Today I want to share one of my most treasured friends with you. Her name is Jules and she lives in England. We have never met in person yet I feel as if she lives right next door. Have you ever met someone like that?
Jules and I found each other through blogging and I really don't even remember how that happened. All I know is that one day I want to meet her in person, share some tea, laugh till we snort and hug till we cry. She is such an incredibly gifted person and I am blessed beyond measure to have such a wonderful friend.
Jules has created many many treasures for me over the years. She can paint, stitch, write, make dolls and do so much more. While she is tremendously talented in all of those things, she recently felt her heart tugging at something in particular. In her own words...
"I love the simple approach, where characters aren’t spotless and pristine, but have grown and developed over time. Some simple button jointed animals were designed to start the process, (Ruby Rags and Clothilde) and then I knew I wanted to create more detailed animals who demonstrate positive human characteristics on a purer level. Something the owner can love and cherish, but not just as a ‘pretty thing’. Each creation will have a story, and a message that their owner is reminded of every day, to help, comfort, inspire etc….. I was also inspired by the folk art angel I bought in the 90’s, which ‘reminds’ me every day.
I plan to concentrate on making one character at a time, and like my dolls, each one will be unique, that’s really important. The creative processes will be back to basics as much as possible. All the ‘accessories’ will be handmade by me. I’ll be recycling and repurposing fabrics and items as much as I can, and there will be no ‘plastic’ craft products or polymer clays. Any products used have to be ‘environment friendly’! Also, I’ll mainly use my old Singer hand sewing machine. I’m as green as I can be."
Jules made this Hopestill especially for me. Here is her story which was enclosed in the package.
Thank you dear friend. You and Hopestill are with me always. Always...
Jules can create something just for you too! Hop over and visit her HERE.
Light, love and hugs to you. Hoppy Friday!
Michelle and the Bunnies