Sunday 2 January 2011

For Mum

Those of you who know me have been aware that Mum (Mary) has been in hospital since the end of November and I have been visiting her every day, (except for a couple that couldn't be helped).

I started making this heart the day before yesterday - inspired by Claudine Hellmuth - as I had seen Mum's Consultant in the morning and knew that she was very poorly and deteriorating. I went up to the hospital again at 4 pm because she was being moved ward and she sadly passed away very peacefully just after 6.00 pm on New Year's Eve. Ken and I were with her.

I will miss her dreadfully as will my sister, my husband and my children - she was a wonderfully warm and giving person and there is now a big gap in my life but her place in my heart and my memories will always be there.

For Mum.

Her favourite colours were always the autumn colours of orange, yellow, beige and brown with some lilac, mauves and blues.

I used stamps and elements that have real meaning for her. Flowers because she loved her garden and growing flowers in the summer. Butterflies - these always remind me of her. Music paper because she loved listening to the radio and musicals on CD. Text print to show her love of reading. I secured the heart as a pouch and have started to print onto a piece of muslin and will go on and embellish it as I feel like it. I hope to use this as a book cover and add photos of her.

Claudine Hellmuth sticky back canvas
Basic Grey paper
Text, flowers and dots background stamps
Distress inks - Rusty Hinge, spiced marmalade
Distress stickles - antique linen
shabby ribbon

Thanks for stopping by to read this.

Big hugs and love to you all. {brenda} xoxox



Kathyk said...

I am so sorry to hear of the death of your much loved mum - I know it will leave a gap in your life which will be tough to fill. I lost my own dear mum 8½ years ago. My thoughts are with you and your family at this saddest of times Brenda.

By the way, your project for mum is fabulous - I'm sure she would have loved it.


Pami said...

Brenda, this is an absolutely beautiful card for your mum, it is really wonderful. You have done her proud and she would have loved it. Thoughts are with you. Pami x

Hazel (Didos) said...

This is stunning Brenda. You know my thoughts are with you and the Family. What a wonderful tribute to Mum. Love Hazelxoxox

Hazel (Didos) said...

This is stunning Brenda. You know my thoughts are with you and the Family. What a wonderful tribute to Mum. Love Hazelxoxox

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Just gorgeous hun! We are all thinking of you & your family, we are here if you need us...sending you huge hugs xxxx

Zoechaos said...

Very sorry to hear of your loss so hard however 'prepared' we are when the time comes. Your stunning book cover is a wonderful tribute to her and the things she enjoyed creating the book will a great comfort and bring many happy memories. XOXO Zoe

Unknown said...

Oh Brenda, your mum will still love this hun, she will be looking down from heaven and loving this.

Biggest hugs for you and your family

Judie xx

Junibears said...

Dearest Brenda,
Such a sad start for your year. I am so very sorry hear you've lost your dear Mum.
The heart you've made is gorgeous, it will make a wonderful cover for your book.
I lost my Mum 18 months ago and I too had to make a book of her photographs just for me but mine didn't have such a beautiful cover.
You will treasure it and there will be tears and smiles as you make it.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Much love
June xx

Gram's Treasures said...

Oh Brenda, I am so sorry to hear of your Mum's passing. The book you are making is a good idea, and will bring you many smiles, as well as tears, as you make it and later look through it. It will be something for you and yours to cherish. Thinking of you...
Joyce xx

Margreet said...

Oh Brenda, I'm so very sorry for your mum's loss....I know what she meant for you....I love the card you made in memory of is so stylish...wish you and all those who loved her lots of courage in the future!
xxx Margreet

The Crafty Goat Girl said...

Big hugs to you and your family Brenda, your card for your Mum is just beautiful! You are in my thoughts Heidi xxx

Anonymous said...

Oh Brenda I'm so sorry to hear about your Mum. The card you've made is gorgeous and what a wonderful idea to use it as a cover. Sending you hugs at what is a difficult time for you and your family.
Sue C

Netty said...

Have just read through all the other bloggers words how wonderful they are. Am so sorry as well Brenda, I hope making this beautiful book brings you some comfort. Huge hugs Annette xx

Carol Ann said...

Brenda I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Mum my thoughts are with you and your family at this very sad time.

Your book cover is beautiful with all its meanings and the book itself when finished will be full of all sorts of stories and memories of Mum what a beautiful project in the making.

Carol Ann xx

The Stamp Man said...

I too am sad for you and your family on the loss of your dear Mum. Your artwork inspired by and for your Mum will be a great beginning for a book of memories to treasure, it is beautiful.

Take care, love Jill xxx

craftymum said...

Hi Brenda
I am so sorry to hear about your mum. What a wonderful book cover you have made. To be abble to fill it with memories of her will certainly help you on the sad days.It will help keep her alive in your heart as you thjink about the things she liked as as you add them to the book. I am sure she was very proud of you and what you have achieved.
Thank you for all your visits to my blog. They have meant so much to me. I really appreciate that people spend some of their time looking at my work and leaving a comment.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Extra special warm hugs
your blogging friend
Sarah X

chris said...

Hi Brenda, where too start, I just feel for you so much, I think you were amazing to only miss 2 days you must have been so close, and you sound like such a loving daughter, your mum was very lucky to have someone like you.
I wish you happy thoughts and memories for 2011 and hope you are ok
hugs chris xx

chris said...

Meant to say also that your card is just so beautiful. hugs chris xx

Sarah Anderson said...

Oh Brenda, I'm so sorry to hear you've lost your Mum. This is a glorious tribute to her - stunning heart and rose, and just such a beautiful piece.

Lisa Jane said...

Hi Brenda - we have already spoken - so you know i am thinking of you.
This is such a beautiful Tribute to your mum... a very special lady.
I am sure it will look wonderful as the cover of a photo album/memory book.
Thinking of you .. you know where i am if you need a chat
Love to you and all your family.
Lisa ;)

Angela Weimer said...

Brenda, I am very sorry to hear about your Mum. I know it is hard without her but remember she is always in your heart. Your project is absolutely beautiful.Such a wonderful tribute. thanks for sharing and sending hugs your way. Angela

Juls said...

I am in awe!!!!! This is just far too beautiful for words!!!! Love the music score in the background, the gorgeous soft colours...just everything about this is perfect!!!! AMAZING!!!! Hugs Juls

Berry said...

Oh Brenda this is so beautiful and I am sure your mum would love it. I am so sorry to hear of your loss and wish you and your family much loe and prayers at this sad time. You are a thoughtful and kind person which is credit to the wonderful way in which your mum has raised you.
You and your family are in my thoughts, much love and support to you all, thanks for being a fab blogging buddy too.
Hugs Rebekah xx

Zue said...

Oh Brenda, I am so sorry!!
Don't know what to say will send you an email. Saw your next post first, so sorry about the glib comment left there...only just realised.
Sue xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Josephine said...

So sorry to hear of your loss, Brenda, and my thoughts are with you and everyone else who will miss her.

The card is lovely - a beautiful tribute.

claudine hellmuth said...

so sorry to hear of your Mum's passing! what you made for her is beautifu1!

xxxtglxxx said...

Your post got me very emotional. The card you made your mum is beautiful, like the memories of her you will always keep. :) Sending you my warmest hugs and wishes at this sad time. I lost my mum just over a year ago, and turned to blogging to fill in the gap. I am so glad I did, as it has really helped me through a lot.

Hope you can find some peace and comfort in the year ahead.



Marlou McAlees said...

Brenda this is stunning!!! :)