Doris Marie Cusson
Mother's battle with melanoma was stretched over about a 10 year period. Most of the time you had no idea she had any problems. She was dynamic and full of energy - a tiny, fiery redhead! While she had the legendary red head's temper, she was full of caring and love for those around her. It is hard to believe she has been gone for 36 years.
I wanted her zendala to be full of things that represented her. Her favorite flower was yellow roses, so that was my start. She also had a beautiful lilac bush outside our kitchen and I loved that flower. Even today, I cannot smell or see lilacs without thinking of home. For the tangles I chose Lezy because of the delicate quality. I also liked facets (one of my favorites, anyway) because she had many facets to her personality and she was a true jewel! Bateek reminded me of a cozy quilt and cubine, well, honestly because it fit! I kept debating on completely coloring it, but finally decided to let the rose and lilacs take center stage by being the only color.
James Moser Cusson
I lost Daddy 21 years ago to bone cancer. He called one day to say he wasn't feeling well and thought he would go to the doctor. Daddy never was sick or went to the doctor. About a week later he was gone. We didn't even have time to get home to North Carolina to see him. It was fast and furious.
Daddy spent his life designing buildings and doing floor plans for people. I even got to work with him for awhile. So his zendala had to have things to represent precision and drafting. I found the tangle stubs in Sandy Bartholomew's book and used that on the corners. The next idea was to use paradox. It has a double meaning. He helped me draw this for a drafting contest back in high school (it is also called Huddy's Doodle). Paradox also fits because Daddy was such a paradox type of personality. He was fun-loving, yet moody. He was loving, yet had a hard time showing it. Betweed because it helped add to the precision aspect and Volan because he loved cars and that reminds me of little steering wheels. I also tried to put some Rain in. One of my favorite memories was when I was younger and Daddy sent us out to play in the rain. Mama couldn't believe he told us we could go out and get soaked - he usually was much more restrained! I added little rulers of my own.
Personally, I love these two zendalas. They are filled with memories and love. I had a hard time finishing them because I kept getting lost in thoughts. Two wonderful, loving people and I was blessed to call them mama and daddy.
Hope your journey this week was a happy one. Take care and tell someone you love them.