. But then I realized there was no movement at all from the lovely dragonfly. I hoped he was sleeping even though I knew that not to be the case.

My Tessa has been having a particularly difficult time lately, reprocessing the death of her cousin, Lucy. The other day she told me she wants to go up to heaven, get Lucy and bring her back.

Sarah, my sister & Lucy's mother, has posted another blog entry about her girl. If at all possible, please donate to Lucy's tree. All of the money, every penny, goes to help children and their families at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Ut.

Friday, August 07, 2009

a playdate with lucy

Remembering Lucy five years after she passed away, Tessa and I took some items to donate to, what Tess calls, "My hospital." (Tessa was sick after her birth with the Group B Strep virus and spent a week in a NICU about 50 miles from the hospital where her cousin, Lucy, would live and die the following year.) Here are some pictures of our afternoon:

Tess, walking in the front doors swinging the bag of
knitted and crocheted bereavement items.
she was amazed to see the doors open automatically
(you'd think the girl'd never been to a grocery store!)
after dropping off our donation,
we headed to the cafeteria to get an ice cream cone.
though she had trouble deciding between rainbow sherbet
or cookies n cream, she finally chose the latter.
I had her pose in front of the pond where I ate lunch
nearly every day she was a patient at McKay-Dee.
Mmmm! That was good!
you can read about Lucy on A Tree For Lucy. You can also donate to an amazing cause, helping sick children and their families (read about it here).