Cynthia Baker's Profile

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Let me tell you the story about Ten Thousand Oaks and it's purpose.
You see, my third child's name is Nara, which means "oak" in Japanese. When she was 17 weeks gestation, the waters broke. I carried her in my womb on the strictest of bedrest for over 8 weeks, with the constant help of my loving husband, parents, and family. The final week and 2 days were spent in a hospital with a NICU. She was born via emergency c-section at 25 weeks and 2 days. She stayed on this earth for 28 hours before dying in the arms of her mommy and daddy.
Her daddy came up with the idea of having oak saplings at the funeral for family and friends to plant in her honor. A friend donated 500 saplings, 200 of which are planted on our property. I've been collecting acorns and receiving them from friends in the mail. Pushing them into the ground to bring new life into this world to honor a life gone too soon brings me a…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 18
  • Joined March 1, 2008

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photography, beads and wire, stones and fabrics, natural findings, paper and glue, bark, essential oils and soaps

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About

Let me tell you the story about Ten Thousand Oaks and it's purpose.
You see, my third child's name is Nara, which means "oak" in Japanese. When she was 17 weeks gestation, the waters broke. I carried her in my womb on the strictest of bedrest for over 8 weeks, with the constant help of my loving husband, parents, and family. The final week and 2 days were spent in a hospital with a NICU. She was born via emergency c-section at 25 weeks and 2 days. She stayed on this earth for 28 hours before dying in the arms of her mommy and daddy.
Her daddy came up with the idea of having oak saplings at the funeral for family and friends to plant in her honor. A friend donated 500 saplings, 200 of which are planted on our property. I've been collecting acorns and receiving them from friends in the mail. Pushing them into the ground to bring new life into this world to honor a life gone too soon brings me a deep sense of accomplishment. We say we will have oak trees for grandchildren from our only daughter. We hope Nara's legacy will some day produce at least Ten Thousand Oaks (in Minnesota, "The Land of 10,000 Lakes). I have always loved wandering through the woods, and now I feel her there.

I have always loved to make things ~ jewelry, decoupage, soaps, desserts. Creating things has been an important part of my healing. During my grief journey, I took a photography class specifically for parents whose babies had died. It was part photography and part group therapy. It really helped me look at the world from new angles and find the beauty in it again. I am advancing my photography education and practice. I hope you enjoy the images I will be sharing here. I also photograph jewelry for etsy's own "Minnesota Bead Gypsy".

Another legacy project of mine is organizing Northern Minnesotan women, including myself, to make tiny handmade blankets, hats, booties, clothing, and scrapbooks (for hand prints, foot prints, etc) that I am distributing as donations to hospitals throughout Northern Minnesota and Eastern North Dakota. These are given to families who have lost a baby to miscarriage, stillbirth, prematurity, or infant death to give them comfort in their grief and a keepsake to remember their child by. I photograph these donated blankets - they can be found on facebook http://www.facebook.com/LettersToNara.

Ten Thousand Oaks etsy shop helps defray the costs of my tree planting efforts. It also helps me cover costs of furthering my photography learning and tools (which is my current creative love and the focus of my creative healing. I hope to use this to help other families in the future). I also love finding things in nature and beading - mainly with stone and glass, so having this shop helps me cover supply costs so I can keep doing those things, as well.

Everything is made in our smoke-free, smog free home in extreme rural, extreme northern Minnesota (6 miles from Canada).
I would be glad to ship internationally, just let me know and I will reserve your selection(s) while we check shipping costs with our local post office - then I would only charge the actual cost. Thank you for looking! If you are looking for something in particular, feel free to ask...maybe we know how and have the materials.
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