Sunday, March 01, 2009

Sunday shelf, March hare























Tiffany bunny bank, smiling illustration by my daughter and a small pitcher made by me in 3rd grade, spot for hair clips.

Welcome March with a wild hare.  March is the first official month of Spring which symbolizes
a time for change, more light, new life and hope.   






















Needlepoint by me for my daughter - created from scratch, not a kit.

Before my daughter was born, I was inspired to needlepoint the above canvas as she hopped into our hearts, born the year of the rabbit.  Having a love for Beatrix Potter, I merely gathered my wool yarns, canvas and proceeded to paint or rather stitch the canvas.  From a young age, I was forced to do it myself as most kits were costly and also considered boring.  You will never see a kit of any kind here, originality was instilled by a one- of -a -kind mother.  I always longed for those tidy kits but now abhor them.  The border is a thick band of white, which took me forever and then framed in a white washed frame.  It resides there on the wall, until I find the perfect chair for it to become a seat to give to her when she hops to her own home.






















"Bunny" catching the light and warmth of a cheery pink lamp
Little did I know that her collection of bunnies would multiply.  They are prolific at procreating, each one cuter than the next.  Meet "Bunny" - Bunny has traveled and been lost or left many times and then swiftly found.  I did have to replace him only one time, when my little one was very little.  Just once is not so bad.  I considered having a back-up of bunnies.  This bunny is well loved, his pink ribbon is tattered from constant rubbing.  His white coat has been bathed and washed and has gone from a posh plush to a sort of  flat mole-skin.  Nonetheless, he is ever so loved.  I leave him in funny poses with notes or glasses for my little one to find.
Right now he has is a wild hare, and has an eye mask on that says, "GO AWAY."  In an effort to inspire, I chose to show you his gentler side, his hopeful side, even though we both long for Spring and want Winter to just go away.

17 comments:

Debra said...

Much like The Tailor of Gloucester you create pretties with the needle as well as the brush.
I have something special upon a shelf today~do visit and take a peek.

Karena said...

Patricia, how darling! Your needlepoint art is a treasure, you are so talented. I enjoy winter,however I am now ready for springtime. Snow on the ground for now.

pve design said...

Debra-
Snowing now, again. Sigh.
I would love to have a spot of tea served in your blue willow.
pve

Karena,
A box arrived yesterday with your talents wrapped in pink like a bit of Spring!
Thank-you!
pve

GrannySmithGreen said...

"one-of-a-kind" I like that. Just like all of us! Bunny makes me think of the Velveteen Rabbit.

A Day That Is Dessert said...

What treasures all! That needlepoint is really impressive. Happy March! xo

Deidra said...

I love those bunnies! And the "everything from scratch" motto. Happy March! Spring is surely on the way!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Love bunnies. We have quite a few, both indoors and out. Your needlepoint is amazing. Did you paint the canvas, or did you just wing it? You could probably paint custom canvases like a dream!

enc said...

Why am I not surprised that your needlpoint skills are a) beautiful; b) expertly self-taught? :D

Thanks for the note. It was really nice to hear from you! I documented the pile of catalogs, and have recycled them all, by the way. I'm still not sure about coming back, but leaning toward "not," since I get to spend all the time off with my family! If I do come back, I'll let you know.

Frau said...

The needlepoint is amazing! I love March its our 21st Anniversary and my daughter 15th Birthday. She announce this morning "hello nobody wished me happy birthday month"!

little augury said...

Patricia- I adore rabbits-bunnies hares. Isn't it funny how a collection presents itself? I know your daughter will cherish them all. Her smile drawing is wonderful. I so admire children's art work-my mom kept some of my tons of art. I recently went to look at a client's kitchen and took one of her daughter's artworks for color inspiration. Isn't it amazing how well they can use color?

Tamstyles said...

So cute..I dont think anyone has any of my stuff..and kids dont make things like they use to in school..BOOOOOO so we have to do things at home. Again, thanks for all the wonderful comments you made on my blog..your just to fab for me.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

That needlepoint is outstanding. WOW!!

My grandma was from England so would typically return with some sort of Beatrix Potter object tucked in her bag for me. One of my fondest childhood memories. :-)

Paperwhites Fine Stationery said...

I love the needlepoint! I struggle with the painted ones. I can't imagine trying to create one from scratch. I'm very impressed! Sara

tyler said...

oh sweet spring...longing for you. light filled rooms and lazier afternoons, warm and blue...sigh. your needlepoint bunny is fantastic. and no kit?! you're ever-talented.

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

Your needlepoint is AMAZING! Where do your talents end...? xx

jae said...

A flatso bunny....LOVE that line! Actually, used to sell them. My son still has his flatso bear and my daughter her flatso elephant. Perfect to snuggle with or use as a pillow. Loved seeing her bunny.

Janet said...

Looooove the needlepoint...so impressed with your design skills! I am working on a little Peter Rabbit stocking for a petit bebe...so sweet, but not my design, alas. So glad to see we share a love of needlepoint.