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Monday, February 15, 2010


I received this email from Gail and thought I should share it with you! Gail is the beautiful one on the left and the one that looks just like her is her talented daughter Meghan.

I was thinking about your Monday posting and I thought my NEAR and DEAR T shirts and necklaces would be perfect to highlight if you don't have an item yet. I figure with Valentines day and February Heart Disease Awareness month it is a perfect time to higlight these. Libbie is going to do  a

T shirt for a give away. Let me know if you are interested. I don't know if you know what they are about, briefly, my 18 yr old daughter lost both of her grandfathers to heart disease. She was particularly close to my dad. She was constantly being dragged to hospitals and the nursing home to see him from the time she was 8. Even before that when she was 2 she was dragged to the hospital during his cancer bout. You see before his heart problems he had colon cancer....then pancreatic cancer. He was one of the 5% lucky ones who survived it. Only to go on and have 4 strokes a heart attack, and heart failure only to end up in a nursing home. Not only did she see what a fighter he was, she watched the whole thing play out from the perspective of how it affected her mother, grandmother and aunts. She thought about a way to honor her grandfather after his death and came up with the Near and Dear items. She did it in collaboration with my etsy store Obee Designs, my father's last name, which I am doing to honor my artistic and creative father. The news came last week to tape a story about her and the business. Unfortunately due to all the snow we have gotten up here in New Jersey, they haven't had time to run the story yet. It may be running next week When I get a copy of the story I am going to post it on my blog so hopefully people will understand the whole concept better. The necklaces and t shirts have her artwork of a heart with wings which was chosen to be in the Deborah Heart and Lung Hospital Art Show last year. It is a very big heart hospital in the Philadelphia region that does heart transplants etc. So it was a big accolade that her art was chosen. Anyway, the necklaces have a custom photo of someone you  would like

These necklaces are beautiful and the reason behind them being created makes them even more special. What a great gift or giveaway. hmmmm gives me an idea!!!
MY CRAZY friend Libbie over at The Middlest Sister is giving away one of these T-shirts so stop by and put your name in the pot. If you remember Libbie is the mother of precious Annie who does the bracelets for Haiti. You can read about Annie on an earlier post of mine.

Sharon always is working on something creative and beautiful. I can say from experience and gifts from this adorable Georgia peach she not only beads jewelry but can make something beautiful out of anything. God had really blessed this young lady and now me with having her as a friend.

I so love showing you all the gifted blogger friends wonderful creations. If at any time you want to be on my Mondays posting just email me along with a link to your blog and pictures of what you would like featured. Also I might add put Temptation Mondays in the subject line that way I want loose your email. I have been known to do that and I hate it.
There are so many other blogging friends out there that I would love to have on here. Please stop by my other Temptation Mondays post and check them out also.

Ladies the sun is shining for the first time in my world today so this ole grandma is going outside! Toooooooooo muddy to get on the tractors but I know there are others things that have to be done so until later I wish all of you the most beautiful day and if you don't think of anything else today think of me.......hahahahaha
Love to all


Obee Designs said...

Dearest Maggie,
You ARE simply the best! Do you realize this???? How can I ever thank you enough to showcase this cause my daughter and I have for heart disease. I know there are so many people out there who are touched by this terrible disease, either by knowing someone or dealing with it themselves. Even if they haven't YET there's a good chance they could some day, worst of all, out of the blue.
You are an angel, literally, to help with the cause. If I could set you up with Clint Eastwood (you know, with all my personal connections I have, NOT)I would! LOL So I will have to think of something else...hmmm I will have to start brainstorming. Would you happen to have the Hottie McHottenstein's e-mail? Maybe I could put in a good word for you????? Sheesh, I don't think you'd really want me to do that!!!! :)
Thanks again for your support, love and blessing. I know my dad's up in heaven watching over you and if he could, he would be finding a way to say thank you himself!!

Susan said...

I was trying to leave you a post yesterday, but my computer was being a freak.
I know it's not easy being in Law Enforcement; I have a family member who was. Do you have someone you can vent with, all the yucky things you see and deal with?
I'm glad you have such a crazy cat, she must really be God's gift of laughter to you!
Love your blog...

Enchanted Oak said...

Hi Maggie,
Just dropping in to say hi and thanks for coming by to visit me. Temptation Mondays is wonderful! Have to run but will be back...

Sea Witch said...

thank you for stopping by and your kind words, sister golden hair surprise and fellow Taurean. Wishing you all the best that life offers to you. Sea witch

Me....bunny said...

