Bear number three is now finished - finally!!
I tried to take a photograph of it so I could post it on my blog but I am having real trouble with colour matching. So, once again, Dad to the rescue!
He is popping over to take some photo's for me tomorrow and when he's emailed it back to me I will post it, I promise :0)
Meanwhile, I received two parcels a few days ago that I just had to share with you.
The first was Codi's new bed. As you know, our beautiful dog, Codi, passed away unexpectedly on Christmas day and it has taken me some time to come to terms with it - in fact I am not even there yet and I know that by how emotional I feel as I type this post.
Initially I had thought that keeping Codi's ashes close to us indoors might be of some comfort, but looking at the box that her ashes were in, merely served as a reminder of her death. It just felt so 'cold'.
I needed to find Codi something more personal to rest in and during my search I came across this website, Pretty Boxes. I contacted Rachel, who makes beautiful handmade, 'decoupage' personal Journey boxes and asked her if she could make me a box for Codi.
Rachel was so empathetic, having recently lost her own dog and she asked me to send her some images of Codi.
Meanwhile, I had also received the most heartwarming poem from my friend and blogger, Suzanne Berry, called 'Rainbow Bridge'. I was so touched when I received it. I'd never heard it before and it was quite a comfort to me. I thought it might be a nice idea to use the poem as a text background and then put the images over the top, so the poem showed through the spaces.
Rachel agreed that this was a nice idea and not long after, I received the box in the post. Here it is...
... This photo really doesn't do the box justice. It is really special. It is scattered with photographs taken during some of the best times Codi has had during her life and Rachel has finished it with pretty gems in each corner.
The box now sits in the front room by the telly and rather than reminding us of her death, instead it reminds us of her life and we really couldn't ask for more than that...
...But - we did get more. Having cried my heart out when I received the poem - and then cried my heart out again when I received the box, it was emotional meltdown when I received the next parcel!
Not long before, I had been a randomly picked winner of the most beautiful limited edition print 'Timeless Remedy', by Crystal Cook. I felt SO lucky!
Anyway, soon after, I received the most beautifully wrapped parcel...
The real thing, if at all possible, is even better than the photograph, but as if that wasn't enough, along with the print was a card and at the end of the words inside, Crystal wrote, 'I hope you love the print and the other little surprise I sent along with it'.
So, I turned the package over ...
and found this...
|Drawing by Crystal Cook|
It must have taken me at least ten minutes to be able to see Crystal's drawing of Codi properly, because I was so moved by it that I was in floods of tears and literally had to sit down. And I'm honestly not one to cry at the drop of a hat!
Crystal had captured Codi's character so perfectly - far more so than I had ever been able to myself - that I felt momentarily as though Codi had just walked in to the room!
Do you know, I have met the most warm, caring and thoughtful friends through blogging? And I can't begin to explain what it has meant to me. Losing Codi was the hardest thing I've had to deal with in a long time, but these three beautiful things - the box, the poem and the drawing, all of which I will keep forever, have really meant the world :0)
My Dad wrote Charlie a story about his own childhood dog 'Bingo' the day after Codi had passed away. I only managed to bring myself to read it a couple of days ago and as Charlie promised, it really helped. It's amazing how art in it's many forms can be so healing isn't it?
I found that getting on with my own art helped with the healing process and now I have finished the latest bear I am buzzing because I have a great idea for the next bear of the series! It's quite a bit more complex than the one I have just finished but I think it will be really fun to do :0)
So - tomorrow I will begin playing with some new compositions and my Dad will hopefully get a nice photograph of the bear I have just completed so you all finally get to see it :0)
Don't go away!