Saturday, December 15, 2012

JOY!


With the recent tragedy is seems odd to title a posting with joy, but I feel that we all need to feel joy and bring joy to others. Joy is what fills our hearts with peace in a cruel world. One way to bring joy is to share it with others. I have been making small ornaments from a free pattern by Gail Pan. The original design has stars, but I decided to add the word Joy, to mine. I love how they came out and it is something I can hand out to patients in the nursing home who have no decorations or family to visit. A little something to hang on their door or bed, to remind them that someone does care. Another way to bring joy would be to donate to a giving tree or toys for tots.


Another way to bring joy is to send a friend an unexpected gift, like a sweet little snow bird. Paulette of Sweet P Quilting and Creations sent me this snowbird, I just love it and it brings a smile to my face. I think I want a whole flock of them.


And another friend, Carole of Quilting Adventures sent me this beautiful quilt. I was totally surprised by this gift, one that is beautifully made and that she spent so much time making something so special for me. It brings joy to be able to have something on my wall to remind me of such a wonderful friendship. I just hope that my small gifts to others can bring them as much joy as they have given me with their friendships even if we have never met.

I wish I had thought to get a better photo outside, before I hung it up, it is so beautiful and beautifully made with homespuns and printed fabrics. I had to crawl up a ladder since it is hanging above my entry door. I found these clip on rings at home depot, perfect for hanging a quilt on a rod.




15 comments:

primitivebettys said...

Your post has made me smile :-) beautiful creations :-) Have a joyful weekend, Debbie

SewCalGal said...

I agree Debbie. We need to find ways to create, share and inspire Joy and Peace. Many need to heal and find Joy. Tragedy shouldn't mean we can't find and share Joy with others. We need it more now than ever.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Kim said...

I just love that you make those ornaments for nursing home residents. So many have no families around to visit. You made me smile :)

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

The snowbird and quilt are absolutely wonderful. Love your JOY ornies.

Missie of Hallbrook Designs said...

What a nice post. Joy and friendship are so important. What a nice thought to make those ornaments to show you care. And what special friends you have that share such joy with you with their gifts! It's so wonderful to be meeting so many nice women across the world with these blogs. It does bring joy to all of us who participate!

Anna said...

I love your post. It is so important that we spread the joy and friendship.

gailpandesigns said...

Wow, what a wonderful thing to do. I love that you stitched joy, it makes me so happy to see how you have used my design to bring joy to others. Merry Christmas and blessings to you and your family..

Barbara said...

Beautiful quilt. I use those same quilt rings. They work great!

moosecraft said...

Wonderful goodies! LOVE the birdie ornaments! Thanks for posting the download link... i did not know that Aurifil was having a blog hop. Paulette's little birdie is a cutie too! And that basket quilt is gorgeous! Enjoy them all! Such eye candy.... yummy!

paulette said...

Well said, Debbie!! So happy that you liked the Snowbird and your basket quilt is STUNNING!! Have a JOYous Christmas, Debbie!
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Firecracker Kid said...

You're right Debbie, joy is what we need right now more than ever. Your ornaments are precious and your gifts received are too. You are a kind heart to be so giving :)

Hugs~Carol

Allie said...

Ah thank you Debbie for posting a joyful post - yes we do need that. I love your little ornaments, and what a sweet thought to take them to patients.

Love your new gifties, what sweet friends they are!

The Joy of Needlework said...

Hi Debbie, Sorry for not visiting more but I have not been up to par. old age. :O( Love everything and as alway a beautiful job well done once again. Wish I have half you skills and get up and go. Big hugs, LenZie
Merry Christmas

Rugs and Pugs said...

Debbie ~
Sweet ornaments and how kind you give them away.
My heart breaks for the families. Absolutely senseless.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Fiona said...

those are all lovely... and it is important we think of joyful things even during sad times...
Hugz