My son spent the last two days back in the hospital for bleeding after his tonsillectomy. Time stands still when you are in a hospital, particularly with a child. We are exhausted, but very glad to be home. Bleeding is a potential complication of a tonsillectomy, but of course we had hoped it wouldn't happen to Adam.
I had begun some new embroidered felt brooches last week. The stitching was quiet and I could do it with Adam hanging out on my lap. When we ended up back at the hospital, I needed a portable project to keep me busy as I sat for the long hours on the Pediatric ward. I was able to finish up a bunch of the brooches and I am very happy with them. As many of you have probably noticed, I am partial to animal imagery (and nature themes in general) for creative work. I also like circus imagery.
The bottom photo shows an 1870s watercolor, "Man Feeding a Bear an Ear of Corn," by an unknown artist. I found it in the book "The Flowering of American Folk Art." It inspired the brooch I made with the black bear and red ball.
** I plan to list some of these brooches and others in my etsy shop shortly, so keep an eye out for the update.
** The little mushroom I have been using as a portable pin cushion (shown in photo above) is a pin sent to me by Fanja of Le Train Fantome when I ordered one of her Lumi dolls.