Friday, February 8, 2019

Good Vibe Friday with the Bloom Brigade

Hello, my dear Peeps. 

I have been so preoccupied drawing, editing, and getting organized this week, I got a bit behind on collecting my Good Vibes to share for the week. Instead I want to share what else has been on mind, or shall I say, who else has been on my mind. Wednesday was the 3-year anniversary of my sweet and amazing mama passing away. I posted about this on Instagram and on my personal Facebook account, but wanted to share it here, as well. She is, after all, a major force behind why I felt that I could launch Power Poppy in the first place, with a mission of sharing beautiful, whimsical images, but also offering nourishment for our souls with uplifting messages to our creative crafting community. 

Mom’s cancer returned the year after I started Power Poppy, and she died the following year. I have often reflected on the irony of starting this business. I thought Power Poppy would allow me to inspire others — but what ended up happening was that I have been surrounded by, enveloped in, and inspired by the love and support and prayers of others. Did God want me to start this business because he knew that I would need this great community of people to help me through, to give me inspiration to move forward in gratitude and grace, and to prevent me from rolling up into a ball of grief? I think maybe so.

Marcella, baby Lulu, and my mom, Susan, in 2003
Though to me it still seems like yesterday, it has been three years since my mom eased on down the road, into eternity, one with the universe. Now she’s sprinkling her love and wisdom and laughter and passion and quirky brilliance over us all. Try to catch some of it if you can. She lived life on her own terms, unapologetically, joyfully.

I hope she is in a state of pure bliss, surrounded by a Motown horn section dancing like an Ike-ette in her Laboutins. Or maybe she’s sipping a Pimm’s Cup, pouring over celestial daffodil catalogs featuring otherworldly cultivars. She surely is sporting a knowing grin at the current wallpaper decorating craze, as we hardly had a room without wallpaper in my lifetime and she could have been the international spokesperson for Brunschwig et Fils. Gosh, I miss her.

Nobody was like Susan Heard Smith.

Gonna keep trying to tune in to her sprinklings. I know her spirit is near me and I desperately need her decorating advice, and a really big hug.

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So, my friends, let’s keep moving and grooving, in the spirit of my best friend, confidante, supportive superstar, and mother-in-chief, and celebrate the gifts of a new day. Let’s color, let’s make cards, let’s send cards, and let’s lift up one another.  

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I’m thrilled, awed, and humbled to get to share the work of these incredibly talented and wonderful women, our Bloom Brigade. These cards are going to knock your socks off, and get you in the mood to make!
Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Katie Sims
Cindy Lawrence
Tosha Leyendekker

Stacy Morgan

Happiest weekend to everyone — and please come back by on Sunday, February 10th, I am releasing a new digital design that is simple and easy to color — I know, I know, that is hard to believe. But miracles do happen!

All my love, 


LauraJane:) said...

Oh Marcella! We seem to have more than the love of nature, Good vibes, and Mini Cooper Love in common. I understand your deep sorrow of loosing, too soon, your mom, friend and driving force of creativity. My mother left us last June after fighting cancer's ugly return.
Mom surely hung some of those papers that were your mom's favorites... as she was a professional wallpaper hanger for over 27 years in the Metro St. Louis area. My favorite thing to do as a child was to flip through those huge wallpaper books for hours, and spent many a day fussy cutting borders out for her to hang. I know that's where my LOVE for paper craft began :) And agree that both our mum's are in a much better place, enjoying all the glorious rewards of eternity on the Other Side!
Wishing you a happy weekend. ((HUGS))
Looking forward to those new digis!

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

I’m sure you miss her so much, but it is really lovely to read how much love you had between the two of you. Sending hugs.

Lisa said...

Thank you for sharing your mom with all of us, I know how hard it can be to keep doing the things we love when we are consumed with grief. I lost my father to cancer in Oct. 2010 and it absolutely devastated me. It took me a few years before I could get back to truly enjoying stamping and making cards.

May you feel her hugs and spirit guiding you, enjoying all that you do!

Leslie Miller said...

Beautiful, Marcy. Love you.

Sheri said...

I remember when she passed away. You told us about it on your blog. She was a beautiful lady. Gentle hugs to you today.

Jacki Griep said...

You inspire me!!!

Vicki robertson said...

Hugs for you...such a beautiful memoir of your momma!

Jeanne said...

What beautiful and loving tribute to your wonderful and amazing mom. I know how hard this is, and I feel your mom would be SO proud of you. You'll never stop missing her, that is for sure, but you'll always have her close in your heart. Thank you for sharing this with us. Hugs to you!

Tracie said...

What a beautiful post about your mom. I lost my mom 2 weeks ago and I can feel your pain. What has been comforting to me is all my friends who surround me. Someone told me to watch for the red cardinal in my yard. That is what I plan to do. There is nothing stronger than the love of a mother or the love for a mother. Hugs to you.

Henri√ętte said...

A big hug Marcella and keep in mind she is always with you. I lost my mom 15 years ago and still miss her. But also now that she is watching me fron above.
Thanks for your beautiful post.

Ann Tuck said...

Thank you for this very special good vibe today Marcy! I did read your post when you mum passed and was so touched by it, and have felt uplifted by all your posts ever since. Healing hugs to you today, and thank you for honouring your mum and her strengths with your business and inspiration!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, sweet Marcy! What a beautiful, touching, and emotional post. Yes, your mom definitely left this world far too soon as my mom did, and yet we know for certain that they have left a part of themselves with and in inspire, encourage, and push on. She would be so proud of you now as you are truly enveloped with the amazing love from being inspired by her and sharing your gifts with us all! You are so dearly loved, but she loved you oh so much! Always remember that and cherish every single moment and memory of her. You certainly had a most wonderful mom, and you are truly a most wonderful daughter a mom could ever want -- to continue on her legacy of beauty, art, and panache! Love you so much and more than that! Keep on, sweet friend! Love and hugs...always, and praying for you! xoxo