Jul 14, 2011

Scissors, Soul, and Searching

Scissors: Who would have ever thought that such a simple, little invention could bring us such joy, engage our imagination, and steal hours and hours of contentment that may serve no other purpose than to feed our soul and escape our daily grind of reality. Particular seasons in our lives, that reality can be sometimes, well, just unbearable. 

But the quiet calmness of the "snip" and slow and careful cutting along the edges, allow us for a moment, to cut away some harsh realities and create a fresh beginning. 

Whether it is paper, fabric, cardboard, wallpaper, wrapping paper, newsprint, card stock, burlap, a pattern, a photo, a paper sack, a flower stem, a fuzzy pipe cleaner, or just about any number of things that a pair of sharp scissors can cut, we somehow get that little bit of joy from the very first snip.

That first, fresh cut is our invitation to start anew. To begin again. To try  just one more time....and besides, no one is looking and we have only ourselves to please. And when life gets hard (and it can get pretty crappy, I don't have to tell you that)  it is our creativity that comes out and saves us from ourselves. Creating helps us to breath easier and it helps us feel like we belong somewhere...

And this is where I would like to take a moment and introduce to you someone very special to me ....and even to you. See that button to the right on my blog? The one that announces that I will be attending The Creative Connection Event? I hope you have clicked on it and checked it out by now, and if not, then please do! In case you don't know what I am referring to, here is the button:

Click Here!
Jo Packham, co-founder and creator/editor of Where Women Create and Where Women Cook is the creative soul behind this fabulous event, The Creative Connection Event, or TCC. 


Jo Packham, Publisher, Friend, Co-Founder of  The Creative Connection Event
Creator and Editor in Chief of WWCreate and WWCook




Most of you know I have been very honored to have been featured in both publications (see my side bar of my blog) and have also worked as a photographer for both publications featuring other artists as well. I am also going to be in the upcoming issue of Where Women Cook in a regular feature called Art Bar and below is a sneak peek photo:









But back to The Creative Connection Event (TCC) and the person I admire so much: Jo Packham. In several upcoming posts I will be highlighting some of the most fabulous artists and panelists that will be teaching and speaking at this event (September 15 -17) and I really encourage you to check out the website and read all the wonderful classes and events - one will be an autograph party - which I will be in attendance signing the latest issue of Where Women Cook - as well as assisting with the event - I can't wait! The TCC site has all the details!






But what makes this event so unique and special is that it culminates what Jo has worked and created for almost 30 years. She inspires and encourages women artists/crafters/foodies to take their talents and passions to a level they never really dreamed of. She inspires us little people, who craft after working all day, on our dining room tables, or only on weekends when we are abled. She is REALLY and TRULY proud of us and she wants us to know that creating is truly good for the soul and how much SHE admires YOU. She has told me many times  how she is just amazed over and over again with all that she sees with just us "regular" people.  

It is someone like Jo, who views people like us, who craft, blog, create, cook, and who sees our passion, can connect with us. She doesn't "poo-poo" our time spent doing these things as time wasted, she understands us because she is one of us. She was WAY AHEAD of the game years ago, way before HGTV, way before the Internet, way before Facebook, way before it was cool to be a "book scrapper"....she was the "oddball" 25 years ago for actually taking women seriously who seriously loved to craft. And her positive attitude about our passion affected us all. In more ways than you could imagine.








And while I will go into way more details about TCC, Jo, my involvement (and some neat news as well) in the next post, (as well as a contest!) for now, I want to begin my TCC series with a letter that Jo received from a woman in which this woman expressed just how much Jo's publications and how creating saved her during a very painful time in her life.

If you are not one to really read blogs, but rather just look for pretty pictures, I ask you this one time, if you could, to PLEASE stop and take a moment to read the following, heart-wrenching letter. My throat got so tight, I thought I couldn't breath for a moment. 

This letter says it all. Jo passed it on to those of us working with TCC to remind us all why we work so hard to provide such events as The Creative Connection Event - because creating and connecting is a lifeblood and it is in our soul.

The following letter that was sent to Jo by a fellow creative soul. It touched my soul deeply. I wanted to share it with you because if you are visiting my blog it is likely you were searching for either some inspiration, or something beautiful, or a little encouragement, or maybe just not to feel so alone. This letter does all those things and more. This letter connects us all so beautifully - and that is what Jo does with The Creative Connection Event...she connects us, our passion, our talent, and our souls... 




