My husband and I went to the county courthouse to apply for our marriage certificate it on a rainy day in late Spring. After completing our errand we were walking around the town talking even though it was sprinkling and getting dark. Ahead of us on the sidewalk and in the yard were a few brown wild rabbits. Amazingly they didn’t run off as we walked up to them. One even stood up on his haunches and sniffed my hand. It was a thrilling moment for animal lovers such as ourselves. We joked about what sort of symbolism this might have regarding our upcoming marriage. At the time, and all the way up to my pregnancy, we had planned on adopting so fertility issues weren’t something we were seriously considering.
I made this ornament for my husband the Christmas just before Eli was born (when I was 7 months pregnant.) I actually had already made another ornament for him that year, but this one came to me in a dream on the night before we were to exchange gifts. Luckily it was very quick to make.
It is just two layers of felt. There are one ear and hind foot on each layer, and one layer also has the front paw. I blanket stitched them together and around the single layers, and then embroidered the mouth, arm and haunch details. Then I sewed on the glass bead eyes and cotton puff tail. I embroidered his name (erased for the photo) and the year. Finally, I strung together glass beads to make the hanger.
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