Hey Crafters!! This month’s tag is done with Water Color pencils on Canson Water color paper from Wal-mart. Stamps used: Art Impressions Live-Laugh-Love AiCS15, The Paper Studio Sophie Alphas CS010 (mom), Close to my Heart Express Postage D1262 (May-2015). Inks: Stampin’UP! Crumb Cake (for the ladies), Ranger Archival Jet Black (for mom, May & 2015). Paint brushes #3 Round (for everything except the mouth), 000 fine liner (for the lipstick), Aqua Painter to dilute the ladies on each side of Mom. My name badges also came from Wal-mart and the water color paper was cut to 3 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ to fit them. Enjoy!!
Thanks for hanging in there with me! My dad comes from a big family. We had 3 deaths in our family in the Spring during a 35 day stretch between February and March. Two cousins and a favorite aunt. Two unexpected and one long suffering. The first cousin, Ryan, passed unexpectedly at home in front of his dad (my favorite Uncle Roy), he was very over weight and years younger than myself. I missed that funeral due to my Nana duties, while my daughter was out of town. Then my aunt Kayla died unexpectedly an evening after being rushed to the hospital the night before with dufficulty breathing, which I didn’t even know about. Just so happens my favorite cousin, Lesa, had popped in to check on her when the news came that she was not going to make it and watched her pass, which was heart breaking for her, but I’m glad she and her husband were there for my Aunt, Uncle Bill and their son. Aunt Kayla had 2 back surgeries just 3 years ago, one through the back and one through the front. I’m wondering what they did to her. I’d missed that funeral due to snow and ice and was somewhat relieved to not have to drive what takes a normal 3 hours to get to my parent’s. I already knew it was going to be a stressful funeral for me. I’ve spent a lifetime of major holidays with Aunt Kayla (46 years if I take my age and subtract the age of 5), even those in between holidays like Mother’s day and Father’s day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, etc. when they came to our house, since Bill is dad’s little brother. Kayla stole my Uncle Bill from me when I was 5, but spent the rest of her life making up for it. That special Aunt that gets you a specific gift on your birthdays, that is perfect for you. Then my favorite cousins that are sisters, lost their brother, Barry (also the son of my most favorite Aunt Wilma), passed a week after Aunt Kayla’s funeral, after a long battle with a lung infection. He is the one I made the Horse card for in the Fall. I spent so much time at his house growing up, since I’m so close with his sisters (we girls are each 1 year apart in age). They just lost their dad 3 years ago and this loss was too soon. I’d already had a major melt down with Uncle Bill the evening before at Barry’s visitation because I hadn’t seen nor spoken to him since Aunt Kayla’s passing. I couldn’t! He’s a Vietnam vet and I’ve had a very special relationship with him and uncle Roy since I was a year old, years before Royy became my uncle. He’s dad’s best friend from school and cotton pickiin’ days. Bill and Kayla also checked on everyone and kept everyone in the loop if anyone was ill. Bill has always paid special attention to all of us kids growing up and even our own children too.
I completely lost it at Barry’s funeral, when the pastor started talking about another cousin, Brett (brother to Ryan) and some of Barry and Brett’s childhood memories and fun, which is my childhood. All of my cousins and I bounced back and forth between Aunt Wilma’s house and Granny’s house during the holidays. I was very close to Brett from babies to teens. He passed on my birthday, the year I had lumbar surgery and lived several states away, so I had no closure there. I was that unconsolable person, the one wailing terribly. All of the deaths and the pain they caused my favorite people, plus my own greif and or gulit, was unbearable and soul crushing regardless of my Christian faith or beliefs.
I’ve got tons to share, hauls and card making with the occasional craft tossed in there too. I just have to edit or re-film some of my videos, which is tough without a proper editing program. LOL I’ve got a new grandson, born just after Aunt Kayla’s passing and I’ve already started keeping him 1 day a week and have my grand daughter whose turning 3 in June, 2 days a week. This past winter was the toughtest by far arthritically (is that even a word?). We had to say goodbye to the sweetest little chihuahua soul ever on top of everything thing else!! And were in such terrible shape over that, that our son went out and got us another little girl, who is the most mistreated 5 month old puppy we’ve ever seen! Not potty trained and knew only of being hit and living in a crate full of pee. Cleaning up accidents is about to drive me to drinking. It’s taken her 3 weeks to learn how to be loved and accept that love. She is a goober, who loves to sit in flower pots full of dirt and brings rocks and shrub limbs into the house, but we love her so much already. We’ve had tons of RAIN, which means Take 2 steps back and clean up some potty on the floor. I need some good ole’ warm sunny days for playing outside.