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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sew Grateful!

This is Jacque...I'd have to say, that next to my Husband, she's my very best friend :)
She's the kinda crafty, supportive, easy to laugh with, liked by everybody, dependable friend that we all wish to find in Life.

I was lucky to meet her when our girls were just turning 1....taking Gymboree classes together....over 4 years ago now!  My Mom signed me up for these classes to get me out of the house (Thanks Mom!)
I was slowly going insane being at home all day with a new baby....not knowing any "Mommy Friends" to hang out with.

Jacque and Jenna have rescued Me and Maggie from boredom ever since :)

Jenna and Maggie are as different as day and night...Jenna loving to dress up and play with Princess dolls....Maggie loving to pretend to be an animal or get dirty....but they can be so cute together!
here they are at age 2

They have spent so much time together and are learning to compromise when it comes to the games they play.  There is usually at least one episode of pouting on my daughter's part for the 2 of them failing to agree on something.....but, they bounce back and enjoy eachother's company again.

The point of all this being.......having good friends is awesome! Now that we've moved and don't live 10 minutes away from eachother anymore, we really miss being near them *sniff*

So, to change the subject a bit....but stay with me....if you recall some bits and pieces Sheree sent me to make a doll out of.....

Part of the criteria was that we were to give the finished doll away.  Initially, I had no idea who I was going to give it to.  I didn't even know if I could pull the dollmaking part off...haha!

But, I gave it a go....and created this....

I didn't use a pattern, just sketched right on the fabric and cut it out.

I tried to use every single different thing Sheree sent....from the buttons, to the pretty purple doily, to the sheer fuschia sari fabric....and that lovely, lovely face! 
I had to figure out how to put hair on her....something I probably won't do again anytime soon...haha!
What a learning experience this project turned out to be.  It really pushed me to try new things and to get more comfortable with my sewing machine! 

While visiting last week, I told Jacque that I had made a mermaid doll.  Jenna overheard and showed me a picture of a mermaid doll she had lost....and still missed.  It was then that I knew that this doll was supposed to belong to Jenna!  I put the hair on the next day and added the rainbow yarn just for her.  She adores rainbows :)
This is a pic Jacque took for me just after Jenna unwrapped it.  I'm still waiting to hear what she named it!
She and her mom have made our lives so much more fun, so much...well, just.... more! ....and I love them for it!!!

Maggie wasn't interested in having the Mermaid...but was a little concerned about me making something for Jenna and not for her...I laughingly mentioned I could make her a dolphin (1 of her top 3 favorite animals) and they could play together with their dolls...
I say laughingly cuz half the time she forgets or never says anything about all the things she wants me to make her...and I just let the idea float away....

But, I wanted to make sure I followed thru this time...not only because I love her, but because I wanted Jenna to cross her mind when she played with it....
Here's what I made....she named him Jumpers. I made sure he was blue, her favorite color...
Again, I didn't use a pattern....but I probably should have. I had to rip a few seams out here and there.
I'm really proud that I actually made something that looks like a dolphin...haha! 


So how cool is it, that one of my best blog friends gives me an assignment that helps me to honor my very best friend.....that, in turn, celebrates the friendship of 2 special little girls in the process!  So very cool!!

This whole experience put me in such a happy frame of mind...I just kept on stitching...heehee!
I made these little guys, too...

Tangerine (middle) and Emi (right) are in my shop :)

So a great big hug to Jacque, for being the wonderful person, friend, woman she is....
A huge thank you to Sheree for being so clever and pushing the limits of my creativity...
A giant smile of appreciation to you for coming back here to read my ramblings...I'm amazed you have stuck with me this far...haha!

....and a wish on a star...for 2 little girls....
That the childhood memories of their friendship will always be fond....and kept dear in their hearts forever....*sniff again*

Go hug your best friend today :)
If they look at you strangely....you can blame it on me ;P

XO,
Cam



11 comments:

Lotus said...

Beautiful post!
I'm sorry you're not close to your best friends anymore, but what a wonderful remembrance! Love the mermaid (love mermaids!) and dolphin! The owls are adorable too!
Lotus

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, Cameron, I love all of your creations and so amazing that the girls have their own little treasures now! That mermaid is amazing and so is the dolphin!!
I read your post and love it because it is filled with so much JOY!!!

So beautiful and so heartfelt...You are a special friend and a special person!!!
Love,
Cindy

Treehugger_31 said...

Love the pics of the girls! They look so happy. :) Jumpers is adorable!

Raven Moon Magic said...

Ohhh my goodness, haha, how could I not love this mermaid, it is sooo amazing, I love what you have done with her, not only have you stretched your abilities but you have opened my eyes with using resources I had, and using them in a way that I never would have thought of, Im gonna make a mermaid too, and will wait upon her graceful face, I love it Cameron, absolutely love it, lovelovelove it, and how was the timing, when a little mermaid had been lost, another arrived. This is such a special post that Im sure speaks to many peoples hearts who have friends so far away from them. And keep throwing out that confidence, of course we are all retuning here, its wonderful, you are wonderful and what was it that a little birdie whispered to you....'You are Good enough'....:)

we love you Cam

xxx
Sheree

Michele from Pipi La La said...

Oh, I really love that dolphin - so cuddly. Lovely post Cameron!☺

Geri Centonze said...

Love that cuddly dolphin and the owls are so cute. Isn't it interesting you just happened to have a mermaid kit and Jenna just happened to lose hers!

Incipient Wings said...

wow!you are multi-talented!!!awesome job cameron

Hybrid J said...

Such a heart warming blog post! And your craft work is just fantastic. You should really come up with more original hand sewn dolls and animal to sell at your shop. You're good! ;)

JessiVille said...

Cam, What a lovely, lovely blog post about your best friend. Aren't they a wonderful gift? I am in awe of your mermaid doll. I have wanted to sew one for a very long time but have been a little intimidated by the sewing skills I lack. I am so impressed that you continued on and made the dolphin and owlets - so cute! Hugs, Jessi xox

Faerie Moon Creations said...

What a beautiful post, Cameron. You did the sweetest thing ever. Your friend's daughter looks delighted to own the gorgeous mermaid you crafted with the lovely goodies sent to you by Sheree. And your dolphin is so sweet, too. Your daughter is loving it to bits. This truly brought a smile to my face...thanks!

Carmen said...

Oh blimey! Sniffs here too at this post. What a gorgeous idea in the first place on Sheree's part and then to make the dolpihin so her little friend will pop in her mind when she's playing...

Aw.

Just brilliant!

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