This week I am also doing my first guest post over at the Diva Weekly Challenge. It's a post about gaining awareness for the Relay for Life, the event I am participating in on August 18 to raise money for cancer research. It's a Zendala challenge and I know how you guys love those so hop on over there and check it out.
I would also like to remind you that there is still time to donate to the Relay for Life and receive 5 special edition Zendala templates. To learn more, read this post.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone who has already donated. It is so nice to see how many people care about helping me reach my fundraising goal. Thank you for your generosity and support of this worthy cause.
Zendala Dare #17
It's the first Zendala Dare of the month so it's time for another Dare with a little added challenge.
This month I wanted the added challenge to bring awareness to my efforts to fight cancer. Everyone has been affected by cancer in some way. You have either fought it, lost someone to it, or cared for someone who had/has it. I wanted to draw attention to just how prevalent it is, but I wanted it to be positive. I don't want to dwell on the negative aspects of this horrible disease.
So with that said, this weeks added challenge is to complete a Zendala template in honor of someone still with us or someone who has lost their battle with cancer. Use tangles that symbolize them, tangles that make you think of a happy place that the two of you enjoyed, or simply create a Zendala that you think would have or will make them happy. It's up to you.
Here your template for the week:
Zendala Dare #17 templates
|Tangles: Boss, Flux, Hollibaugh, Tipple|
I created this Zendala in honor of my Grandma Anne. My grandmother was not always the warmest person but she had many other great qualities, some of which I tried to represent in this tile. The ovals that look like sunflower seeds were meant to be peppermint chews. Many a time I would sit with my grandmother and watch tv and she would inevitably pull a little pink and white striped bag from Shaw's candy shop out of the top drawer of her dresser. She would buy these red and white striped peppermints that were somewhere between a hard candy and taffy. They were always one of my favorites but when Shaw's closed I didn't find them again for years. A few years back a new company started making them and I think I am now partially responsible for keeping them in business.
|My mouth is watering just looking at them!|
I also created some "slices" of pie that I decorated with Hollibaugh. My grandmother made the best blackberry and apple pies. She also made pumpkin for my brother John but you won't get me to touch a pumpkin pie with a 10 foot pole! I finished with Flux because she had a fondness for flowers and Flux has a very floral feel to me.
Involving Hospice in my grandmothers care was one of the best decisions we made. We had an amazing group of Hospice nurses helping us with every step and it made the transition so much easier. I cannot thank them enough for their assistance.
On February 1, 1999 my grandmother had already been unresponsive for 3 days. When the Hospice nurse came to the house my mother had half jokingly expressed her concerns that she did not want my grandmother to die on my birthday which is February 3. The hospice nurse told my mother "She can hear you, you should let her know" so in the loud, assertive tone that they always used with each other my mother leaned over my grandmother and said "Ma, Erin's birthday is in 2 days, you need to make a decision!" She died 10 minutes later. I think it may have been the first time my grandmother actually did something my mother asked. I was holding her when she died.
My grandmother was probably one of the most influential people in my life when it came to art. She had a very quiet, methodical way about her when it came to helping. I would tell her what I was trying to do, she would look at the project, maybe offer a few words of advice, but not much more than that. Later she would usually come find me to show me a needle, crochet hook or some other item that she had found our purchased to help me out. She was also a very good cook and would often sit at the end of the long counter in our kitchen watching me cook and offering advice here and there. It was always a running joke that she would often say of something I had just made "Oh yes, I used to make this all the time." but my mother said she could never recall any of these things she claimed to have made. It was always amusing when my mother would hear say it and my mom would just throw her hands in the air and walk out of the room.
Even though she was a little "rough", I always had great respect for my grandmother. She had a difficult childhood being abandoned by her father and being raised by a strict mother and eccentric aunt. She married young and raised four children. She became an LVN in her early 40's, worked in convalescent hospitals and then opened and operated a successful elder care facility for many years. A large part of my work ethic comes from her.
So the tile above is in honor of my Grandma,
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