Thank you for allowing me to share this letter. It is long, but so worth the reading...


The next post, I will introduce you to some the most interesting people you will ever meet...but wait...you can meet them in person! You can sign up to go to TCC and stop by and say "hello" to me (I would LOVE that!) while taking some cool, (super cool really) classes and listen to great speakers and even pitch an idea or a book or a design to a publisher....more on the next post. (And I haven't forgotten about updating you on other things as well...so much to do!)


For now...the heartfelt letter that brought tears to my eyes and made my heart swell with pride to be a part of the creative world....and a part of your world as well...







6-24-11
Dear Jo,

Things have a funny way of working out...so that is the reason I am writing this letter to you...

I recently gave a talk at a Women's Spring Brunch, in which I talked about your inspiring magazine and what it had done for me....

I received a lot of wonderful feedback, but most of it was wanting to know more about your magazine and was I going to write to you and let you know my story.

So, here it is... I do have a story and I wanted to share it with you...

I have included a copy of the talk I gave, but here is the background information so you can fully understand it.

On June 9th, 2010 we buried our 20 year old son, Ethan who fought an epic battle with cancer. He was and is a 'rockstar' in our opinion... he taught us so much about life and how to make every day count. This was his third battle with cancer; the first two took place when he was just three years old.

That shifty disease came back when he was 19 and on top of the world. You would think that he would be angry and feel cheated, but not so.... Ethan told me that he had lived a wonderful life.

Our family of seven faced this battle united, with lots of support from family and dear, dear friends. Ethan felt that the Lord was either going to heal him here on earth or in Heaven and he was okay with either way.

We had the most amazing, cheerful and colorful funeral (no black allowed). We celebrated a life well lived!

My story however, is about healing. My story is about how beauty and creativity play an essential role in the healing process.

Your beautiful magazine is so full of life and encouraging words... one cannot help but to be touched in a deep interior way... page after page of eye candy, story after story of encouraging one another... what a thoughtful and refreshing concept!

Thank you for helping me in the healing process... I just thought you would like to know that if this is what you are trying to accomplish, you have done a great job, indeed.

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.

Best regards and many blessings,

Nancy Mills

Here is what I shared at the Spring Brunch:
This sharing is about possibilities, opportunities and about simple beginnings...

This sharing is about God The Father, as the Master Creator, The Master Artist who made all the animals on the earth, all the fishes in the sea, the snow caped mountains, the green hills, all the stars in the sky...

He is responsible for every single color that we appreciate in the flowers, the trees, the fruit we eat...

It was He who invented beauty, the concept of it, the glory of it...

It was God who knew that humans would so need His beauty...

It was His beauty that would bring us back around to Him...

God knew that women would love beauty... He knew that we would revel in its magnificence... that our hearts would respond to it and that there could actually be healing in it...

After Ethan died, I was just so incredibly sad... nothing seemed to be able to touch it...

I tried to pray it away
I tried to sleep it away
I tried running away

and although all those things helped a great deal... I still had this enormous gaping hole in my heart.

In my misery, I cried out to the Lord to send me a lifeline... and do you know what... He did it...

my lifeline was not just one thing... it was actually several things...

It was daily Mass.

It was 'front porch' girlfriends not excepting my “Oscar” quality acting skills,with me saying... “Oh yea yea... I'm doing just fine”...

My lifeline also came in the form of a brand new magazine on the market called “Where Women Create”.
My sweet sister, Monica, just on a whim, sent it to me, cuz she thought I would like it...

And finally the last lifeline happened to come in a random conversation I had with a dear friend...she said the most simplest thing, but it was as if she had a megaphone pointed right at my ear... We were conversing on facebook and I was asking what she was up to and she said, “oh, it's a crafting day”... she said “you know, I'm always the happiest when I'm making something”.

I sat there and looked at my computer screen for the longest time...

I remember thinking... “Oh,Ethan has been hard at work, I see... he's been working on getting his mamas heart healed...

You see, Ethan loved artsy-fartsy things... He was my biggest fan when it came to making things or trying new techniques... he knew I loved creating stuff...

… so I said good-bye to my friend, turned off my computer and just sat a while...

I started piecing things together and saw that this whole thing was beginning to make sense...

I said, “Okay, Lord... I'm beginning to get the picture... (No pun intended)...but, am I understanding you correctly... that you intend to heal me through stickers, and tape, and paper, and scissors, and glue and paint”? I mean, who am I to question You... but really?... :)

So, I got up, went to my craft cupboard and decided it was time to unpack a few things...

