The Craft Barn’s Q&L Challenge no 11 – A tribute to a “Phenomenal” Woman

Dr Maya Angelou was, in her own words, a “phenomenal” woman and I was saddened to hear of her passing on the 28 May this year.






Maya Angelou lived her life her way and fought long and hard for what she believed in. An author, Poet, actress,dancer singer as well as a civil rights activist are among her many talents. She was quite literally “the change she wanted to see in the world”

I recently  saw  this video of her reciting her  poem, “Phenomenal Woman” and it made me smile. here is the link if you would like to hear it too.


I was also determined that for the next Q&L challenge I would use one of her quotes and as there are so many attributed to her I did not think that it would be a problem – then I saw the words chosen for this challenge, Mountain and Mistake. They don’t call this a challenge for nothing do they.


This is my entry  for challenge 11 and the quote I have used is by Dr Maya Angelou


“We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb MOUNTAINS or swim the oceans – because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That’s why we paint, that’s why we dare to love someone – because we have the impulse to explain who we are. Not just how tall we are, or thin..  But who we are internally.. perhaps even spiritually.  There’s something, which impels us to show our inner souls. The more courageous we are the more we succeed in explaining what we know.”

 Rest in Peace  Maya Angelou.

If you wish to find out more about Maya Angelou’s life here is the link to  the Dr Maya Angelou offical web site.





  1. This is a beautiful quote and page.

  2. twinkletoes2day

    What a fabulous tribute to a truly fabulous woman, The world is less for having gone but more for her having been here 😀

  3. Scrapmate

    A worthy tribute to an inspirational lady.

  4. What an inspirational piece this is for a wonderful woman.

  5. I live in the US in Kansas, and Maya Angelou’s brother lives here. I didn’t realize until after she died, that she taught at Wichita State University, my final alma mater. I knew there was a library named for her in Wichita, but didn’t realize her connection to the city was so strong. She was a fantastic person, who I really wish I could have met. Unfortunately, she wasn’t teaching there when I attended. Thanks for sharing the lovely piece and beautiful quote.

  6. Debbie

    I like everything about your piece from the beautiful quote to how you chose to illustrate it. The ink bottle and pen made a stunning border.

  7. Craftyfield

    Your landscape is very effective and I love the soft look (distress inks I assume). The inkwell and feather pen look gorgeous with that touch of gold too…

  8. Lovely work and a great quote xx

  9. BJ

    What a beautiful tribute. Thanks for visiting me BJ.

  10. Lovely tribute – beautiful page!

  11. A fitting tribute to a truly Phenomenal Woman and this card is beautiful. Love everything you have done on here and used two of my favourite image – ink bottle and feather/quill.

  12. lovely serene card

  13. Hi Julie Congratulations on winning the Q& L challenge. Can you please let me have your e mail address so I can get the voucher sent to you SharonXX

  14. A very worthy winner of the Q & L challenge. Your card is beautiful and a very fitting tribute.

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