May 13 2011

Sunflowers for Michael is One Year Old Today!

Category: UncategorizedSeven @ 9:38 pm

Sunflowers for Michael

Sunflowers for Michael

Dear fan-mily,

It was one year ago today that Sunflowers for Michael was born. After Lisa-Marie Presley posted a message on her MySpace page that Michael’s resting place seemed a little bare and that he liked Sunflowers, Sandy came up with an idea and called Forest Lawn Flower Shop. She found out that two huge arrangements of Sunflowers and other types of flowers could be placed next to Michael each week for around $200 – 250 per week.

So she did some figuring and asked: “what if we could get 160 fans to donate just $5 per month, or 40 fans to donate just $5 per week so Michael could have fresh flowers near him each week from his fans?  After all, Michael has millions of fans all over the world who, while they could not afford a personal bouquet for Michael each week, might love to contribute to something like this!

So, Sandy set up a Paypal account for this purpose ([email protected]) and began collecting donations after the program was introduced on this site one  year ago today.  Since then, every week, Michael has received two large arrangements of beautiful, fresh flowers from his fans all over the world along with beautiful, custom-made cards that Sandy creates from the messages, drawings, photos, and poems that fans send to her for Michael.

We even have regular artists and writers who have contributed custom-drawn artwork and beautifully-written poetry each week since the program’s inception.  Eliza Lo does beautiful drawings of Michael whose likeness to him is stunning. J. Michelle Gold writes lovely poetry each week to go with the arrangements, and she writes special editions for holidays and special occasions. You can see the one she wrote for this occasion below. And, Christine Wallden creates warm and whimsical artwork for each week’s delivery and for special occasions. And not least, Michael’s fans all over the world constantly leave him sweet messages of love through Sandy.

Without Sandy, and without Michael’s fan-mily, and without all those loving messages, artwork and poems, this program would not have lasted an entire year. Though Sandy dreamed it up and I launched it from here, it’s really everyone’s project and we’re so grateful for all the love, beauty, and support you’ve all given to this program in the past year. Michael surely knows he is very loved and that we’ll never ever forget him because he lives in our hearts forever.

Photos of the first ten ‘Sunflowers for Michael‘ deliveries were posted here.  After that, photos of all deliveries are posted in the ‘Sunflowers for Michael‘ group on Facebook.  Since today is Sunflowers for Michael’s Anniversary though, I’ll share a few photos of today’s Anniversary delivery right here:

Our one-year anniversary

Artwork by Christine Wallden

Beautiful Spray of flowers that went into Michael today. Each week two similarly large arrangements surround Michael from his fans.

Beautiful Spray of flowers that went into Michael today. Each week two similarly large arrangements surround Michael from his fans.

Michael's two arrangements, along with other assorted cards and flowers

Michael's two arrangements, along with other assorted cards and flowers from fans.

The Sunflowers for Michael Story, in poetic form, by Michelle Gold

The Sunflowers for Michael Story, in poetic form, by J. Michelle Gold

The Sunflowers for Michael Story, in poetic form, with a very touching ending.

Page Two of The Sunflowers for Michael Story, with a very touching ending.

Beautiful Anniversary card made by regular contributing artist Christine Wallden

Beautiful Anniversary card made by regular contributing artist Christine Wallden

One of Eliza Lo's beautiful drawings of Michael

One of Eliza Lo's beautiful drawings of Michael

Sandy bought the rock. At a craft store called "Michael's". Notice it has a Sunflower on it and the word "Love". Coincidence?

Sandy bought the rock. At a craft store called "Michael's". Notice it has a Sunflower on it and the word "Love". Coincidence?

There are many more photos to see!  For the rest of the STUNNING photos of todays Anniversary delivery, click here, and here. Don’t miss ’em!

10 Responses to “Sunflowers for Michael is One Year Old Today!”

  1. TLS says:

    I was part of the first flowers for MJ; today’s arrangement is the most beautiful of all! Thanks, Sandy, for keeping it going. And if you ever need help, let me know….

  2. irene elsharkawy says:

    dear seven,
    thanks for showing these lovely pictures,
    i always read these beautiful website of yours,
    espescially i love the articels from those who worked en knew
    michael personelly,also thanks to sandy!!!

