I thought I’d begin today’s post with some Raymond appreciation… Isn’t this a gorgeous picture of him reclining in the sunshine against our slab of Rose Quartz the image of a happy cat? He’s not particularly happy right now I must admit… well…. he is happy at this very moment because he is on my lap after being outside all day, but in general he is feeling a bit neglected because we are sooooooo ridiculously busy and have hardly been home lately, so he has been spending a lot of time on fur patrol outside. A co-dependent cat does not generally enjoy being outside for long periods of time, and I got a facebook message from his downstairs family today mentioning that Raymond had told them we hadn’t been home much lately…. which means he has been in their place being a bit of a bully to their cat…. So send him some love today, to make up for this DREADFUL neglect he is experiencing! He is a very psychic cat and will receive your kind thoughts! Oh… and if you noticed (of course you would have) the wool in the background, that is the bottom of what KB calls “wool mountain.”
So I am going to show you my latest tea cozy today and I have been DYING to show it to you for a couple of days now, but had to restrain myself as it was a gift for a friend and she did not get it until this morning! You have no idea how much I wanted to show it to you….
I’ve been naming all of my tea cozies, and didn’t think of a name for this one, and couldn’t really, because it is such a special one…. I made it for a friend who is an avid “follower” of Crochet with Raymond so will be reading this post going “awwww Aren’t you just LOVELY! No YOU are!!!” as she reads…. (YOU are Sandra!!!) So as I went to title this post, I thought about what this tea cozy and the making of the cozy represented to me as a gift to this lovely lady, and I decided it represented gratitude.
There are some people in this world who are just amazing, and when you meet them, they bring awesomeness into your life, and my friend and colleague, Sandra is one of these people. I have only just met her but feel like I have known her always and each week at our work, I watch her transform the psyches of women whose lives have fallen apart, who have lost hope or whose hearts have broken into a million tiny pieces. I watch her talking to these women sometimes, and notice that within approximately 30 seconds of being in her presence, they start to stand up a little straighter, start to entertain the idea that they too might have rights and deserve to enjoy their lives too and start to recognise that hope might exist.
Sandra gives and gives and gives on so many levels and is kindness and generosity personified. She is a fabulously amazing person and when I made her this cozy I wanted it to be perfect and to represent the awesomeness she is and the gratitude I have towards her, not only for myself, but for the community of women facing terrible oppression and degradation.
OK, now that I have painted such an amazing picture of Sandra, shall I show you a picture of her???!!!
Psyche! I wouldn’t do that without permission!!!!! I’ll show you the tea cozy instead!
Despite the underlying feeling throughout the process that nothing I made would be good enough, I really enjoyed this cozy!
I wanted it to match her pink vibe, but also be not sooooo pink that it was too pink, and KB suggested that I make it grey… I wasn’t sold on the grey until the end, but as usual, she was right!
I busted out my bag of sparkly beads for this cozy of course! But this time put one in every flower and it was magnificent!
The other night I walked past it where it was sitting on the table, and the light was making the beads sparkle like crazy…. It was so lovely, I had to pick it up and marvel at it! Stroke it lovingly and remind myself that it couldn’t be going to a more deserving home!!!!
I’m wondering if I’m sounding a bit narcissistic here…. But I do love the things I make and marvel at them without considering that I made them if you know what I mean???
It was a very well received gift, and you are soooooo welcome Sandra!
There are some amazing, amazing people in the world, doing incredible things…. Who amazes you? Who are you proud to know and/or work with? What do they do that is so fabulous? And what about you? What wonderful things do you do to help and inspire others? This is a free for all trumpet blowing post and I’d love to hear your feedback on wonderful people and your wonderful selves! I love hearing good news, we so often dwell in terrible sad stories, so give me some good stories to energize me as I finish my last two days of work before my THREE WEEK HOLIDAY!!!!!
Sending you lots of love and blessings, as usual…..
Love Alice and (sad) Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX