introducing The Lotus Project + a giveaway :)


I’ve had an idea for a new blog project for a little bit now. And it feels like a good time to get it moving. I’d like to introduce you to The Lotus Project – Art Heals.

It’s no secret that I was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma this year and that I am in remission. (Yay!) I received so much love and support from my family and friends and it showed me just how much little things mean and how much it helps nurture your spirits. And this year cemented the necessity art plays in my life. Not only because of the community I am privileged to be a part of but because of how centered it makes me feel.

The Lotus Project is my way of paying forward all the love that I received. It is for all those who are ill. In the body, the mind, the heart. And their caregivers. Since illness rarely effects only the patient, my hope is that this project will offer relief to anyone who needs a little bit of respite.

So what is the project about? It’s simple. I’m going to do a series of blog posts under The Lotus Project category that are meant to offer distraction and comfort – two things that I valued highly while I was ill. I want to offer that here. I will also add a page to the website collecting all the links so that each one can be found easily.

Topics for the posts will include short project/craft tutorials, inspiration in the form of videos or photos or music, essays, giveaways, and anything else that is warm and fuzzy and wonderful. 🙂 I’m open to guest blog posts so if you would like to write one, just leave a comment on this post and I’ll send you an email to chat.

The reason I named it The Lotus Project is because the lotus represents resilience and strength. It is rooted in mud yet still blooms beautifully. So the project is named after beauty, strength and art. A lovely trio, don’t you think?

To kick off the project, Vivika Hansen DeNegre, the editor of Quilting Arts Magazine, is donating a giveaway copy of the upcoming book The Quilting Arts Idea Book. (It releases on November 27, 2018.)


This book collects various articles into one place to make a powerhouse for creativity and inspiration. I’ve been extremely lucky to write many many articles for Quilting Arts over the years and the book captures two of them.



From the introduction written by Vivika: “There is not a day that goes by that I don’t thank my lucky stars that I am surrounded by beautiful art made by beautiful people. And leafing through the pages of this book just solidifies that sentiment – I am fortunate, indeed.

I could not agree with her more.

The book also contains articles from Jo Fitsell, Traci Bunkers, Margarita Korioth, Jeanne Aird, Robin Ferrier, Libby Williamson, Lynda Heines, Beryl Taylor, Ana Buzzalino, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Susan Brubaker Knapp, Lorie McCown, Laura Wasilowski, Rita Summers, Jane Davila, Jane LaFazio, Jeannie Palmer Moore, Sue Bleiweiss, Melanie Testa, Kristine Lundblad, Kathy Kerstetter, Jenn Mason, Jacqueline deRuyter, Lesley Riley, Natalya Aikens and Valerie Komkov Hill. 

Whew! Lots of good stuff there! 🙂

Simply leave a comment on this post saying what you are grateful for (in the spirit of Thanksgiving being just around the corner) and you’ll be entered in the drawing. I’ll contact/post the winner on Saturday December 1. 

My plan now is to publish a Lotus Project post twice a month but if I get many submission from guest bloggers it will be a more regular feature. Either way, I’m hoping it helps you find a little piece of happy in your day. 

74 thoughts on “introducing The Lotus Project + a giveaway :)

  1. Lisa Chin says:

    I have so much to be grateful for right now. Friends, family, furbabies. I love them all and am so grateful for each one, and especially you and all the support you have given me over the years! You have all made my life worth living.

  2. Lynda says:

    Lynn, I am grateful for my health, my hubby, my fur kids, and my friends, including those I’ve never met in person. I am thankful for our friendship which started with me winning one of your DVDs years ago. From that time you have been a source of inspiration. How you have continued to art through your illness has also been inspiring. I’m so happy you are on the other side now. Love this project. I’d love to participate.

  3. Susan Brubaker Knapp says:

    Please don’t enter me in the drawing (I already have a copy of the book because I’m in it), but I wanted to participate, because this is such a wonderful project! I’m so glad you are feeling better.

