It’s impossible to know what to say or do after an unthinkable tragedy happens, and like so many of you, I have felt grief, fear and pain as I watched the whole nightmare unfold. My heart has been absolutely breaking for all the families involved, and if it matters in some way to someone, I want to say that my heart, tears, and prayers have been all for them. I don’t pretend to understand why these things can happen, but this article did help me to begin to reconcile some of my feelings. I do believe in a God who weeps with us, and it matters to me to feel that He is grieving with us, and longs to comfort us in any way He can.
Our family has been so blessed this last year by the help and expertise and love of so many people. I feel truly humble and so grateful for these people in our lives. As a small thank you to Tiny’s therapists (she’s working with three), I made these felt animal Christmas tree ornaments using templates I designed several years ago as part of a guest post. I realized when I tried to link back to them that a) the blog no longer exists, and b) I don’t even have a picture of them on my site! So I’m posting the felt animal Christmas Tree template again, and I’ll try and get the rest of them photographed! (Probably isn’t going to happen til next year!) They are such sweet little critters, and I had fun making them again.
In a cute little felt nutshell:
Using the felt animal ornament template, cut out all pieces from craft felt (TWO of the entire silhouette), and then attach some light weight interface to the FRONT side. Embroider detail using additional felt, embroidery floss, beads, sequins, what-have-you, attach the hanging loop using ricarac or ribbon (all to just the back of the front side), and then attach the second whole body piece to the back and blanket stitch together, concealing the back embroidery stitching.
Are you in MAJOR-STRESSED-OUT-I-CAN’T-BELIEVE-I-HAVE-LIKE-5-DAYS -LEFT-TO-GET-EVERYTHING-DONE-I-NEED-TO-MODE? I am.