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Monday, April 7, 2008

Bloom. aka moondoggie and gidget for Robert Kaufman

You  know, I must say.
I have written this article more than once.  I tried to post it last week.  Or was it the week before?
I actually have written it three times before...and the computer, or the universe, ate it.
But I am nothing if not persistent, so I am writing it again.

When a flower is a bud, it does not say, "Nope, no, nosiree.  I'm not going to blossom.  That's it for me.  I'm just going to stay a bud."  It does what it does.  What is intended for it.  It blossoms.  And most times, no matter what type of flower you see unfold, don't you just look at it and say, 'wow'.  Doesn't it just take your breath away to see the rolling hills of California, usually a soft golden brown, or sometimes a rolling green, suddenly erupt intoa field of Lupine purple or the brilliant orange of the California Poppy?
Nope.  No bud ever says, 'no, I won't go'.

And kids.  They don't say no very often.  Climb that tree?  Sure.  Jump off the roof?  Okay, I'll try.  Eat sand?  YUM...Sand.  I asked a friend of mine, "When did we stop eating sand?"  And, being a lifeguard, he replied, "I still do."  I can just see him walking up to some 15 month old kid at the beach, bending down to have a moment with the kid, and being offered a fist full of sand - with that know the look...proud, happy, gleefully delighting in...yum...sand.

Finally, dogs.  I have a friend, hULa.  She wakes slowly.  BUT.  When she wakes, she wakes wagging her tail.  Thump, thump, thump on the floor.  That deliberate, 'yep, I'm awake and life is goooooood!!!'  Come on.  You get it by now, right?

But when do WE bloom?  Or do we say, 'Nope, no, nosiree.  I'm not going to blossom.'  Now, please.  I'm not suggesting anyone jump off of the roof or eat sand.  Legal disclaimer here.  But why not throw some purple into that brown tone on tone quilt?  Why not work in a color palette that's new?  Why not try some raw edge machine secured applique or quilting?  You think you are accomplished.  You know your craft.  But you are just a bud waiting to explode in all of your brilliance.  Sparkling, life.

Wag your hULa tail.  Erupt in your own talent.

Bloom.  Be brilliant.  Be.

Thanks for thinking of 
b e y o n d   t h e   r e e f


PS - here's a little create for you - - the gidget kit from the moondoggie and gidget series of quilts designed from the Robert Kaufman Island Sanctuary line of fabrics - - proceeds benefit Labrador Retriever Rescue in California - - in honor of Moondoggie

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