Friday, March 4, 2016

What is Faith?

What is faith? 
It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. 
It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, 
even though we cannot see it up ahead.
Hebrews 11:1

Monday, February 8, 2016

For Tiffany

I made this prayer flag for my friend, Tiffany, who is in recovery from breast cancer. At the time I made it, her prognosis was uncertain as her cancer was very difficult and aggressive and was not responding to treatment as the doctor's had hoped. Today, I'm happy to report that she is thankfully on the recovery side of it having gone through a whole host of treatments and surgeries. I'm so thankful that she is alive and well!!YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!

Tiffany and I have been friends since middle school. She is a strong, gentle and kind soul. She is spiritual and is a yoga instructor. She eats and lives healthier than anyone I know. We went to our first concert together, she was my first friend to get married and have a baby, in college we took art classes together and ate lunch together in the covered patio overlooking the foundry. She travels yearly to India for instruction and yoga practice. I was so fortunate to meet up with her again this past summer for lunch at my cousin's house in New Orleans. It was so good to see her and hug her and wish her well for her fight and journey through this cancer. I was afraid she wasn't going to make it and I'm so thrilled and thankful that she did! I love you Tiffany!

The flag is made with batik from a favorite skirt of mine, part of a vintage cutter quilt, silk sari ribbon, and re-purposed prayer beads. It is both hand and machine stitched.

- Beth Pekins

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Raising the Flags of Love

I wanted to share a magazine article with everyone at The Prayer Flag Project because I thought you might enjoy learning more about why Carrie Bloomston and her mother, Rhonda Greenberg, put together The Happy Flag Project in 2014.  There is more to the story than just honoring His Holiness the Dali Lama. The story is in the current issue of Amy Butler's Blossom.  You can read the entire magazine online (for FREE) by clicking on this link.  Carrie's article is on page 143, however, in my opinion, the whole magazine is worth a read as it is filled with lots of beautiful eye candy, and wonderful articles. Enjoy!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Love Project 101

Train the Trainer Project

South Africa Love

These flags have been made by our TB patients, excellent occupational therapy.

South Coast Hospice
KwaZulu-Natal | South Africa

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Grateful for a frosty Thanksgiving Morning. It melted very quickly, as I prepare the turkey, stuffing and goodies. I will be back on line soon, and hope that everyone is cozy and comfy with friends and family.  Grateful for so much beauty around us.  Grateful for life, friend, and good cheer. Love and hugs to all.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Support & Love

South Coast Hospice is a Non-Profit Organization that provides Palliative care and support to people living with Cancer, HIV/AIDS, and Motor Neuron Disease. Included in our programs is the care of children both infected and affected with Aids. (many Orphaned) The level of Tuberculosis (TB) and Multi drug resistant TB is extremely high in our region and we have a special team of dedicated carers who travel out everyday to treat these patients
We work in a region of South Africa - KwaZulu Natal which has a Vast rural impoverished area, where the resources are low and yet the SPIRIT is abundant!  Most of our work is done in the patient's homes and through our Mobile Clinic. We do have an In-Patient Unit - Kingfisher House, which  offers respite to the patients and their families, pain and symptom Control as well as end of life care.

Every year family and friends of patients that have passed away in the year are invited to attend a special candle lighting ceremony. which is organized by our Grief and Bereavement Volunteers. Each person attending has walked an arduous journey with their loved one, attending the memorial ceremony will not be easy to do and for most, it will take an act of courage.

Our Hospice is humbled by the countless acts of bravery and dedication that families have shown to support their loved ones.  This year we will ask them to draw close to each other and they will see the the prayer flags flying out for them, like the weary travelers climbing out through a dark ravine, and up towards the the sun.
The messages on the flags will speak to the bereaved of the beauty of love, the very presence of faith and hope,  of compassion and the sheer joy of life!
These flags have been made by the children on our program, patients, staff, volunteers, families and our hospice community in a visual and vibrant display of our love and support for each other.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Fall Ball Extravaganza

Georgina at a Glance
Fund Raiser for LoveProject and GEORGINA Cares.
Prayer Flags
Keswick Ontario  Canada

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Monday, September 21, 2015

Blessings of Nature

 These little gems were created for blessings of nature. They are a BOM I created to teach embellishing techniques. Each month we do a different technique. Embroidery, discharge dying using rubber stamps, Yo-Yo 3-d flowers, photo transfers for the moth wings, wire wrapped birds nest, etc. - Susan Edmunson

Friday, September 18, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Learning - Kathy Kinsella

I was asked to make prayer flags that will be given as gifts to speakers, musicians, course leaders and others at Sorrento Centre this summer.

They were created by using hand-dyed fabric (blue) that I tore into the appropriate size strips and then dipped the bottom edge in bleach to discharge the colour ... then I painted that edge with golden and greenish textile paints to create meadows and hills.  I then screen-printed a tree on each flag and followed that with hand embroidery of a few flowers before adding the hand-lettered "learning" patch. The top edge was turned over and hand stitched to hold a twig of red dogwood that I gathered at Sorrento Centre this spring.  These are single-sided flags and all the edges are left ragged so that if they are left outside in the weather they will fade and fray away, but they will maintain their colour if kept inside, out of direct sunlight.

They were a delight to make and I love that we chose the word learning for these flags,  from their motto, Sorrento Centre: A holy place of transformation for learning, healing and belonging.

-Kathy Kinsella

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Love Sewing Australia

The Prayer Flag Project has been featured in issue 8 of Love Sewing Australia magazine! 
Let us know if you see the article in real life. 
We are always happy to share the joy of prayer flag making and flying.
Hopefully this article will encourage more people to make and share their prayers with the world.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Iron Sharpening Iron

I saw prayer flags on pinterest and was immediately intrigued.
I made this first one for my best friend. We have always used the verse Proverbs 27:17, iron sharpening iron. 
She introduced me to her cousin, my now, new husband. Uniting us in another bond. Her maiden name is Crown and my married name is Crown. 
I had to incorporate these 2 important links in my flag.
We are now separated by 500 miles but my hope is, as my friend hangs her flag she will be reminded that I'm praying for her and love her dearly.
Annette Crown