Friday, December 10, 2010

Mother may you always have a light to guide you.

It is amazing the roll on effect that one persons actions can have on so many others around.  How one simple choice can change the lives of so many, not always for the better, not always for the worst.   Those actions often leave wounds, and those wounds can take many years before they heal.  And once that action has been made, they, and you can never go back, you can never go back, and no one can ever go back to that moment in time when the whole world crashed around you into pieces.

You can pick up the shatters and tape and glue them back together, but they will never fit as perfectly as they once did.  A trust, a bridge is broken and the only person that can heal you; is time and yourself.

I have watched my mother go on an emotional rollercoaster for the past two weeks.  Her life changed in the matter of seconds when her husband of 24 years walked in the door on a Sunday afternoon and told her ‘I’m leaving you and there is nothing left to discuss’.   This was unexpected, there were no problems as far as she knew or anyone else in the family knew, I included.  Things were normal, as they ordinarily always were, and had / has been for as long as I can remember.

I see courage, strength and beauty in my mother; that she is yet to discover in herself.  I can and I will stand by her and continue to hold the shatters of her once life for her until she is ready to find and begin placing each one back into her new life.  And I believe and have faith that a better person will emerge from this.  A stronger woman, a woman who will have a voice and an opinion, a thought, an idea that will be counted, and she will have courage to speak not only her mind but her heart. 

I believe in her, and to me, unlike her, I believe that being a wife is not what defined her.  She is beautiful, inside and out, she has strength, courage and dreams, she is the best mother, sister, daughter, grandmother and best friend that anyone could ask for, she is a success in her career and still has many more achievements in her and her future, she is wise and full of wisdom, she is loving, caring and generous, she is unique and she is one of kind and irreplaceable. And while she is lost now and doesn’t believe these qualities are inside her or capable of her, with the help of me and the ones who love her around her, she will see what I, what we see in her, and that is, that she is truly beautiful.

I started making this inspirational candle plaque for her the night she rang and told me. Since then I actually feel that she needs it more now and am thinking about giving it to her early.  I hope that each night as she lights the candle and reads the poem, that she too will start believing, and start seeing the beauty that I and everyone else sees in her.

The glass tea light candle holder is permantly
glued into place. And my camera does no justice for the fuchsia pink bow :(

The poem is by Bonnie Lynn Morris and has been computer generated.
And has been silver heat embossed around the edges.

Image is a Desiree Markus free image and you can find it here.
I have colored the image with water colour pencils and on the flowers to make them stand out I enhanced them with dimensional magic.  There is also baby pink jewels as the spots on the hat ribbon band and clear ones on the spots on the patch on the pants.

Side view, laying flat.

Top view laying flat.

The design for this was taken from an easel card, but I did not want to give her a card that would be eventually placed in the cupboard and out of site.  I wanted it and her to have a candle with an uplifting inspirational poem and I wanted this piece to find a place in her home that it will always sit and be at, that she can go to at any time and re-read, look at and for it to be a constant reminder to her that she is ...

Challenges -
Craft Your Passion - #35 Anything goes (Mondays)
The Shabby Tea Room - #39 Tis The Season - It is a gift (Monday)
There She Goes - TSG84  Bring on the Bling - It has baby pink jewels on the hat for spots in the image along with clear jewels as the spots on the patch on the pants.  There is pearls as centres on the flowers on the flower ribbon along the right top and side, and also continued around the candle holder and it has glitter die cut flowers. (Mondays)
* Creative Card Crew - Anything goes (Tuesdays)
Flourishes Timeless Tuesdays - FTTC96 3d Holiday gifts - It's a inspirational plaque and candle holder (home deco item) (Tuesdays)
Papertake Weekly - Red and green must not be seen - This was intentionally a gift for Christmas and its focus colors are pink / fuchsia. (Tuesday)
Scrap Creations - Make a gift or warp - This is a gift. (Tuesdays)
Top Tip Tuesday - #13 Use ribbon - I have the fuchsia ribbon bow and the hot pink flower ribbon with the added pearls as flower centers. (Tuesday)
* Digistamps 4 Joy - #8 Anything but a card - It's a inspirational plaque and candle holder (home deco item). (Wednesday)
 Freshly Brewed Designs - #26 Sparkle and shine - I have the glitter die cut flowers and the pearls in the flower centres on the flower ribbon, the jewels in the image hat and patch on pants. (Tuesdays)
Little Red Wagon - #58 Use a die cut - The glitter flowers are die cuts.(Wednesdays)
The Pixie Cottage - #48  Sparkle and shine - I have the glitter die cut flowers and the pearls in the flower centres on the flower ribbon, the jewels in the image hat and patch on pants. (Wednesdays)
 The Crafty Purple Frog - #4 Easel Card - This is taken from an easel card design and then I have added the glass candle holder.  I have also made it more so an inspiration plaque than a card. (Thursdays)
Cute Card Thursday - #142 Floral Frenzy - I have flowers in the image and also as embellies on the piece. (Thursdays)
Delightful Challenges - Embossing - I have silver heat embossing around the poem edges. (Wednesdays)
Some Odd Girl - Make it UBER-GIRLIE - Telling a woman she is beautiful and needing her to beleive that she is so is GIRLIE! (Thursdays)
Character Cafe - Glitter glitter glitter - I have the glitter paper die cut flowers. (Fridays)
 The Crafty Pad - #100 Anything goes (Sundays)

Fair winds and following seas.
The Navy Wife

30 Treasured comments:

Katie said...

