In every group of people, there is a special someone that just brings sunshine every time they step into a room....even if it's a cyber room.
This is our friend, Susan Bowerman......I say ours, instead of mine, because many of us know her and I can't claim her all for my own. So I had to share Susan on my blog today.
I have not known Susan for a long time, but I know a few facts:
She lost her beloved husband on May 13, 2013. From what I recall, I don't believe she expected that loss to happen quite then....so it was an even bigger blow.
She just kept moving.....and working.
Susan has a beautiful yard that needs care....and she does it herself. Evidently this was not the first big dumpster of tree trimmings she filled!
Susan also has a gorgeous, accomplished daughter and a very elegant mother....here are three generations:
I know Susan from the B'sue Boutiques Creative Group where she joined us early on.....the group was opened close to the end of October, 2012...just before I opened our little shop here in East Palestine.
Ever since she came, she's been a constant support and a sharer of new ideas.
Here is Susan at a show:
And here's an awesome wire and beads necklace that she made:
She also made this awesome bracelet using our matte black bookchain:
When I first began to promote the Build a Line Challenge at the Creative Group Susan had her doubts about whether she should try this three month endeavor or not. There is a lot of work to do at home and she does well enough at her shows; she's a great beader and makes awesome statement pieces as you can see.
But she just couldn't put the idea down. Just as she always tends to carry on, she joined us, threw herself into the work, and ended up winning the challenge. She took herself completely outside her current design set and tried something novel, working with products from B'sue Boutiques
During this time, Susan's sister, Sally was quite ill....in fact, in hospice care. Susan visited her often and even entertained her one day with jewelry making. This day they made charm bracelets.
Susan eventually ended up WINNING the grand prize for the BALC challenge:
The win was bittersweet, because Sally passed a few days after this accomplishment.
Still Susan's spirit burns on, encouraging the rest, deflecting any praise from herself, and busy, busy, busy getting her Virginia garden ready:
I'm sure once she gets it in, her mind will go back to her workbench, getting new things to add to her line and ready for her shows. She is unstoppable.
You can follow her jewelry making here at the Woodside Wireworks Facebook page.
Today, a package arrived at the Post Office that I did not recognize.
Look what was in it!
WOW, look at those goodies!
COFFEE AND CHOCOLATE! And this cool kitchen towel:
Awful photo of me, but Lauren refused to model. Believe me, she would have been cuter.
Jordan was intrigued by the Bacon Chocolate bar....
Showing some teeth! LOL
But see what else.....
That note is THE BEST PART.
SO! here I am full of peanuts and chocolate. I'm feeling mighty fine because this very, very special lady.....and very talented artist.....surprised me with this marvelous gift. I had to share it with you.
AND NOW MISS SUSAN....when you get done out there in the yard, come in to the computer and use that 150.00 gift certificate you won, and order yourself up a bunch of B'sue goodies. I want to see what else you do on your "Deck Out That Denim" line of jewelry!