Sylva Fae

Feeling Peachy

20150324_085049Peach is the colour that greeted me this morning. For Mother’s Day, my littlest gave me a magic pot of soil. She was unsure whether she’d planted anything and when asked what she put in the pot, she replied just “Soil.” Each day we watered it and eventually a little shoot appeared. We turned it to the sun and encouraged it to grow wondering what it would become. As it grew taller, seeking out the light, we decided it was going to be a magic beanstalk. The first little leaves unfurled and I knew what my plant would be, but I prefer to believe in the magic beanstalk idea.

My littlest cared for it, and despite her over enthusiastic watering a bud soon appeared. Finally all her love and care was rewarded with a beautiful peach nasturtium flower.

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Peach is also the colour to symbolise womb cancer – I didn’t know that. I only discovered it when I was asked to join Kaz Molloy’s social media campaign to raise awareness of womb cancer. I get asked to join many groups but this one caught my eye, it is such a simple campaign, and one that anyone can get involved with.

Launched on 1st May 2015, the Peach Postcard Project is an international project to help raise awareness of womb cancer using art and social media.

The idea is for people to design a postcard using the colour peach. You can draw, paint, doodle, get creative and do a bit of collage – use whatever medium you want. Be creative and have fun.

The postcard doesn’t have to be related to womb cancer but it must be peach!

The aim of the project is to raise much needed awareness of womb cancer and I am hoping to use the postcards as part of the womb cancer awareness campaign in September.

As the postcards come in they will be featured here on the website and we are looking into various other ways of using them to raise awareness. We’ll keep you posted on that!

Despite my mum being an artist, I didn’t inherit her talents, but I did inherit a love of anything creative. So far designs have been in all different media: paint, pencil, collage and photographs; as for me, I’m a doodler. Each night I have relaxed doodling and using up all the peach pens from my children’s artbox. I’m sharing my peach postcards in the hope it will encourage some more to get involved and prove that you don’t need to be an artist to have a go, you just need a postcard and to get creatively peachy.

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If you want to get involved or find out more:
You can view the postcards on Pinterest. Join the Facebook campaign.
Find out more about womb cancer and what you can do to support and raise awareness on the website.

If you do have a go, please send your postcards to Kaz Molloy (address on the Facebook page) and share them in the comments here. Mine are in the post.

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Have a peachy day!

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My friend Anni Stewart was inspired to get involved.

There’s still time to post your peachy postcard.

Peach Postcard by Annette Stewart

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12 thoughts on “Feeling Peachy

  1. Anni Stewart

    I remember reading about your Mothers Day present from your daughter- the magic pot of soil!. It really has proved to have magical qualities and the added bonus of a link up to such a worthwhile Facebook campaign. I am going to have a go at producing a postcard whether I will complete it remains to be seen – perhaps a little sprinkling of magic dust…

    1. Sylva FaeSylva Fae Post author

      Hi Anni, glad you were inspired to do your own postcard. I will add it to the blog post so you can share your sprinkling of fairy dust.

  2. Kaz Molloy

    Beautiful story and thank you so much for sharing this. The more awareness we can raise about womb cancer the better. As an almost 5 year survivor, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. xxx

    1. Sylva FaeSylva Fae Post author

      Hi Kaz, thank you for educating me, I had never heard of womb cancer before. I think you are doing an amazing thing running this campaign; I’m glad to be a part of it.

  3. Neil G

    An inspiring piece as always, Sylva. Just the thought of a peach brought on a couple of new short poems. We had a tree when I was a child, Golden Queens … ah, the days, desperate for the fruit to ripen. I send good wishes to you and all involved in this project. Go well.

      1. Kaz Molloy

        An anthology of “peach” poems was going to be my next project for raising awareness but I didn’t think anyone would be writing poems about peaches!
        Would love it if you would consider sharing your poem, Neil G 🙂

        1. Sylva FaeSylva Fae Post author

          Kaz, just let me know when you want to start your peachy poems project and I’ll round up all my poet friends.

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