  3. Joyce says:

    Seven,
    I am so happy to be even a small part of this amazing program through monthly donations that will hopefully keep it going for another 10 years at least!! I have thanked Sandy many times in email communications for the amazing job that she does each week. I wish I lived closer so I could actually offer to assist her in some other way. I also want to thank you Seven for all that you did as well to make sure this incredible idea became a reality and will continue for years to come.

    I look forward each Saturday to seeing all the photos of the gorgeous flower arrangements that seem to somehow outdo each other each week! I have never seen so many different kinds of Sunflowers and other beautiful flowers. I wish I had a special device on my computer that would allow me to take in the amazing fragrance as well! I have also been so impressed by the lovely artwork and poetry that has accompanied the flowers each week. I send my thanks and praise to all of those who have contributed so many amazing creations.

    As I wrote in my message for Sandy this week, There are not enough Sunflowers on the entire planet to actually show how very much Michael is loved and missed but we hope that each week these gorgeous, bright flowers light up his beautiful smile and spirit in the heavens! Michael will never, ever be forgotten.

    I love the garden rock that Sandy found at “Michael’s”! It is just perfect with the Sunflower, the message of L.O.V.E, and the “Butterfly” which reminds me of one of my very favorite Michael songs. I think there was most definitely some heavenly intervention in that purchase!

  4. Michelle says:

    Seven, thank you so much. This is beautiful! We should Michael more sunflowers this upcoming June in case fans go up to his resting place.

  5. Sina says:

    Sandy and Seven and evryone who make the Sunflowerprogram happen, congratulations on the first anniversary.
    The flowers are stunning and tasteful, and so are the artwork and the poems. This weeks arrangement is again jawdropping with the blue delphinium which is one of my favourite flowers.
    The sunflower program is imo the best tribute to Michael because its all and only for him. Its done with so much love and dedication on a weekly base, fans can send personal messages, its just incedible.
    I hope Michael will forever be showered with the most beautiful flowers that can be found.

  6. Christine Wallden/Sweden says:

    Every friday, for 1 Year we have had a way to show our endless love and respect for Michael no matter were in the world we live ……I never thought something like this was possible, but we had you Seven and Sandy, two remarkable persons with huge hearts and a never ending LOVE for Michael.

    I am honored to draw for Michael every week and I do it together with my Soul-Sisters Eliza/Hong Kong and Michelle/USA. Michael brought us together for a reason and perhaps this was it. We contribute with our art and poems because we LOVE Michael and if we in any way together with these fantastic flowers can comfort and make someone feel better, we are grateful.

    I hope more fans join us so we can celebrate next year too <3

  7. Seven says:

    Christine – I LOVE your artwork as you know. All three of you ‘Soul -Sisters’ are just magnificent. The Sunflower Sisters LOVE you! We are fan-mily…. ♡♥♡♥♡♥♡

  8. Birch says:

    The time and effort you have all put into this is amazing. What you’re doing is not only meaningful but also incredibly creative. Michael is lucky to have fans like you. Thanks for your efforts and dedication.

  9. Rosario says:

    Congratulations Sandy, Seven and all who have tirelessly dedicated their time, effort, and creative talent to Sunflowers for Michael project! God bless. Thank you for sharing the photos. Stunningly beautiful flowers, artwork and poems. I want that rock from “Michael’s”! 🙂

  10. Roaa says:

    Dear seven and sandy,

    i have tears in my eyes.. I ve just found your site and it feels like i ve found a haven. Thank you thank you thank you for all you ve done for Michael. Thank you for the fantastic idea about the sunflowers. I am so sorry i haven’t learned earlier but i promise i ll be past of this.its night and am writing from my mobile but i couldn’t wait till the morning to write to you what i feel. I can’t possibly wait till my first flower s next to Michael and he ll know its a piece of my heart and soul staying next to him forever.
    I am so dedicated to this project. Plz plz don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any help. I hope i ll be able to be in touch with you personally and can send some simple art work as well..
    Thank you thank you thank you for making L.O.V.E. endlessly blooming.

    L.O.V.E
    Roaa

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