About a month ago, I got the news that my cousin's wife was facing her second bout of Malignant Phyllodes breast cancer after just 18 months of getting her first diagnosis. It is a very rare type of breast cancer, and she and her family are having to travel 3 hours from their home for her appointments and treatment. There are also several underlying medical conditions she will need treatment for, and needless to say, they are really feeling the stress with these additional expenses and the ones yet to come. When we heard that a group of their close friends were planning a benefit for the family, I just knew that I wanted to cross stitch something to donate for the silent auction.
Since I didn't have a huge amount of time, I needed to choose a pattern that wasn't too large, and would appeal to a wide variety of people. I went searching through my patterns, looking for something with a "friendship" theme, and decided on this chart from Heart in Hand appropriately named - Friendship the Trilogy.
I first saw this pattern stitched up, when our friend Jayne made the 4 of us each a flat-fold using this design (you can read about it here). Following Jayne's lead, I also changed up the colours here and there since I wanted to use threads I already had on hand. I'm so happy how it turned out, and it was an extra bonus when I realized that it fit perfectly into a pre-made 5"x7" distressed frame!
I also decided to add this ornament I finished a little while back. I felt it needed a bit of sparkle, so I added a tiny red button from my Nana's button tin.
The benefit was held last night, and it was a huge success!! A fun time was had by all, and the outpouring of love and support by those who attended and contributed was overwhelming. We hope that the funds raised will help to lessen the financial burden for the family as they go through this difficult time.