I feel like I finally need to acknowledge some blogger awards that I was given this past summer. On July 9, 2012 Christine Altmiller awarded me with the Kreativ Blogger award. I feel very honored but at the same time inadequate in accepting it. At that time, this is what she said:
Katherine at Terra Beadworks ~ I am a new follower of Katherine's site...there is so much to see here...pictures of the Rockies, freeform peyote, gorgeous jewelry, and many kind words :-)
The real truth is that a few nights ago I sat down with the idea that I needed to become a better blogger. The same night I happened to be reading Christine's blog from September 22, 2012 (yes, I know.... a while ago). If you haven't seen her bead work go check it out - she does some fabulous work and she has been published too! She had been assigned an appreciation award and was handing out The Blog 5 Awards - Artistic, Style, Journalistic, Educator, and Newbie. Well, can you imagine my surprise when I saw my name mentioned under her Newbie category?
In blog land blogger awards are given out infrequently so for me to get two awards (yes, two awards!) from the same person is a huge compliment. Other blogs receive coveted awards and I can see why as their pages are full of beautiful photographs, inspirations, delicious recipes, tutorials, and many things that keep us going back day after day. But me.......?? I have wanted to be like those blogs but felt that I fell far short in so many ways. I am humbled beyond words and even more humble that it took me this long to respond. I will try to explain why but first some pictures of the beautiful west coast of British Columbia.
|Full moon over the ocean as seen from my deck|
|Rainbow over Gabriola Island and our Canadian Flag|
As some of you may know this has been a summer our family won't forget. My daughter's boyfriend was killed in a plane crash in July and it has taken so much out of us just to keep going. When I look at the baby in the Newbie Blogger Award (below) I think about how I feel some days - literally swimming in a strong current about to go under water. We have had to swim upstream for three months exactly to the day today. Sometimes it is three steps forward and a couple steps back. Grief is a long process and there are no answers to the why? Anger steps in and rears it's ugly head. There is no such thing as moving on......not yet. We are trying to move forward but gee whiz it has been hard. I have really been out of it this summer and I apologize that I have not been reading all your blogs and noticing some things that I should have been aware of ........ like receiving this latest award from you dear sweet Christine. You really kept trying didn't you?
|Mount Baker on a clear day as seen from my deck on Vancouver Island|
|I love watching the sun rise over the ocean - spectacular!|
This is what Christine had to say about the Newbie award:
Katherine from Terra Beadworks ~ the Artistic Award should certainly go to Katherine too...I mean, take a look!!! She is such a beautiful weaver. After cruising her blog and seeing photos of where she lives, it is easy to see where she gets her inspiration. We met through blogging not too long ago and she was someone so easy to talk. Kind person, beautiful work, gorgeous scenery in her photos ~ I certainly hope this "Newbie" is around for a L O N G time :-)
I now believe it is high time to thank her for the two awards she presented to me this past summer. THANK YOU Christine for always being there. You are the best!
I want to thank my blog readers for your support this past summer. Some of you have kept in touch and given me so many words of comfort. It is amazing to think that I live on one side of Canada and many of you live on the other side or in the US or in another country but we all connect through blogging, beads and designing jewelry.
I hope to get back to the business of designing soon but my creative spirit will be the guide of that. Be assured that I still love color and beautiful things.
As always, your comments are most appreciated.