by msfancyvip 14 Jun 2010

A little story here. My daughters boyfirend, Doug, brought me a shirt that he'd borrowed from his best friend, Mike, 8 years ago. He explained had this shirt stayed in his closet for so long because Mike had died unexpectedly shortly after he'd borrowed it and he never had the heart to attempt to give it back to the friends wife...and just couldn't in good conscience simply dispose of it. Well, his friend had a 5 year old little girl named Paige when he died...she's turning 13 on Thursday, and recently she's been experiencing some agitation about not remembering things about her daddy very well anymore. So I told him that we could make a little Memory Memento pillow out of her daddy's shirt for her. I left the back of his IZOD shirt intact, using the buttons for the pillow opening and stitched her fathers initials on the pocket, leaving a little space along the monogram so she could slide a couple of other precious mementos of her fathers in the pocket for safekeeping if so chose to. I used the Cute Embroidery Embossed Swan Font on the front signifying Paiges name...the lillies and the Swans felt so serene and perfect for the project. Now she can get and/or give her dad a little hug whenever she wants to. I truly hope she likes it and isn't freaked out by it. The story brought tears to me when he asked me if I could make something special for her out of the shirt...I think of all the projects I've ever made, this one will carry the most meaning for so many of anything else I've ever done. She'll have her own piece of her fathers legacy and since Doug stays so closely in contact with her and her mother, I think he'll be even more special to her as she matures and realized how deeply he cared for her father as well. Thank you for letting me share this with you. ~Rita

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by cloey 15 Jun 2010

I love it. Think it's a great idea.

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 16 Jun 2010

Thank you so much! ~Rita

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by dilceia 15 Jun 2010

ttt
Very piteous!!! I am going to copy the idea.

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 16 Jun 2010

Great...be sure to share pictures with us. I'd love to see other ideas. ~Rita

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by leenova54 15 Jun 2010

Very touching and a wonderful idea....sorry for her loss and losing the small memories.

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 16 Jun 2010

Thank you! ~Rita

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by asterixsew Moderator 15 Jun 2010

What a lovely idea, I hope that Paige cherished this cushion

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

Thanks so much. I'll find out her reaction after Thursday...I hope she it brings her comfort and fond memories. ~Rita

msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

Thanks so much. I'll find out her reaction after Thursday...I hope she it brings her comfort and fond memories. ~Rita

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by cutegirl 15 Jun 2010

THIS HAS REALLY TOUCHE DMY HEART, THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL, I WISH I HAD SOMETHING THAT I COULD KEEP TO REMEMBER THE PEOPLE I HAVE LOST. THIS LITTLE GIRL SI GOIGN TOLEOVE THIS PILLOW AND TREASURE IT FOREVER. I LOVE IT, IT SI SO BEAUTIFUL. THANK YOU FOR SHARING WITH US, YOUR IDEA IS SO GOOD.

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

Thanks Cutegirl...but it really wasn't my idea persay, it was simply an inspiration gleemed from the facts and material items presented at precisely the right time, that actually took on a life of its own, LOL. I think Paige was meant to get a meassage from her daddy at a time she was stuggling. I hope she loves it...if nothing else...it certainly based me in reality. ~Rita

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by dibbles2 15 Jun 2010

A friend of mine is dying of lung cancer and she is agreat believer in recyecling and we were sorting out her clothes and I was to take them to a charity shop and to the recyle center but as my daughter is a keen quilt maker I let her have a look at the clothes and she took out some of the bits and has re-perposed them she has turned them into something else and my friend is so pleased that they will go on to be used for something else. she made me abag out of Annie's favorite jacket so I will always have this to remind me of her.
Your pillow will be so comforting for Paige well done

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

Thats wonderful! I'm glad that your ill friend was okay with the idea...together the 3 of you have created a living legacy and that has to make your friend feel good and truly loved. Thanks for sharing your story. ~Rita

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by joanne8125 15 Jun 2010

What an awesome story and idea and it looks great. I am sure she will cherish it forever

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

Thank you. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she finds joy in the pillow and that it doesn't dredge up sorrow on her birthday. ~Rita

