Gone too Soon . . .

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.

~Thomas Campbell

Dear Kids,

The blogosphere is a little quieter now. . .

A sweet and witty dynamo of a woman has suddenly left us.
There’s a void in the blog world that will be difficult to fill.

Her name was Donna. She was a frequent commenter here and I will miss her terribly. How fortunate I was to have called her friend. You may remember her as “don_mae”.

She retired 6 years ago and began to write a blog. Her plan was to learn a new craft or creative technique each month and then publish posts highlighting her progress. She called it: This Year’s Dozen.

Don_Mae Quilt

And what a wonderful ride the last 6 years have been for her readers! You see, Donna was an absolutely fearless crafter. She would tackle each new project systematically and never give up – even when it wasn’t going well. In that case, she would just start all over again and keep plugging until she had mastered it. Her patience was truly an inspiration.

One of Donna's Macrame Purses

One of Donna’s Macrame Purses

I remember when she first tried to crochet. It was tough going in the beginning but she forged ahead. She practiced for weeks and by the time she was done, she was designing her own fashion accessories and creating brand new patterns! I’ve always had a feeling that somewhere out there is a dictionary with a picture of Donna next to my favorite word –


During the years she wrote her blog, she became proficient in jewelry-making, crocheting, quilting, and her first love, macramé – to name but a few. Her posts were full of eye candy photos that showcased her work. It was continually amazing to see just how many beautiful items she created. I used to tease her that I was exhausted just viewing everything she made.

Donna_Mae Pillowcases

She had a wonderful sense of humor and a very kind heart. She made scores of children’s pillowcases from colorful kid-themed fabrics and donated them to charity on a regular basis.

Donna could truly do it all. She was a crafter, a writer, and a photographer – generous with her knowledge and ideas. She loved to shop and had a 6th sense for a good bargain. She loved movies, fashion, and her Titanic collection! She liked to recycle and was incredibly clever at coming up with creative uses for things we often throw away. In short, she was a force of nature – I just can’t believe she is gone . . .

Donna_Mae Parure

When I entered the blog world 5 years ago, I had no idea that someone I never actually met, whose voice I never heard, could etch such an imprint on my heart.

The Internet can certainly be a wonderful thing. It allows us to share a piece of ourselves with people we might not otherwise have had the chance to know, to learn from, or to love.

Goodnight, dear don_mae.
Gone too soon . . . but, oh, the lives you touched while here!


I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Gone too Soon . . . — 5 Comments

  1. Nice tribute to Donna. The diversity in her talents and generosity to share her knowledge and even supplies was what endeared her to us all. She gifted many of her projects to worthy causes. Gone too soon? Definitely.
    But always in our hearts.
    xx, Carol

  2. I will be sorry not to see her posts. She always had a wonderful sense of humor. Thank you for sharing this tribute and letting us know. My heart goes out to her family and friends.

  3. Your tribute to Donna was lovely Crystal and it brought tears to my eyes. I loved that you called her a “force of nature” because that’s exactly what she was! There wasn’t anything that she couldn’t do. She inspired me for the past 12 years and, like you, although I never met her face to face, she was so dear to me and will always hold a special place in my heart. For those of us that knew Donna, the world is a little less bright now and a little less “crafty”. I’m so glad that you and I have connected…and it’s all thanks to Donna! She was loved by so many and will be missed by those of us that were blessed to know her.

  4. I’m so sorry Crystal. After reading this beautiful tribute, I’m upset that I never got to know your sweet friend. The Internet is a strange and wonderful place in that we can be so touched and truly love people we’ve never met in person. Prayers to her family and all who loved her. xoxo

  5. I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember some of her creations and I was in awe. What a great friend you had through cyberspace.

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