Wednesday, 12 October 2011

WOYWW - haven't we been here before?

This isn't actually a photo of my workspace on Wednesday, but Monday morning - had to clear all the crafty stash out of the way for the phone socket AGAIN.... hence, the title of the blog post....

 All cleared out of the way...
And some time later, all put back again!  I decided to leave all my distresss inks & stains and paperartsy paints on the tray to say time next time - cos you can bet there will be a next time!! So it's tidy now (ish!)






As it turns out Monday was not a good day - got a call on my way to work from my brother & his wife to say that Mum had deteriorated over night and the Dr's had called overnight and wanted us to go in and talk to them.  Complications (not from the surgery as far as I can gather) meant that she wouldn't have long left - at best days -we spent some time with her before leaving with a view to going back later - and in fact as I was getting off the train back in Epsom after waiting for the phone to be fixed, she died, but my brother was there though, with an aunt and a cousin.

Thank you all for your support over the last couple of weeks - it means a lot - and hard as it is, I know this is the best outcome for Mum.  She would have been 88 this coming Sunday and apart from the last couple of weeks, never ill, so we are blessed.

Oh, and as it is Wednesday (nearly forgot why I'm doing this!) not only is it WOYWW but Dragonsdream Tag it On (I got this made at the weekend, thank goodness)  The theme was Frankie's before she fell on her holiday and ended up in plaster so can't craft - based on the Beatles Ticket to Ride - tickets being the theme. 

Used stamps by Tim and Wendy and distress inks and stains in blues (various - can't remember which!) and aged mahogany.  Now I come to think of it, there is a bit of a spooky thing here - the ticket at the bottom, with the date circled - for today's date of the challenge - the first one I did, I circled 10th October instead of 12th... (was looking at the date of the scheduled post on TIO - being American and "back to front" ) - 10th being the day we lost Mum.... oooohh!
Anyhow, we hope you can come and play!

51 comments:

Neet said...

Oh Helen, I am so so sorry to hear about your mum. It's hard to lose someone, and especially a mum but just think that she is out of harm's way now and there will be no sickness or suffering for her.
Sorry to hear about your socket as well - not a good week for you at all. Keep your chin up.

Carola Bartz said...

Helen, I am so sorry about your mom. Losing one's mother is one of the hardest things in life. I wish I could be there and just give you a hug. I lost my mom four years ago and I still miss her.

Sarah said...

Dear Helen, my thoughts go out to you and your family, thank you for sharing with us. It is sad at any age for any reason but I think 88 and never ill is a fine life and age. Wishing you all strength and peace of mind for each day.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Want to send you a hug and condolences on your mum passing away. May you have the consolation that she lived a long and healthy life! Not many people have that blessing!
Patsy from
HeARTworks

sandra de said...

Such sad news but , part of life. How lovely that you can all be with her.

scrappystickyinkymess said...

Sorry to hear your sad news, but lovely you had her so long, and so vital and lively except for this last. And that you can look past your sorrow to know it was better for her, this quick departure.

We are having some repair/redecorating done too and dread to, but at least not in my room. Love the tag, too.

Hang in there
Mary Anne

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What horribly sad news, Helen. My heart goes out to you and the rest of your family in this time of sadness. I'm surprised you were even able to post this week. Blessings and sympathy are being sent your way.

Create With Joy said...

Hi Helen

I just wanted to extend my love & prayers to you and your family during this time. Loss is such a difficult thing. I hope your WOYWW family can be an encouragement to you during this difficult time!

Hugs
Ramona
http://create-with-joy.com

Rumtruffle said...

So very sorry to hear your sad news, losing a mum has got to be the hardest thing ever but on the positive side you had 88 years together and I'm guessing you have some fabulous memories that will stay in your heart forever.
Hugs & Warm thoughts
Rum x

Morti said...

Such sad news Helen - my thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family now. Please also take comfort from the fact that your Mum's passing was quick and you didn't have to see her gradually fade away over several weeks and months - especially as she sounds like such a vital woman. Love & light to you all....

Neil said...

Oh Helen; I'm so sorry for your loss. I know times are hard when these things happen but I do hope you find comfort in faith family and friends at this time.
I know what you mean about being grateful for the fact your mom was not ill other than this last period; it was the same with my father, never remember him ill other than the last days of his illness.
God Bless you and yours
Neil

Spyder said...

You managed in spite of everything to make a fabulous tag, luckily I've never had to move anything to get to my plug!
Hugs and blessings at this sad time, and knowing your mum will now be asleep and safe (Lyn)

jude said...

Im so sorry for the loss of your dear mum.Times will be hard over next few weeks ,i hope as a family you can all come together and support each other.At least she didnt suffer .Thinking of you and sending big (((hugs)))
love Judex 28

inkypinkycraft said...

So sorry to he or your sad loss, I know I don't know you but you have sent me such lovely comments and I wanted to send you a hug! Take care trace x

Kezzy said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your mum, it must be really hard. Love all those gorgeous paints and inks on the tray, actually I would love to sit on your floor and play. Kezzy x

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I'm desperately sorry for you and your family - am so glad that she hadn't suffered for long before she passed away. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs, LLJ xx

flutterbycrafter said...

Oh Helen I'm so sorry to hear about your Mum, but although it's so terribly sad and you'll be going through different emotions, eventually you'll be able to remember all the wonderful times you had together, so there will be tears and laughter over the next few days and weeks, but what a wonderful long life, free of illness, she's had.

Love your tag, love all the tickets, wonderful.

I'm sending you a very big hug and my thoughts and prayers are with you xx

Hels Sheridan said...

Hello hunny... bless you, such sad news and you are being so brave... sending you a mahoooosive hug... my thoughts are with you and yours xx

Carmen said...

