So in the past two years I've hit several major stressers in life.
I won't lie. It has been a pretty rocky road, however, the house is gone, we've moved up north and I'm working with a new pain doctor. So, while I'm still recovering, I am able to look at things in life with a little brighter outlook and with a bit more hope for the future.
Well, that was a very long introduction to the rug I finished right before Christmas. It is called "Expect Good Things" and the pattern is by Brenda Beerhorst. I first saw this pattern on Brenda's website, Kinship in Wool and Color, and fell in love with it. I loved the sweet little birds and I expecially loved the message--that good things--small or large--will always come your way.
Anyway, a few years back I started working on this rug. My first decision--should I make the birds robins or blue birds? I love robins. They are the first sign of spring and they are always a most welcome sight after our long, grey winters. But blue birds.....well really....who can resist blue birds. Certainly not me! And so blue birds it was.
Now for the other colors. I'm trying really hard to be bolder in my color selection. Because I'm not sure of myself, I tend to pick more
I found and dyed some wools for the leaves in a range of green/blues. And my background wool was this really neat brown/black plaid with small strips of blue running through it. It was perfect in that it just tied everything together.
Right now it is hanging on the wall in my living room. I love the bright, rich colors, especially in the midst of our grey Michigan winter. I love the sweet little birds. And, most of all, I love its hopeful and warm message.