Friday, July 2, 2010

Bottles of Hope 46-63

Hi Everyone,

The last leaf cane that I made generated a fair bit of scrap clay and rather than bunch it all up and run it through the pasta machine until it was uniform in colour, I decided to try something a little different with it. What a perfect clay to use for Bottles of Hope. I've committed to making at least 100 BOH this year and here is the most recent set.

The first set of bottles aren't my usual style, but I'm really happy with them. They remind me of seascapes. This becomes particularly important since my sister's husband's mother has recently been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She lives on the coast in California and some of these will make their way to her. Prognosis, from what I've heard, is good so far so we'll keep our fingers crossed.

I kept playing with the clay and the next set of bottles were the result. They're a little bit more refined than the first set and I'm sure they'll appeal to others.

I really do love Bev's stamps words for the Bottles and I try to use at least one word in each of the bottles.

These last five bottles are when I just had plain scrap clay that had been run through the machine to the point of being a uniform colour. Two of them were made by cutting half circles of clay and then layering them.

Bottles were made while listening to the CD that my friend Renee had sent me before she passed away from cancer. I love it that her fighting spirit is infused into the bottles and there's a wistfulness of emotion I have while making the bottles. Having gone through a grieving process myself I know how important moments of brightness are during the journey. I hope these bottles offer some moments of brightness to the recipients, whomever they may be.

As always, here are the links to the bloggers I've donated on behalf of:

46. Lululiz
47. nfmgirl
48. Candy
49. Stephanie
50. Caitlin
51. Gayle
52. Cobblestone Creations
53. Bee
54. Linda
55. Diana
56. Trayna
57. Ruta Elze
58. Alice
59. Sewfunky
60. Kate
61. Carapace
62. Tina
63. Karen



Tina Wilson said...

so wonderful that you create these. am delighted that you included me in this.

Alice said...

The bottles are beautiful, and will certainly be cherished by the recipient.

Your post is timely, since my mother was just diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic malignant melanoma. There is no cure at this stage, and the prognosis is not good. At every turn, it seems cancer has invaded another life, another family. I pray for the day that cancer will be a thing of the past.

Thank you for all your hard work to make these special pieces!


Gayle Page-Robak said...

Dear are amazing besides being beautiful and kind. What awesome, heartfelt gifts you have created. Kudos to you! Both my parents died from Cancer so this is so appreciated. Be well, and accept my sincere thank you. Hugs, Gayle Page-Robak.

Bee said...

thank you so much for including me in this, we all need a little hope along life's highway. I hope things turn out ok.


Sue C said...

Hi Sandy, I love what you are doing with the BOH.

I wondered if you could you please do me a favor and either send Bev a message to email me at or send me her email. I've lost it and I need another stamp made, she does such a great job. I had 3 different people make me the exact same word stamps (before I knew her work) and her's are the only ones that work!!! Thanks so much. Sue Castle