Thanksgiving Day brings to mind
the blessings in our lives
that usually go unnoticed:
a home that surrounds us
with comfort and protection;
delicious food, for pleasure
in both eating and sharing;
clothes to snuggle up in,
books and good entertainment
to expand our minds;
and freedom to worship our God.
Most of all we are thankful
for our family and friends,
those treasured people
who make our lives extra special.
You are part of that cherished group.
On Thanksgiving, (and every day)
I appreciate you.
Brer Rabbit Designs is pleased to announce a brand new ePattern hot off the press....errr, wait, that would be hot off the computer! After much work in the briar patch, Brer Rabbit finally finished up on this verrry special pattern today!
Before I share the details of the pattern, I want to share with you what makes this pattern so verrry special! Please don't skip thru the story and how you can help - this means alot to me!
The story behind the design:
Some special friends of ours, Derek and Kat Hunter are in the process of adopting siblings from Russia. Derek is the Connecting Pastor at my church, and my daughter grew up with him, so I've known him for, well, let's just say awhile. Derek's wife, Kat is honestly the sweetest person you could ever meet! They have been married nearly five years and feel very blessed that God has chosen them to adopt. They recently returned from Russia where they spent an amazing week with their beautiful children for the very first time! They are currently waiting for the adoption to become final. They must make two more trips to Russia before they can bring their children home. Their prayer is that they can bring Bennett and Celia home for Christmas!
How can you help?
Derek and Kat's biggest hurdle in this adoption process is the financial burden that is upon them, but they feel confident that this is the path God has chosen for them. It has been amazing to see how God has used so many people in so many different ways to help raise funds for their adoption. I created "Bennett & Celia's Cardigans" pattern and made each of them the cardigans shown on the pattern cover for gifts for their children. Every dollar of the sale of this pattern thru the end of December will be given to Derek and Kat to help bring their children home! Please spread the news about "Bennett & Celia's Cardigans" on your blogs, facebook pages, websites and to all your sewing friends and help me raise funds for them. Another way you can help is to go to this page, where you can read more about Derek and Kat's adoption story. Please leave a comment because each comment made on their page raises $2 for their adoption!
...and now Brer Rabbit will share more details about the pattern!
"Bennett & Celia's Cardigans" can be ordered here!
Brer Rabbit is working double shifts on something very special! Unfortunately, that wrascaly wrabbit has a nasty sinus infection that has slowed down some of the shift work. While you are waiting, I thot I would share a few pictures of the "something very special" that hopefully will be completed and ready with a verrrry special story really soon!
I know I am keeping you in suspense with the story - trust me, it's worth the wait! ;-)
Brer Rabbit is back in the briar patch this week working verrrry hard at writing instructions to a new and verrrry special pattern that is soon to be released. You can see sneak peeks at the newest pattern on Brer Rabbit's Facebook page! In his spare time tho, he's been working to graph up some smocking plates that are slowly getting posted at Brer Rabbit Designs. Three pdf smocking plates are now available for purchase, with more being added every few days. All upcoming pdf smocking plates are listed by name, and as soon as graphing is complete, pictures will be added.
I thought I would tell you a little about the story behind the design of my newest smocking plate, "Bliss".
Several years ago, I took some SAGA (Smocking Arts Guild of America) correspondence courses to gain Artisan points. Evelyn Phillips was one of the teachers that I took I think all of her classes! For this particular class, she asked me to design something using the stitches and techniques she taught in the correspondence class. I came up with this bonnet, which she loved.
She encouraged me to graph this smocking plate and submit it to SagaNews, which I had planned to do, but never got around to doing. Last week, I decided it was time to graph my design.
I hope you like "Bliss" and watch for more pdf smocking plates to be available soon!