And more rope baskets...
Late summer

For Suzanne

I met my friend Suzanne when her daughter and Jane were in the same 3 year old preschool class. That was over 10 years ago. Our girls were fast friends (still are) and their friendship, like many between small people, led to a friendship between the big people. One day, when picking Jane up from a playdate, Suzanne was filling bags with different crafts. When I asked what she was doing, she chimed in with, "Are you crafty?" Yes, I am. That's how I joined the craft swap.

Joining the craft swap was just the beginning. Our kids played, we hung out together at the pool during the summer, Fatty rode bikes with Suzanne and her husband, we met for coffee, had birthday lunches and swapped lots of different crafts. We shared knitting patterns, Suzanne taught herself to sew. Our kids even swapped crafts a few times. I have a lot of different things made by Suzanne and when I see them around my house, I smile.

Suzanne and her family just moved across the country. I thought it would be appropriate to make one more thing for her. A little souvenir, so to speak - something that will remind her of the place they called home for many years.



Godspeed, friend. I'll miss you.

(Pillow details - linen ground with machine appliqued Kentucky and matching binding in a Liberty of London Lifestyle print, from the Bloomsbury Garden collection. Hand embroidered by me).



This is just beautiful. The Liberty print makes me think of Kentucky wildflowers, and the embroidery is just stunning.


This is a lovely gift. It's so hard when good friends move away.


Oh ~ she will treasure it! I'm sorry that you lost such a dear friend.

Sarah C

Oh. So happy and sad. We have friends moving soon and something like this would be very sweet.


Sorry to hear such a good friend is moving. That being said, I love this pillow!


I know a gift like that would really bring me comfort and joy. I hope distance is never felt between your families.


I miss them very much. They were AWESOME neighbors. Still so sad...

Four Little Munchkins (Deborah)

Beautiful pillow. I have a friend from Kentucky who would love that! I've just enjoyed myself strolling through your blog. What a lovely place you've got here!

Indiana Lori

So that pillow is just perfect!!


This is just beautiful - and what a fantastic gift. She will think of you every time she looks at it.


I adore this! What a lovely gift!


what a beautiful parting gift!

Brigit Dermott

What a beautiful gift for your friend! I love state outlines as a design motif and this is such a lovely interpretation. Did you hand letter the embroidery design? It's a very pretty font--or excellent penmanship!

What a lovely gift to say good bye.

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