This photo is of my mommy taken in September of 1987...thank God for dates printed on the back of older photos!! This is how *I* remember my mom. It was so funny when I was working on this layout. My daughter looked at the photo and thought gramma looked so FUNNY. For as long as my two younger kids can remember, Gramma has had WHITE hair, never wears makeup anymore and always has oxygen tubes around her. I long for these days again....my mom is now struggling with health issues, no longer the independent go-getter she used to be. Its almost like a complete role reversal where I am calling her every day to make sure she's ok, make sure she's eating, make sure she took her medicine. Its sad and it hurts me so much but I am thankful for every day. The running joke in my family is that my mom is part cat....she has been on Heaven's doorstep several times in the last 3 years and has fought back valiantly. This past Christmas was tough for me as she was just diagnosed with oh...I forget the technical name now...but it is lung cancer. The doctors were not optimistic, saying 3-4 months tops with agressive treatment. I cried as I wrapped her gifts thinking it would be the last time I did so. Well she fought back and the tumor, while not GONE, has shrunk tremendously and she feels better today than she has in 5 years! Praise God. Of course it seems like everytime we turn around something else creeps up...we are currently awaiting results from a stomach and thyroid biopsy. But we stay positive and figure that no news is good news at this point!
This layout is based on a sketch at Pages In Time. I used papers by The Girls Paperie and the clocks and die-cut heart journaling spot are from them as well. I mounted one of the clocks on a lacy paper doily and the other two are raised on pop-dots. The large pink roses were white (my new favorite find....go to the bridal aisle in AC Moore. For 69c you can get a bunch of these white paper roses...JUST LIKE PRIMA's. Unless you WANT to spend $4 for the same thing. I compared them side to side in the store and could not see a darn thing that made the Primas worth $4 more with the exception of perhaps the Primas are ACID Free and the bridal ones not...but I will worry about that if and when my pictures seem to be getting eaten by Acid in 20-30 years. ) Anywhoo.... :) the roses were white but I just gave them a quick mist with Black Cherry Glimmer Mist and voila...perfectly matching roses! The itty bitty flowers with metal brad centers are Making Memories that I got on clearance at Michaels for 49c the other day! What a PAIN it was opening all those brads on the back of my page. They are so tiny and SHARP!! The leaves are a free SVG file I cut on my Cricut that I got from My Cricut Scrapbooking. I cut apart some bling (it had other colors that didn't match) that was by Recollections, added a few Martha Stewart butterfly punches and a title with Basic Grey letters and I was done. I stayed up WAY too late working on this layout last night!! Good thing I am off today and could sleep in a bit!