Just wanted to say "hey" and have a good


Nezzy said...

I love your temptation Mondays. I'm on my way to check out these wonderful artist. Thanks for sharin'!

Have a blessed day my friend!!!

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

I love that you post these tempation mondays and spot light great artists out are a peach yourself..I hope you are enjoying a beautiful day outside.:)
big hugs are coming your you feel it?

SharDon Exclusives said...

Maggie, Thank you so much for featuring my jewelry on your blog! You are too sweet to me. I always feel loved when we chat. Thank you, dear friend, for being YOU!
Blessings to you today, enjoy the fresh air and hard work,

~ RM said...

What a thoughtful post... Love all the jewelry!

Glad you're having a sunny Monday- hopefully spring is well on its way!

Have a great day, Maggie~

Julie Harward said...

How nice to share all this goodness with all of us! Blog land is so wonderful! You have a great day outside, I hope it's a warm one for's still cold here! Come say hi :D

sissie said...

You are the best. And the blogs featured here today are really special. They make really neat tshirts and necklaces. Isn't it amazing the talent that is out there in our world???


Audrinna said...


Kissed by an Angel said...

Thank you for this great post!! I'm off to check out the featured blogs!!! Have a fabulous week!!

Sharon said...

What a great Monday post.
I enjoy stopping by and reading your posts.
Have a great day.
It is sooooo cold here today again.
I need some warmth soon.

Meghan said...

Such beautiful items!!! Thanks for all of your kind words, by the way! You are a doll!

Candy said...

I see you've joined the following and hope you will always find inspiration and smiles every time you visit. Did ya find me from the Texas Gals list? I hope to do some visiting soon to check them all.
Monday Blessings ;-)

Libbie said...

YEAH!!! I love to see Gail & Meghan's shirts up there! & thanks for the link...but you didn't trell me that you put crazy in all caps :) I'm kidding!

I gotta go order my shirts right now!!!

stefanie said...

thanks for the visit, I do need to do your temptation Monday, I have been so busy, trying to finish my cottage, so I can start creating, when I am done, I am going to have a blog open house with giveaways, I will definitly do it then, thanks!!!

Andrea said...

Thank you for always leaving such sweet comments on arise 2 write.
Hugs, andrea

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

Oh Maggie,

You featured two of my favorite ladies! Both so wonderful and both so talented! Gail's daughter's necklaces and t-shirts are gorgeous and I just love how she turned a difficult situation into something so positive and beautiful.

I must have nothing to think about today, because I'm thinking of you!


bad penny said...

hi ! Thank you for popping by my blog. The power of blogging amazes me thank you for this inspiring post !

Kathy Sprinkle said...

Wow you post lovely things AND have time to visit many of us out in blogland!! Thank you for your inspiration!!! Kathy over at Everyday Bliss

Midlife Mom said...

Great post! I so admire all the ladies with such creative talents and for such wonderful causes too! Happy Belated Valentines Day my friend!! We're getting snow today and tomorrow, YIPPEE! about time! I haven't been on my snowmobile once all winter! Waaaaaaaa!

Take care and keep those great posts coming!

PEA said...

Good morning dear Maggie:-)

I am so sorry for not having been by the last few days, I started going through my thousands of pictures to organize should have seen my bedroom floor, pictures everywhere! lol I'm finally almost all done but what a job, makes me wish I hadn't even started it! OY!

I always love hearing the stories behind some of the arts/crafts that people make. The Near and Dear pendants are just gorgeous and yes, made more special because of the story behind it.

I must now go read your previous posts I've missed and catch up on your news:-) Love ya. xoxo

Frenchy chick said...

I like this, knowing stories behind names.
It's so great!
Thanks for saying hi all the time, your friendship means a lot to me. Thank you so much for adding me to your blog list. That's so sweet. I added you to mine. Have a great and happy day.

artangel said...

I've started to love coming over to see what wonderful people and work you feature each Monday - great series!
Angie x

VKT said...

What a terrific blog you have Maggie! I shall return!

Auntie Cake said...

Hi Maggie,
Glad you got it, it was supposed to be there in time for Valentine's Day, guess the US postal service mails things as fast as I do. And I made the heart off of a tutorial from Linda of Robin's Egg Blues. I will email you the link. I love Gail and all that she does. Her daughter too!

Jenn @ A Country Girl's Ramblings said...

What talented ladies and a beautiful way to remember all the memories they have shared with their loved ones.