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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pattern # 7 and other thoughts....

Hello friends!

I signed in to my blog account to find out it has been updated! Now I am not one who is keen on change such as this. I feel like I finally really got all this blog stuff down, and they go confusing me with changes! I am sure it is all there, just have to figure out where it all is SIGH... Oh well, I am sure I'll catch on to the new system in no time. It kind of reminds me of the feeling you get when you walk into a store and find it has all been moved around. For me this sparks immediate irritation... We find comfort in sameness now don't we?

I have been MIA lately....yep, pretty much a BAD blogger. I sincerely hope my followers have not given up on me altogether! This is the hardest time of year for me to keep creatively motivated. I feel I have been going through a dry spell both mentally and creatively. I know that my fellow artists know just what I am talking about here.

I truly will be thinking about what fun things I can share with you in the upcoming months, not just what I am doing, but what I can offer.

I have finally finished pattern # 7, this one took at least 3 times longer than the last ones simply because I am dragging my feet right now. This little girls name is Abby! basically Cookies twin, the difference is Cookie hangs on the wall and Abby sits and has a skirt as well as an apron. So far I have her listed on Pattern Mart, I will as time allows get the pattern on all my selling sites.

Abby is 21" tall. I constructed her in such a way that the body and legs are done in calicos so once sewn, the body and clothes are done basically. There are no separate body and leg pattern pieces.

Here she is in full view, not a whole lot different than Cookie except she is not for the wall but sits. Her cute little crow apron is made from a Ewe n Me printable, printed on muslin ran through my ink jet printer.

I don't even want to look outside today, rainy, dark, grey and dreary. I am feeling soggy around the edges!

On another note..... for some reason certain gals comments on my blog I cannot respond to. What happens is I hit reply in my email and I only get some email like "nor-replyblogger.com" or something to that effect and no personal email. Now mostly this is not the case, I would say it is only happening with a small few. Still it frustrates me and I want to say that I would respond to ALL comments if I could. so just know that if you don't ever get a resonse from me, it is because I don't have your email to reply back. I appreciate the comments even so. One in particular is Weslaine, she visits my blog and always comments with such nice notes, but I cannot respond, Weslaine, if you are reading this I want you to know I appreciate each and every comment!!


Well I need to go and figure out what is next on my crafting agenda!


Sunday, April 15, 2012

It's a new day...

I know this picture I took is not all that exciting, but there is something about it's simplicity that I like. This was taken early in the morning, this little bird was basking in the first sunlight of the day. It reminds me that we need to be more like these little birds, stop and take time to bask in the promise of the day, breathe and appreciate.... Does he wonder if God will take care of him? No....

This indeed is a new day. It has been a week now since my son's accident, he is healing very quickly and doing so much better. I won't say it hasn't been a hard week full of pain meds and little sleep, but every day is so much better now than the last. He will be fine and good as new soon, I am so grateful! I appreciate the prayers and concern of friends and family, this is it's own medicine.

I am officially starting pattern # 7, I figure I had better march on and get busy. I will keep you all posted.

Thank you all for your well wishes and prayers concerning my son, I really appreciate it.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

An Easter that went totally wrong...

First off I want to say that even though Ginger and Trixie just sold, Cookie is available for sale as on PFATT Marketplace! The new artist ads come out on the 10th of each month.

Life sometimes seems like an endless roller coaster ride, some ups and some downs, other times it feels like you are forever waiting for the ups to come! Never take for granted that your day will turn out exactly like you have planned, it may have other things in mind.

Easter started out nicely, the weather was mild, my son was visiting for the weekend and all "seemed" well. I will back up and say that the previous day my hubby and son built a bike jump with the tractor, this is nothing new at my house. Both my boys are experienced bmx bike racers and love to ride the jumps and have for years. As a Mom I always have the worry of what if.... this particular jump is a double, and HUGE, nothing to sneeze at and only for the experienced rider. I was concerned anyway.

My son Tyler was going to take this jump for the first time and asked if I would come out and watch. I of course did but I am always nervous watching my kids do this stuff even though I know they are capable. I did however have a sick feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach. As I watched Tyler come off the hill toward the jump panic started to engulf me, as he launched I instantly knew all would go terribly wrong even before he touched the ground.

 I witnessed my son's body being thrown like a rag doll and slam into the hard ground. The horror and shock of what my eyes were seeing will haunt me for a long time. The scream that involuntarily came out of me felt like it was coming from someone else. I was rendered useless as my husband told me to call 911. We were in the woods and I needed to ride the 4 wheeler up to the house, but in my shock I could not figure out how to even turn it on! Dan turned Tyler over to see he had lost conciousness and his eyes were rolling and his body twitching. He shoved me aside and went to make the call. I then had to sit alone in the woods with my baby like this, not knowing just how badly he was broken.

I don't do things like this well, but had to somehow. I quickly remembered God's promise to us that he is an ever present help in times of trouble, I did all I knew to do and that was to call out to God for help! A groan I will never forget left his body and he was coming around after what seemed like an eternity. He was so very confused and asked me over and over what happened?  not 2 seconds passed and he asked this same question again and again and again, I knew then he was in a bit of trouble.

We spent the good part of the day in the emergency room as they determined his injuries. He sustained a concussion, broken collar bone, small hole in his lung, scrapes, bruises and a lot of pain. He will heal, and he will be okay, for this I am grateful beyond what I can say. I am grateful that he had a full face helmet on, this is a priceless piece of equipment and not to be taken lightly. He is in a lot of pain, but we are doing all we can to help him through this healing process. We all feel a bit traumatized this week, it has thrown everything off in a way I cannot explain.

It occurs to me that if we wait for life to be peaceful, up and happy all the time, we will never be happy, life is just not that way. If we wait for our circumstances to be wonderful to determine if we smile, we will always be frowning. I am still learning how to find peace and joy in spite of what the circumstances may be. This is one of my weaknesses, I like to feel secure and in control, but we don't live in that world so I need to adjust my thinking on this somehow. I remember a time long ago when this was the case for me, the season in my life where all WAS well... I want it to be that way again, but maybe it won't, then what? I will just need to trust that God will take care of the what ifs in life! I am not there, but I am really working on it. I am so grateful to have my son with me, that right there is a reason to smile!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Meet Cookie... A Prim Kitchen Dolly

Hello Friends...

I  want to share a new doll I just finished, this little girl and Ginger the kitty will be my PFATT offerings for this month on the 10th. I may make her into pattern # 7, am still pondering...

Meet Cookie, a sweet primitive dolly to hang on the wall and bless your kitchen! She holds a child sized spatula I found in an antique store. Her apron was made using ORP's method of transfering images onto fabric. The apron has a picture of a crow. Her face and shoes are hand painted. She is stained nice and prim! I love how her sweet face turned out, just makes you want to pinch those cheeks.



I figured I had better get on here and post an update, I know I have been terrible lately, sorry... This time of year is a tough one for me to stay motivated, the delayed nice weather doesn not help!. Truth be told I have been dealing with my own personal struggles, one of them is fighting off depression. I know a lot of you are no stranger to this "thing". I do not always deal with depression, but wow when it comes knocking on my door I have to practically wage war against it. If you are like me, it is best you do not even turn on the t.v news or read about it, this is so toxic when you are already vulnerable. I have to remind myself of where my hope is, it cannot be in the world and it's circumstances, but in God. When I say some prayers, escape into my world of creating and whimsical dolls, I feel like things are going to be okay.

I hope you all have a nice Easter!

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