Our Sunshine Girl .........


When I saw the colours for this week's CSI Challenge I decided to give it a miss, but ....... we are in this for a challenge ....... and boy was this CHALLENGE!!  

I have been wanting to do a layout of our "Sophie" for some time and as she brought so much sunshine, love and laughter into our lives what better than using these lovely bright colours.  The testimony challenge was also to write about a pet or animal - so just perfect.  But just oh so not me!! - way out of my comfort zone.
For my evidence I used:
  • a grid design
  • painting (acrylics)
  • a transluscent element (transluscent pocket for my tag)

Whilst I was sewing my patchwork pieces I suddenly realised that this would fit perfectly with the current Anything but a Card Challenge which is A Stitch in Time.  Do click the link and have a look at the super array of Design Team projects and the entries so far.  Julia's cover for a charity shop book find is wonderful and would make a lovely idea for a Christmas or Bithday present.
So what can I say about Sophie ...... 
She blasted into our lives after we lost our old spaniel when the boys were in their early teens.  The vet asked if we would give her a home (she was 9 months old) and she was flown from one of the outer islands, on her own! with no lead and promptly did a bunk the minute the door of the plane was opened.  We looked all day for her and couldn't find her but at 5 pm she walked into the airport lounge as if to say "Enough is Enough - I'll go home now". 
You can imagine the state she was in after a day running in the hills, but we didn't want to stress her by giving her a bath and brushing.  However, we left the kitchen door open that night in case she felt lonely. 
My husband and I woke the next morning to find her, not on, but IN the bed with us!  Life was never the same again and we miss her terribly.
Have a lovely weekend x
PS  My patchwork grid looks rather squint!  I think it is the angle of the photograph (I hope it is!) The stitching is definately squint - I forgot that cardstock does not crumple up like material when sewing - it took alot of rolling!


Debbie said…
Gorgeous LO Jennie and Sophie is a dream, what a beautiful dog.
I got so attached to my two boys (mixed bull terriers) and when they died was heart broken, they truly are a part of the family arn't they.
I have not made a LO with my two so must have a go now I have seen your lovely page.
Great colours and design.
Netty said…
wow this is totally gorgeous Jennie, x
chrissie said…
Fantastic page Jennie. It says so much and made me smile for sure.

Love Chrissie xx
Julia S-W said…
Firstly Jennie, thank you for the honourable mention!
Secondly, as ever, I loved reading your post. I too know what it's like to lose a dog that is much loved and just an extension of the human family. I did laugh at your description of Sophie's arrival, disappearance and subsequent submission to being taken home!
Your piece is as beautiful as ever. Precise, perfectly executed and how on earth you made those colours work I just don't know, but they do! I think they would have defeated me! I would have stitched the patchwork first and then stuck it down - cheating I know but so much easier! All credit to you for being such a perfectionist!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Oops! Forgot to say thanks for joining us at Anthing But A Card this time!!!
Sue said…
Beautiful layout for a beautiful dog. I could take Sophie home but my cat wouldn't like it. I love the colours Jennie and you've used all the elements perfectly.
Margaret said…
Jennie, this is GORGEOUS! The patterns on the hexagons are wonderful and I love the rosettes! Your story about Sophie was so sweet and she sounds like such a special friend! Thanks so much for joining us again at Anything But a Card!