The first thing I saw was that magazine that my sister, Monica sent me... I figured now was as good a time as any to sit down and enjoy it...

I opened it up and to my extreme delight, it was filled with beautiful, inspirational pictures of artists, their work, their stories and the places where they create...

I was overjoyed with what I was seeing...

My heart, at that very moment, started to fill up, started to heal... I was actually happy... really happy... I remember saying to myself... wow... this is awesome!”

As I read all the Artists stories... I realized that their stories were really not that different from mine...

It seems that sorrow, grieving, and sadness must find a way to exit the body... and it seems that there are all sorts of ways for those emotions to do this...

what happened next really took me by surprise...

I started crying...

You need to understand that during my life, I was never much of a crier...I just didn't do it... I remember that I never cried at all when Ethan had his first fight with cancer at age three...and over the last year of Ethan's life, I was too busy being brave and strong for Ethan and everyone else... so no crying then...

As I was reading this magazine,which was so full of beauty and inspiration, the floodgates opened and I wept for hours... I cried about everything I could remember, for every single little thing I could think of... when no more tears would come, I was so exhausted that I slept for the entire rest of the day.

Beauty and emotions are related... one effects the other..

since then... I think I have cried every single day... I allow the tears to come as they may... so be it...

So,as the sorrow and grief were finding their way out … the desire to create was finding its way in...

I kept saying to myself... “what on earth am I going to make?... what is it going to look like?... is it going to be dark and morose?... ugly and sad?... pitiful and pathetic?...”

I decided to be brave, to explore the possibilities and to simply...begin....

what came out of me was amazing... it was bright, beautiful, cheerful, happy, positive...

there were moments that my eyes were just watching what my heart was telling my hand to do... I felt like my hand and heart knew how to paint, but my brain didn't.... it was an amazing experience...

it was then that I started feeling the warm, peaceful, quiet, healing process and it was wonderful.

The thing that I had in common with those artists in the magazine was that “something”, some issue, situation or experience in their lives brought them to a point that they must create something. It was a restlessness in their spirit or a small voice telling them that it was time... they felt compelled to create and in doing so... helped the Master Creator heal what needed healing in their lives.

Creativity encourages happiness and happiness encourages healing.

When you create, you feel calmer, happier, more reflective , more in a position to heal.

I know it was the Holy Spirit, guiding me.
I know it was Ethan's prayers... so wanting his mama peaceful and happy again...

In preparing for this sharing, I found this quote...
"When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, the doors of our souls fly open and love steps forth to heal everything in sight”.


In closing...

Is your spirit sad like mine was?

Are you experiencing a restlessness deep inside you?

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you?

Is He calling to you?

What matters most is that you listen,that you pay attention to that small quiet voice deep within you and then simply... begin....



May this day be the day your spirit is lifted and you find a pair of scissors and just simply begin...


From my house to your house, 


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41 comments:

Randy Walker said...

Hello my love,
I am so happy and feel so privileged to have your creativity a part of my life, from our German breakfasts in the morning to the moment I walk in the front door after a long days work, I look around our home and and experience the feelings and peace that come from your God given creative side. It makes me happy to see you happy as you do what comes just natural to you and I hope you know that you have taken a home that once had no life and turned it into a place for living and I will forever be grateful. I love you pretty. Your husband " the barber"

Nella said...

Dear Elizabeth, I have been following along for a while, but never felt compelled to comment until today. I have tears in my eyes, but have never felt more sure about creating for happiness than now. I lost my dear Mom, two years ago, my beautiful home decor store 3 years ago, and have been in a terrible slump till this summer, never knowing why my God given gifts were not in my heart anymore.Now I know what happens to us in sadness and grief, but I am ever grateful for all that I have been given in my life. You are very special Elizabeth and have touched my soul. Nella xoxo

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

What a nice surprise to wake up and find my lovely "barber husband" leaving such a wonderful comment! Not used to having you comment on my blog. I love you too - and I am thankful for God's choice in a husband for me - He went all out when He chose you to be the one parked on the park bench that one Sunday :-)

Love,
Pretty :-)

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Hello Nella,

I am so happy that you wrote to me. I love that the letter helped you feel compelled to create for happiness. I am sorry about you losing your mother and your decor store. Two losses like that would affect me greatly. I have found (through very painful trials) that when I experience losses, that in time, I gain again, and again.