    I’m grateful for the little miracles I see in nature every day. For sunshine and rain. For all the colors in the autumn leaves, and for the satisfying crunch they make underfoot. For the seasons that keep on changing, and for the opportunity to live in this amazing creation, on our fragile planet.

  4. Sarah Nickel Ellis says:

    I am grateful to live, even with health issues (I guess by this age almost everyone has something!). I have a decent roof over my head, my family, my friends, my church, my space to stitch, my Other Half, and (IMPORTANT!) my tuxedo furbaby Poohkichu who (EQUALLY IMPORTANT!!) sits on my lap as I stitch and does not play with my fibers! And Lynn, I am grateful to know you and your strong, chin-up attitude. We have now known each other on FB ten years, and you have, consistently and constantly, mightily inspired me. Thank you, my friend. 💞

  5. Kris Sazaki says:

    Hi, Lynn. I’m grateful my ankle doesn’t hurt anymore. I’m grateful that there are men and women willing to fight all the wildfires in my home state of Cslifornia. And I’m grateful my sister only lives 3 hours away now instead of 14. I have an idea for a blog post, if you’re interested.

  6. Michelle Banton says:

    I’m grateful to wake up each day. I’m grateful for friends who are going through so much, but yet find and make the time to share their talents with others. I’m grateful for my imperfect family. I’m grateful to be allowed to express myself. I’m grateful for laughter.

  7. Doris Arndt says:

    I am grateful for family and friends. I need both desperately to balance in the world.
    I don’t really care about the drawing but I might be able to do a blog or two.

  8. Wendy says:

    Grateful every day that the two people I gave birth to and raised have turned out to be responsible, generous human beings. Grateful for a wonderful son-in-law and the world’s cutest granddaughter (biased? Me?). Grateful for the support that family and friends have given me in my fiber art journey. Glad you are in remission.

  9. Theresa Duval says:

    I am grateful that my puppy dog has rebounded and appears healthy. I am grateful for my daughter who is growing and becoming a citizen of this world. Also, I am grateful for shelter, a decent job, friends and art. hugs to you. So grateful you are doing well.

  10. Jeannie says:

    What a beautiful idea. I am so grateful for so many things, but especially for being a part of a community that supports, inspires, and gives me a kick in the rear when I need it. I am so grateful that you are in remission. You are a bright, smiling spot in so many of our lives. Thank you.

  11. Laurie says:

    What a fabulous idea, Lynn! I am grateful for your good health and for the friendship of so many marvelous creative folks in this crazy tribe of ours. My life is blessed with much love and lots of fur ;)…and a soulmate whose own creative side inspired me to connect with my own. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

  12. Jeannie Bench says:

    I’m especially grateful for my children’s friends, who have supported and helped them through many challenges. And grateful they are the kind of people who inspire such love and loyalty.

  13. Johanna says:

    I am grateful for the community of creative people that I have the privilege of surrounding myself with and that continues to grow. It gives me the strength to get up and move forward every day. So glad you are in remission!!!

  14. Bethany Garner says:

    Lynn, I am grateful for and so truly indebted to you for all of the inspiration, focused tutorials, the encouragement and your beautifully executed designs that take me toward my own goals for new work. You have motivated and moved me forward in my own practice and I love being a part of your “community’ of stitch friends. Thanks so much to Vivika for sharing the book so you can inspire another stitch enthusiast to take his or her own steps forward! Sending love your way! Bethany

  15. Maria Abraham says:

    I am grateful for all the selflesness and kindness that still exists in the world (yours incuded and highlighted) specially when listening to the daily news sometimes makes me think otherwise.

  16. Jenny K. Lyon says:

    Where do I start? I am grateful for the quilting community and its generosity and willingness to step up and help. I’m grateful YOU are here and healthy. I am grateful for the huge things like exuberant health (mental, physical, spiritual) and a family that loves me. And for little things like having smooth floors in my studio and the lovely lime green chair upon which I am sitting….and that I can do what I love: travel to encourage others to free motion quilt. Thank you for asking Lynn!

