Everything about my oldest sister is overflowing with beautiful, abundant, and uncompromising love. If people can be divided into givers and takers, she is a giver. A giver of hospitality, a giver of love, a giver of confidence, a giver of praise and, sometimes, a giver of hope.
To me, she has always embodied this idea that very ordinary things become special with a little extra care. A pot of flowers on an old window sill, linens hanging in the sun on a breezy day, a bowl of fresh lemons. Where ever she is feels special because she attends to the details of comfort and beauty. More importantly, she attends to the people in her life - especially her sisters, nieces, and nephews. Beyond any shadow of a doubt, she has been my most ardent supporter. From encouraging me to go to college (and helping me through the process) to impressing upon me the idea that I can do anything with a little hard work, she has made my very ordinary life feel special.
I saw a collage similar to this one in an issue of Stampington I saw a couple of years ago. Unfortunately I don't have the magazine so I can't cite with specificity. Anyway... I knew I had to make something similar for my sister when she bought her new home. I discovered that collage is a tremendously satisfying experience.
This was supposed to be a close up, but I'm not sure it looks any closer. I suppose if I want great pictures, I'll have to use something other than my phone.