Happy Pink Saturday ~ It has been cool and rainy the past two days in Minnesota and even though grey is seen as a drab color to some, it carries a special meaning for me.....read on to find out why.
May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month
Did you know the ribbon color for brain tumor awareness is...
Each year in the United States, more than 21,000 adults and 1,500 children are diagnosed with non-malignant and
malignant primary tumors that develop in the brain.
Brain tumors can be fatal, but with early diagnosis and state-of-the-art treatment, many non-malignant and some malignant tumors are curable.
Long-term survival rates are as high as 95% for some types of nonmalignant tumors and 80% for some tumors that are malignant.
I found it quite fitting that recently I happened upon the bundle of pink tulips you see above. Each year the National Brain Tumor Association sponsors a fundraiser called "Tulips for Tumors" where the money derived from the purchase of tulip bulbs benefits this wonderful organization.
For more information, or to be inspired click HERE.
This is the face of brain cancer.
I don't look sick do I? That is because I am a fighter.
Some people see my edgy, sassy self as a character flaw...
I see it as the reason I am still here today.
Most people would never even know.
I don't show, "sick" on the outside.
I won't let my illness and the medication I have to take drag
my life away from me or cause me to lose one second of time
doing the things that bring me joy.
I fight for these people.
.....and all my family.
I have lived with this for several years and have managed some high highs and low lows. This past winter was a difficult time for me. I was lost, sad and struggling for answers and felt very sorry for myself and at times those feelings still overwhelm me, like now as I write this post.
It seems crazy but I found my way to cupcake decorating which led to this blog and now I am expressing in words and pictures the love I have for this art.
I have also rekindled my passion for taking tea
and collecting teacups, teapots and all things pretty.
I fancy myself much like one of my vintage teacups.
Delicate and unique but able to stand some HOT HOT water.
I am sure some of you readers have experienced struggles,
times when you are wondering how you will pull through....
My only advice is taken from Joseph Campbell ~ and that is, follow your bliss.
Following ones bliss is not easy.
There is no security in following the call to adventure
Mr Campbell is an interesting philosopher, sociologist and mythologist..but frankly, I just like some of his quotes. They make me think...hard.
Like is quote, "Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves
come when life seems most challenging." Yes, I get this one for sure!
Who do YOU want to be?
Is there something that you have been wanting to do?
In the words of Joseph Campbell....
As you go the way of life, you will see a great chasm....
It is not as wide as you think.
~ This is my life in a very special cupcake and teacup post.
**For those of you interested in the cupcake design ~ I used fondant imprinted with an impression mat and sprayed with pearl luster spray.
I absolutely LOVE these mats:
I have them in my Sweet Boutique and they are certainly a Fast and Fancy way to dress up your cupcakes. Just roll out your fondant and place impression mat over fondant and roll again.
Lift up mat and cut fondant to desired shape. It is THAT easy. When using these mats I always get so many compliments on their intricate designs.
People marvel over my "talent" and I have to chuckle.....because it is so easy.
To find them click HERE and go to page 13.
As always, if you have any questions about what you see on my posts, please contact me anytime!