  17. Jenny says:

    It’s wonderful to read about you being in remission AND this project! I am grateful for the internet that allows me to have connection with other artists. I’ll look forward to the blog posts–

  18. Ulrike Hutchins says:

    I am grateful that you are in remission, Lynn!
    My mother had Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and survived with it for about 15 years, until she was 80, and saw both my sons getting married and embark on a good life.

  19. Coralee Wenzel says:

    Not interested in the giveaway but I think this is a wonderful project and thank you for giving back. During stressful times, the support found in the ‘craft world’ is beyond compare. <3

  20. Linda B. says:

    I’m grateful for my kids and grandkids, my friends, and for being able to look out at beautiful Torch Lake every day. I’m also grateful for an art room full of good stuff that has been the meeting place for my friends, the Art Day Girls, for 14 years, and has helped me through endometrial cancer this year.

  21. Janet C. Wright says:

    Every day I wake up and say “thank you” to the Universe for wonderful friends and family. People matter.

  22. Ronni Hunter says:

    I’m grateful for all the love and support I received from co-workers, friends, and family as I cared for my husband who was terminally ill with lung cancer. I’m also grateful for my kitties who continue to provide love, comfort, and company since my husbands death in September. The small things can make such a difference.

  23. Melissa says:

    So very thankful for family, friends and health! And all the “art friends” in the virtual world that we have access to at the touch of a button. The book looks yummy!! Thank you Lynn, for all your inspiration past, present and future!

  24. Susan E Stitch says:

    So many things I’m grateful for in this tough season. I’m grateful that I can still be available for my friends and family. I’m grateful that they too are able to deal with difficult things and still laugh/smile. I’m grateful for so many people who are available to us! Love will always prevail! Thanks for sharing this wonderful inspiration.

  25. Betsy True says:

    I am so grateful for my family who has hung together and grown together during a very difficult year. Thank you, Lynn, for giving us a place to voice our gratitude!

  26. Sandy Jandik says:

    I am grateful for having been able to take care of my husband. It was a special private time for the two of us. I am grateful for family and friends who helped me through the rest and for art that made it possible to keep my sanity.

  27. Regina Dunn says:

    I’m grateful for my family and friends. They are always there for me and offer so much support. I’m grateful for everyday that I have my health because I know how quickly that can change. I might have something to offer on a guest blog to help people with loss.

  28. Sara Kelly says:

    Every morning I wake up grieving the death of my son from cancer six years ago. I expect I always will. But he left us a beautiful granddaughter, and she, along with two more granddaughters, their parents, and my loving husband make life worth living. Plus I get to live near the ocean. I am grateful that you so gracefully remind me to be so.

  29. ellen says:

    I am grateful for many things. My husband had a problem eating at the end of September and after many tests found he had stage 3 esophageal cancer. With 11 radiation treatments and 2 chemo treatments left, he now can eat soft foods. There will be a surgery to remove what’s left of the cancer plus the feeding tube/port removals and couldn’t feel more grateful and blessed. As the caregiver role, it was art that got and still gets me thru this. Continued good healing health, Lynn.

  30. Madeline Bakker says:

    Living in Canada, I am grateful for our health care system, as I have numerous health issues…
    I am grateful for my family members in the U.S. I love my neighbours, who are working together to form a “living streets” project in our hood. I am grateful for art, color, and creativity!

  31. Madeline Bakker says:

    Being a Canadian citizen, with many health issues, I am grateful for our health system.
    And I am grateful for the inspiration of those in the world of art to help me along my journey.

  32. Anny Alexander says:

    Hi, Lynn! I’m grateful I read your notes today. VERY grateful. I’m grateful UR doing well bc it gives me hope for what I’m facing. I’m grateful I can walk & for my 4-legged furry kid who doesn’t leave my side. I’m grateful for a place I can call my studio. U R truly an inspiration! (I may have an idea for a blog … does it matter if I’ve never done a blog before?)

