Last spring at Bird Song, one of our guests, Dottie, spotted the sampler I'd made for Karla a few years back.
I told Dottie that I love stitching, and I'd love to make a sampler, but I was so afraid it might not be what she wanted. Dottie could not have been sweeter about reassuring me that she would be happy with it. She said something like "if it's stitched with love, it can't help but be perfect."
We've been working back and forth since then, me stitching a little, emailing pictures and getting feedback and ideas from Dottie. Dottie wanted her pictures of her sons when they were younger...today, they are two handsome grown men.
Dottie and I became Facebook friends, and I tried to pay attention for little clues about what I could add to the sampler. One day, she posted a picture of the 101 Coast Hwy sign and made a comment about how much a part of her life the sign was.
I thought "perfect"- that's going on the sampler...it's on the left side under the flowers.
Dottie's lived in California near the ocean for her whole life, so the shells seemed like a good fit. Her middle name is Ann, and she wished her name was Annie, so I made a square for that- but since her name IS Dottie, Annie is surrounded by polka dots.
This has really been a fun adventure/learning experience for me. Can you get to know some one well enough from emails and Facebook that you can capture their "life in stitches"?
Of course, it helps that Dottie has been so easy and fun to work with...full of ideas, and so encouraging and enthusiastic.
Note to Dottie: You said this was going to be a Christmas present for yourself, and I'll have it to you in plenty of time to put it in your stocking, or under your tree. It's been a joy to work with you...and if you have any new ideas, just email me!