Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A Special Pumpkin

Jen at Sanctuary Arts at Home is hosting a Pretty your Pumpkin Party! Click on this icon to go to her blog and visit other participants!
I'm just about "Pumpkined" out here at my house. I really don't have anything new to show today, but I wanted to participate because I really love Jen's blog! So I scouted around and saw this wall hanging in my friend Beth's first grade classroom. This quilted wall art featuring a pumpkin was made by her friend Linda a few months before she lost her battle with breast cancer.

Linda was a great friend to Beth and to all of Beth's friends-including me! When she found out that she had cancer, she fought the battle hard not giving up til the end. She created and worked on her art as long as she was able.
Her strength and positive attitude has been an inspiration to her friends.

This weekend we will have an arts festival in town, and two years ago Linda was sitting at a booth at this festival displaying projects such as this one. She died in February of 2007.

Her wall hanging looks great in Beth's classroom and has created some excitement and anticipation among the students. Linda would have loved that, and I think she would be honored that I posted a picture of her work on my blog.

So, it is to Linda and her memory that I dedicate this post! She left us all a wonderful legacy in her art work and also in her attitude toward life in general. Linda has been missed by all of her friends! Thanks for stopping by! Thanks Jen for hosting this blog party!

35 comments:

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I think Linda would be very happy with this post.

This was a lovely way to honor her memory, Diane! I love that her friend Beth hangs this beautiful piece in her classroom, too.

Jen r. said...

I am so sorry to hear about Linda. It's a wonderful post and I am so glad you can honor her this way. It's a beautiful piece of art.

Angie said...

I am sure your friend would be so proud to know we are all hearing her story and getting to see her beautiful artwork.

Bo said...

This was such a touching tribute to your friend and a reminder to us all just how vivious this disease can be. Bo

Dawn said...

What a sweet tribute to your freind. I'm sure it would have meant a lot to her. The pumpkin wall hanging is wonderful. I can only imagine how much the children like it.

We are planning on decorating our house this weekend.

take care,
Dawn

Southern Lady said...
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Southern Lady said...

Hi, Diane ...

What a sweet -- and timely -- tribute to your friend Linda.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and hopefully, hearing Linda's story may inspire one of your readers to have a mammogram done.

Sincerely,

Janie

Smilingsal said...

Nice tribute and a delightful banner. I like that it's NOT scary.

judicreations said...

Thats lovely of you to post this beautiful pumpkin picture of your friends. I know it is a special way to remember her each day...and she would be honoured I'm sure to be remembered like this and so fondly. Memories...wonderful things we leave behind...

I hope you have a lovely day.
Judi

jeanne said...

Diane, I think your post is lovely and your tribute to Linda is so sweet. How very sad to hear about a wonderful person like Linda losing the battle with cancer. I lost my mom to cancer. She really fought hard as well. Your post touched my heart today.

Love...Jeanne

the pleasures of homemaking said...

What lovely tribute to your friend Linda! So sad that women are still loosing the battle with breast cancer. Her wall hanging is beautiful - what a wonderful artist she was!

Manuela

Darlene said...

Oh, what a beautiful post in honor of a beautiful friend. It is so sad she lost her battle. Her pumpkin is amazing and what an honor to her to have it hanging so proudly where everyone gets to enjoy it. Lovely post!

Nola @ Alamo North said...

What a lovely tribute to Linda! It's nice to still have a bit of our friends remain in their artwork!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

What a sweet way to honor the memory of Linda. And I love the pumpkin! So glad you included it in the party!
Carrie

Sandy Toes said...

How nice to honor your friend today!
Your words were beautiful!
-Sandy Toes

Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

Wonderful tribute to your friend. Thanks for including this in the pumpkin party.

Shannon

pammiejo said...

Thanks for honoring the memory of your friend. It made me remember those friends of mine that have been lost to cancer. It can be a dreadful disease and no one goes unaffected by it. PAM

Ms. Tee said...

What a sweet tribute to your friend - thank you for sharing her art with us.

Half of the Style Sisters said...

You are a very sweet friend. What a beautiful thing to do. My brother has cancer as you might already have read on my blog. We are staying very hopeful.
Thanks for sharing this post and honoring your friend.

Karin

Half of the Style Sisters said...

You are a very sweet friend. What a beautiful thing to do. My brother has cancer as you might already have read on my blog. We are staying very hopeful.
Thanks for sharing this post and honoring your friend.

Karin

KATHERINELLEN said...

Diane,
I am sorry about your friend Linda...It's a beautiful post for her. I love that bargain table you got ..beautiful. Thanks for stopping by...the Uppercase living is what I selling. It's has words you can trnsfer on wall, picture, and put it on your craft you make...It's fun to do...You have a wonderful day today..Kathy

Mrs. B said...

What a sad story about your friend. That wall hanging must be a bittersweet reminder of her. I'm sure she would be happy to see it on the wall, bringing the students happiness at this time of year.

Bella Casa said...

What a nice way to honor your friend. That is really a beautiful pumpkin that she made, it's so sad that she died. Thanks for sharing her story.

Bella

Jules from "The Roost" said...

Very touching! It is a beautiful wall-hanging!

Nancy said...

Oh Diane, I think this is fantastic! I am sure she is proud! I know what you mean about being all pumpkined out! Me Too! I over it...LOL Nancy

Pat said...

Hi Diane!

Thanks so much for all your comments while we were away in Key West celebrating our anniversary! I appreciate them all and most important your friendship.

We had such a fun time while away

but now I'm still catch up on all I missed.

This psot was beautiful --what a wonderful tribute to Linda.

Hugs, Pat

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a beautiful way to remember a friend.

I am on my 98th post. So stay tuned for something great.

Alex said...

Good evening, Diane. I could NEVER get pumpkined out!! ;) Bring on the punkin festivals, cause I love me some good punkin donuts! :P

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

I hate cancer. Thanks for sharing a part of Linda with us. And thanks for stopping by my blog. It's always neat to discover new, fun people! ~Mindy

Michelle Cowden said...

You're not really "pumpkined out" this early in the season are you??? At any rate, your post is lovely, touching, and inspiring. And by the way, thank you for visitng my blog earlier today. Happy Autumn! Michelle

justabeachkat said...

Hi Diane

Thanks for your visit tonight. I haven't been by to see you in awhile and it's been fun catching up with you. I love your new "look"!

Hugs!
Kat

Connie said...

What a terrific tribute! At the beginning of your post I was agreeing about being pumpkined out. But after reading it, it has inspired me to add a pumpkin or two. Thanks for sharing.
~Connie

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Oh Diane, what a tribute to Linda...I think she'd be tickled pink knowing you highlighted her artwork here.

Thanks for coming for Tea today and helping me celebrate my birthday!

~Blessings,
Jan

Cher said...

Such a nice tribute for a nice friend.

The Texas Woman

Angel said...

I am sorry to hear about your friend. I am sure she would have loved your tribute post. :-)