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.
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 ...
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