Tuesday, November 4, 2008

bag giveaway

I've been feeling awfully thankful lately, for a lot of reasons. We've been blessed, so blessed, in our family and our friends, our church, our neighborhood, the kids' schools and work situations...I could go on at length. Anyway, I want to pass on the thankful theme by giving away a few things, among them the bag I made for the fiber workshop.

This is the photo I posted when I blogged about the workshop. The bag as pictured is not completed. The finished product has a tidier strap and more embellishment, including beads and other goodies. It's not large, probably 10 inches up and down and 8 across or so. It is lined and there's a little pocket inside, and it snaps closed with one big snap.

I'm also going to give away a hand dyed silk scarf in fuchsia red and tangerine, and one of my little silk velvet painted/stamped art pillows which can be used for a pincushion I suppose, or just for a cute decoration.

All of this giveaway will occur one week from today, Tuesday November 11, Veteran's Day here in the US, which reminds me of another thing I'm grateful for--my cousin who was fighting house-to-house in Baghdad not too long ago has returned safely home and was recently married.

If you want your name included in the drawing, please leave me a blog post specifically saying so and I'll put your name in the hat.

On a more somber note, my mother has had a recurrence of breast cancer and must undergo a mastectomy in a few days, followed by 4 months of chemotherapy. The earlier cancer was 10 years ago so this was a bit of a jolt. She's doing well though and just wants to get the treatment behind her. My sister, a nurse, will be here to care for Mom post-op, which is another thing to be really, really grateful for, as is the excellent medical facility and physicians involved in the treatment. We'd all appreciate your prayers and positive thoughts in our direction.

Hope you're all doing well today.


Lesley said...

This must have been a terrible shock for you all Susan. Especially after your Mom had remained clear of cancer for so long. I'm sending positive thoughts and prayers your way.

I fully understand that times like this can make you realise just how fortunate you are in so many other ways. Take care of yourself.


Genie said...

So sorry to hear about your mum,
prayers and good wishes sent from Devon.Would love to be included in your giveaway draw on the 11th.
have a good week/weekend Hugs Jean

CG said...

Oh your poor mum! this must have been a huge shock! She's in my thoughts and prayers.

Please include me in the draw.

Julie said...

I have family in the forces so I echo your thanks for your cousin's safe return.

What a shock for your mum and all of you. I am sending you my positive thoughts and prayers.

Yes please, I would love to be included in your draw. xx

katelnorth said...

I'd love to be included in your giveaway - and my thoughts are with you and your mother.

Susan said...

My prayers are with you, your mother, and your entire family.

I've missed reading blogs while away for six weeks at the MacNamara Foundation in Maine. The foundation only had dial up. I brought my own broadband modem but it was still slow. I returned on Sunday and have been trying to deal with all the work that piled up in my absence. Yet, this evening I told my husband Steve that I absolutely had to read a few blogs and especially leave comments on several....those that left comments on mine while I was away. Being around a group of highly educated, very articulate, and totally accomplished, professional artists can be a bit intimidating. The positive comments I received during this time were truly my support and encouragement. Thank you so much for being one of the senders!

Now....I LOVE YOUR HALLOWEEN get-up! Fantastic!

Again, thank you! My thoughts and prayers are with you at this trying time.

Robin Mac said...

Susan, My thoughts and prayers are with you as well. I know the treatment for breast cancer these days is just sooooooo much better than it used to be so I am sure the outcome will be positive.

Glad you had a successful day's trading. Pleas include me in the draw. Cheers, Robin

Viv's Visuals said...

Please would you include me in your draw Susan? Thank you. And well done on a good day's trade!

I am sending you and your Mum as many good vibes as I can. What a bummer to have had such news after so long being 'all clear'.
I wish her strength and will to fight this disease again- I'm sure with your Sis and you and all her family around her the only outcome will be a positive one.
Hugs for you.... and lots of hugs and prayers for Mum. x

Maureen said...

Would love for a chance to 'win' the bag, it looks great. Thinking of you and your Mum, I do hope she is doing ok, my prayers go to her.

Bethel of Bethania said...

G'day Susan, I'd love to be included in your thankful giveaway & hope I'm not too late ....
My thoughts are with your Mum, you & your family at this time ... think Positive ... OOroo ... Bethel