Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Early American Life Magazine, Christmas Issue 2008

It is an honor that my work in Santa's, is one of 46 artists chosen to be published in the Early American Life Magazine's Christmas Issue 2008, Holiday Directory. It was something I never could have imagined, and only by the Grace of God, did it happen. Many of you know that my mother was ill for several months, even more so than anyone knew. I wasn't accomplishing much of my work and finally let go of my own expectations of working full time on my dolls. I decided to concentrate on a couple of Santa's allowing myself plenty of time to work on them before the application deadline, as well as spending time with my Mom, and dealing with health care professionals. As I was completing my last Santa, my Mom took a drastic turn for the worse and passed away. With the loving support and encouragement of my husband, I completed the last Santa who only needed his hair. I thank God for allowing me to work with my hands creating my dolls and for this opportunity as well as the time he allowed me with my Mom.

If you would like to learn more about the selection process into the Early American Life Directory, please visit http://www.ealonline.com/ and click on "Directory".


La Donna Welter said...

Congratulations on this wonderful honor! Your work should be in this magazine! It is amazing!

I am also saddened by the loss of your mother.

La Donna

Bittersweet Pastimes said...

Thank you, LaDonna. I truly appreciate your kindness. :) Deb

Rachael Kinnison said...

Congratulations Deb! I am honored to share your company in the Directory! Your pieces are ALWAYS so wonderful, and I KNOW your Mom is SO proud of you! I am so sorry for her passing, but she will always be with you, especially when youre making your Santas~
xoxo Rachael

Bittersweet Pastimes said...

Thank you, Rachael! I am so honored to be amongst such talent and I admire your work so much. You are right about Santa's. My Mom will always be with me when I'm making Santa's. ~ Deb

7_Crows_Hollow said...

Congratulations, Deb! Your santas are wonderful. This story brought tears to my eyes! It's wonderful that she lives on in your heart and such great memories you have!!!

Thanks for sharing this with us.

Bittersweet Pastimes said...

Thank you, Julie. You're so sweet. I really do miss her. - Deb

Jennifer B. said...

Oh Deb thats terrific! Congrats! Your work is just gorgeous!