Virtual Glass of Lemonade

No words today just day dreaming about a cool glass of Lemonade made by Lemon Love.

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Anna’s dear friend is making 100 original Lemon Love prints to sell online to help raise money for the playground.

As I sat and took these photos my heart was heavy. This little boy spent so many hours with my Anna and I know that his heart is full of love for her and misses her dearly. Each one of these prints is made with so much love.

I know I say this often ~ my girls have the best friends.

If you are interested in ordering a print you can go to our online store ~ Love Drenched Designs.

If You Build It…

It was a beautiful Wednesday night and we were heading to the market when I noticed the sign on the door “open”; the three of us were very excited to go inside. We walked around looking at all the handmade goods and I knew exactly what both of my girls were thinking, you could see their wheels turning. Polly, the owner, was just what you would expect from a pop-up craft store with tons of vintage charm. She was delightful and chatted with us a bit about their plans for the holidays and what we should expect from The Crafty Fox. After 15 years of living in Forest Grove I was very excited to have a little shop like this in our town.

“What should we make to sell there,” were the exact words that came out of both of their mouths when we left. They then came up with handful of ideas:  bookmarks, fairy houses and anything duct taped. Anna and Abigail loved to create and the prospect of selling their goods was very exciting to both of them. Abigail then asked me what I would make to sell at the shop. I smiled, proud that my daughter had confidence in my crafting abilities and that she honestly thought people would buy something I made. I told them both that we would come up with some ideas in the next couple of weeks and that we would definitely buy our Christmas gifts at The Crafty Fox. Like all of the other small businesses in our town I definitely wanted to see them be successful.

We continued on to the Farmer’s Market, bought some of our favorite cookies, talked with our neighbors and friends and enjoyed another Wednesday evening of small town living. It was October 16th and life was good.

I couldn’t go into The Crafty Fox for a while, it was too hard, they were too excited. Instead I made pillows and daydreamed about all the things my girls would have made to display there: bookmarks, fairy houses and anything duct taped. I have a lot of samples of each of these made by my girls and they are some of my most precious treasures. Both of my girls were very talented artistically and loved to create.

After a couple of months I finally made my way up town with some Anna and Abigail pillow samples under my arm and a bag I had made Anna to carry her dance shoes in. I thought I would show Polly and see what she thought about selling them in her shop. I could spend my days doing what I loved in honor of my girls. They would be proud of me and would be excited that I was selling my goods at The Crafty Fox (they loved the name).

Polly and I have become friends, day dreaming together about projects and possibilities. She listens to me while I share about my girls and has provided a space in her shop for people to make Love Rocks. I appreciate her friendship and I know that my girls would too. They would think it is really cool that I am friends with the owner of The Crafty Fox. I can almost hear Abigail bragging about it.

I’m still in the process of making pillows and excited to start on some other projects to share. I’m really excited about the Kids Craft Camps that are going to be at The Crafty Fox this summer and I’m thrilled to be teaching Fairy Week.

I spent most of today building a fairy house for the camp. I have to say I know the girls were with me, whispering in my ear telling me where they would place every stone, piece of bark and treasure. When they built fairy houses they always put a little note inside for the fairy to find when they came for a visit. The fairy, almost always, left a little something behind for my girls. It was my favorite part, watching their faces, full of delight, find the treasures left behind.

I know that the fairies will visit tonight because I always told my girls, “If you build it…fairy house campthey will come.”anna fairy standing

“All you need is faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust.”                 ~ Peter Pan

Celebrating

I’ve been spending a lot of time sewing in our studio.a2 pillows

After making Abigail’s quilt square for the Threads of Life Quilt I decided that I would take the concept for the square and turn it into a pillow, Abigail’s pillow. The concept is the same as the square, the tree is one that we designed to put on the back of her favorite green sweatshirt and the leaves are made from fabric used to make pillows in her room, her favorite homemade pajamas and lots of other fun projects we have created over the years.Abigail's pillow

Of course I then created Anna’s pillow, which has a giant heart in the center made with six layers of fabric. Anna loved to draw hearts, I have hundreds around our house that she has drawn, painted, hand stitched and embellished. The fabric for the hearts came from the same fabric used to make a quilt for her crib, pillows in her room, pajamas that she wore on a regular basis and her homemade dance bag that now carries her dirty socks.Anna's pillow

I would love to eventually make and sell the pillows and put all the proceeds into the Anna and Abigail Memorial Fund. Portions of this fund will be used to build the best playground in the world in honor of my girls. We are also in the process of developing a foundation in their name which will continue to give to our community in a variety of ways. I’m still working out the details and trying to figure out how to start a foundation (I will write more about this at a later date). So much to do.  I love figuring it all out and watching as God puts the pieces and people in place to make it happen.

I’ve been so busy celebrating my girls and it feels good. I figure that if they were here I would be making their lunches, taking them to activities, listening to their stories, helping them with their homework and many other joyful parenthood responsibilities.

I would be taking care of them.

I may not be able to physically hold them now but I can hold them in my heart and celebrate them in new ways, ways that will keep their creative, energetic and lovable nature alive.

I will do this till we are together again, that is my promise to them.

I will never stop celebrating them!

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My Beautiful Girls!