  33. Linda H says:

    Thank you, Lynn, for your wonderful blog and this new project. No matter where we are in our lives we all need support and love. I’m grateful for good health, my loving husband, family and friends.

  34. Gillian B Moss says:

    Even though there are days when technology drives me crazy, I am so grateful for it. Many reasons, but mainly how it connects you to the world. You could be at home healing, you could be looking for inspiration, and you can be grateful to people like you Lynn plus your community.
    I’m grateful that you’ve found a silver lining through your diagnosis and that you’re a caring enough person to share your insights.

  35. Lynn Douglass says:

    I am grateful to have the opportunity and freedom to live and travel across the United States in our 5th wheel. I deal with autoimmune diseases that sometimes prevent me from doing the things I’d like to do, but I’m grateful for what I can do. There are some beautiful and inspiring places in this country!

  36. Joanna Janssen says:

    There are so many things to be thankful for. I am thankful to be able to help people find the best life for themselves and for the ability to alleviate pain and suffering of all kinds. I am particularly thankful for the things that help me stay healthy in mind body and spirit.

  37. Maree Rogers says:

    Looking forward to reading your future Lotus Project posts. I am grateful that I have maintained good health throughout my life. I am grateful that I have all my immediate family close to me and get to spend a lot of time with my grandchildren. I am grateful for the extended quilting and art community.

  38. Connie Akers says:

    I am grateful for all the good stuff – family, friends, my art, freedoms, sunshine & cool breezes, nature & health. I sometime need reminders to express my gratitude and this is a good one. Thank you.

  39. Jaye Dodds says:

    Hi, Lynn….first congratulations on your remission….Although I have not had cancer myself, I have been a caretaker for my husband so I have vast experience in fighting the good fight from that side of the battle! I would be interested in being a guest blogger from that perspective. In fact I had an active blog under another service during our shared ordeal which I would draw from. And I would like to express my thanks for life itself! At my age, I wake up every day with the a couple of thoughts….”well, great! I am still here!” and ” what can I do today to make it a really good day?” Best to you for the coming holidays!

  40. Beth Schnellenberger says:

    You already know my situation, so I won’t repeat it here; but I’m thankful for all the wonderful friends and family I have. They have really stepped up when I needed them—coming to the house to pet and take care of my cat (Libby), picking up the mail and newspaper (putting it in the garage so I don’t even have to go somewhere to pick it up), hosting me when my husband is in the hospital, providing food for me and my husband, staying with him when I need to be gone for a little while, getting something special from you, etc. I feel VERY blessed.

    What a great giveaway! If I don’t win the book, I’ll be looking for it—love those books.

  41. Theresa Merkling says:

    So happy to hear you’re in remission.

    I am grateful for my wonderful grown daughters and the new generation of grandchildren they are raising! They are the best part of my life.

  42. Lera-Jo A Cavanaugh says:

    Lynn, Glad you are in remission. I, too, am thankful this day because I had a heart attack in October and it went well and I am recovering well. The outcome could have been much different, I realized how much so many things mean to me. Here’s to us both, long may we wave!!


  43. Jeanne Kelly says:

    I love your idea! I am in the process of making my first art quilt ever. I started with one idea and the quilt design just grew from that. I will try and post a picture once I complete it.

    I am grateful for my creativity, which gives me pleasure and calms my anxieties. I am great full for a full life with a wonderful husband, amazing children, 2 of them adopted from foster care, and I am thankful for my faith!

  44. Carol Chewning says:

    I am very thankful to be a 12 year cancer survivor and for my delightful family ( 2 legged and 4 legged) . We are so grateful with all of the crazy weather this year that we have a roof over our heads, heat and lights and food. Wishing everyone in our country health, peace, all you need for Thanksgiving.

  45. Anne says:

    What a wonderful idea. Art and creativity have gotten me through a very difficult few years of health issues. I am grateful to be coming through it all and able to enjoy the people I love.

  46. Deb says:

    I am very grateful for my two wonderful adult children. They both will be getting married next year and also am grateful for their significant others being so thoughtful, warm, and compassionate.

