The Most Perfect Time

Right now, today, this week would be THE most perfect time to add any of these to your collection or to share with a loved one. There’s also The Alchemy of You Mentoring … Thank you for sharing … Deeply grateful …

D iz for Different – One Woman’s Journey to Acceptance by Camilla Downs

Biggest Little Photographer by Thomas Darnell

Where Would You Fly and Other Magical Stories by Lillian Darnell


Rainbow of Emotions by Lillian Darnell


Happy World by Lillian Darnell


Egyptian Eye by Lillian Darnell


Rainbow Mandala by Lillian Darnell

It is Done – Rainbow of Emotions Abstract Art to Handmade Quilt

March 17 2019:

Last November, Mike and I participated in a book signing for local authors at Barnes & Noble. Lillian Darnell and her mother, Camilla Downs, were seated next to us. I noticed a drawing that Lillian had done and mentioned that I could make a quilt out of it. So, I did. The photo on the left is the drawing, which was enlarged from the original, and on the right is the quilt.

This is just so beautiful and wonderful!! It has been magical watching you create this masterpiece quilt from Lillian’s 5 by 7 artwork. My artist friend who is buying this quilt is so very happy to get this and hang it on her studio wall in Houston! Just WOW!!!

Lillian created this abstract art as well as a few others several years ago. This one she titled Rainbow of Emotions and she wrote a story inspired by it (below). We sell prints of her abstract drawings to help fund attendance at a conference every summer that is specific to her chromosome deletion … The Chromosome 18 Family Conference. There’s also a section in Lillian’s book titled, Emotions and Animals, in which she writes a short story about how animals process emotions.

Here’s the story she wrote inspired by the drawing …

A Flower’s Curious Emotions

Once long ago, there lived a flower named Rainbow who was always emotional. One day, the flower was very curious about why she was so emotional.

So the flower went to a wise flower named Emotions but liked to be called Lavender instead. When Rainbow got to Lavender’s home, Rainbow asked, “Why am I so emotional, Lavender?”.

Lavender laughed and said, “You are emotional because you are always inside any living thing but I can give you some wisdom if you think it will help”.

“Yes, I think it will help me better understand. I trust you and your wisdom.”, said Rainbow in excitement. So Lavender said, “The princess who owns the sky is sometimes called Rainbow of Emotions and she watches over you. Your emotions are actually inherited from the princess. I hope that wisdom helps.”

Rainbow said, “Thank you! That helps. Now I am very grateful for the princess’ emotions.” So Rainbow walked off happily. So if you ever see a rainbow or feel any emotion, chances are you could be experiencing either Rainbow’s emotions or the princess’ emotions.

That’s the end of the story.

March 27 2019:

Look what was hand delivered to us today while volunteering at the library. Gerry says this will be one of a kind!!! She had fun creating it; yet, once was enough!

It will be headed to Houston to adorn the studio wall of one of Team TLC’s patrons.

Lillian created the abstract art titled “Rainbow of Emotions”. We met Gerry (the quilt maker) at a book signing in November where we were selling Lillian’s book. Gerry and her partner were our neighbor with their book.

She loved Lillian’s Rainbow of Emotions and commented that she would love to make it into a quilt. I told her I would see if any of our supporters would like to purchase such a beauty. One of our patrons was totally on it and wanted it to hang on her studio wall in Houston! Mounted prints of the artwork is for sale also!

March 29 2019:

Took pictures of this beauty in the natural light before she began her trip to Houston! We’re deeply grateful to our patron in Houston who supported two local artists with this purchase; Lillian and Gerry, the quilter, who made this magical creation from Lillian’s abstract art piece titled, Rainbow of Emotions (last picture). It will hang in her private studio … but may soon decorate the wall of a boutique. We shall see!! 🙏💙💙💙🙏

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She is Thrilled to Be Making It

December 14 2018:

Gerry, the wonderful lady we met at the Barnes & Noble book signing last month, is super thrilled to be making a quilt using Lillian’s Rainbow of Emotions!

She fell in love with the artwork and kept commenting how great it would look as a quilt. The thought finally occurred to me to ask her if she’d like to make one if we had interest from someone in having one.

Well, this lovely 3 X 3 quilt, once made, will be headed to Houston, Texas to adorn a studio wall!! Yee-Haw!! xoxo

Would you like to have a 3 X 3 quilt to adorn your wall? Comment here or send a message to Camilla Downs @ gmail . com … xoxo

 

The Egyptian Eye Looking Good

June 5 2018:

Thank you to Hunter at Pixels & Ink! Just back from picking up mounted prints of Lillian’s artwork. They are beautiful and ready to go to their new homes!!! Much gratitude to the beautiful souls supporting Lillian’s fundraising efforts. xoxo

Egyptian Eye Mounted 6.5.18 #1 Egyptian Eye Mounted 6.5.18 #2 Egyptian Eye Mounted 6.5.18 #3

If interested in reading about Lillian’s fundraiser, go here …

Fundraising for the 2018 Chromosome 18 Family Conference – In Summary

The Egyptian Eye to Da Bayou

May 29 2018:

The Egyptian Eye is on her way to Metairie Louisiana!!! Goin’ down da bayou! Oceans of gratitude to Stephanie for supporting Lillian’s fundraising efforts! xoxo .