Helen, so sorry to read this post. I know what you mean, by the end with our Mum we just wanted her to not be in pain any more. Sending you huge hugs - seems like she was with you in some way at the end when you look at that tag.

Thinking of you - if you want a chat am just at the end of an email x

Lulabelle said...

Helen I am so sorry for your loss, such sad news.
Thank goodness we have art to get us through both the bad times!

Annie said...

Sending you big hugs at this sad time.
A x

Julia Dunnit said...

AH Helen, my eyes are full and I wanna give you hugs. Am so sorry; remember that you and your Bro did everything you could - especially in the face of her no longer being able to understand.
Don't be alone if you don't want to Helen - even online, there's friends here for ya.

Ann B said...

So sorry to hear of your loss Helen. Your Mum will always be with you in memories of all those years together. Eventually you will take comfort in the fact that she lived to such a ripe old age and that she didn't suffer too much I know I did when my Dad who was 87 died in his sleep after only a week of being unwell.

JoZart said...

I am so sorry to hear that your dear Mum died and I am sure she passed away knowing the love of her family. It's a hard time for you and will be but the hackneyed phrase, "time heals" is true and the pain will soften. Keep a nice photo of your Mum nearby, it helps.
Love JoZarty x

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

So sorry for your loss. Treasure your memories and know in your heart you are loved. Bless you and yours

Artyjen said...

It's amazing what spookiness happens at times like these! Take care....lovely ticket tag btw.
xoxo Sioux

Angie said...

So sorry to hear about your Mum ... hold on to the happy memories ...and that she is at peace ...watching over you all.My thought are with you ...I know its hard to loose a Mum ...no matter how old she is. xx

SueH said...

Aww Helen, I’m so sorry to hear your sad news. It can’t be easy knowing that you weren’t there with her at the end but don’t you go blaming yourself for that. In fact, if she’s anything like my nan was when she passed away a few years back, I swear she waited for us to leave before going because we had sat with her all day and just nipped out to get a bite to eat.

Take care hun.
Sue
x

Ohhh Snap said...

Helen, my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mom. Love the tag. Hope your phone is fixed and you can be crafting up a storm soon.

minnie_mac said...

So sorry to hear about your mum. Your news brought tears as I have recently lost my mum. Warm thoughts and good wishes to you and your family at this sad time.

Marilyn
x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Helen, so sorry to hear the news about your mum, big hugs sent your way and my thoughts are with you all. However how fantastic getting to 88 with no serious I'll health, hope I am as lucky. It's some comfort knowing she has not suffered. Love your tag too. Take care of yourself. Tracy x

Gabrielle said...

Ok. You're right! We both have crafty spaces that are a tip! Again, so very sorry to hear your news regarding your mum - I thought the broken heart on the tag was very telling but the date thing was super spooky!!! Much love and as always, cyber hugs x

Sharne Davies said...

Such Sad news about your mum - puts into context your plugs problem. My mum is poorly at the mo so I know how worrying it can be as well.
At least we have our craft to keep us sane.
Happy Crafting XX Sharne

Debs Willis said...

Helen, so sorry to hear your sad news, and I echo what Julia said, there are lots of us out here if you need us.....just leap into cyberspace for crafty care and love

Hugs

Debs xx

Sarah said...

Sorry to hear your sad news, my thoughts and best wishes are with you and your family

Sunshine Girl said...

Am so sorry to hear your news - hope you are ok, will be thinking about you and sending hugs.

Jumbleberries said...

So sorry to hear your sad news.

Jumbleberries xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

You've created a wonderful tag.
Big huges again.

Faye said...

Sorry for your loss, Helen. Embrace all the hugs that are being sent your way.

Your ticket tag is beautiful. You are a trouper.

Made by Mandy said...

Helen I am sorry to hear about your Mum. She was fortunate to have lived to a ripe old age and without any health issues, that is a godsend.

Wishing you all the very vest to your and your family during your sad time.

Love Mandy xxx

Elizabeth said...

Sorry to hear about your loss, Helen. It's never easy to lose a love one, especially someone as special as a mother, but I wish you and your family the strength to get through this sad time. Kind regards, Elizabeth x #53

MaggieC said...

I am so sorry to hear about your Mum. It is always a hard thing to come to terms with, even though you know they are out of pain. Take care of yourself and your family at this time.

okienurse said...

So sorry to hear about your loss Helen. It is always hard to lose a loved one and it being your Mom makes it doubly bad even when you know that it is for the best. You are in my thoughts and prayers! Vickie

Mrs A. said...

So very sorry to hear your sad news. Sending big hugs your way. Mrs A.

butlersabroad said...

Oh Helen what terribly sad news, and only a couple of weeks after you were comforting me. It's so hard to come to terms with this life at times, but it's a blessing that until very recently she wasn't ill at all. Still, mums are irreplaceable, but I hope we can all help and hold your hand when you need us.

Sending hugs,
Brenda

Alison said...

Thank goodness we have our crafting to keep us going at times like this! Your tag is brilliant Helen!
Thinking of you & your family,
Alison x

Sam said...

Helen I am so sorry to hear your sad news and my thoughts are with you and your family.
Your crafting stuff is beautiful as ever.
Hugs
x

peggy aplSEEDS said...

so very sorry to hear about your mother. sending a big hug your way. blessings,
peggy

Wanda said...

Once again, so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

How did you manage to make such a fabulous tag right now.

Wanda xx

L00py's Craft Creations said...

Oh Poor you! My Mum passed suddenly a couple of years ago, and I still remember how I felt hearing the news.
You are incredibly strong, and can cope with it, you had her for a long time, and she will never be gone.
Her light will burn forever brightly in your heart.

blackdragon said...

I hope you are bearing up.... i understand how you feel.... beautiful tag...much love lynx