About a month ago, I was asked to make a gift for an 11 year old girl who was moving from Metuchen to Seattle with her family. Her friends wanted her to know they would always remember her and they wanted to give her something that she could look at and think of them. After a little discussion, we settled on a windchime with 5 hanging pieces. Since many of them played soccer together, there is a soccer ball. There is also the Metuchen bulldog pawprint with the town's zipcode painted on it (fluttering backwards in the picture above). Because she likes polka dots, I fused on brightly colored dots of different sizes all over the top piece. One of the most fun parts for me was when they sent me some of her fashion drawings. They wanted to see if I could incorporate any of those-- I thought that was a really sweet acknowledgement of what they know she loves. I selected one I really liked and they chose the other. Finally, I created the space needle which is hanging in the center of the piece with all the others hanging around it. They gave her the gift earlier this week and they told me that both she and her mom loved it and cried. It was an honor to make this thoughtful gift that she will be able to hang in her new house as a remembrance of her good friends on the East Coast.