You having such gratitude for all that you have in your life is a sure sign that you already are on your way to gaining wonderfully new adventures. I am excited for you!

Thank you again for taking time to write me - you made my day.

Big hug
Elizabeth

Curtains In My Tree said...

That was a wonderful letter. So glad she is on her way to healing.

My sister is going through this same journey and I am going to share this letter and magazine with her, hoping it will start her healing


thanks Elizabeth for sharing

Summerland Style said...

I so look forward to the time where we can actually sit down and talk face to face. You are a soul friend to me and posts like this reinforce the reason why.

And, having met Jo last year, she is exceptional.

And tiny!

; )

Annie said...

I can just say: Wow... I so agree with her!! When our bodies and souls are a battlefield for emotions, then is when we most need to create, to DO something. Brought me to tears, and to smile again throughout the whole letter.
Thanks so much for sharing Elizabeth, it can heal others too, I think.

Miss Gracie's House said...

Yes, that was beautiful, and yes, I did cry. You see, I have always felt so *guilty* that I created during those dark days of mourning...thank you for sharing this and from a Christian perspective too.
Rene

Miss Gracie's House said...

PS...that comment from your husband is pretty darn sweet!

Lula said...

Thank you Elizabeth. This is something I was something I needed today. Cancer has made me stumble on occasion and your post is one of the many things that God has used to remind me of just how much he has given me and how much he will continue to give me. With his help I have "chosen" a long love filled, inspiring and blessed life to share with all the precious people in it. This post was just one more thing that he used to uphold my choice. God bless you

Nancy Mills said...

Hi Elizabeth... it's me, Nancy... (Ethan's mom) wow...thank you for sharing my letter/talk today.... I'm so glad to know that it just might make a difference in someone's life...
Creating something...anything, from the heart is the first step in healing...and the joy and peace that comes from that creating is a side benefit!
If you would like to "meet" Ethan...there is a youtube video from his phat going away party...
"Ethan's Phat Going Away Party" check it out... he was a real sweetheart, and a champion....
keep up the good work, my friend....

{oc cottage} said...

WOW. Never thought I'd see an altar call at my computer monitor. Awesome. My soul feels tired and dry lately...your post was like rain. As I press on, I shall "snip"! ;}
Thank you.

m

Lisa said...

Bravo, I feel like this was written to me!

many many thanks!

Lisa

Cathy Louise said...

A very inspirational post as always my friend...I am going to tell the story on my blog really soon on how you have touched my life in so many wonderful ways....and I am the lucky one because I may get to meet you next year....Very blessed!!!!! love c xxxxxxx

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Hi Everyone,

Yes, It really is a touching letter...it really means so many things to many of us. I am very happy to have shared it and even happier that it touched you like it did me.

May you all have a very creative and calm weekend

Love
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Lula,

While no one would ever want to go through what you are going through, it just amazes me how people find that inner strength and shine when it just can't get any worse....you sound amazing and I hope you know that you are touching so many around you. And amazing them as well. :-)

Big hug
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Nancy!

Oh, how exciting that you found me!! I am so honored that you would write me. Your letter and your talk have touched me deeply and as you can see it has touched others. Ethan sounds like an angel - even before he left this world.

Your words are so true and I tear up EVERY time I read your letter/talk. It really affects me. Thank you for sharing your pain, and how you managed through it. Creating is something that is truly a gift. After all it comes from THE creator...and I think He often wants us to create because from our souls and our heart, it is He that speaks so loudly.

Thank you for writing!

Big, big hug to you
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

oc,

Sometimes, we don't know how thirsty we are until someone offers us drink...someone told me that once. And it is true. So glad you stopped by.


Glad you are creating today. :-)

Big hug
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Cathy!

Always love hearing from you and soon, I will be able to give you a real HUG - can't wait to share that too - you go ahead girlie and share, I will be smiling.

Love you
Elizabeth :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Elizabeth --

I, too, have been following your blog since I first read about you in "Where Women Create". Your genuine soul and authenticity came right off the page.

