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September 08, 2014

Remembering Tina Downey



The blogging world recently lost a great blogger and woman. Tina Downey touched so many and will be missed greatly. In honor of her life and the beauty she shared, we are covering the Internet with sunflowers, her favorite.

For this tribute, participants were asked to buy or plant a sunflower in her name and post a picture of it today.You can even purchase plastic sunflowers! It's the thought that truly counts, and plastic sunflowers will last forever.

There's still time to sign up. Even if you can't get to the store to buy a sunflower, you can still share a picture of one. Even if you didn't know Tina personally, you can still contribute to this beautiful tribute.

I had to go the fake flower route.
The artwork under the flowers actually has a sunflower on it.
Can you see the long petals?

“I don’t think there’s anything on this planet that more triumphs life than the sunflower. For me, that’s because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like the sun, but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky; a satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that’s such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life.” –Helen Mirren


I'm sorry that the pictures aren't good. 
My camera was acting up.

Surrounded by sunflowers...Rest in peace, Tina!


54 comments:

Denise Covey said...

Hello Chrys. I'm seeing awesome tributes to Tina. I didn't sign up but I have Van Gogh at the end of my post today.

Unknown said...

Your photos are stunning, Chrys. And I love the quote you used by Helen Mirren. I never really thought about sunflowers before. Your post has really opened my eyes to their beauty and meaning.
I didn't know Tina but I've seen her name mentioned countlessly throughout the blogging world since she passed on. She sounds like an incredible woman and you are very kind to be contributing to the longevity of her memory and mark on this world.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Hello Chrys and happy Monday!! What a beautiful and heartwarming tribute to Tina :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tina would really appreciate that, fake or not. Thanks for the great quote.

Pat Hatt said...

Sure have sunflowers spread far and wide, great tribute

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Love this, Chrys. And what a wonderful quote! Thanks for sharing it.

Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

Jeremy [Retro] said...

I went with plastic too, my green thumb is not green... thank you for your wonderful words and thoughts.

Jeremy

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Those are pretty. I had to put together a fake arrangement, too.

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Sunflowers are so beautiful. This is a wonderful tribute to Tina.

Allyn Stotz said...

What a wonderful tribute.

Lisa Thomson said...

I'm sorry you've lost a friend and inspiration, Chrys. I wasn't familiar with Tina's blog or work (sorry to say that). The images are beautiful and I love the Helen Mirren quote you've included.

Chrys Fey said...

Van Gogh is a perfect way to contribute to Tina's tribute, Denise.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Gina. I'm relieved you think my photos are stunning because I thought they were below par for the tribute. My camera wasn't working well while I was trying to take the pictures, so I was pretty disappointed they weren't better, or more clear. I'm glad you liked the quote. I was thrilled when I saw it and new Tina would've liked it. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Happy Monday, Keith! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Chrys Fey said...

I'm glad you think so, Alex. You're welcome for the quote.

Chrys Fey said...

We sure do!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Madeline! I'm happy I heard about the tribute so I could contribute.

Chrys Fey said...

Plastic is great! I wanted to plant sunflower seeds, but of course they wouldn't have bloomed so quickly.

Chrys Fey said...

Fake arrangements last forever. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Sunflowers are beautiful. They matched Tina's spirit.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Allyn.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Lisa. The blogging world is in shock. I'm glad you liked Helen's quote. :)

Sherry Ellis said...

Tina would love these pictures. She will certainly be missed!

Carrie-Anne said...

I didn't know Tina very well, but I like the Helen Mirren quote. Sunflowers are beautiful flowers, in my opinion more interesting than the clichéd roses.

Unknown said...

Loved the quote and the pictures. She would be surprised at all the "Fuss" we are going through to give tribute for her today.

Chrys Fey said...

I'm glad you think so, Sherry! She sure will be missed.

Chrys Fey said...

I like the idea of the sunflowers, too. She loved them and they fit her spirit. :)

Chrys Fey said...

She probably would be, but I think she's smiling down at us and loving all of our flowers. Real and plastic. :)

cleemckenzie said...

She'd love the pictures, I'm sure. Great job.

Kelly Hashway said...

I didn't know about this but I actually have sunflowers. What a beautiful tribute to Tina.

Michelle Wallace said...

A lovely tribute, Chrys.
I love that Helen Mirren quote.
Life is good!

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, C Lee!

Chrys Fey said...

It's not too late to post a picture of your sunflowers to your Monday Mishmash post. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Michelle! Life is good! :D

Heather M. Gardner said...

I didn't see a thing wrong with your pictures. :)
Very nice tribute.
Thank you,
Heather

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I love the quote tribute. Very appropriate for Tina.

J Lenni Dorner said...

I think the blur makes the pics unique.
A very nice tribute.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Heather!

Chrys Fey said...

I'm glad you think so, Susan.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, J!

Rhonda Albom said...

It's so nice to see so many Sunflower around the net. Nice tribute to Tina.

Tammy Theriault said...

wow, they are so beautiful. great job :)

Chrys Fey said...

It sure is! We really brightened the blogosphere. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, Tammy. :)

Loni Townsend said...

I think Tina would love them. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I think so, too. :)

Anonymous said...

Your pics are perfect.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Pam! :)

Anonymous said...

Sunflowers are beautiful and I love how they follow the sun. The memorial posts this week were wonderful.

Chrys Fey said...

All the posts were beautiful. I'm glad I could be a part of it.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Chrys .. love your sunflowers ... Tina would be so pleased to see everyone joining in .. a la team spirit .. and she was just amazing and inspirational - I shall miss her .. cheers Hilary

Chrys Fey said...

I think she would be pleased, too.

Shannon Lawrence said...

The artwork makes a gorgeous combination with the flowers. Love the quote, as well! I had forgotten that sunflowers track the sun.

Chrys Fey said...

I had forgotten about that, too!