Thursday, April 8, 2010

BUSY WEEK

As you all know my friend and Etsy Team member passed away suddenly a couple of weeks ago. She had no Will so all of her belongs will go to probate. Her only living relatives are her Aunt Barb and her Father Richard. Aunt Barb came down last week to go through things such as papers and personal belongings. Our team offered to help pack up the house and Aunt Barb was so kind to let us help and also go through all of Kathleen's crafting things and take what we wanted. Kathleen had her own crafting shop in San Francisco years ago and moved all of her supplies with her to Coos Bay but her health was failing and after 6 years it still sat in her garage untouched. She also had things inside her home that she had recently purchased to do crafts with. Two full rooms full of crafting supplies.

Needless to say, it took us four days to go through all of these things and sort through all of her belongs. We all took things home that we could use and I can just hear Kathleen say "take this sweetie and make something wonderful". I can just see her smiling face and hear the kindness in her voice because that is what she was, the kindest, sweetest, person I have ever known.

A few of the girls took loads to Hospice over the past few days and today Aunt Barb had everything inventoried for the attorney that will be handling the estate. We met in Kathleen's beautiful garden style back yard and had coffee and remembered her. She was there in spirit enjoying the coffee and conversation as she always looked so forward to each week.

"Peace"

This week's challenge at Digital Whisper the theme was "Peace". That is what Kathleen has now, total peace. No more pain, no more surgeries, no more medical bills, no more worries. She is at Peace with God. I created this digital collage in honor of Kathleen.


"Ulla Loved Music"

Kathleen always inspired me to create especially when I would get in to a funk about creating. I would have no ideas or ambition to create. She would tell me something or show me something or suggest something and then I would be in the mood. Her very best friend and partner in crafting, another Etsy Team Member, Nadine, sent me an email last night of a collage that was for Sale on Etsy. It was a beautiful collage transferred onto canvas and it measured 10 x 10. The price on this collage was............drum roll.................. $250.00! All of the collages come in different sizes according to what you want. The 4 x 4 size sells for $65.00!

Nadine said to me, "Patti, you can do this!" 2 hours later I did and this is what I came up with. The size of this collage is 8 x 10 and will be for sale in my Esty Shop for $50.00. It was created using photoshop and then embellished with gold leaf paint, a stick on jewel, corner piece from Kathleen and gold ink.

Thanks Nadine, I am happy to know that you are and Kathleen still is inspring me through you!

I have so many ideas now. It is amazing how each of our Etsy Team Members that took some of Kathleen's crafting supplies just can't wait to get busy creating....WE ARE INSPIRED!

11 comments:

slommler said...

I love your newest piece. The collage is awesome!! Yes, Kathleen is truly at peace and walking with her Savior! What a wonderful image to have!
Be well dear one
Love your collage
Hugs
SueAnn

Mollye said...

I love reading about the strength that friendships impart. Yours is a wonderful love story of two sister friends and she would be very pleased. XXMollye

Salzanos said...

The lighting in the Peace collage is awesome! The whole piece is stunning! You have a fantastic "niche" I believe. Yes, Kathleen is safe now. I have only happy and inspirational memories of her!

Poetic Artist said...

What a wonderful collage you created. My heart goes out to you on the lose of such a good friend.
Yes she is in a more peaceful place.
Hugs,
Katelen

JANN said...

Very caring post Patti,
I know Kathleen is in the greatest place of all and just imagine the beautiful things she see's there.
I heard that heaven is everything we love, such a joy to know that.

A Dancing Mango said...

Patti,
I am still not home.. I am "just back".
My hubby bought me a new laptop and I am thrilled.
I wish to tell you how sad I am your post brought tears to my eyes.
I saw prior to my leaving that your dear friend had passed.
I am sooooooo sorry.. !
Looks like you girls are doing a great job of handling things.
About your memorial digi art..
very beautiful and heart warming.
Thank you for being here..
Hugs,Darlene xo

A Dancing Mango said...

Patti,
I am still not home.. I am "just back".
My hubby bought me a new laptop and I am thrilled.
I wish to tell you how sad I am your post brought tears to my eyes.
I saw prior to my leaving that your dear friend had passed.
I am sooooooo sorry.. !
Looks like you girls are doing a great job of handling things.
About your memorial digi art..
very beautiful and heart warming.
Thank you for being here..
Hugs,Darlene xo

JillzWhimzy said...

What a beautiful tribute to your dear friend - may the happy memories always inspire your art. Youre newest tribute piece is lovely as well.

Vickie said...

Patti, you know what, I absolutley adore you! You brought tears to my eyes. I love how people are special to you and I love the kindness in your heart. How blessed the day is when you come into people's lives. I'm sure Kathleen is smiling.

Judi said...

Hi Patti
I am sooo sorry to hear about the loss of your friend...*hugs*.
I read about the memorial and your kind words about her. How lovely that you were able to have some of her crafting goods that will inspire you...as you use them and create and think of her.

The picture of your daughter and you is adorable...and the little grandson too...

*hugs*. I hope you are doing alright...you are in my thoughts.
Judi

Debbie said...

Awww Patti, I'm so sorry about Kathleen and this is a beautiful tribute...