"My sister-in-law, Shelley, along with my youngest brother, Rick, fought a courageous 10 month battle with her Stage 4 diagnosis of small squamous cell cancer late last year. She lost that battle a week and a half ago while staying in Seattle, where she had been going every three weeks for chemotherapy, flying from their home in Juneau, Alaska to Seattle for chemotherapy.
They had tried and exhausted every kind of chemotherapy drug, and even tried experimental therapies in hopes of prolonging her life. That she lived a full 10 months with a terminal, late stage diagnosis and survived long enough to meet her first grandson is a testament to the determination of the human spirit against impossible odds......."
Last weekend I held a mini workshop in my town for our "sister project" (The Happy Prayer Flag Project) and we created dozens of flags that will be sent to the city of Birmingham, AL to welcome the Dalai Lama this fall. Learn more about this wonderful project here. We had children of all ages creating flags, sewing, embroidering, and coloring their hopes and dreams in cloth. What a blessing to be able to share Carrie Bloomston's project!
Karen from www.loveproject.ca has submitted these lovely photos of prayer flags created during Spiritfest, June 27-30 2014. Spiritfest is a weekend of Music, Nature & Art in Mansfield Outdoor Centre, Ontario, Canada.
What a lovely response from a generous crowd! Several prayer flag project participants stepped up and volunteered to help with the administration of the blog. I'm happy to report that Lisa Chin, art quilter, surface designer, and all around team player will be the new blog administrator.
Lisa is an avid maker of many things, most notably for this blog, of prayer flags. Just look at the strings of flags she's made using Sun Shibori, and stenciling. I can't wait to see where Lisa's leadership will take the group. Please join me in welcoming Lisa as she embarks on this new creative adventure!
The Prayer Flag Project blog is undergoing some changes. After several years in her role as moderator, Deborah O'Hare has decided to step aside and has asked for someone else to take the lead. I can't thank Deborah enough for her commitment to keeping this blog going. Deborah's presence will be sorely missed. It is a labor of love and, as we all know, love, peace, and hope are what this blog is all about.
For the time being, I will be moderating the blog. However, with such a busy schedule, I'm afraid I don't have the time to post more than once a week. My hope is that someone out there who cares about continuing the Prayer Flag Project will be moved to take the helm.
I am looking for a volunteer to continue the project. The time commitment is about an hour a week, probably a bit more in the beginning as you learn the platform, but blogging is easy and fun.
Linda here... I wanted to share some photos with you from recent prayer flag workshops that I have led. It is good the share the process with others as they delve into the (often) new territory of creating flags. Fun was had by all!
I will share more flags with you after the upcoming July workshop, too.
One is for France who lives in
Quebec and has some problems finding a place to work and live. She has
some very new projects and I hope they can be realised. (On the flag is the Tower
Eiffel for France and the Quebec flag for our 2 countries)."
"The second is for BEATRICE (an old friend also )who is very ill and cannot walk; she is in handicap "situation; so I give her WINGS (fairy, angel, dragon fly...) and the help of hollies...The feather brooch is in silver and from my mother..............sometimes we loose feathers....................." Anne