Starting with the positive. I was thrilled to be a winner for the last challenge at Once Upon a Sketch http://onceuponasketchblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/july-1st-challenge-meet-our-july-guest.html
The girls over there are so caring and nurturing. I love the idea of a blog with a focus on journalling. We all scrap for so many reasons but journalling seems be the one part of a layout that is often neglected. Honestly I'm a big journaler. I've always had way too much to say. lol.
Unfortunately, most of my writing is on the back of my los so you rarely get to see it. There was a time when I used to write heaps on the front but as my creativity shifted so too did my written prose.
Here's the gorgeous Nadia's sketch for the new challenge.
Dusty Attic words
On angel's wings
The statue of the garden angel watching over the children was placed in our garden as a reminder of my grandma who watches over my kids. We had a little ceremony when she died and placed it among her favourite flowers.
Let me tell you about my dearest Grandma. It is the anniversary of her death and her birth around this time of year. She has been gone for three years now and I still miss her every day. Coming from a family who really doesn't get it on a creative level, she was my sole inspiration and she created from her heart. She was a gifted crafter, dressmaker and designer.
An awesome talent. She inspired me to create from the soul.
Journalling reads: She was my sole creative inspiration.
She created with her hands,
her heart and always with love.
She taught me to create with soul.
My grandma was such a dynamic, active person, sadly the last two years of her life she was a shadow of herself.
I wrote this for my children as a way to explain not long before she died. I've taken it from an old layout.
My final sad note for this post is a shocking one. My daughter's teacher died yesterday. She was 44 years old. She had been off work for the past 6 weeks due to an unrelated injury. She was due back at work and visited the kids last week. She had a stoke and died hours later. We're all so shocked and saddened by her death. Please say a few prayers for her and her family and for the beauty of all the souls gone before us.
Hug your kids just a little tighter tonight and remember just how wonderful but tenous life can be.
Thanks so much.