Happy WOYWW to you, dear friends! What fabulous creations, crafts and collectibles have you surrounded yourself with this week?
I’ve been inspired by one of my favorite children’s books and a furry pink friend (no, my cats are not sporting a new look!)
Let me explain…
Each week, I do my best to create something new and share a variety of challenges to help get your creative juices flowing!
Similar themes across various blogs frequently catch my eye.
One theme that stood out this week was the challenge to create something inspired by one of your favorite children’s books. This was the challenge put forth by both Laurelcraft (a new-to-me-blog) and Heart 2 Heart Challenges (an old favorite!)
I chose one of my favorite books of all time – The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams – as my inspiration. I’d like to share part of the Forward by Corey Nash from my version of the book, with its enchanting illustrations by Jean Chandler:
The Velveteen Rabbit is a timeless story that can be enjoyed on many levels by readers of many ages. For it is more than just a simple tale for children.
It is the guileless story of a stuffed toy rabbit, once so well-loved and played wth by the boy who owned him that he became shabby and his whiskers grew soft. Because the boy loved him, the rabbit was always beautiful to the boy; the boy needed him. And that was all that mattered to the rabbit. Nursery magic had made him Real to the boy. And when you are Real, shabbiness doesn’t matter.
But it is also the story of an abandoned rabbit, forgotten and sad. And through the enchantment of the nursery magic fairy, he later became REAL to everyone.
If you have the opportunity to read this wonderful story – by all means do so! I was an adult the first time I read the story and I fell in love with it!
Another popular challenge theme this week was Animals. Here to represent the Animal Kingdom – and The Velveteen Rabbit – is the Mama Reta Bunny! This sweet pink bunny was a gift from me to my beloved grandmother many moons ago. Her favorite color was pink and she had an innocent, childlike quality about her all of her life. She was a huge influence on my life and my best friend when she was alive. Guess who the two bunnies on the card represent?
I am always inspired by the beautiful, diverse creations that each blog’s Design Team creates each week, and one Design Team that particularly spoke to my heart this week with their gorgeous creations were the gals at The Shabby Tearoom! Be sure to visit them and all of the other amazing challenge blogs at the end of this post!
This week I am reflecting on life and loss. I quietly turned another year older while mourning the loss of my sister-in-law. This year I am reminded of how fragile and precious life is, and how short the time we have with one another is. Bless one another with your presence and have a wonderful week!
P.S. My Simply Irresistible Cat and Friends awaits your visit at this week’s Wordless Wednesday Party!
Creative Art Challenges
Looking for a place to stretch your imagination? Check out this week’s Creative Art Challenges!
- ABC Wednesday – F Is For Fairytale
- Avenue 613 Challenge 85 – Anything Goes
- Cards In Envy – Best Of Friends Challenge
- Clear It Out Challenge – Anything Goes
- Corrosive Challenge 206 – B Unique(Bunnies, Buttons & Bling)
- Crafting At The Weekend – Challenge 4 – Anything Goes
- Crafting From The Heart Challenge 32 – Anything Goes
- Crafty Calendar August Challenge – Anything Goes
- Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge 49 – Anything Goes
- Heart 2 Heart Challenges – Inspired By A Book (CTMH Papers & Inks; Inspired by The Velveteen Rabbit)
- Hiding In My Craft Room 161 – Use Ribbon
- Kitty Bee Designs Aloha Friday Challenge 30 – In The Garden
- Laurel Craft Challenge 8 – Inspired By A Book You Read As A Child Or To A Child
- Less Is More 185 – Animals
- My Craft Creations – August Challenge
- Penny Black August Challenge – Anything Goes
- Pink Saturday
- Scrapbook Blessings #27 – Anything Goes
- Scrap Creations – Animal Challenge
- Scribble & Scrap Challenge 25 – Anything Goes
- Simon Says Challenge – Anything Goes
- Stamp & Create August Challenge – Anything Goes
- Stamping Sensations August Challenge – Anything Goes
- Stone Gable – The Scoop 132
- Suzy Bees Bloomin Challenge 42 – Anything Goes
- Sweet Stamps Challenge 183 – Anything Goes
- The Crazy Challenge 178 – Cute Little Animals
- The Shabby Tearoom #232 – Summer Dreams
- The Squirrel & The Fox #75 – Anything Goes
- Through The Craftroom Door Aug 19-25 – Anything Goes
- Tuesday Throwdown 209 – Our Furry Little Friends
- WeDoDooBaDoo Challenge 12 – Shabby Chic
- Whoopsy Daisy – No Square Cards
- Word Art Wednesday 146 – Anything Goes
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