Monday, August 19, 2013

celebrate and cry

There was a party last Thursday August 15 to celebrate and mourn the ending of the Manitoulin Circle Project.

Thank you Heather Hutchinson for your thoughtfulness and care on that day and for all those days when you took over for me. You and Wendy Gauthier added a layer of laughter and friendship to the stitching times we had Thursday after Thursday in the church hall.  Thank you Judy Larimer, enthusiastic supporter and friend, for bringing your famous cupcakes to go along with Heather's chocolate cake and the other treats brought in by the women.  (Heather took most of the photos in this post which is why there are two of me.)

Special thanks also to Julia McCutcheon, Heather Thoma, and Joanne Lewis for your faith and support in me and to the project over its entire four years.  Reverend Faye Stevens, thank you.  You believed in the project from the start.  Without Faye and Julia, I don't think it would have happened.   Thank you everyone, all 147 of you.  Thank you Ned.

We borrowed the church china tea cups, there were cards and speeches and tears and a standing ovation.  Thank you for that. 

I continued to gather hands and draw rings/bracelets for the book throughout the day.

25 comments:

  1. kathy loomis11:37 am

    What a great project, and to have had so much support from others for such a long time is quite remarkable.

    What's next?????

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  2. Oh my, how lovely. What an accomplishment. And what lovely photos of you!

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  3. It's rare to have such flattering photographs of moi - and so I am living it up here.
    xxx

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  4. What a lovely day it must have been.

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  5. love these photos glowing with the joyfulness and the sharing

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  6. I for one, do not want this project to be over ... I have enjoyed every moment reading about it and have been so inspired not only by the stitch, but by the camaraderie of all the helping hands. A marvelous accomplishment! Thank you for letting us follow along.

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  7. Whenever I read about this project I always think about the melody "May the Circle be unbroken"

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  8. Congratulations on achieving something great.

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  9. every magnificent idea needs someone to believe in it and many willing, helping hands to implement it. i have enjoyed watching from afar, and i look forward to seeing more of the hands book. x

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  10. ahh, the long breath exhaled, the next ready in the lungs

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  11. ~ you are SO welcome!~ loved every minute. XX ~

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  12. What joy! For those who created, and those many many who will gaze. Congratulations.

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  13. Your community project has really inspired me. Whatever will you do now that your degree work is done, your three year long daily stitching project is done, and your community project has come to a close? I always feel incredibly lost when I finish a big project. I look forward to seeing what you come up with next.

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  14. So appropriate to celebrate the completion of the project with a lovely gathering. Congratulations to all.

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  15. jude said it. perfect. and congratulations to the entire community. judy, you're marvelous.

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  16. Anonymous1:00 pm

    how wonderful-every stitch a prayer. a breath. an exhale. congratulations!

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  17. Thank you. I am fascinated by your work. Congratulations to all.

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  18. Every ending asks for a new beginning.......

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  19. I have admired this project for the four years. I think it is one of the most beautiful things I have ever read about. I love the pieces themselves, but what I really applaud is the community of women coming together to stitch for so many years.
    It is a true treasure, and your vision was so wonderfully realized.

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  20. ahhh! I see "birthing" tables, and you have the glow of a woman who just gave birth--with help--to a magnificence. This is just the beginning... it lives on.

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Thank you for taking the time to connect. Much appreciated.xx