I asked Lorraine what she thinks about as she hooks each commemoration and she said that she thinks about the family, being little and growing up. She begins each rug with a design of the house they are brought home too. No matter if they stay in the house or move the fondest memories of their childhood will be rooted there. The alphabet represents learning and the books they will read, following in the tradition of samplers of bygone days. The rug can also serve as a game board to play on.
Of course, Lorraine always hooks in the birth date along with each child's name. In this case lucky little Hazel was named for her grandmother, Lorraine's mom, the Marie is for the mothers middle name and Rae is for Madison, their first grandchild who passed away in 2011, who is very dear to the family's collective heart. Andrew, Lorraine's son and Hazel's father, said the little girl was named for the very strong females in their family tree.
Hazel was born on St. Patrick's Day and how fitting when the great grandmother is of Irish decent and Andrew, the proud daddy was born on his grandmother's birthday and mother Jen used to be a Green.
There are two little faces peeking out from behind the tree on the right. In a previous project Lorraine hooked Ethan, Hazel's big brother, in his birth rug so she didn't want Hazel asking down the road..."Nanna, why didn't you hook me?" So Hazel and Ethan are playing hide and seek behind the tree.
This is #6 in the line of gift rugs for newborn members of the family of the family. Previously she has completed rugs for four grandchildren and two grand neices. She likes hooking a one of a kind rug that will grow with each child, cementing a very special bond of a grandmother's love to a memory that will last for generations.