Sunday, November 9, 2014

Butterfly Thank You card and reason for absence

Hello All.

It has been a while.  My last post was October 20th and actually that card and post were made at the beginning of October.  I feel like I owe many of you an explanation as some blog friends have emailed me and I have not responded.  Nor have I really visited any blogs in a few weeks.  This past month has seen a lot of changes in my life.  Although I try to keep personal information off of my blog, this post will be personal.  You do not need to read this but I need to write it.

Last month my husband and I went home to visit my parents on their anniversary.  Unfortunately before I went home my mom was placed in the hospital.  She was released the day we arrived so that was encouraging.  However, it was difficult to see my mom in her condition as she had been through a lot.  By the end of the week she was walking on her own with a walker and I thought all would be well.  My husband and I returned to Nova Scotia.  The next few days I spoke to my mom on the phone and she seemed to have more enthusiasm in her voice.  My dad said she had more energy and we started to feel as if she would recover.  Her health quickly changed and by the end of the week she was back in the hospital.  By Sunday she could not fight any more and she passed away.  That was two weeks ago.

My world is different now.  The most beautiful person I ever knew is no longer here.  My best friend, my confidant, the heart of my family is gone.  Because of this, I have avoided my craft room among other things.  Luckily I have the best husband and a fantastic group of friends that have provided a shoulder to lean on.  Also, the Quietfire Design team has been incredible- providing support and filling in for me.  Gloria Stengel and Hazel from CraftyHazenlnut have been so understanding with my lack of guest designing duties.  I cannot say how fortunate I have been to have received so much comfort during this time.

I pushed myself to return to the craft room last night and a return to the room tonight.  It took a while but I finished a thank you card using MOJO Monday's sketch.  Hopefully finishing this card will make it easier to return to the craft room more often.  

Here is the sketch this week:
The Thank You stamp is from Quietfire:
Thank You, set of 4

The paper is from Prima (Forever Green) and a scrap piece of wood paper was used for the background.  The antique button on the bow was a gift from my mom.  Seemed fitting to have it on the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Thanks to all of you for listening and for sending kind thoughts.  I cannot express how much your kind words and thoughts have meant to me.

Have a good evening.
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenges:
MOJO Monday Sketch
Word Art Wednesday, AG
613 Avenue Create, AG


  1. Kathy Jo, I have no words that will take your pain away. I wish that I did. My heart goes out to you, and I cannot fathom your feeling of loss. I'm sending you love and comfort and wishes for good memories to surround you.

  2. Even after two long years, when I see something Mommy would have enjoyed hearing about I still forget she is gone and think to myself. I must send a fax to Mom.. I wish to extend to you, my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your lovely Mother. Your card is rich in depth color and character. Thank you for stopping by with your lovely art at this time. Blessings,
    Carole Robb Bisson

  3. You are so blessed to have had that relationship with your mother and the memories will be a wonderful thing. I'm so sorry for your loss and it will take time for life to get to a new normal, but it will and it will be a good life. Your card is gorgeous!!! ((Hugs))

  4. I am so, so sorry for your loss, Kathy Jo. I can't even imagine the pain you are feeling. My Mom is my best friend, too. I am thinking of you and praying for you my friend. I'm glad you have the support of your husband and friends during this difficult time. You have the support of the blogging world, too. Sending you lots and lots of huge, comforting hugs. Your card is absolutely gorgeous!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. I am so sorry to hear of this devastating loss in your family! I still 'talk' to my Mom even after all these years - and try to think through how she would advise me. The void is never filled, but it turns from unbearable pain - to sweet memories that bring a smile. I hope you find the sweet memories soon to soften your loss.
    As for your card - sooo glad you are back in the craft room and creating beautiful things once more.
    We so appreciate you're sharing your project & creativity at 613 Ave C Kathy Jo!
    ~ginny, DT for 613 Ave Create – Challenge #97 Anything Goes w/optional make a gift for Random Acts of Kindness Week
    RubberMAD (

  6. I'm so sorry Kathy Jo to hear of your Mom 's passing .I'm sure you will always miss her and cherish the memories you have . Sending lots of comforting hugs your way . Your glad is beautiful as always .

  7. Kathy Jo, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It will take time, so take the time to grow into the acceptance of your "new normal." In time you will begin to feel her eternal presence and it will bring you comfort, joy and peace.

    Your project is beautiful and we are glad you chose to share it with us here at 613 Avenue Create.

    Chana Malkah, Owner


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