This month, I wanted to honor Kelly's love of gardening with the apron I sewed. It was a love she developed after moving into her first home with her husband, Matt, shortly after they were married in 2006. Spending time in the garden was Kelly's ideal day. This is a verse, one of Kelly's favorites, that I read often...
In my garden there is a large place for sentiment.
My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams.
The thoughts grow freely as the flowers
and the dreams are so beautiful. ~Abram L. Urban
Added to the May Give-Away apron is a necklace I've created with Kelly's favorite flowers, hydrangeas. Admittedly, I went to four quilt stores, looking for blue hydrangea fabric, but had no luck in finding some. Kelly carried blue hydrangeas in her wedding bouquet and the bushes she planted at her home were blue. They are one of my favorites also and I think Kelly would have approved of this apron and necklace.
I'm issuing a challenge for this month's Give-Away. To be eligible for the drawing, I want to hear how someone in your life has inspired you as Kelly inspired me. (If you don't want to post your comment on the blog, please feel free to email me directly.) This challenge comes in the wake of a yearly memorial gift that was set up at the University of Kentucky in Kelly's name, to be awarded to a student who, in their writing, exhibits qualities that Kelly exuded.
Thank you all for your support this past year. I'm traveling tomorrow to participate in some classes at King Arthur Flour in Vermont, then, I'm going to meet one of Kelly's inspirations. Nicole had a blog by the name Gardenmama and was responsible for creating The Wellness Tree that gave Kelly so much hope and support through her treatment. It is one of the last things on "the bucket list" that Kelly asked me to complete for her. The timing is perfect and I can't help but believe Kelly had a hand in this meeting.
I look forward to hearing from you all. Love always, XOXO