A beautiful heartfelt project, I hope she starts to rebuild her life really soon.
Thanks for playing in The Pixie Cottage again this week :)

Debbie said...

What an absolutely lovely little gift ... I {heart} all the pink and fuschia!! Thanks for sharing it with us in the Tea Room this week :)

Saskia said...

A beautiful gift for your mother...

Great to see your work at Freshly Brewed Challenges! Thanks for joining us and good luck!!

Greetings, Saskia :)

Debbie said...

Oooh gorgeous, beautifully coloured. :)Thanks for sharing it with us at The Crafty Pad Challenge this week. :)
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Cor* said...

This is so beautiful! Great creation! love the saying! Fantastic coloring and flower treatments. Thanks for being UBER GIRLY & ODD with us this time round at Some Odd Girl. Corry (GDT)

Dawnll said...

Wow this is just so special- I am sure your mother will appreciate and value her worth and yours.
Thank you for joining us this week at
Craft Your Passion Challenges

Thank you for joining us this week at
Hope to see you real soon.

Sadilla said...

Lovely card is very sweet, I like the colouring and all the details...
thanks for sharing at the Pixie Cottage

Juls said...

so bright and vibrant, so creative, gorgeous project and perfect gift! Hugs Juls

Vee said...

A beautiful design made with so much love.Your Mum is very lucky to have a Daughter so thoughtfull and loving. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday this week. Good Luck
xx Vee

Caroljenks said...

This is absolutely beautiful!

Thanks for joining in with our ribbon challenge this week over at Top Tip Tuesday :)

Carol x

Melanie M said...

This is really something! Thank you for joining us at Digistamps 4 Joy challenge

Kim Sonksen said...

Such a fabulous idea!
Thank you so much for playing along with us at SOME ODD GIRL

Lorraine said...

A beautiful card and most heartfelt. I am sorry for your troubles. Thanks for taking part at The Crafty Pad this week.

dj1952 said...

How beautiful. I'm sure that your mother will love it, if for no other reason than that you made it for her with love. Again, thanks for joining us at TCC. Hugs, dj

Mary's Creatieve verslavings Blog said...


this is so out of your heart for your mom, great to have such a daughter!
It is sweet and lovely and it is for sure that your mom love it.
Thank you for sharing it this week at
Craft Your Passion Challenges,

paola said...

this is stunning! i wish your mother every strength during this transition and i wish you lots of patience, sure your mum will so much appreciate these lovely words and all the effort that went into this little masterpiece, thanks for joining us at the Pixie cottage

Anne said...

A beautiful creation and so is the poem. Thanks for playing with us at the Pixie Cottage!

Hugs, Anne

Clare said...

Love it! thanks for joining us this week at The Shabby Tea Room!

CarlaKH said...

So pretty! Thanks for joining us at The Pixie Cottage this week!

Robin said...

Such a thoughtful gift... hope it helps your Mom to smile... Thanks for getting girly with Some Odd Girl, Robin F.

Powerful Search Engine said...

Wow this is so pretty thanks so much for sharing with us at The Crafty Purple Frog. Hugs Pascale

Vicky said...

Gorgeous easel card, love the colour & the image. Fabulous sentiment.
Thankyou for joining us at CPF Challenges & hope you can join us again, good luck.

Hugs Vicky xx

Random Acts of Krafting said...

Super sweet! Hope your Mom smiles, she is lucky to have such a caring daughter. Thank you for playing with The Pixie Cottage this week.

Caroline said...

Wow this is gorgeous!! Thanks for joining in with the Creative Card Crew.
Caroline x

Peggy said...

This is so pretty. What a great job. Thanks for playing with us at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations.

Gram's Treasures said...

Beautiful project, for a special person! Thanks for joining us for this week's challenge at The Character Café.

Cleota said...

How beautiful! Love that big bow and the coloring of your image! Fantastic.

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yyam said...

What a beautiful piece of work! I love the pretty colors and the lovely textures!

Please send my regards to your mother...may she have the courage and strength to get over the hurt.

Thanks for joining us over at Some Odd Girl!

Denise @ kc242 said...

Beautiful project! Thanks so much for joining us at the Pixie Cottage!

angelwhispers said...

A beautiful card and gift for your Mother!!!

I do wish her well and send her love and hug's she is very lucky to have such a beautiful daughter to help her on her new journey.

Thanks for joining us over at the CPFC Love Chanelle xx

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