Monday, August 18, 2008

A Special Surprise...

It's definitely time to sit down and take a few minutes to post some of the happenings in my small world of stitching and creating. I'll begin by sharing a very special day with you. Last week I received an unexpected surprise in the mail from Leonie - a dear online friend. I opened the package with a great deal of excitement - I could not imagine what she would be sending me.

Inside was a fabulous book on roses...every species and color that you can imagine and many that I had never seen. Leonie said she had seen the book while shopping and thought about me and my love of roses. What a wonderful act of kindness and how special it made me feel! I will always cherish this wonderful book.

Of course, I had to sit down immediately and go through each page. Not only was I inspired by the beauty of each rose but also the glorious colors. I plan to set aside a day and attempt to recreate some with my dyes.

One rose stood out among the many contained in the book and over the weekend I attempted to recreate it in silk. Although it does not do justice to the absolute beauty of the rose, I was pleased with my first attempt. It's called a da Vince rose and has a four bud center. I've created the center with 34 individually cut petals using Hanah silk ribbon.

I've shown my book to everyone I've seen including my sister, Dorothy. She shared what her pastor had spoken about in one of her recent sermons. When unexpected acts of kindness occur in your life it's God's way of saying He loves you. Thank you, Leonie, for your thoughtfulness and for thinking about me in such a special way. You will never know the joy it has brought me.

Pictured here is the rose I created this weekend - I will always think of it as Leonie's rose. I look forward to working with the design and perfecting this beautiful rose in silk.

6 comments:

Allison Ann Aller said...

What a gorgeous creation! I love your new rose...and you've chosen the perfect name for it, to honor the beautiful Leonie....

Lisa said...

Your roses are so gorgeous!

Leonie said...

Barbara - you've left me blushing somewhat by your post BUT I am so very happy that you've had such joy from the book. Your roses, as always, are a delight to the eye. May you always be inspired to create such beauty!

Judith said...

Hi Barbara, You are the QUEEN of ROSES, that rose is absolutely totally wonderfully marvellous.
You never cease to amze me with your beauty.
Hugs
Judith

pinsneedles said...

Fabulous, Barbara, just fabulous.
Jocelyn

Rissa said...

It is a BEAUTIFUL rose Barbara!