I wrote this years ago but never published this post. MaryAnn died about five years ago but is remembered by so many of us through the art groups that she started.
For years now I’ve been in the Itty Bitty Book Club. Our founder – Mary Ann was
diagnosed with cancer a few month ago and it happened so fast – she’s gone. I
met her on Flickr when she first started hosting IBBs. I’ll always regret
missing the very first book but made sure I was entered on time after that. She
had just finished a book and told us she was taking a break because of her
illness and we all assumed she would get treatment, go through chemo and
recover. After all – she was young. It didn’t happen that way, however, and the
next thing we knew we were making one last book – in her memory.
Her Blog was Follow Your Bliss.
Here are some pages that others did. I love the Tree of Life page.
page – it’s so pretty and meaningful.
This is mine – I used one of MaryAnn’s watercolors as a background surrounded by
quotes I found throughout her work.
While MaryAnn was sick we were making another “Love” book to send to her. Little
did we know that time would run out. My friend Rhonda from Rhondamum was
coordinating this and when MaryAnn died she had such a struggle to finish this
book and on top of that was pulled into service to plan a memory book for her
and her family. I am so grateful to Rhonda for doing this. I hope she knows how
much it helped all of us.
My pages for the Love book are made from old envelopes from the 1940’s and
earlier. I love the feathery old handwriting in ink.
The stamps were perfect for a pastel, sepia themed book.
This is just a few of my IBBs. They are a treasure to me and a tribute to
my friend, MaryAnn.
I’m joining Beverly at How Sweet The Sound for Pink Saturday….another precious
friend I’ve met through art and blogging. Check out Pink Saturday – they are a
wonderful group of friends!