Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We had a good one. It was finally warmer, almost hot, on Sunday! Yeah! The week before, it felt more like fall, than spring, so it was really nice to see the sun and feel it’s warmth like we should at this time of year. I spent a good part of Sunday outdoors with the boys, in the back yard and at the park, and we barbecued hot dogs for lunch and steak for supper. Not so healthy, but sooo YUMMY!
I want to say Hi to all my new “sisters”! I’m happy to be a part of the Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers 18! The SBS 18 group has also started a weekly challenge blog. Every wednesday we will have a new challenge and this week the theme is Friendship. I will have a card posted for this by tomorrow! Join in the fun! The challenges are open to anyone. Check it out HERE.
Today’s creation is not a card. I wanted to make a memento of sorts for my Grandmother. She has been through quite a lot in the last few years since my Grandfather passed away. She lives in the same building as my Mom, a few hours away from me. My Grandmother is really like a second Mother to me. I grew up around the corner from my grandparents and was so lucky to have them so close for my childhood years and into my young adulthood. I spent a lot of time with them both, and I am very close to my Grandma. She means so much to me. She is the person who started me out in the world of crafting! She was always making things, knitting, crocheting and encouraging me to try too! She still scours her library to find me books on crafting. She always inspires me in so many ways.
She suffered a stroke less than a year ago, and luckily there was no lasting damage. It did seem to age her though. She moves a lot slower and forgets things more easily. Then a few months later, she had a fall and broke a bone in her right shoulder. The break was not detected right away though, and although my Grandma was in a lot of pain the nurses pushed her through physio, thinking it was just a sprain. When my Mother noticed how much pain she was in, they had another x-ray done and only then did they realize that they had to do surgery right away. This was weeks after the fall! My poor Grandma is just not one to speak up or complain! The surgery went well, but she has had to have 6 months of physio to get her arm to raise level with her chest. She can’t lift it enough to comb her hair. It is her right arm so it makes doing a lot of things very difficult for her. My Mom has been spending most of her time with her, to help and keep her company, as she gets very lonely since she lost my Grandpa.
She cannot knit and finds it very difficult to crochet anymore. I know when I am lonely or life gets me down, crafting is an escape for me. It not only passes the time, but it changes how I feel. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and lifts my spirits. At this time in her life, it would bring her a lot of comfort to be able to do the things she loves, but she can’t. It breaks my heart.
She, next to my own Mom, is my biggest fan and loves everything I do. 🙂 So, I made this for her, hoping that it will bring a smile, and along with it some happy memories.
I loved the Friday Sketcher’s Sketch #3. So I used it here. I have these small metal circles that came with very strong magnets from the dollar store. I new I would find a use for them! I wanted to make this plaque with movable elements, so a magnetic board seemed like a good idea. I started with a chipboard coaster that I covered with some beautiful daisyd’s paper. I was inspired to use these papers by the Inspiration Challenge fabrics featured on SCS, this week. I covered the metal circle using my creative memories circle cutting system, to cut the paper. It is stamped with flowers from the Artfully Asian set by SU. The edges are sponged in Taken With Teal. The flourish tailed bird (Inkadinkado) is stamped in Taken With Teal on More Mustard paper. The layers are mounted on a piece of magnetic sheet. I use dollar store fridge magnet frames. I peel off the plastic cover and cut the magnet to size. Very cheap! 🙂 The magnet that came with the metal circle is topped with a rhinestone brad. I just removed the prongs easily by bending them back and forth. I glued them in place with Crystal effects clear lacquer from SU. It is brilliant for sticking things like this for a permanent bond!
The sentiment is Define Your Life from Stampin’ Up! I stamped it in Taken With Teal on daisyd’s paper and mounted it on teal cs.
The picture hanger is from Stampin’ Up! Hodgepodge Hardware in Pewter. I used my Crop a dile to set it with an eyelet. The four corners are rounded with a corner rounder punch.
The photograph is of my young Grandparents holding their firstborn child; my Mom! The photo of course can be changed and/or moved around for a different look.
Thanks for spending some time here today and listening to me go on!
Have fun and take a creative moment!