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Smiling Blue Skies: Susan Beber and the Human/Animal Bond

Smiling Blue Skies.
Smiling Blue Skies. Photo by Susan Beber.

 

2011 brought the delightful Suzi Beber who is the founder of Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund for curing canine cancer, into our world here at Nutmeg Designs. As she writes eloquently in the Story of Blues, Blues was a canine guardian angel as Suzi recovered from brain injury, a companion who could look into her eyes and make her feel everything was going to be ok.  Sadly, in 2001, at age 6, Blues lost his battle with lymphoma and Suzi was inspired to start the Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund.

Susan Beber and Riley, CD Title and High in Class. Photo courtesy Susan Beber.
Susan Beber and Riley, CD Title and High in Class. Photo courtesy Susan Beber.

In Fall of 2011, Suzi and Riley, another handsome companion, finished their CD (Companion Dog Obedience Title) with a High in Class.

Riley. Photo courtesy Susan Beber.
Riley. Photo courtesy Susan Beber.

 

Every year, Suzi has an auction to raise money for Smiling Blue Skies, and out of her passion for craft and artists(being an artist herself), purchases artwork herself for the auction, which is very unusual, when many foundations ask only for donations from artists.  Suzi ordered several items from our  Nutmeg Designs etsy shop, and then commissioned us to make pieces for both her and for friends.  Stratoz and I loved being part of Suzi’s vision of compassion, and her thoughtful gifts for friends going through difficult times.  Our creativity soared in conjunction with her faith in us and trust in our art.

Blue Skies Hope Mosaic for Suzi by Nutmeg Designs. Lettering by Wayne Stratz and mosaicing by Margaret Almon.
Blue Skies Hope Mosaic for Suzi by Nutmeg Designs. Lettering by Wayne Stratz and mosaicing by Margaret Almon.

 

Blue Mandala #1 by Wayne Stratz. Photo by Margaret Almon.
Blue Mandala #1 by Wayne Stratz. Photo by Margaret Almon.
Blue Mandala #2 by Wayne Stratz. Photo by Margaret Almon.
Blue Mandala #2 by Wayne Stratz. Photo by Margaret Almon.
Blue Skies Spiral Mandala by Margaret Almon.
Blue Skies Spiral Mandala by Margaret Almon.
Helix Nebula Mandala by Margaret Almon.
Helix Nebula Mandala by Margaret Almon.
Nutmeg Designs. Lettering by Wayne Stratz, mosaicing by Margaret Almon.
Nutmeg Designs. Lettering by Wayne Stratz, mosaicing by Margaret Almon.

 At the Garden Gate : One of our garden signs in Suzi’s fabulous garden.

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