Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I Won 3rd Place in the Martha Stewart 2010 Halloween Creations Contest!

I can hardly believe it!
"Brimstone the Gourd Goblin" has won third place
There were so many wonderful and creative entries, and I'm so pleased and honored to have been chosen!
A big Thank You to Martha Stewart Living and to Grandin Road!

This last month has been filled to overflow with various projects, and of course
with the holidays approaching commissioned work and Fall and Halloween art is slowly
shifting to Christmas and even Spring works.
The Morning Glory's are still blooming boldly as many of my garden perennials begin to fade.

This beautiful green spider has set up residence on the last of the Borage and Anise.

The Orange Weaver is in full fall plumage in the Aviary, and fits the season's 
color palette perfectly.

These lovely Sunflowers were a gift from my dear and oldest friend, Connie. We've known each
other slightly more than 50 years, since we were wee tots and she's always ever thoughtful.

 I thought I would share with you and the reason for the flowers, as well as an explanation
for why my postings and artwork have been a bit sparse of late, and perhaps why they may
 be higglety pigglety for a few weeks more.
Recently appointments to the doctors and the subsequent tests have confirmed that
I have IDC (Infiltrating Ductal Carsinoma)/breast cancer. Phooey.
Needless to say these sick breasts and I will need to part ways, but don't despair!
They're not who I am, and I should be able to make a full recovery and get back
 to my gardening, art and horses within a few weeks.
I'm truly looking on the lighter side of things....
 As a rider, I will no longer have to be irritated by bouncing bazooms at the sitting trot!
I only tend to get dressed up once every 10years or so to attend a wedding or formal function of some sort, so that's no biggie because I'm really just a jeans and T-shirt kind of gal anyway.
And my camera strap won't get hung up when I'm traipsing through the forest's
shrubs, twigs and stickers looking for little creatures to photograph.
I'm confident things will work out fine, and I'm looking forward to creating lots of new pieces while recuperating!

Thank you for your healing thoughts and prayers!


Leah said...

Congratulations!!! That's SO awesome! And by the way, I LOVE your upbeat attitude! Your post simply made me laugh. Keep smiling, you will make it through this!

Carolee said...

Sending lots of prayers and positive thoughts, Deb! Your positive attitude is an inspiration, and I know it will get you through the challenges ahead...Hang in there, and know that so many people in the art community are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers!!

~ Carolee

adams7forhim said...

Congrats!!!!! I love your 'creation'!! :)
Your post made me laugh, too ... you definitely have an amazing attitude! I agree with Leah, you WILL make it through this! Luv Ya!! :)

Gina said...

CONGRATS on placing in the MS contest... tooo cool!! I, however, would have voted you in FIRST place =)

Praying for you, Sis
Love ya, G

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

My thoughts are with you! I am so so sorry to read this news. You are such a strong gal and will pull through this. My grandmother did and so will you. I wish I didn't live so far away so I could help. Sending healing vibes:)

luluslovlies said...

Congrats Deb on your Martha Stewart winning, that is awesome, you will get through all the other challenges as you have a winning spirit and positive attitude, we all know that is what it takes! Hugs and yell Hey, if you need me, you know where I am.

Anonymous said...

Your attitude IS wonderful, and such a good one to take.
Congrats on the contest...does Miss Martha write a note to you herself ;-) ?
Love and prayers to you!

*retro-rudolphs* said...

Just wanted to pop in Deb and say congrats on the MS win. I am very sorry to hear about your having breast cancer. I greatly admire your wonderful attitude and bright spirit. Keep your head up! Wishing you very well!! ~ Lori

Iva Wilcox of Iva's Creations said...

First, a big congrats on your Martha Stewart achievement! That's really neat and well deserved!!

On the second part of your post, I'm so sorry to hear about our diagnosis. You sound like you are taking it very well, even with knowing surgery is in your future. I commend you for your enduring spirit and spunk and am sending postive thoughts of quick healing and recovery. And remember, we're here for you Deb!
~ Iva

Enchanted Productions by Joyce Stahl said...

Congratulations, Deb on your MS win! I'm so happy for you!

I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but your positive attitude will help bring you through this difficult part of the path. Sending you warm, positive thoughts and hugs!


softinthehead said...

YAY and NAY! I am so excited for you re: Martha but that really sucks about the boobies....Thank God some of us aren't defined by our bra size huh?

On a more serious note.....going into a situation like this with positiveness and humor can only help with the healing. You're such an inspiration to us all Deb....just know when you enter into that surgery you will take all our prayers with you!

I must agree.....bouncing boobies in a trot are the pits! Love ya, Pam

Designs By CK said...

Dear Deb ~ Wishing you well with your surgery belatedly and hope all went well!