  47. Joanne Misener says:

    Such a wonderful idea –am so looking forward to hearing your thoughts and working on the projects. I am your mothers caregiver and sometimes that is so hard. Thank you for remembering us. I am grateful for the time I have with her but sometimes think I’ve been lost or forgotten.

  48. Keri says:

    I am looking forward to this fantastic new topic. I’m grateful for my family’s continued recovery and good health, and for the continued inspiration and enthusiasm for my art that I am experiencing.

  49. Lynne Sward. says:

    After reaching my 80th Gemini June birthday, I consider myself lucky to live my creative life on my terms thanks to a loving and supportive husband. I learned many life lessons from my children, grandchildren, friends, and strangers. New materials, and skills (art/craft media) challenge me and contribute to my well being and happiness. The concept of sharing and showing gratitude has helped me to live a sublime life. Thanks for letting me share.

  50. Laura says:

    I am grateful for the mental health specialists who have gotten me through my darkest times. My family who always supports me no matter what and my 3 awesome fur babies.

  51. Lila says:

    I am grateful for everyday now and for all the love and support being shown to me since my breast cancer last month!
    Almost grateful for the cancer because it is changing my life in so many good ways!

  52. Sandy Borglum says:

    I’m grateful for my job and the health and means to support myself. I’m grateful for family and friends and co-workers who care about me and make me laugh. I’m grateful to have clothes and food and warmth and cats. I wish I didn’t worry so much because I have so much to be thankful for, and this is a wonderful opportunity to publicly confess how much I have and how grateful and thankful I am that life is relatively easy for me, compared to someone homeless or sick or alone. I try to remember everyday how much I have and try to give and share as much of myself as possible. Thank you for this opportunity, thank you for sharing, and thank you for all that you give. Thank you to a large community that cares and supports each other.

  53. Libby Williamson says:

    Hi Lynn,
    I am profoundly grateful to have found my art tribe through the internet. I love that we can share and interact and support one another. We can network and receive advise and offer suggestions and hold each other up.
    I’d love to post on the blog. (Please don’t add me to the book drawing since I have my advance copy.)

    Hugs to you, my friend. I’m so grateful you are on the mend!

  54. Judith Clarke says:

    Lynn, There are so many people and things I am grateful for. Today I am especially grateful for my Art Therapist who is pulling me out of a general funk and, in the process, helped me knock down a castle wall that had been keepin me away from watercolour. A bad experience at 12 threw up that castle wall and watercolours were torture, not fun. Now, at 74, I can say that I had fun and the piece I painted makes me smile when I look at it.
    Lynn, I am thankful for you and all the love and art and life you have shared. One special thing you gave me is your Where I Stand series. The awareness of the beauty around where I stand is a great blessing.
    You are wrapped in a Cosmic Hug of love and healing.

  55. Rosa says:

    This will be our first Thanksgiving with out mum, but we are still grateful that we had her for so many years. There will be tears and laughter this year.

  56. Robin Shilman says:

    I am very for each day, my family (human and dogs) and friends. Each day we wake up is always a blessing

    • Ellen Robinson says:

      I am grateful for my family and friends who give encouragement to each other to reach beyond where they think is their limit.
      Life is limitless.

  57. Julie Hensley says:

    Congratulations for being in remission!
    I am grateful for all my art friends and family who dare me to try new scary things!

  58. Debbie M says:

    I’m grateful for my brood of grandchildren, with all of them living no more than one and a half hours away from us!

  59. Ali in Alabama says:

    So glad you are doing well. I am grateful for my sister – always there for me. We share a kidney (okay I gave she accepted but the best surgery I ever had as it taught me that all things are possible!) and very grateful for creative friends who encourage and inspire me!)

  60. Helen salo says:

    I am grateful for the ability to be empathetic and thus a “helpful Helen” to the many people I encounter. Nothing feels better than knowing you helped someone no matter how large or how small the gesture.

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