Thursday, October 15, 2009


When my dear, sweet friend, Tina Wright, was diagnosed with colon cancer a few weeks ago (you can read more about TEAM TINA and Tina's fight by scrolling down and reading the first post about Tina's cancer) I knew that I wanted to do something to make her feel the love of the artist community that she was a part of and that she loves. That's when TEAM TINA was formed and our first outpouring of love was organized.
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that my call out for tags for a "tag gate" for Tina would produce such an outpouring of love. I have been humbled by the generosity and time that I know went into each and every tag that has been received.
I got home from my trip to Michigan and when I saw the pile of TEAM TINA mail I was filled with joy! I couldn't believe it! So many envelopes! I couldn't wait to open them all!!
It took a few days before I could get to the mail (*life got in the way*) but when I did, I just sat here in my bedroom sitting area with the envelopes piled on the floor to my right and as I opened each one I was again humbled by the notes of love that I received.
Thank you, dear ones, for your kind words. And, some of you made me a tag or enclosed a small gift. I have kept every note, every tag and gift, every sweet card...........I treasure them all.
But, the most wonderful thing was opening the envelopes and seeing the gorgeous tags y'all made for Tina! Every envelope I opened, I would think to myself, "Oh, my gosh, I need to email *this woman* and tell her how much I love her tag!!!". And, then I'd think, okay, I'll do that at the end of opening all of these envelopes.
Well, let me tell ya - I just don't have the time to email EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU to tell you how wonderful your tags are - I'll just have to tell you here.

Honestly, and please excuse me if I sound like a broken record, y'all have touched me by the outpouring of love and support you are showing Tina through your creations. This project is going to knock her socks off!
And, I must tell you that my heart was pierced each time I would open a tag made by an artist that doesn't know Tina, but wanted to bless her. Wow.
(click on the pictures to enlarge and see the details of the tags!)
What a blessing y'all are to a woman fighting for her life.
A woman that is courageous through her faith in the Lord, is supported by those praying for her, and is supported by outpourings of love such as this TEAM TINA project.
Thank you. Thank you so much.
And, if you didn't know about this project and want to be a part of it, you still have time because I won't be traveling to Tina's until November. She and I have talked and are planning on the Tank and I making the trip the first part of November, so if you want, scroll back to the first post about Tina and simply follow the directions. There is plenty of room for a tag from you!

Okay, let me tell you - I looked in every junk shop between here and Michigan for the rusty old gate that I wanted for this project. No such gate to be found. Now, we have one here at the ranch, but it keeps the goats penned, so I had to think of something else..........I went to a salvage company in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and I bought a vintage chippy white Victorian window. Oh, my gosh, it is so cool.
I'm going to break out all of the glass and attach a sheet of (pale pink) wire on which to hang the tags. It's going to be so amazing when I put your tags on it.............Now, give me a week or two to get this done and when it's all put together and pretty, I'll blog about it! Aren't you excited???
This project is just so cool and whether you know it or not, you're a vessel of God and that is the coolest thing to me!



Kathy said...

Oh boy, this just warms my much. I looked at each and every tag in the pics, on ZOOM. She will be blown away by them, and by the good wishes. I can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve.

LiLi M. said...

This is great!! Good luck on assemblling. Have a great weekend!

kecia said...

what an amazing outpouring of love and support. great job on organizing it and your window gate sounds like it will be just perfect.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Jan, thanks so much for doing this and for encouraging me to participate in this wonderful blessing!

SharDon Exclusives said...

I am so excited that you had such a good response! Women are wonderful when it comes to feeling compassion and acting on that feeling. You are such a dear friend to do this for Tina. I hope she is doing better and will be back to her ole' self sooooon.

Bettyann said...

Tina is lucky to have such a caring friend as you Jan..hope my tag got there from canada..take care..look forward to seeing the final picture..

Julie Ann said...

Oh my goodness, Jan!! What a wonderful surprise to find your mailbox full of hope and good wishes for Tina! The tags are all so beautiful! I can't wait to see how they look hung in the window... I know it will just be wonderful!

Marilyn said...

What a gorgeous sight! So much LOVE!!

Mija said...

You are a precious soul Jan! I'll make up a little something for Tina's gate as well. Keep spreading the love dear friend!

Angela Harris said...

That is so sweet of you to organize this for such a good friend. Here's to wishing her peace and health!
~Angela Harris

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

We do not know one another Jan and I'm one of the people that doesn't know Tina either... I feel blessed for my little hand tag to be amongst so much Love and the beautiful healing wishes for Tina. Thank you for what feels like a big warm hug reading your post!
Brightest of Blessings to each and every one! oxo ~*~ Patty in VA

GypsyNurse said...

Jan.. YOU totally ROCK! Sent you an email! Lovely job all!


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