I have been battling Stage 4 breast cancer for years now. God has done miracles in my life all along. I am doing well, never have pain and my cancer markers have been going down (294 to 90). The thing God gave me during this journey is to create somehow, someway, even just the smallest act of creativity has given me the drive to press on. I don't dwell on my cancer at all. In fact, sometimes I wonder if I am in denial and then I look at all the supplements and doctors appts I go to for intergrative medical treatment and I know that is not the case. Thank you so much for being such a bright shining light to us. I use to think you had to be grand at some art form to be a creative artist. God has shone me differently that is not the case. God Bless you, Elizabeth. I hope to meet you one day. Karen from Philly town

Tamra said...

Oh how I love "Where Women Create"!! My mom and I get every issue, read it, share it and wait (sort of) patiently for the next one.

Thank you again for a lovely post and Randy's sweet comment was fun to read too. You gotta love a man who truly appreciates a home done with love.

the wild raspberry said...

Elizabeth, thank you for sharing part of your life, and this beautiful letter. I don't know why or how that creating is healing, but I know it to be true. Chasity and I stopped doing everything during Shauna's illness. We stopped running, gardening, sewing, crafting. Shauna couldn't do it, and therefore there was no joy in it for us. Now, as we are healing, and waiting to go on to be with her, we are starting to live again. Running, gardening, crafting, sewing all are helping us to heal. I really believe that God as our Creator, puts in our women's hearts a deep desire to create, and gives us great peace when we do so.
Anyway...sorry for rambling...but thanks for sharing.
Much love,
Debbie

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Dear Karen from Philly

I am so glad you wrote. You must have a special gift that I can't imagine. To see so much good during these past four years. I can only imagine all the strength you have passed on to other around you. I don't think you are in denial, I think you just chose to see all the good around you, instead of the bad. I should do that much more often. Not only do you create, but you are also a teacher. I have no doubt that God is smiling upon you.

Thanks so much for sharing your story with us.

Big hug to you
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Tamra,

Where Women Create IS a special publication, isn't it? I feel very honored to have been tied with them these past months. Randy's comment caught me off guard. As most know, he rarely, if ever, comments. But I will share that once, he told me, long, long ago, way before he ever met me, that he dreamt that one day he would have a wife, and a nice house and someone to come home to. You see, he married one week before he turned 40. He was single a long time. He told me he never dreamed his home would ever look the way it does now and he loves coming home to it - that really warms my heart.

Thanks for writing me Tamra!
Elizabeth :-)

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Hi Debbie,

I thought Nancy's letter would touch home in some way with you all. You sisters are something special. I don't have that and always loved seeing sisters who have that bond. Shauna sounds so super specie - and her sisters just as special too.

I am glad you wrote me - know that I am thinking of you lately and wish nothing but peace for your family.

All my best,
Elizabeth

Jillayne said...

Isn't that just the truth - happiest when creating.
Every life has sorrow and joy, in various doses of course, but they are there for all of us. It's what we do with our life that determines how much effect those two emotions have on us. I began my journey into needlework at the age of 7 and have rarely been without one in my hand at least once in every day.
As I pick up needle and thread, sorrows float away, joy comes to visit and I lose myself in the rhythm of the stitch.
My world changed again when I discovered Where Women Create. It was then that I learned it was not only acceptable but necessary to have a creative space that would be reflective of me and inspire me every time I step through it's doorway. I will always be very grateful to Jo for all she has done for women who create.

Pat said...

Elizabeth....What a lovely, lovely post. All so true..and aren't we all lucky for finding the thing that makes our hearts sing. I have every issue of Where Women Create. I read them over and over...I'm inspired by them to carry on with the things I so enjoy creating and sharing and to visit people like YOU who bring even more beauty to my life. I'm in my backyard studio this minute...sharing a beautiful day with you...with scissors at the ready. Thank you so much, pat

Terre said...

Oh Elizabeth thank you for this tall glass to drink! I lost my 24 year old son 3 years ago in a fatal accident. I have been chained to greif since then. Your personal story I can not say thank you enough. I quilted alot before his passing into his Heavenly Father's arms and the first year I stayed in my quilt room and did nothing all day, slept mainly. I am in my quilt room again; but picking up the pieces of the joys of being Steven's mother for 24 years and pieces of fabric (well after I can see past the oceans of tears I have held in for 3 years!). Love that you shared this on this beautiful Sunday, shared the love of Christ to a reader who never knew of you til today. Lovely that your words/thoughts/emotions that God guided you through helped someone like me. Thank You for being you, thank you for listening to His still small voice. Teresa

House Things said...

All of this counts for men too, right? They say nobody is perfect. Can a blog post be perfect, because I'd say this one is. Thank you, Thank You...

