Some cool support website images:
This is a detail from a painting of a koi pond that Jolene did as a birthday present for her mother, Marta. It was to eventually turn into a floor piece under a homemade fountain that Marta constructed for her apartment in Louisville. Jolene tacked up the canvas on the back of the cabin we were staying in during our visit to Kentucky last year, and painted like a madwoman for a few days straight. The entire process was amazing to watch, and the result was truly impressive.
I don’t think I have ever met a more gifted artist, honestly. Jolene paints, sketches, sculpts, quilts, weaves, carves, makes jewelry, works in fabrics and textiles, photography…..and…..she can sing, play the sax, perform stand-up comedy, and conjure up Photoshop magic like no one’s business.
I may be a depressed, anxiety-plagued, unemployed momma’s boy with low self-esteem and debt problems, but hell….I ain’t stupid. I know enough to hitch my wagon to a star when I see one! Ha!
Do yourself a favor and check out her newly re-designed website when you get the chance too. It’s chock full o’ groovy stuff.
And by the way, if you are fortunate enough to get the Style Network on your cable TV system, Jolene will be one of the featured contestants on this Thursday’s "Craft Corner Deathmatch" game show. Watch her work some serious crafting mojo against a worthy opponent, as her daughter and I cheer her on from the sidelines.
You rock my socks, bay-beee.
As a way of returning the extraordinary generosity and support you
have all shown me in this great community, whenever I upload a new
pic or series of shots this year, I’ll provide a link to another flickr
photog whose work, personality, or spirit I feel you should discover.
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Jefferson After Interplast
The surgery to repair his cleft lip was successful, and we hope to see this delightful little boy next year for palate surgery.
As we prepare to return to the United States, I can’t help but reflect on what an incredible two weeks it has been. This Interplast team has performed free surgeries to heal the bodies and change the lives of over 70 patients here in Cusco, Peru. It has been an amazing journey for all of us. We will all share many wonderful memories of the charming town of Cusco and our kind hosts in the Hospital Regional. Most of all, though, we treasure meeting the adorable children of Interplast, and their loving families and caretakers.
On behalf of the entire team, I want to express our profound gratitude to Ronald McDonald House Charities (“RMHC”), the generous sponsor of this life-changing trip to Cusco, Peru. Without their support – and the product donations of so many other companies – this trip could not have happened. From RMHC’s contributions to fully fund this trip (and several others this year), to the Ronald McDonald coloring books provided for the children in the waiting room, to the McDonald’s stickers that the children treasured as gifts on their way to the operating room, this entire trip has been an example of RMHC’s dedication to helping children around the world.
Finally, I personally feel so honored to have worked with such a dedicated group of professionals. I am so impressed by my fellow team members’ commitment, and the fact that each of them took two weeks out of their busy lives to give back to the world. I invite you to visit the Interplast website (www.interplast.org), and sign up for our mailing list to learn more about how you can help too.