Thursday, December 14, 2017

Memories in a Box

needle-felted lion and lamb
made by Nancy Jones
approximately 2013

The Christmas decoration box holds items that can evoke vivid memories.

This circular, needle-felted decoration was given to me by Nancy a little over four years ago and is a treasured memento of our long friendship. Not only did Nancy and I go to elementary, junior high, and high school together, but our classrooms were literally across the hall from each other for 25 years. She was a talented fiber artist and taught community knitting and needle-felting classes. Nancy is the one who taught me how to knit socks on two circular needles.

You may remember Nancy's blog, High Plains Footprints. She died in 2016 (tribute here), and only a handful of people knew she was ill, so her death was complete shock.

Pulling this item from the box of Christmas decorations was a bittersweet reminder that life is so very short. Please take time this holiday season to connect with friends (old and new) and tell them how much they mean to you because you may not get another chance.


  1. Well said! The needle felt piece is adorable.

  2. Oh, my goodness! What a wonderful friendship ya'll had and what a sweet decoration! I'm so sorry that Nancy has passed, but I can only imagine what treasured memories you have of your adventures together.

  3. I loved Nancy's blog. She was so adventurous. I was so sorry when you told me that she had passed. I know you must miss her a lot.

    Her lion and lamb are adorable. I love the fuzzy mane on the lion.

    Thinking of her and YOU today.

  4. Loved your post. Having a lifelong friendship like that is a precious gift. And now you can smile and remember her every time you see this ornament.

  5. Beautiful tribute. So healthy to remember all the memories you have and not how soon she left. God gives us just a few special friendships and I am so thankful for yours.

  6. That was a beautiful tribute to your friend. Life is indeed short. But how wonderful to have so many memories with her. it sounds like she passed on her love of the needle arts to many. That is wonderful legacy too. The needle felting is beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us today.
    Blessings, Betsy

  7. Lovely memories. You must miss her terribly. Hugs!

  8. She was a real sweetheart! I miss reading her blog; she was a talented, fun person, and you were lucky to have known her personally. I remember when she spent a week in a lighthouse in our state, something I never realized was even possible. Hugs to you, Nancy; it's hard to lose a friend.

  9. What a great memory; I will be sure and hug friends and family today! Good reminder!

  10. Nancy while i never met her, I felt I knew a sense of her through her blog. We were blog connected by you. I remember being rather stunned at the news of her death in spite of our tiny connection. HOw wonderful to remember her in this post. I never got to see the memorial so I enjoyed reading it. She's here! What a great lady she was

  11. So wonderful to have beautiful hand crafted memories of your friend. I'm travelling down the country to spend a few days with my old school friend over Christmas - so that will be very special for both of us.

  12. So wonderful that you have Christmas ornaments from her...helps to keep her memory alive:)


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