Quote of the Week

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Good Grief!

I'm feeling a bit like Charlie Brown lately.  Trying to stay positive, but feeling like the world is against me.  Minor inconveniences is what my husband calls them.  He's probably right, but lately I feel like a dark cloud is following me.  I've had everything from a LARGE clump of ice and snow fall off the roof right onto my head to my computer dying again.  I've only had it back for 3 weeks.  I'd say it's time for a new one.  So, I apologize if my pictures aren't so great.  I'm working off of my little girl's netbook and it's tiny .  Tough to see the details of my pictures.  I'm just so thankful that I didn't download my Creative Suite 4 onto my computer again.  I'm pretty sure you can only download it so many times before it won't let you.  So, thank goodness for that.  It will be awhile before I can get a new computer too.  Just bought a really nice video camera to replace the dinosaur one I've had for 12 years:)

I did get to stamp this week and it felt GOOD.  Yep, I cried, but tears cleanse the soul.  I'm pretty sure my soul should be squeaky clean by now.

Here is a card I made using the VLV sketch.  I love this sketch.  I think this is awesome to use up all those scraps I have.  I may make a whole slew just using this sketch.  Verve has a new release coming up and it's been forever since I've done one of their challenges.  I love VERVE!

I have another really quick card I made too!  I got some really cheap stickers from Joann's the other day and this idea popped into my head.

My brother lives in LA and it had been raining for weeks.  After my mom passed away a double rainbow appeared right over his apartment. My mom hated rain and loved the sun.  He said through the bleak of the rainy day and the way he was feeling the sun peaked through and this beautiful double rainbow appeared.  As he got closer to home he could see that it was over his apartment building.  He knew it was a sign from my mom and it made him smile. 

  My mom also loved flowers.  She would weed and work in any garden and it made her smile.  This card is inspired by my mom.  Pretty simple.  I"ll try and  promise that my blog won't always be about my mom and her death.  I can promise you, though, that most of my cards will be influenced by my mom.  I see her, as I make them, sitting across from me at my craft table.  She's watching me and she's smiling...just like she used to do when she lived with me.  I  have more ideas than I have time for right now.  I feel like she is working through me.
It's true therapy for me.  Creating and writing.  It's part of the grieving.  It's "GOOD grief" and I'm sure one day I will smile more than I cry when I think of her.

For now, I am comforted in knowing that my cards might make someone else smile.


Maureen said...

oh, Nikki, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom...I lost my mom a year ago this past December, just after Christmas from Alzheimers...so I know, in my own way, that sadness you feel. That grief is part of life's journey that is not as fun as the other things. I love your Love's Flower card :) It's one of my favourite Verve sets :) Hugs to you :)

Melissa M said...

I am sorry about your mom. You go right ahead and talk about her for as long as you need to.

Hugs, Melissa M

Patti J said...

Sweet Nikki, we are here for as long as you want to talk about your mom! You and she look so much alike! She was a beautiful lady! Love your cards, dear friend! So glad that you took a bit of time away from your 'minor inconveniences' to craft! I love Verve products too - just don't have very many. Sigh...why, oh why, wasn't I born rich??? lol... Your rainbow story made me smile! Your mom has a sense of humor and a gentle heart! Hugs....

Sally said...

Love your cards and the inspiration behind them..My dear you talk about your mom as much as you need to. That is what helps with the healing. It will take time and she will always be there in your creations and thoughts. Thank you for sharing those with us.

As to the dark cloud... I definitley know what you mean. My friends are afraid to walk beside me for fear it will rub off on them. LOL. I just keep telling them to remember that every dark cloud has a silver lining...I'm sure mine and yours must be up there somewhere. Hang in there...

Stacie (craft-princess) said...

I agree with your hubby....just minor inconveniences! Although if I was truly in your shoes I'm sure I would feel more gloomy than happy about all the mishaps! BUT I have a feeling things are going to turn around for you in a positive way now that you are taking a bit of time to craft! I'm so happy to see that and I'm sure your mom is smiling from above! :)

Big hugs!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Awwww Nikki!! I'm so sorry yucky things keep happening. It's enough to make ya want to pull your hair out I tell ya!! I'm glad you were able to stamp again though. Art has a way of comforting! Love your VLV card!! Stunning!! And your sweet rainbow stitched card is just the charmingest!! Hugs my friend!

Kelly Massman said...

Hang in there! Your card is beautiful!