Friday, February 03, 2012

Cut from a pattern I love

I realized with all that's gone on over the past few weeks, I'm having a hard time remembering what projects I have and haven't posted yet.  I had worked on so many projects for CHA before hand, but had put them aside because I wasn't able to share them yet.  I took a trip back over my posts since the beginning of the year to make sure I wasn't  posting something I had already posted. ha    I'm pretty forgetful anyway, but with the way the past few weeks have gone, I'm really having trouble with it.
This is a layout I did for the AccuCut booth for CHA, using AccuCut die  S1013XLC   , Prima paper,  Crafty Secrets ( background stitching samples are from the "Sew Nice " Creative Scraps), and Stamps from "Sew Special" set of Clear Art Stamps from Crafty Secrets as well.

I had forgotten about even doing this layout ... but I had to smile when I found the photo of it on my computer, because I remember that mom had gotten to see it :)
She was about 15 in this picture.  But I'm sure even then she was sewing.  I have seen hand stitched projects she did when she was just a small girl.    She did embroider..but she also made quilts and sewed ALOT of kids clothes.. I know that :)   She made all the brides made dresses and my flower girl dress for my sister Jan's wedding also.   Oh how I wish I had as much knowledge of sewing as she did.  She was meticulous. Most of mine just happens on paper... and is pretty messy :(

Such a cool die! See that stitched line that you can use to emboss it onto you page?  I used it around the edge of my photo. ( you can see it in the photo above).  Love it!

I cut most of my pieces out of  AccuCut Chipboard that I had adhered patterned paper too, but the dress form I left bare chipboard, and just inked it a bit.

Ive been going threw moms box of old photos, scanning them and putting them on discs.  Oh.. each one is a treasure.  I love finding ones that I have not seen before.   That's mom on the far left with her 4 H sheep.  My Uncle Al next to her in the hat. 

And I found another one that I had not seen before.( below)  Funny how I never realized until I was much older that I .. well... was probably not planned. lol   I am the baby of 7 kids. Mom was almost 40 and Dad almost 50 when I came along.  My oldest brother Gary was a Senior in High school at the time, and my Sisters Donna and Sharon where married.. starting families of their own.  My next older sibling was my brother Dan who was 9 when I came along. My brother Ray was a few years older than him, and then my sis Jan who is 13 years older than I.  Mom had just gone to work outside the home as a book keeper when they found out I was coming... so "surprise"! lol    I guess we did what big families did back then... the kids had to help.  My sister Jan took care of me and got me ready for school every morning, after mom left for work. ( she still looks after me btw :) . lol  Everyone probably got stuck watching me after school. lol   But .. planned or not... I always felt loved ! 

EDITED Okay... I had to come edit this.... The baby in the photo above is my niece ..not me.  Here is me  (below photo).  Our dresses were so similar I thought it was the same babe.. but no.  btw.. I still have that dress.

I have times that I miss mom so much that tears come easily..but  Really, as I take out these photos and look at them, more than making me sad, they have made me realize just how many people my mom touched in her life.. and how fully she lived it.  She had the kindest heart of anyone I have ever know.   A truly "good" person, who had a smile for everyone she met.     If you have ever wondered what   a few simple words could mean to someone when they are hurting.. know this..... they can  mean ALOT.      This note came in the mail yesterday from  the lawn service man who took care of moms mowing in previous years.     Us kids have talked many times about how mom touched so many lives and how she always had a smile and a kind work for everyone.
This note meant so much.

Thanks for letting me share


debbiek said...

Wish I could jump through the computer and give you a big hug, Vicki. Your Mom sounded like a great person and I'm sure you miss her terribly. Hoping in time your heart heals and finds comfort in sweet memories of her.
- DebbieK

Linda S. said...

Oh Vicki,
I just read of your loss of your beloved Aly. It seems you have almost too much to bear lately. I am sure that Aly sensed your Mom needed her more for the time being. There is no doubt that they are together right now, and that you will someday be reunited with them both. I am so sorry for both your losses. Linda S. in NE

Ali said...

((HUGZ)) Vicki... I loved your post. The LO is beautiful, I enjoyed hearing about your Mom's handiwork (and the 4-H sheep!)-- and her kindness. The note from the lawn-care worker makes me realize little things mean so much- you know, I always hope they DO, but this underlines it for me. GREAT post, you have so many great memories of your Mom as do **so many** others, judging by the lovely note you rec'd. Bless that person for taking the time to write it and let you know!! Hoping as the weeks go by you feel the love every day and know we care... and please be reassured that you are doing so well. You are coping and living and remembering your Mom and Aly with smiles (and a few tears!) and that's what matters. Good memories. TY for sharing as you do... Thinking of you SO MUCH! xoxo-Ali

kathy/North Carolina said...

What a lovely tribute to your mom. My mom died in 2005, and I still miss fact, sometimes I feel as though I miss her more now than when she first passed. I am so thankful for all the sweet memories I have of her. Tears do come very easy in the early days, and grief is sneaky...just when you think you are getting things together, "boom" the tears just come. Be extra good to yourself right now, and know that many are thinking of you and praying for you. Hugs to you, dear cyber friend!

Margie said...

Lovely post Vicki and a beautiful layout too. Its good that you can go through the old photos and they give you some comfort. I've no doubt we'll see more of them in your fabulous layouts as time goes by.

Carol (HB) said...

I sooo love the pics and stories about your family Vic. This layout is so beautiful and I can just feel the love in it.

Anonymous said...

What an awesome note from the lawn guy! So nice of him to send that! I am sure there were so very many people that your mom touched with her sweetness that you will not even know about all of them!

I am one of the lucky ones to have known her and your family:)


Debby said...

Such a beautiful Lo and a beautiful person inside and out. Has to make your heart swell knowing how she touched so many people. You may not have been planned but you were a blessing to your mother. (((((HUGS))))

Julie Higgins said...

All I can say about you being a surprise is that maybe you weren't exactly 'planned' by your parents, but you sure were planned by God!! He knew the world needed you to brighten people's lives:) Love you, Julie

ddlady said...

Vicki, love what you did with your Mom's picture. It's nice that you have so many pictures to bring you memories that you didn't have of them. I lost my mom when I was a baby so I don't have many pictures of her. But, you treasure what you have. I think of you often and pray for you!

Marlene (cards4u) said...

Even through her pictures your Mom radiates love!! And as far as planned or not I would suggest you were - God knew your Mom would need someone special like you to help care for her before she went home to be with Him. BTW love how you used a pattern for a skirt on the dress form - so clever!
Take Care!

janel said...

Love love these photos, and of course that page of your sweet mom. Yes...YOU were cut from a very special pattern...and your love and talent shines, because of your special parents. Thinking of you and sending hugs.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful layout of your mom Vicki!! Truly special.
It's such a blessing to know how loved your mom was and how many people really miss her. I'm so glad that you are able to find some smiles amidst your tears.
Sending you warmest hugs and loving prayers

harrahx2 said...

Vicki, with all the loss you now have the gain of a duaghter-in- law. Not saying replacement because that can't happen but just another part of the love you can share. Hugs my friend.