January 9, 2009

the perfect pine cone

This is one of my favorite winter scenes that is displayed in our home.
"This is the most perfect pine cone!" as once exclaimed by someone who was very dear to us. Her name was Ximena.

We were all walking through a mall parking lot when she came across this pine cone. I will never forget the excitement and delight in her voice when she found it. At the time, our dear friend was in a battle for her life against breast cancer. She had learned to find joy in the simple things that most people forgot about. She wanted to cherish every moment and every little treasure. Well, she scooped it up and said this would be perfect in her house. Happily, she nestled the pine cone in her arms as we loaded in the car and went to dinner. 

A few weeks later, I found the pine cone in the car. She must have forgotten it, which was easy because it was so dark and there was so much excitement in everyone being together. I decided I was going to mail it to her (she was from out of town). Unfortunately, I never got the chance to send it to her because the cancer won the battle not too long after. 

She was young. She was beautiful. She loved all those around here. 

When I saw this painting by Emily, it was just all too perfect (actually, the girl resembles her a bit). I definitely knew I had to snatch this print.

This pine cone is special to us. This pine cone is a reminder of her.


  1. What a beautiful vignette in your friend's honor.

  2. So sweet, what a wonderful way to honor your friend.

  3. Hi! My name is Veronica (Vika) and I have been seeing your blog anonymously :) (because my English is not very god and it is difficult for me to express myself as I like…)
    Ok I got to start! I love your blog! I love your work craft also, but the think I love most is your family!
    Yeeees, finally I admitted it, I am a fan of the Bratchers!!! :)
    Bye for now!!!

  4. Hello there,

    I second Vika's comments. LOVE YOUR WORK! Came upon your blog by accident while looking at another blog while searching for a different blog. It was meant to be.

    Would you know when you might get back to "work"? : ) I would love to buy a crown for my daughter's first birthday in March. March 1 to be exact. I can't wait to see what you have to sell in 2009.


    L.A. Girl

  5. Emily's painting looks perfect there! What a nice little vignette!

  6. Hello- I just logged onto yout etsy site to buy a crown for my little girls 2nd birthday and saw you were closed!! I'm guessing it's because of the new cpsia law, no? Anyway, I'm just wondering if there's ANY way I could still get one from you? Or, do I just have to wait until you open back up?! I'm so so sad about this stupid stupid law!! I've been eyeing your crowns for about a year now, just waiting for her birthday- you are SO talented.

  7. I forgot to leave my email- it's chelseahorsley@yahoo.com.

  8. :( I just hate cancer. It's just another reminder that we never know how long we have to enjoy life on this earth. I do love pinecones though and I'm glad that you can celebrate the good in having that relationship! Big Hugs!!!

  9. What perfection, I am sorry for your loss, I am thankful for your beautiful memory.

    I have added you to my sidebar, I love your photo's.

  10. Thank you for sharing that story. I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend...and glad that you can remember the good times with her. Learning to love the little things in life is a lesson people should learn long before the end of their lives.


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