Mailing Egyptian Eye 5.29.18

Want an Egyptian Eye for yourself? Go here to learn more … http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/06/06/fundraising-for-the-2018-chromosome-18-family-conference-in-summary/

A Flower’s Curious Emotions by Lillian Darnell

June 2 2018:

A story inspired by the Chromosome 18 Conference. ….. from Lillian …  xoxo

Once many years, a little girl named Rainbow loved traveling to new places. One day, Rainbow decided to write a story. “Hello! My name is Rainbow. My family and I have been going to a conference called Party Dancers for many years”, wrote Rainbow.

One day at the Party Dancers, she faced many fears in just 1 day. Rainbow was very determined to conquer more fears. A couple of years later at the Party Dancers, Rainbow met a friend she connected with through Bookworm the previous year and had so much fun. Rainbow knew many friends and people that year.

Rainbow even tried to get in the cold pool. This year, Rainbow was pumped to go …..

Fundraising for the 2018 Chromosome 18 Family Conference – Rainbow of Emotions

Rainbow Love by Lillian Darnell

Rainbow of Emotions by Lillian Abstract Art 2015
Lillian’s artwork titled “Rainbow of Emotions”

Ever wonder why we sometimes see double rainbows? … from the book, “Where Would You Fly”, by Lillian Darnell … I’m having fun editing. xoxo

Rainbow Love

This story is about rainbows and love. I hope you enjoy!

Once there lived two rainbows who didn’t want to separate for the love of nature. Their names were Candy Rainbow and Princess Rainbow. One day, Candy Rainbow was accidentally separated from Princess. What they didn’t know was the Nature fairy had split them in half.

Candy desperately looked for Princess but there was no sign of her. Meanwhile, Princess was where Candy wasn’t. She was anxious to find him but the Nature fairy wouldn’t let her. Candy got up to ask the Nature Fairy. What the fairy said, “No, I haven’t seen her. I didn’t separate you.”

Candy thought the fairy was being suspicious. Princess started suspecting the fairy. After a year past, they accidentally ran into each other. When the fairy found out, she was furious.

The fairy decided to put Princess invisible so she couldn’t be seen when they bumped into each other. Candy tried to explain to the Nature fairy that rainbow magic was more powerful than fairy magic. Since the nature fairy wouldn’t listen, Candy decided to show her what he tried to explain.

His plan was to use his magic and power to get Princess out of the invisible world. So when Princess saw he was stretching out to use his power, she decided to reach over and touch his stretched arc. Candy felt lighter somehow but he didn’t know how.

Suddenly the invisible spell broke. The fairy was shocked at what happened but the fairy had to vanish. “It was me who helped you, Candy”, said Princess softly. “Thank you, Princess!” and the rainbows’ love was returned.

Princess thought if people saw them, it would be easier to have one rainbow be invisible. Princess decided to go invisible but Candy was able to see her. Every once in awhile, Princess appeared behind Candy. That is why some people see double or triple rainbows.

(written when Lillian was 14 years old)

Would you like to help us in our goal of pre-selling 50 books? Go here …

http://www.LillianDarnell.com/author

 

 

Magic and Stairs and Cookies and Rainbows

June 12 2016:

I have been working on this post for two days now! Done! It’s a throwback to 2010 and 2011 with updated content. I came across an article the other day that moved me to the core and just knew in my heart I must write this.http://camilladowns.com/…/the-power-and-magic-of-connected…/

Now we can go on a little adventure and then back to create a special poem to accompany a very special painted rock for a beautiful soul way down in the bayou.

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June 15 2016:

She set a goal of going up 2 stairs, without holding onto me, before her physical therapy appointment today. She did it yesterday afternoon! By next Wednesday it will be 4 or 5 steps! Wahoo!!!

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We’re working on the book trailer for Thomas’ upcoming book … “Grand Adventures of the Biggest Little Photographer” … Here’s a fun picture I took of him taking a picture of the mini figure taking a picture.

The book will contain many of the photos he took during the 365 day photo project he decided to do on his own when he was 8 years old. It will also include an introduction of how it began, quotes, and a bit of the story along the way. Coming Fall 2016 – You can pre-order if this sounds like something that interest you or if you know a LEGO enthusiast!!  … xoxo

Thomas Taking Picture of Minifigure Taking a Photo 2014

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June 16 2016:

And just because. We made chocolate almond flour cookies last night at 8:30. Toasted to Team TLC and read our read-aloud-book!!! So YUM!!!

