Thursday, September 30, 2010


My creative energies have been all over the place lately. I do have some new pages complete in my sketchbook project...just need to scan and show.

Of course the balloon release is on my mind, and in my activities. I have no idea how many people to expect...which doesn't bother me except for wanting to have enough balloons and helium. I've planned and prepared for events before, but this one feels so much weightier because I want it to be meaningful for everyone who comes. It's not the art show that I organized in California...where I realize some people may not get it, and I don't care. This is our children. My wanting to please everyone becomes a glaring monster, and with all the terrific suggestions I've gotten, I realize how much more this event could be. I hope it can be more...and better...and different in future years (if it's done in future years). I feel bad, because I'm sticking to something so simple and basic. Like I'm not giving our children the best, and what they deserve. And if the parents end up disappointed, then I've let their children down too. Weighty thinking, I know, but there you go.

But the last two days have been focused on getting some stuff done for etsy . I'm learning more about the Day of the Dead, and decided to make some postcards that would be available for people to send in celebration. I have one available...and more in process. And with Autumn knocking, I've been working on cowls. Again, only one listed right now, but have a few about ready to list.


  1. The postcards are fabulous, I wish I were more artistic, you have such an amazing talent! Excited you're branching out with the cowls too! Looking forward to October 16th, I think that simple is good. Just being in our grief together is what it's all about, remembering, honoring, and sharing.

  2. simple doesn't mean it isn't our best, simple can speak volumes and in simplicity lies our common grief and longing for our children

  3. I agree with the above poster. Simple does not mean it isn't your best.

    Often things can get lost in the over detailed aspects of events. The fact that you are organizing something at all is wonderful. <3

  4. I love the postcard and your explanation of Dia de los Muertos. We had 2 exchange students from Mexico stay with our family (sisters to each other. One came my junior year and the other my senior year.) My due date is this October 29th. Halloween feels to be mocking my pain. If I didn't have kids, I'd gladly skip Halloween this year. But I have been looking forward to celebrating Dia de los Muertos this year. My Mexican sisters and Spanish class had explained the holiday to me before, but I have never loved someone so deeply who is in the grave. Now I understand the holiday. So different from Halloween. I have been fretting...what sort of food do you bring to the grave of a babe who hasn't eaten? I suppose I should look that up. I'm sure I'm not the first to wonder...
    Also, I've planned events before. Simple is better. You get too elaborate and it can distract from the purpose. Like you said, maybe next year if you have more helping hands.

  5. I'm positive it will be fantastic. I am closer than most other people, but still haven't made a decision about what to do.