liluga - love isn't love until given away

"Loving God means doing what he tells us to do, and really, that isn't hard at all." 1 John 5:3 NLT

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Chicky New Liluga

It's been a while since I've sewn a liluga. While I have always loved the idea behind making a liluga (a little something to give away that says "you're loved!), I have to confess that I never really loved the design of my original lilugas.

I tried to come up with different patterns and shapes and sizes. Although many came out cute, the patterns did not scream at me "this is it"!  So, I put sewing them on the back burner and went about my life.

Earlier this January, I discovered an internet phenomena called "One Word". It's where you choose one word for the year. One word to focus on and live out.  My one word was "Overcome" because there are many things I need to overcome in my life.  But I won't get into any of that here.  What I do want to share is that, with my word, the image of a bird came to me. It was as if, in order to overcome, I need to spread my wings and fly.  Like a baby bird in the nest that needs to be kicked out so it can fly on its own.

I then decided that this would be the year of the bird. I would focus on using birds in my sewing, crafting and writing. Funny, I never noticed before how many people incorporate birds into their artwork. I am noticing now. 

My first bird I made came out ok. It looked a little like folk art. It wasn't until a few weeks ago, while making a couple fabric stuffed Easter eggs, that I thought about making an Easter chick.  I, of course, looked online to see what others were doing, and noticed that there wasn't much in this area.  So I took what I had on hand - recycled wool, fabric scraps, on a ball of this lovely black velvet yarn that I found at the antique mall - and made my first chick.  Immediately I thought to myself, "this is it"!

Not every liluga I make will be an Easter chick, but for this season, chicks are it.

I have four little guys that need to find a home.

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?"  Matthew 6:25-27