Seize the moment. Celebrate. Take action. Transform women’s lives everywhere. THE TIME IS NOW! —UN Women (emphasis mine)
I cannot let March end without sharing the big yellow bouquet of postcards I received in honor of International Women’s Day/Women’s History Month. With Beckra’s (ongoing) permission, I hosted her “Yellow Flowers for International Women’s Day” swap on swap-bot for the fifth time. I felt compelled to share the yellow blessing with the Love Notes community and many were excited to participate. So, in addition to the swap-bot participants and the women in my circle of family and friends, I also sent dozens of postcards to Love Notes participants. In return, my mailbox was filled with yellow flowers all month long.
The first postcards came from my two swap-bot partners, Jan and Valerie [Click image for a closer look].
My penfriend Beckra sent a bright closeup of a yellow flower she photographed. She hasn’t participated in the swaps lately, but she always sends me a card for IWD.
Then, the cards from my Love Notes pals made their way to my P.O. Box from various parts of the USA and the world.
Christine B’s was the first to arrived with an IWD greeting and a sweet message–“You are an outstanding woman and I am glad we connected.”
I usually don’t mind postal markings on postcards. I “minded” this time.
Lorelei sent a coloring card with a couple of spots colored in yellow:
Many sent photo postcards. Some, like Beckra’s and Christine’s, featured the photography of the senders [Click image for a closer look].
Ellen even used a stamp featuring my favorite flower:
Some sent “store-bought” postcards: [Click image for a closer look].
Many included inspiring messages:
She is clothed in strength and dignity,and she laughs without fear of the future. –Proverbs 31:25
We get so worried about being “pretty.” Let’s be pretty kind, pretty funny, pretty smart, pretty strong. –Britt Nicole
Little yellow flowers
Dancing with the breeze
Little yellow flowers
Huddled round the trees
Little yellow flowers
Seemed to know my pain
Little yellow flowers
in my mem’ry will remain. –Valerie Dohren
Some women fear the fire; some women simply become it. –R.H. Sin
May we continue to make progress on all issues that affect women.
Some featured the art of the senders with inspirational reminders [Click an image for a closer look].
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. –Mother Teresa [Cricket]
Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them. –Unknown [Lori W.]
Debra D. sent an elegant “thank you” for my “hosting” the swap.
An artist to me
kind of prophets
of our community.
or their sense
is so vital
and so pure
that we always
need to listen
to them. –Fiach Mac Conghail
And finally, Lori-Anne C. of Canada, sent a handmade, sunflower-shaped postcard that made me squeal on a day when I really, really needed to be reminded to “face the sun.”
The beautifully written message on the back of the postcard was just what I needed to hear the day it arrived.
Isn’t that an “amazing” message?
You are amazing and strong and brave and wonderful!
When life tries to convince you otherwise, be sure to carry this heartfelt message with you.
Thanks, ladies, for all the postcard love! Until next time…Hugs!
Happy International Women’s Day!
The postcard above features the United Nations Women’s theme for International Women’s Day 2016.
According to the UNWomen’s website:
The United Nations observance on 8 March will reflect on how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. It will equally focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights.
For more information, go to the UN Women’s website: UN Women IWD 2016.
Happy International Women’s Day!
My mailbox has been having so much fun lately and I plan to share with you the goodies that have landed there soon.
Today, I’m dropping by to wish you “Happy International Women’s Day” and to share with you the two postcards I created in support of women’s rights.
This first card was created for the “Yellow Flowers for International Women’s Day” swap in which swappers send yellow flowers in the form of postcards out into the world. I talked about this in last year’s IWD post. This year’s postcard features the UN Women’s theme for 2015, which points to building on and speeding up the momentum of the UN’s Fourth Conference on Women 20 years ago (also known as the Beijing conference). Let’s “picture a world where gender equality is a reality for every woman and girl” (UN Women). See UN Women for more information about the theme, Beijing+20 and women’s rights in general.
The second postcard incorporates a quote from Hillary Clinton’s speech at the the Beijing Conference in September 1995. This statement has been chanted worldwide ever since.
Here’s an excerpt from Clinton’s speech:
It is a violation of human rights when babies are denied food, or drowned, or suffocated, or their spines broken, simply because they are born girls.
It is a violation of human rights when women and girls are sold into the slavery of prostitution for human greed — and the kinds of reasons that are used to justify this practice should no longer be tolerated.