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by fleabag 15 Jun 2010

Rita, isn't it funny how something happends totally unrelated to answer a prayer? I have been praying that I would find something that would "heal my heart" as Father's Day approaches - and I have a shirt of my Dad's. Funny thing is that he loved FROGS (he believed thhey stood for Forever Rely On God) and guess what our new alphabet is.... I guess God is hearing me and my prayers! THANKS

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cutegirl by cutegirl 15 Jun 2010

THANKS, I NEVER KNEW THAT F.R.O.G HAD SUCH A BEAUTIFUL MEANING. THANK YOU FOR SHARING. I HAVE LEANT SOMETHING NEW AND BEAUTIFUL TODAY, BUT ARE'NT WE LEARNING EVERYDAY FROM OUR CUTIES!

msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

It is true isn't it Fleabag? Sometimes we don't take the time to "SEE" the correlations because we get so very busy with our daily lives that we miss alot. I'm so glad for you that the FROG alphabet came along right now...and glad you recognized the irony! Your Dad must have had a fantastic outlook on life with such wonderful beliefs. Thanks for giving us a new acronym for FROGS! ~Rita

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by dlonnahawkins 15 Jun 2010

Rita, that is a great thing to do. The Hospice group here in this area has a group of sewers that make bears and pillows out of the deceased's garmets. When life is not so hectic for me, I want to try to get involved with that too. What a special thing you have done for this little girl.

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

What a wonderful group idea...I'm seriously going do some checking into that for this area...thanks for the idea. I'm such a prudent and thrifty person by nature that I just hate to see good things get simply tossed out as trash when there are so many useful purposes left in them yet. I truly think that alot of people would cherish something like this project to remember their loved ones by. Thanks for the motivation! ~Rita

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by dilceia 15 Jun 2010

It was wonderful, congratulations!

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

Thank you...lets hope she likes it. I'm anxiously waiting to hear about her reaction. ~Rita

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by milas 15 Jun 2010

Wonderful, great project!!!

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

Thank you...I hope it has a speical if not great impact with Paige and her mother! ~Rita

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by mysew1325 15 Jun 2010

this is wonderful... she is blessed with you for making this for her..

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

Thank you. I feel blessed for being allowed to be just one small catalyst on this project of love and emotion. ~Rita

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by crazygranny 15 Jun 2010

Rita the pillow is just awesome the story get to my heart . I just lossed my dad in march and now I wish I had got one of his shirt . Paiges will just love it .Thanks for sharing a wonderful gift.

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

Thank you. I know what you're saying. It sure makes you respect and appreciate some of the old-time quilts that were made out of the same such memories doesn't it. ~Rita

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by 02kar Moderator 15 Jun 2010

Beautiful story. What a special man Doug is to do this for Paige. And you have given her a beautiful pillow emotionally and physically.

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

Thanks for commenting. Doug has remained very close to Mikes family still, Paige calls him to keep him and my daughter aprised of all her school and sporting events so they can come and watch her...he is a special friend indeed. I truly hope she likes her own little piece of her daddy. ~Rita

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by sewingnonni 15 Jun 2010

The pillow is beautiful! I feel that it will be a very special gift for Paige. As Paige grows up and matures, the pillow will become much more special to her. I'm sure her mother will be so very fond of the pillow too! God bless you and Doug for this very special gift!

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

Thank you! I agree with you 100%. I think her mother, Janina, and perhaps Mikes mom as well, may be able to help her understand the significance of the "pillow"...I'm sure it's not going to initally be the most favored gift a 13 year old has on her want list...but in time I think it may become much more to her. ~Rita

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by ken174 15 Jun 2010

Oh My Gosh Rita, this is beautiful! A wonderful story as well as the perfect idea to make her feel close to her dad. You've done a beautiful thing!
* sandy

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

Thanks Sandy. I think it certainly came at a time in Paiges life that she was looking or needing to reconnect with her daddy again. I hope it brings her even a tenth of what I've experienced while making it. ~Rita

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by judybell 15 Jun 2010

Rita, this is so wonderful of you yo do such a lovely gift. Your work is great and your heart is greater.
God bless, Judy

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

Thanks Judy...for some unknown reason I was just brought along for the ride on this project and I'm honored to have been offered the opportunity to be a such a small part of such a great thing. ~Rita

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by april22 15 Jun 2010

I had to use a tissue to wipe up the tears.***
Your so lovely!!

