Monday, June 9, 2014

Last minuet happenstance?

Good afternoon all,

Have you ever had an order that had you backed in a corner (yeah right)  as to just how or what you were going to do that would fit the customers wishes?  This was one of those weeks.  A customer of about  fifteen years, wanted a gift for his wife for their 33rd anniversary.  Iv'e been making gift baskets for him with Hummingbirds of some kind in every one.  This request is special because Larry is losing the battle with cancer that he has been fighting for about 5 years.  The only different thing I hadn't already gotten for her was a stepping stone.  They have beautiful flower and veggie gardens.  You have probably guessed, not a single stone with a hummingbird to be found.

I regress to a couple of weeks ago when another dear friend ( Carol )came into the shop with a denim shirt that ended up too being big for me and I just put it on the dresser.   While picking up my room Friday, I ran across the shirt. Yep, you guessed it (your getting good at this) It had humming birds on it.

I wanted it to be personal and  be something no one but Larry could give her.  Here is what I came up with . Let me know what you think.

Now you have to know Larry to appreciate this, but he is from old school and doesn't embrace  or touch women not in his family, plus the cancer is now in this throat and he can only whisper.  When I showed him the pillow he motioned me closer to hear him, but I got a kiss on the cheek instead.  That to me was more than any thing he could have said .
I was blessed today!

Blessing to you and be safe.

P.S.  I don't believe in happenstance.


  1. What a great idea and a wonderful gift.

  2. Dear Tonia,
    What a beautiful post! The story brought tears to my eyes, but also a smile when I saw your beautiful creation. There is a Church just two doors away from where I live, and every few weeks they put very large signs in front. This week it says "Coincidence is simply God's way of remaining anonymous." I believe that was a quote from Albert Einstein. It reminded my of your post topic, and I believe it to be so true.

  3. What a wonderful gift for his wife.

  4. amen - it brings tears to my eyes - just beautiful- God ALWAYS provides - always , in ways that we could not have imagined - How wonderful to be a part of His plan! praying for Larry and his dear wife ~

  5. Such a touching story. I believe it was meant to be.

  6. The pillow is perfect. How clever to re-purpose the shirt to make this lovely keepsake. Well done, Tonia.

  7. Very high praise indeed! Beautiful work!!!!

  8. Toni, it is the perfect gift...a beautiful post...and many tears will be shed.

  9. The pillow is spectacular.Great post and awesome gift.

    Warm wishes

  10. Beautiful! No wonder he was so happy with it - perfect!