Thursday, June 4, 2009


Every day is a new bag isn't it? A new bundle of events, breathes, decisions, emotions, and the like, don't you think? A New Bundle was actually my 1st title for this post, but by no coincidence, the title took on a new name as I came back to this draft after many months.

{perfectly matched}

The pictures you are viewing is a baby bundle I did back in January for a mom to a new life. She wanted an eclectic look to her diaper bag and baby accessories. Her desire was for her custom design to resemble her as she would be the predominant one carrying the bag, changing the little one's diaper on the changing pad, and snuggling this new tike in against the soft, satin quilt topped blanket.

In her designing session, she professed her love for cranberries, merlots, and tangy coral-orange hues. She chose k.Mac's Hipster bag design as it offered 6 interior pockets as well as 6 exterior pockets to house all the necessities of a little one as well as her own personal carry-ons.

Knowing this client from a distance through the years, I was honored she chose me to design something classic and custom just for her. She is a woman of strength. A woman full of love. A woman who has faced many difficult times in her life in and amongst the dreamy highs of bliss and contentment.

{Pieced} her life is.
{Pieced} so is ours.

I speak of her story to you now as it is my hope that you will gain a deeper glimpse into the journey of life.

She is a mother to 3 boys.

Her 4th son arrived in February of this year. Approximately 3 years and 7 months after her 3rd son left this world a few months shy of his 3rd birthday.

Her journey to give life to another child after his passing was filled with hard twists and sideways turns that led her and her husband to the possibility of adoption.

And this adoption was a success in less than a year's time.

Now, she is a mother to 4 boys. Her story is one of vision, patience, and faith. I am in awe of her strength and so overjoyed to see her happy with her hands full of chubby cheeks, dimples, and dirty diapers.

To read her journey is so convicting. It hits all the highs, the middles and the unbearable lows with such poise, pleasure, and pain all pieced together.

Oftentimes, she speaks of her 3rd son with reference to nature as his tiny self adored all little creatures. Butterflies seem to have settled as one of many symbols that strike concordance with his life here on earth.

As her final design request, she wanted to make sure I incorporated some earthy browns into her diaper bag with all of her other favorites.

Amid the searching, my eyes fixated on the brown fabric you see in this bag. Just before purchasing the fabric, I doubled checked to make sure I was ordering the right skew number and glimpsed at the designer's inspiration behind this particular collection of fabric:

COLLECTION: Flutterby. Flutterby is a monument to the breath of life and the beating of tiny wings, all that is underfoot and overhead. In this collection Tula Pink pays tribute to nature's unyielding will towards beauty in small things. The palette is as vibrant as mother nature herself with intricate designs that remind us there is always more to see if we only take the time to look.

...remind us there is always more to see if we only take the time to look.

This client is living proof of just this. Her heart is forever open and forever grateful for all of her children and the wonderful gift they continue to bless her with.


God is there in the details.

He so graciously selects our fabrics and pieces them all together the ragged edges and smooth alike. Through His hand, we are woven with the greatest of design and inspiration.

.mac :)


April said...

What a wonderful, heart-warming story of faith and perseverance! Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us today...WE are blessed!

Live.Love.Eat said...

Oh goodness. The bag is beautiful and you are certainly talented but my heart is stuck right now on the loss your client has endured. My greatest, deepest fear..........

On a lighter note and to keep me from crying, my little guy only eats a handful of things, so he hardly touches my creations. And I spend most of my money on groceries but that's ok because for me it's equivalent to other women's clothes shopping :)

pam said...

Absolutely a gorgeous post. May I link to it over at my blog? It is such a moving story!!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I agree with April-I am so blessed because I read what you wrote today...very sweet!
The bag is amazing!!!!!!
And-I have had the hardest time accessing your blog lately-you and a couple others. I didn't want you to think I was ignoring you!!! You always leave the funniest, sweetest comments, and I couldn't respond-it has been driving me insane...On your profile page-list your email address-so many girls leave me an email if they can't get on my blog for whatever reason...and so many times I want to email you!!! You are so sweet!
And usually-I am laughing outloud or reading your comments to my hubby and we are both cracking up!
Love to you and your family today!

The Pink Potpourri said...

that is such a beautiful bag! i love all the patterns and colors. and thank you for sharing that amazing story!

Mighty M said...

Such a great story!

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