Chocolate Almond Flour Cookies June 16 2016

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Looks like a grand adventure awaits us next month! The Chromosome 18 conference is in San Antonio this year, July 10-13th and we are going to drive. We found out today that an organization that has helped us get there the past two years is not able to help this year. xoxo

Google Maps suggests three different routes. Has anyone out there driven any of these routes, know the road conditions, etc … Need to decide which is the best route. What about campgrounds on any of these routes? Know about any?

Every year Thomas and Lillian both want to contribute to getting us to the conference. They come up with their own ideas and offer their creations through each of their websites. Here are the different ways to support our trip if it feels right to you (and a link to a blog post with more information …http://camilladowns.com/…/2016-chromosome-18-conference-sa…/):

Route suggestions per above
Painted Rocks by Thomas
Leaf at Sunset by Thomas
Nature Adventure Set by Thomas
Mini-figure photo a day prints by Thomas
Pre-order “Grand Adventure of the Biggest Little Photographer” by Thomas
Random Act of Love Cards
Services by Thomas (errands and poop scooping – in Reno area) (email me regarding this one)
Egyptian Eye by Lillian
Rainbow of Emotions by Lillian
Custom Abstract Art by Lillian
Mystique Boutique
Walk With Me
“D iz for Different” book
Custom Poem by Camilla

Google Maps June 2016

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This. Just when this message was needed. I was drinking my water earlier today and this is what I saw.

Received some news today that is not what I expected and kinda leaves me feeling really tired. Yet, I know there is a different way to see this … And this was a reminder. Sharing for anyone else who needs it …. xoxo

Heart Bottom of Glass June 2016

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June 17 2016:

Lillian’s latest blog post and her latest abstract art creation, Rainbow of Emotions. Let her know if you’re interested in having an 8 X 10 print of it. This is just a picture of it. The scanned version will have crisp clarity. May you enjoy her story about Rainbows and Love! xoxo

“Hey, everyone! This story is about rainbows and love. I hope you enjoy!

Once there lived 2 rainbows who didn’t want to separate for the love of nature. Their names were Candy Rainbow and Princess Rainbow. One day, Candy Rainbow was accidentally separated from Princess. What they didn’t know was the Nature fairy had split them in half.

Candy desperately looked for Princess but there was no sign of her. Meanwhile, Princess was where Candy wasn’t. She was anxious to find him but the Nature fairy wouldn’t let her. Candy got up to ask the Nature Fairy. What the fairy said, “No, I haven’t seen her. I didn’t separate you.”

Candy thought the fairy was being suspicious. Princess started suspecting the fairy. After a year past, they accidentally ran into each other. When the fairy found out, she was furious.

The fairy decided to put Princess invisible so she couldn’t be seen when they bumped into each other. Candy tried to explain to the Nature fairy that rainbow magic was more powerful than fairy magic. Since the nature fairy wouldn’t listen, Candy decided to show her what he tried to explain.

So his plan was to use his magic and power to get Princess out of the invisible world. So when Princess saw he was stretching out to use his power, she decided to reach over and touch his stretched arc. Candy felt lighter somehow but he didn’t know how.

Suddenly the invisible spell broke. The fairy was shocked at what happened but the fairy had to vanish. “It was me who helped you, Candy”, said Princess softly. “Thank you, Princess!” and the rainbows’ love was returned.

Princess thought if people saw them, it would be easier to have 1 rainbow be invisible. Princess decided to go invisible but Candy was able to see her. Every once in awhile, Princess appeared behind Candy. That is why some people see double or triple rainbows.”

Lillian's New Abstract Art May 2016

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June 17 2016:

Setting family intentions, making a plan, creating a “happy songs” play list, listening now, deciding on new rituals, and discussing the importance of gratitude.

That’s what Team TLC did this morning. Next up, framing our intentions and rituals and hanging on our wall. We are family and It’s a wonderful world with Three Little Birds singing “Every little thing’s gonna be alright” …. Hakuna Matata xoxo

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This one’s headed to live in Houma, Louisiana!! Have fun down in da bayou!! Rock is hand painted rock with acrylic paint and sealed. Poem created by me and handwritten on recycled materials ready to hang.

Walk With Me

I walk this path with legs
that have walked many miles.
I walk this path with arms
free of heavy burdens from the past.
I walk this path with a mind
that supports and encourages the heart.
I walk this path with a heart
that is pure and ripe with love.
I walk this path with eyes
fresh with new perspectives.
I walk this path with ears
awakened to natures sounds.
I walk this path with a nose
that inhales the sweetness.
I walk this path with mouth and lips
parted to breathe the benevolent essence.
I walk this eternal path home
with all beings as one. ~Camilla Downs 2016