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

I totally relate...I had quite the little sit down cry myself before I could bring myself to cut Mikes shirt up...but that shirt material will now bring more to Paige than it's use ever as ashirt ever brought to Mike in his short lifetime. Thanks for you comment. ~Rita

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by castelyn 15 Jun 2010

Rita, you did a great job . I'm sure Paige will treasusre this gift. *4u

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

Thanks Yvonne. I think your right, I have to believe that she will learn to treasure it with time. ~Rita

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by maryanns66 15 Jun 2010

What a beautiful keepsake and story for a special young lady. I can see why this project means so much to you, and I'm sure Paige will treasure you gift forever. *4U

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

Thank you. I hope I'm blessed with more projects like this in my lifetime. I believe Paige will draw some inspiration from it also...how wonderful that something as simple as an old shirt could potentially become something so much more. ~Rita

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by lenamae 15 Jun 2010

what a wonderful story the pllow id just wonderful I know she will love this for sure.hugs Lenamae

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

Thank you Lenamae. The pillow basically designed itself...the rest of us were simply the mechanisms, LOL. I hope it shines a little light on her day when she gets time to understand it completely. ~Rita

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by designgirl 15 Jun 2010

What a wonderful thing you have done. She will treasure this pillow for the rest of her life knowing it was "daddy's shirt". It also brought a tear to my eyes. You and Doug are wonderful people. God bless you both. Hugs Lynn

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

Thank you Lyn. I think anyone who is touched by this story is special...or else they wouldn't "get" the significance. Paige may not understand this yet...but I agree that in time she will learn to treasure it. ~Rita

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by cuddlebear 15 Jun 2010

Rita, What a beautiful story and a lovely memento for Paige, like everyone else it brought tears to my eyes too. Hugs Claire

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

Thanks Claire. I hope she only feels Joy upon receiving it...she and her mother have had enough tears. I think her Daddy is sending her a message on her birthday! ~Rita

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by cherylgauteng 15 Jun 2010

A really wonderful idea and story. Thank you for being such a compassionate person and for sharing this with me. I am moved and crying, cannot say more.

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

Thank you. I believe that there were forces working here beyond our control...this project certainly humbled me and I'm happy to be allowed to be a part of the message. ~Rita

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by edithfarminer 15 Jun 2010

Well rita, my eyes are leaking too, what a super thing to do and it is just so lovely.the colours and swans lend themselves so beautiful. sure she will truly treasure this. Hugs Edith

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

Thanks Edith. I'm hoping that it can be help her feel re-connected to her daddy again...maybe not right at the moment, but at some time in the future as she matures and reflects back. ~Rita

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by shirlener88 15 Jun 2010

Rita, as I write this my eyes are leaking so very much - hard to type. I wanted to thank you for you inspiration and for sharing the whole story of such a lovely project. WOW, Paige is on lucky young lady to have some many people love her this much and especially her father for being the inspiration of all this love.

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

Thanks Shirlene! Trust me it certainly inspired me. God works in mysterious ways doesn't he? It certainly gives me pause to wonder what force(s) made Doug happen to pull this shirt out of the closet around her 13th birthday...her passage into teen years and maturity. I'm suspecting that her daddy is looking over her from beyond...Doug is indeed a very special friend to Mike and his family. ~Rita

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by stickmuster 15 Jun 2010

Dear Rita, this story touches every heart. To her confesses, I had tears in the eyes as me this has read. You could not have made a nicer present for Paige. This is a unique cushion, as her history. Love and greetings Hilde

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

Thanks so much for your comment. I hope it brightens her birthday a little bit to have a piece of her daddy with her as she passes into the monumentus "teen" status. ~Rita

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by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

Link to companion photo for the back.
http://projects.cuteembroidery.co...

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by alex71 15 Jun 2010

Oh what a lovely story had to use a tissue to wipe up the tears..And it was so nice of you to make Paige her special daddy pillow.Well done.*4u

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msfancyvip by msfancyvip 15 Jun 2010

I know...it certainly tore at my heart strings. Thanks ~Rita

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