Monday, September 10, 2012

Glitter Cross!

We found out recently that one of my coworkers at the arts-and-crafts store has cervical cancer.

The surgery to remove the cancerous areas was last week and depending on her doctors, the chemotherapy treatments will begin next month.

I wanted to make her something. Something special. A visual reminder to pray, keep the faith, and look for the color during the dark times.

So I took one of the unfinished wood crosses we sell at the crafts store and transformed it into this.....

Decorative papers were cut into varying strips, then carefully glued one at a time directly onto the wood. I used the most colorful and sparkly patterns I had. One even looks like faux snake skin. Cool!

:::Close-up detail:::

If anything, she'll have a F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S way to ward off vampires!

And I like to think if Jesus walked the earth today that He'd love glitter too and I'd find Him rummaging through the clearance section of the crafts store. Imagine the things He could create!

The backside which I lined with felt!

But in all seriousness, this particular coworker is tough and I know she'll put up a solid fight and bounce back from this.

It reminds me of what one of my uncle's doctors said to him when he was battling cancer: ."Faith and prayer are stronger than medicine. They'll keep you going."

I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, Tiffany!


Rebecca said...

sending prayer to Tiffany. Love this cross it's so pretty will have to see if little man wants to try and make one

naturgesetz said...

What a great expression of faith and love.

JuJu said...

I love it Dean. The colors are gorgeous and the thought that went into it, even MORE so. Tiffany has a good friend in her corner.

Sending prayers her way!

Randuwa said...

Your cross' colors are like the beauty of the flowers you buy for yourself. I like that.

sMacThoughts said...

You are an awesome friend/coworker.... she will truly appreciate this!

Dean Grey said...


It looks complicated but the cross was pretty easy to make.

The size of the cross was roughly 4" x 8" so it didn't take long to cover it with the strips of paper.

Try it for yourself and see!






Tiffany told me the other day that now her little son wants the cross. I might have to make him one too!



I wanted it to be colorful, Randy!



I appreciate that!


Thanks to everyone for the thoughtful words!


Anonymous said...

Our strength is partially the love of our friends. God bless you. Ron

Unknown said...

It's sweet of you to do that for her. It's a lot to go through, and it's good that she has as much support as possible.

Also, you know that Jesus was more our people than theirs'. He would totally approve of sparkles, and would probably help with the applique work!

jason said...

It's lovely! I like your image of Jesus liking glitter. I'm sure you're right. :)
Hoping for the best for her.

Dean Grey said...


I agree with you, Ron!



LOL, Jesus is the ultimate crafter!



Who doesn't love glitter!


I always appreciate you three gentlemen stopping by!


stanw said...

Who doesn't (couldn't) like glitter!! Such a bright and thoughtful idea to create a cross like you have for Tiffany. Are you onto making one for her son, bet you are?! Sure will be praying for her in this time.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful and thoughtful gift - positive thoughts, energy and prayer sent her way.


Dean Grey said...


Tiffany's son is four-years-old so I'd have to make something he can't destroy and is kid friendly.

I'll have to do some more brainstorming first.



I appreciate that, Shelly!


Thanks to the pair of you!