One of the things I love the most about blog hops is the fact that it pushes me to get things stitched, done and passed on to friends and family. This beautiful pattern, designed by Cori at Creativity Amongst Chaos and Madame Samm of Sew We Stitch had me scratching my head trying to decide what I wanted to do. I wanted to do it all. :) I wanted to embroider it, cross stitch it, applique it....and time was not going to cooperate. So finally I decided to combine a little embroidery and a little machine applique and see what happened.
I got to this point and then thought, ok what will I do next? My decision was kind of made for me when I got the news that my beloved sister-in-law has cancer. I knew that this picture of two friends would be a reminder to her of how much I love her and value her in my life. So....a chemo bag it is.
It needs to be roomy enough to hold a lap quilt/blanket so I made it kind of tall to hold a rolled up blanket, plus a lot of other stuff. (This is the forsythia in my yard the day before a hail storm beat most of the blooms off!)
I added a matching zipper bag to hold little things like chapstick and mints.
I'm really just showing you this view because I wanted you to see that my Carolina Jasmine is about to bloom! Can you see those little buds?
And my phlox has also put on a few little flowers....
This will be going in the mail tomorrow along with several magazines, a crossword book, several snacks and tissues. It's almost everything she'll need to take with her for a day spent at the doctors or getting chemo.
And if you're so minded a prayer for Marilyn and her family would be most appreciated.
Many thanks to Cori, Madame Samm, and to Mary of Needled Mom for the idea, the design and the "mothering" it took to put all of this together! Please be sure you visit other hoppers today - there will be some wonderful things to see!