Sunday, May 13, 2012

Abusive Relationship Awareness Blog Hop

Welcome to the Abusive Relationship Awareness Blog Hop. While this may not be your typical blog hop theme, we decided to put together this hop in order to shed light on a topic that often goes unspoken about, when the truth is many of us have either been in an abusive relationship or know of someone who has. We're here not to celebrate abusive relationships, but to bring hope to those who have been firsthand or secondhand victims and to provide awareness to help put an end to this growing problem. 

All of our projects showcased in this hop have something to do with hope, love, and encouragement. The color for domestic violence is purple, and as you'll see purple was used on many of our projects.

I want to share this poem a friend gave me when I was in an abusive relationship. It helped me move forward.

        I got flowers today. It wasn't my birthday or any other special day.
        We had our first argument last night and he said a lot of cruel things
        that really hurt me. I know that he is sorry and didn't mean to say the
        things he said - because he sent me flowers today.

        I got flowers today. It wasn't our anniversary or any other special day.
        Last night he threw me into a wall and then started to choke me.
        It seemed like a nightmare but you wake up from nightmares to find
        that they aren't real. I woke up this morning sore and bruised all over.
        I know he must be sorry - because he sent me flowers today.

        I got flowers today. And it wasn't Valentines Day or any other special
        day. Last night he beat me and threatened to kill me.
        Makeup and long sleeves didn't hide the cuts and bruises this time.
        I couldn't go to work because I didn't want anyone to know
        But I know he is sorry - because he sent me flowers today.

        I got flowers today and it wasn't Mother's Day or any other special day.
        Last night he beat me again and it was much worse than all the other
        times. If I leave him what will I do? How will I take care of the kids?
        What about money? I'm afraid of him and too scared to leave him!
        But he must be sorry - because he sent me flowers today.

        I got flowers today. Today was a very special day.
        It was the day of my funeral.
        Last night he finally killed me. I was beaten to death.
        If only I would have gathered enough courage and strength to leave him.

        So I got flowers today - for the very last time.

            ~Author Unknown

For my project, I created this digital border to add to one of my future
digital scrapbook pages. I love how it turned out!

To help promote awareness for abusive relationships, eleven sponsors have been kind enough to offer almost $200 worth of prizes to those who participate in the blog hop. Yes, you read that correctly, there will be 11 PRIZE WINNERS. Let's see what prizes are being offered...

Paper Piecings By Nikki - $15 Gift Certificate
Shelly's Images - $9 Gift Certificate

Designs on Cloud 9 - $20 Gift Certificate
Scraptastical Kreations - $20 Gift Certificate

Digital Delights - $10 Gift Certificate

The Robin's Nest - $20 Gift Certificate
Di's Digi Downloads - $10 Gift Certificate
Close To My Heart - $10 Gift Certificate
Quick Quotes - $15 Gift Certificate

Perfect Paper Crafting - $30 Gift Certificate
Erica's Craft Room - $25 Gift Certificate

Here's what you have to do to be eligible to win any of these fabulous prizes:
1.) Leave a comment on each blog in the hop
2.) Become a follower of each blog if you aren't already

Winners will be randomly chosen and announced on Made Especially For You on Friday May 20th. Comments after Thursday May 19th will NOT be eligible to win any of the prizes. 

Winners should contact Ashley at:

Your next stop is Dena's blog!  Here's the entire lineup in case you get lost along the way:

Thank you so much for joining us! Be sure to check out the following links for more information on how you can help to prevent and bring awareness to abusive relationships and domestic violence. 


  1. Beautiful Pam, can't wait to see it on your LO : )

  2. Wow I got chills while reading that poem, but it is true, if i hadn't left my abusive marriage i know i would have been dead!! Saying sorry doesn't fix it and they never mean it, I learned that the hard way!! Great border!!
    Kristan (New follower)

  3. Wow very powerful poem. I have not heard that before. So scary yet so true. Thanks for sharing.
    Your digital border is beautiful! I bet you'll be using that on a few layouts!!
    paperdeckerations at gmail dot com

  4. Great Poem, thanks for sharing. Love the banner.

  5. very pretty sunny & color layout!!!

  6. Great border. Thanks for sharing that powerful poem.

    missstamper (at)

  7. love your flowers. thanks for the poem, made me cry. Sorry to hear that you had to go through that. No one should have to! I hope you are in a better place in your life now. I'm a new follower.

    MCCR Dt, LIsa

  8. Lovely poem, thank you for taking the time to share. I also love your digi border that you made up, by far my favorite part is the little white flowers in the grass! Thanks for taking time to bring an awareness hop to the net!

  9. Great Idea.
    Loving Scrapper101

  10. really love the design you made...but I truely love the poem you added!! That is ssooo true!! Flowers wont fix the problem for sure!!

  11. Beautiful border- the poem is so sad and yet so true for too many people.

  12. awesome border. Very pretty. Thanks for sharing that poem. Very sad though. Hopefully it can help others as it helped you!

  13. What beautiful daisy grass! Thanks for the chance to hop for such an important cause.

  14. wonderful border thanks for highlighting this cause
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  15. Wow, what a bone chilling poem!! Really sent chills down my spine!
    Love your digital border.

  16. that is a heart breaking poem. It brought tears in my eyes.


  17. your digital border is so pretty and inspiring, the poem you shared is heart wrenching. this is such a good cause for a blog hop.

  18. wonderful blog hop! may it help someone! Thank God I got before the end of the poem was my story.. got flowers more than anyone could imagine and my coworkers thougth I had the best hubby ever! little did they know... TFS
    Janet Royer

  19. .....Your poem and this hop has me crying. This is so near and dear to me. Back in 2002 I lost my sweet dear cousin to an abusive relationship. She was ready to leave him when he killed her. She just got off from work the cops was with her when he shot her in the heard as she walked through the door to leave him. He ran and he was shooting at the cop and he to got killed. She left behind her sweet 1 year old who is now 10.

    TFS & You did a beautiful job on your scrapbook boarder. AJ~

  20. I have read this poem many times and it always gets me. Thanks for sharing your digital creation. I am a new follower.

  21. I remember reading this around the time I was going through some things. It really made an impact. The digi flowers are very pretty! TFS!

  22. What a sweet sweet layout! Love the flowers against the sky background and yes, the border is fabulous! TFS

  23. Love the digital border you created! Very cool! Thanks so much, for the poem, too. Such a powerful statement it makes! Thank you!

  24. That is a really cute digital border. It is so sad that some people have to go through such horrible things. Thanks for raising awareness for this.


    thecricutscrapper at yahoo dot com

  25. What a powerful poem. Thank you for helping to increase awareness.
    skrappindiva29 at hotmail dot com

  26. What a powerful poem. Thanks so much for participating in the hop, your digital layout is beautiful! :)



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