May 18, 2015

You, and You and You............

My heart is full, my gratitude, enormous. The death of my Mom remains surreal and deeply sad. I have however been overwhelmed with love, kindness and support. To each of you a massive thank you. Too many to mention.
My dear friend Lindy in New York sent a felted cardinal and a card with the message below. I was not aware of this lore, were you? I will be watching

A cardinal is a representative of a loved one who has passed. When you see one, it means they are visiting you. They usually show up when you most need them or miss them. They also make an appearance during times of celebration as well as despair to let you know they will always be with you. Look for them, they'll appear.

The support of women, particularly those who have walked down this path reached out. Two bloggers in particular sent private notes. So in case you are not aware of these talents I thought I would share 

The lovely Penelope is a talent I have watched from afar with admiration. An interior designer and gardener extraordinaire, she lives in Montecito, California. After a few touching emails Penelope declared "We are friends, lucky me. Feast your eyes on her home!

Just imagine an evening here!

Visit Penelope's blog HERE

Do you have someone in your profession that you look up to, hold in the highest esteem? Mine is Deborah Silver of Detroit Garden Works. In my eyes, she is the greatest garden designers/entrepreneur, hands down. That Deborah was even aware of my blog was a pleasant surprise. During this busy season she shared her experience of losing her Mother. Enjoy..... 

On my to do list is to head to Detroit to visit this emporium of genius. A separate division is 
Branch Studio where the most brilliant metal works are hand crafted

A fountain!

And an artist with containers

I highly recommend Deborahs Blog HERE. She is very giving and sharing of her knowledge

And the winner is Margie, please email me with your details

With love,


  1. Debra,
    I'm not surprised at the outpouring of love and sympathy for you after the loss of your mom. You are such a sweet and giving person and those that have had the good fortune to meet you in person and "virtually" through your blog posts and comments, want to reach out and give you a comforting hug! I am sure this will be at times a difficult year but hopefully the warm memories of her love will nurture you.
    Such beautiful images from these two talented women. Thank you for starting the work week with such loveliness!

  2. Debra,

    Blogging is a different world and people who do not blog do not get it. What I love about it is that it gives one the opportunity to share as much as you would like or as little, it offers the opportunity to learn and explore and it offers a wide world of friends and friendships. Many people that I follow I may never meet, but I consider them friends!

    You are blessed to have these wonderful ladies as friends! Love and support is always there for you! I hope that on my next visit to Wayne I will finally meet you!

    By the way, my sister has stopped in your store several times to introduce herself but sadly she always misses you!

    Have a great day, surround yourself with beautiful thoughts of your mom and all of the love she gave you. Also with the love and friendship of these lovely ladies.

    As for the cardinal, I did not know of that story but that must mean I am very lucky to be visited everyday by an entire family of cardinals! The new baby is learning to fly and his mom feeds him each meal outside my kitchen window.

    Take care Debra, you are in my thoughts and prayers

  3. Wow so much to love here, Penelopes house is fabulous! Hope you are doing OK and that you are hopefully finding the support of love and friends enough to sustain you to get through each day...know its tough. Sending a big hug your way:)

  4. Hi Debra, I've been to Penelope's is gorgeous and she is a delight! I'm so glad so many people reached out and loved on ya...every day it gets a little easier and you will have good days and are in my thoughts and prayers!

  5. I love Penelope's home especially the outdoor spaces and Deborah's blog is a new one for me! I am the biggest fan of your talent and your container gardens are amazing!! I still have your winter tutorial! This blog world is full of the most wonderful people and we are happy to count you among our friends - sending you the warmest hug and thinking of you…

  6. Oh Debra, I am so sorry for your loss. I rarely get to blog or visit blogs any more and I just didn't know. Having just lost Daddy in February I do know your pain. It is just awful. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  7. Dear Debra, my heart goes out to you with warm love and prayers. Please know that you are in my thoughts and I am wrapping you in my arms from afar!

    The Arts by Karena

  8. Debra, a lovely post! Penelope's home is enchanting! And I am looking forward to discovering more of Deborah's blog! Love to you dear friend! xx Rié

  9. I am thinking of you dear friend. As you know we have lost our very dear friend (closer than a parent) and I still can't bear going to their house. I know how hard it is. Fondly...


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