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12.28.2012

PRAYER FLAGS FOR NEWTOWN




My time with my grand daughters has always been precious to me



and now that we've decided to move back to the States - away from them...




it's even more precious.




I can't imagine the heart break of the families who have lost children.




Well. I don't want to imagine it.




And when Diana Trout put out a call on Face Book for people to make prayer flags for Newtown,



I thought, I hoped, maybe I could help relieve some of the pain with my prayers...



with my flags.



Diana has since teamed up with Leighanna Light




who has begun a facebook page entitled The Hope Flag Project


My understanding of the "new version" of prayer flags



is that after they're made




they're hung outside in the elements




where they eventually disintegrate.



And as they fall apart over the weeks, months...



the prayers are carried by the air


to bring comfort and solace



to those in need.




Because we don't have a yard, 



mine are hanging outside my apartment door.




Create your life...






linking to Pink Saturday, Off the Wall Friday and Artists In Blogland in hopes to spread the word about prayer flags.




52 comments:

  1. thats beautiful, I've saw prayer flags in Mongolia, it is such a beautiful thing, yours are beautiful, I know moving will be hard for you but lots of visit for you and them will make it OK, you'll see,

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    1. Thank you Laurie. I'm feeling good most of the time about our move...mainly because it will be slow and I think we'll ease into it. I guess, what I was trying to say, is that I want to make the very most/best of the time I have with them. Love to you and yours in this Happy New Year. And for you...I wish a miraculously healthy 2k13!

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  2. These are beautiful. They put my store bought ones to shame, but our hearts are in the same place. <3

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    1. Thank you Robin. I don't think they put your flags to shame at all! I love your flags. They're beautiful, meaningful and full of your love and thoughts and prayers. Yes...our hearts are in the same place.

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  3. this is a lovely and tender thing you have done.

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  4. Beautiful prayer flags..they look wonderful!

    Duaa

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    1. Thank you Duaa. Do they fly prayer flags in your country?

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  5. Beautiful flags and what a lovely positive way of sending a message. A visual sign of a prayer, love it. Your prayer flags will certainly send up a strong message annie!

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    1. Thanks Ann. I loved the idea when I first heard about Jane Davila 'stirring it up' a few months ago. I've thought many times that I'd like to make lots of them. Now that we'll have a yard...even though it's part time...I'll be making more.

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  6. I can see that you have put your heart into these.

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  7. I wish your prayers will fly and confort everybody needing it...
    Your flag remember me the thibetan flags.
    Thank you for your lovely comment! :)

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    1. You're welcome Sim..and thank you! The idea came from the Tibetan prayer flags and I'm really happy to see it having a revival in other parts of the world.

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  8. These are so beautiful; and such a beautiful idea to have one's prayers carried on the wind. You never know who they might touch. I'm still working on my first one - it also has a heart theme :)

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    1. Thanks Starr. I really look forward to seeing your flag(s). Happy, Beautiful New Year to you and your family.

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  9. This is one of the most beautiful things I have seen this year.

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    1. The idea originated in Tibet apparently...and when Jane Lafazio began the Prayer Flag project earlier this year...it totally resonated with me.

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  10. This post has totally touched my heart and soul. This prayer flag concept is a profound expression of both hope and grief. You had uplifted my heavy heart with these flags, Annie. thank you.

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    1. Oh thank you so much Kelly. The concept is something that I think has got to Only be good for all of us. I'm so thankful to the girls who have revived it. I was able to work through some of my grief for the families in Newtown while working on these. They really are a healing process in so many ways.

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  11. I'm visiting your blog via Beverly's Pink Saturday. Your prayer flags are very creative and eye-catching. I'd never heard the story about them before, about how they're left in the elements, etc. Very interesting.

    Enjoy your Saturday!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! I think the story stems from the ancient Tibetan prayer flags. Sounds like I need to do some research!

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  12. Robin, this is a lovely post. Your flags are beautiful. I think they help to express emotions that none of us have had words for. I'm sorry you will not be living close to your grandchildren, but I am happy that you will be coming back to the states. Where will you be living? I do wish it would be somewhere close to me. Happy Pink Saturday, and Happy New Year. I pray this one will bring healing to so many broken hearts. Hugs, Terri

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    1. Hi Terri! One of my favorite people is named Robin (Pink House Studio) so I take it as an extreme compliment that you called me by that name. :) Thank you for your lovely compliment and please don't take that first smart alecky sentence in any way but w/ love. We're going to divide our time between Colombia and St Pete, Florida for the next couple years...eventually weaning ourselves away as the kids grow and are able to come to us more! It's really the best thing we can do for ourselves right now. I think you're mid-west...but hey...we can meet up somewhere...sometime, I'm sure!!! I'd love that so much. I'm praying with you for healing for our world. Best New Year possible to you and yours. xxxoooo...annie!

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    1. Thanks Corrine! Big hugs and much love to you for a very spectacular new year!

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  14. Those flags are fabulous and wonderful tribute.

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  15. What wonderful idea for all wanting to help Newtown heal. I didn't post for Pink Saturday this week, I'm glad I get the P F project mail. will look for the FB page.
    HUgs Marilou

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    1. Thank you Marilou! I think it's a great way to help. I'm slowly getting around to PS posts and hope to see you there next week.

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  16. wow - these are beautiful. I'm so glad to have seen this post.

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  17. Love your work! Colori bellissimi per la tua bandiera!
    Buon anno nuovo!
    Bellalullo

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  18. I congratulate you on these interesting compositions with great symbolism, Peace, I like. Greetings.

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    1. Thank you Leovi. May you find perfect peace in the new year.

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  19. wonderful pieces to show the caring of many for those who have lost so much, I am sure the air is full of the prayers of many.

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    1. Thanks Linda. I know you're right and it doesn't take a flag to make it so. It was good to visit your blog again yesterday.

      PS - We're slowly moving back to St Pete. :)

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  20. your art works are so sweet and there is so much love in them. Beautiful.

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  21. That is a great idea and you did wonderful!

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    1. Thanks NatashaMay. It is a wonderful, worthy idea.

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  22. Your flags are wonderful such a lovely thought.

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  23. What a beautiful tribute! Your flags came out awesome!
    Belated Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

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    1. Thanks so much Carla. Here's to a beautiful New Year to you and yours.

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  24. What a lovely tribute to the families in Newtown. Your flags are beautiful and the Prayers are carried on Angel's Wings. Blessings to you and yours in the New Year.

    ~Emily
    The FRench Hutch

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    1. Thank you Emily. I think they need all the prayers they can get. A perfectly beautiful new year to you too!

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  25. These flags are so amazing Annie! What a heartfelt way to send love across the universe to all the people who lost their loved ones. You are truly a beautiful soul. Good luck with your move and a happy, magical New Year!

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    1. Thank you Kimberly! I love the way you put that! Makes me FEEL like a beautiful soul. We're both getting so excited about the move and we're anticipating the best year ever. I wish the same for you.

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  26. Annie, I've been inspired by these ever since I read your first post about them a couple months ago. I think I'm going to do them with my art students. I'd like to blog about this this week. Would you mind if I used one of your pictures as an example? I'll link to you of course!

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    1. I think that's a GREAT idea! Are you going to do flags for Newtown? That could be a rather sensitive subject with little ones. Not saying that you wouldn't handle it perfectly...but...you know. I would be honored for you to use one of my pictures. The Prayer Flag Project blog has lots of flags you can show them too. I imagine you've seen others but if not...they're made for every occasion and event - including sad events. They're such a FREE...really wonderful way to express yourself! Thank you Julie. I'll look forward to seeing their flags if you post pictures.

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