Since today is St. Patrick’s Day, instead of counting my luck I’m going to count my blessings. One thing that I am so grateful for is our community of readers, artists, and contributors that we have grown in the past 5 years. And a lot of you (you know who you are) I have become really close friends with. Your unconditional encouragement has always motivated me to give more, to do and be better, and most of all it’s kept me grounded to always remember what matters most. YOU matter most. Without you, UE wouldn’t be where it is today. The proof came a few weeks ago when my father passed away. I usually don’t post anything personal on our social media, but I felt the need to share this with you, my extended “family”. The outpouring of love, comfort and support was a surprise to me and it was overwhelming. Every single comment, prayer, email, letters, texts and phone calls I received, moved me to tears and it brought me comfort knowing that I wasn’t alone in this. Thank you, for being so giving, patient and understanding as I use this time to heal. But please know for sure I’m not going anywhere. I care about our community too much. I never knew that losing someone you love would be this painful and that the time needed to heal is slow. I might have been quiet on social media, but I’ve been quietly using this healing time to create, design and pour all my love that I have for my dad into our next issue, Volume 3. A very good girlfriend of mine said to me recently, “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” Honestly, when I first heard that it somewhat hard for me to believe, but through creating and prayer I believe her now because it’s through God that it’s possible. Yes, through God anything is possible. And with you, you make it possible. Thank you, for being my greatest blessing in my life.
Flowers are another blessing that I’m adding on to my list. I just love it when Lotta and Mariel invade my inbox with gorgeous flowers to share with you. This month I’m happy to share this simple giant wreath. Just in time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Create this simple giant wreath to hang in your home and bring joy to this day. Here’s how to from Lotta,
“Grapevine twigs are a great base for a wreath because the greenery and florals add easy to weave into the big base. Metal garden orbs are a simple centerpiece for a weekend brunch or gathering that is created in minutes. Floral foam is pushed into the orb, then tied with twine to secure the foam. These orbs can even be hung from trees or a chandelier.”
Silver Dollar Eucalyptus
3 metal garden orbs
Giant grapevine twig wreath