Mary Beth Hunt said...

Elizabeth, I'll be there helping my daughter---who will be one of the teachers. She's one of those who can't help but create. She was born that way. But I've lost my creativity and that makes me sad. I've read about you for years and I will search for you at The Creative Connection Event just to say hello.

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Hi Jillayne,

I am right there with you in being grateful for Jo. Creating not only creates something new, but also pieces back together something old in the soul, the mind or the heart. Thank you for sharing your thought. It amazes me how open and honest my readers are with me - a big honor.

Big hug

Elizabeth

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Hi Steven's Mom,

Teresa, I am so horned that you would write me about such a personal time in your life. Your story will lift others up who happen to come across this blog, just like you did and is now reading your comment.

The pain and sorrow you experienced (and will continue to experience) is now being shared with someone you don't even know who is reading this right now and wondering if she can even make it until tomorrow. I feel extremely blessed to have "met" you and I can only imagine that having Steven taken from you so quickly and in such a shocking way is a pain like no other.

Your story of faith, and how you continued to create, in turn, created a legacy of strength for other women who just need one little breath or just a bit of light, that somehow, there is something for them in this world, beyond this unbearable pain...and you are showing them it right now. God is working through you.

I am so sorry for you losing your beloved Steven, and I am so happy you stopped by to share him with us. Please keep creating - you are giving strength and courage to so many.

Big hug,

Elizabeth :-)

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Brandon,

You are about as close to perfect as there is...and I am so glad you stopped by. Thank you for the lovely comment and I am wishing you nothing but the best as always.

Big - super big hug
Elizabeth ;-)

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Mary Beth,

I would love to meet you! I will hug you first, then give you a slap on the hand for lying ....you haven't lost your creativity! I just went to your blog and saw your really CUTE CUTE cake you made and I can't wait to try it - I just love it. It is the perfect size and powered sugar frosting is my favorite. And all those layers! You make it look so easy....I think I will make it tonight - and start my diet tomorrow. :-)

Can't wait to hug you,
Elizabeth :-)

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Hi Pat,

How nice to know that we are able to create...and thank you for sharing your comment with me. It made my day and it makes me happy to know that I can inspire others because I get inspiration so often from reading, others, something I heard, and I like to think I can give back. Thanks again for stopping by and encouraging me.

Big hug,

Elizabeth :-)

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

Wow. Just wow.
That letter is a testament to the ability of art to heal the wounded soul. We never really whose lives we are touching on these blogs of ours, do we?

And of course, I would be remiss if I didn't tell you, once again, just how profoundly you have impacted my life and my blog.

I said a while back that I wanted to be just like you when (if) I grew up. I take that back now...there is only one Elizabeth, and no one does it better than you.

But thanks to your ongoing inspiration, I DO want to be the very best me I can be.

Thank you, beautiful friend!!!

XO,
Anne

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Anne,

You have to be one of the most creative and talented people out there...I love what you do and every time I click on your blog, I am just amazed. I may not always comment, but I am truly amazed by what you share with us. YOU inspire me and I feel so lucky that you are a part of my world.

I hope to hug you for real someday soon
xoxo
Elizabeth :-)

Sandy said...

Eliz, thank you for inviting me over today. Today, 14 years ago, I lost my sweet Mama to cancer. I'll never forget ... I had 3 babies and life was hard losing her. Than you for sharing Nancy's letter and for the beautiful post. I really like Randy's comment, too. He's kinda like "my Paul." Love you, friend!

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Hi Sandy!

I am so glad you visited! I am sorry about you losing your mother so long ago...that pain never goes away, does it? How strange that today was the day you lost her, and this is the day you read a letter like Nancy's. You being so creative yourself, I am sure you could relate to Nancy's situation.

I am so glad you are in my life. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

Big hug to you
Elizabeth :-)

Curtains In My Tree said...

Yes
That is a wonderful talk this sad mother gave
I have read that someplace else and thought I sure hope her heart heals, but loosing a child is the worst thing I do believe.

I think it is so wonderful how WWC magazine has encouraged lots of us

And Elizabeth you are so creative it blows my mine what you come up with.

I first seen you in Country Living magazine a few years ago. Your creative self is fabulous

Janice

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Thank you Janice for such a nice comment. It is great when we creative types can just lean on each other and understand what the other might be going through. You are always so kind when you leave comments - and always make me smile!

Big hug
Elizabeth :-)

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