Today I was going to write a post and tell you all about the lovely family time I spent last week on holiday in Germany. This seams hardly a priority in the face of the very sad news I received at the weekend. So, today, I write to you with a heavy heart thinking of my creative sister Wink (a creative being blog), who saw no way out from the brink of depression and took her own life last Friday. She was a fellow Scheepjes blogger, an inspiration to many, always willing to share her wisdom with others; a creative soul that gave us many beautiful patterns.

#crochet #mandalasforwink #madewithloops

For me, thinking of Wink means thinking of beautiful Mandala designs in stunning colours. She truly was a master of those and her colour selections were always vibrant. It saddens me deeply when I think how such a bright star in this wonderful world of crafting could have been so troubled to see no way out. To honour her memory and to raise awareness of this quiet illness that we cannot outwardly see, another amazingly generous and creative soul, Kathryn of, is organising a collaborative #MandalasForMarinke over on her blog. Find all the details you need here.

Today is a sad day and my thoughts are with Marinke’s family and friends. Please join me in #wearingflowersinmyhairforwink by sharing photos on social media, showing our solidarity and to stand tall in the fight against depression.

#wearingflowersinmyhairforwink #madewithloops


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  • Thank you Christine, lovely to see you here. I hope all is well with you and Isabel is doing ok? xx

  • How terribly sad… depression is a dreadful affliction. Lovely tribute to your friend and colleague.

  • Thank you Sam for your caring words. I, like you am still in total disbelieve…thinking how desperate she must have been…Kathryn’s idea will hopefully raise awareness and it will bring our happy crafting community together once again. Love heike xx

  • Sam

    Dear Heike, such sad news I am still in shock. Marinke was such a beautiful person, I never met her but could tell through her work how wonderful she was. I will be taking part in Kathryn’s tribute project for sure. I’m still shaking my head in disbelief, so so sad. Sam xx

  • Thank you my dear friend…I tried to find the right and appropriate words to honour Marinke and her creative spirit…I hope I did…Much love, Heike xxx

  • Thank you my lovely…xxx

  • Thank you so much for taking the time to read and leave a message on my post today. It is very much appreciated.

  • PoppyCreates

    Lovely post on such a sad day. I’ve only recently discovered Marinke, what a beautiful talented girl, inspired so many people.
    Love Renata x

  • Beautiful blog post, sweetheart….. it truly is a very sad day today…… Much love, Marianne xx