It is a violation of human rights when women are doused with gasoline, set on fire, and burned to death because their marriage dowries are deemed too small.
It is a violation of human rights when individual women are raped in their own communities and when thousands of women are subjected to rape as a tactic or prize of war.
It is a violation of human rights when a leading cause of death worldwide among women ages 14 to 44 is the violence they are subjected to in their own homes by their own relatives.
It is a violation of human rights when young girls are brutalized by the painful and degrading practice of genital mutilation.
It is a violation of human rights when women are denied the right to plan their own families, and that includes being forced to have abortions or being sterilized against their will.
If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights once and for all. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely — and the right to be heard.
For the full text (and video) of Clinton’s speech, click here.
I am hopeful that this vision will be realized fully in my lifetime.
I know what you’re thinking, but we’re talking about flowers, people! “My Pretty Bloomers” was the name of a swap I participated in for the “Color and Light Photo Swappers” group on swap-bot. Swappers were to share a photo postcard of flowers from their gardens or, in my case, a photo from someone else’s garden.
Here’s the pretty bold bloomer “Ladydy5,” my partner, sent. She writes, “This flowers every year” and what makes it a “joy to see” is that it was a gift for a special occasion.
I also received a bloomer via email from my photog-penfriend Dee, who happened to be my send-to partner.
Simply because the sunflower is my favorite flower, I played around with Dee’s photo a bit. Here are two of my favorite edits.
And from my photog friend Patty (aka Cakers)–
Don’t you just love the deep, rich colors of this pansy?
Like me, Patty doesn’t have a garden, but she has the most beautiful purple clematis plant. It’s 22-years-old! The longest I’ve ever kept a plant alive is three years. I’m tempted to share her clematis photos here, but I’ll save that for her. She needs to update her blog anyway. Hint! Hint! 😉
The flowers I photographed are from my friend Colleen’s garden. She has a very pretty garden, full of variety and color. She has some staples, such as red, pink, and white roses, but she also mixes things up a bit from one year to the next–based on what I’ve seen the last two years. She even has an awesome vegetable garden in the back of her yard. I nabbed a few pics of grapes yesterday!
I used a few of the photos of Colleen’s garden to create a collage for my partner.
This garden deserves a closer look. Don’t you think? Here’s a sampling of some of the beauties from last year’s garden. (Click an image to view larger)
Purple is my favorite color, so when I see purple in a garden (okay, anywhere), I’m going to snap a photo of it. Colleen had purple in abundance in last year’s garden and I’m fighting not to include all of them here. I just learned from her that the tiny pink flowers are some type of rose, something I would have never guessed.
And this year’s garden:
2014 was dominated by pink in varying shades and lots of different roses. That yellow flower is a knockout rose–another flower I’d never guess is a type of rose.
My mom has the greenest thumb I’ve ever seen. You’d think she’d pass some of her skill and knowledge on to me. Really, she tried. Other things vied for my attention. But I’m really connected with my mom and I can’t look at flowers without thinking of her, so I’ll share with you a photo of one of hers.
And lastly, because “life” made me a blog slacker in the spring, I’m sharing with you the “yellow flowers” I received for International Women’s Day 2014. If you’re interested, you can see the ones I sent out here.
That’s it for now! Enjoy!
I’ve been busy, busy, busy with work and with one creative venture after another–working on a wedding album for my nephew and his new wife, Dr. Seuss’s Birthday (lots of fun), selecting and getting postcards ready for Liberate Your Art 2014, and of course, designing postcards for International Women’s Day (IWD).
In some countries, it is customary to give yellow flowers to women on IWD. In honor of that custom, I created these postcards–an easier way to share yellow flowers with women of the world and to stand with women worldwide as we move toward change and equality.
The first postcard features the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women’s (UN Women’s) theme for 2014: “Equality for women is progress for all.”
I like the vintage feel of this postcard, but I created one using the same photo for those who prefer more realistic colors:
And since I also like “Inspiring Change,” the 2014 theme featured on the global hub for International Women’s Day, I created a postcard with that theme as well.
As I share these postcards with you, I’m reminded of the two seminars on Comparative Women’s Studies I participated in many moons ago and of how our group applauded our conveners, Beverly Guy Sheftall and Chandra Talpade Mohanty, with the chant– “Women’s rights are human rights…Women’s rights are human rights.” There’s something about the collective voices of women and those who partner with us that assures me that we will eventually disassemble all tools of oppression.