365 Grateful Project

365 Grateful – Day 52

I am grateful for this tapestry that I did many years ago and for all the memories it evokes when I look at it.

When I look at this tapestry it reminds me of many things:

  1. From as early as I can remember I have been an animal lover.  I have so much empathy and compassion and love for them.  I particularly love puppies and dogs but I love all animals (except toads!).  I cannot bare to hear of any animal neglect or cruelty.
  2. It reminds me of when I was a teenager and was at a shopping centre and happened to walk past a pet shop where a beautiful little crossbred puppy all alone in its glass cage was looking sad and unhappy and was crying.  I could not leave it there.  My heart was breaking.  It brought me to tears.  I had some money because I worked part-time at Coles so I bought her.  In my mind I was saving that puppy from a sad and unloved life.  In hindsight it was a very impulsive and silly thing to do.  My parents were not impressed.  I named her Amy.  She lived a long time.  She was a mix of Australian Terrier and Corgi we think.
  3. It reminds me of when I first saw this tapestry and knew I had to have it.  I was a young teenager and I loved the picture.
  4. It reminds me of when I was pregnant with my twins and had a bleed at 14 weeks – a threatened miscarriage – and was confined to bed for the remainder of the pregnancy.  I was only allowed up to shower or go to the toilet!  This was when I had the opportunity to finally finish this tapestry.  I also did many other crafts during that long, long pregnancy!
  5. It reminds me of the pride I felt when it was finished and finally framed and hung on our wall.

I still love the picture all these years later and am still proud that it was all done by me (except the framing).  I hope to find time to do some more crafts like this.  It has been a long time.

I couldn’t resist including some closer up photos.