A week or so ago we received a Custom Order request from a lovely lady in Maryland, USA. She saw this fabric in our shop and it reminded her of her childhood, when she and her sister would read “The Velveteen Rabbit”, by Margery Williams, to each other.
These two sisters are only 20 months apart and now, years later, they have children that are a mere 4 months apart. My heart was warmed by their story. She requested that the fabric be used to make two of our Baby Bandanna Bibs and a Crib Blanket for her niece. I was excited for the chance to create gifts that will forever be tied with sweet memories for these two little cousins and their mothers.
This is one of the things that I love about fabric! It arouses not only your sense of sight but that of memory. Secretly, I will tell you that I still have my baby blanket (next to my bed) and it still brings me comfort and joy. I can look at a piece of my wedding dress and remember how it felt the day I committed my life to the most amazing man! I can close my eyes and see the blanket that I wrapped each of my 5 children in the day they were born! Fabric can express joy, sorrow, pain, love…memories that will last a life time. Memories that are Real.
“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”
As I was making these gifts and enjoying the beauty of this fabric I was reminded of another character…little Nutbrown Hare from the beloved book, “Guess How Much I Love You,” by Sam McBratney. This is a book that I read to my children and now, my oldest, reads it to her brothers and sisters. To catch a moment like that is to reach the end of the rainbow! I hope that my children will continue to grow together, love one another, and share all of the wonders of childhood, parenthood, and life together.
I was so delighted to be able to create something beautiful for these two sisters and their children. I hope that my small part in their story will inspire you to create something for someone you love “right up to the moon and back!”