As the last few days of my maternity leave are drawing near, I can't help but feel a bit sad.
But, nevertheless, I am very glad that October has passed.
It was a somber month... I came across many blog hops about tragic events among fellow crafters. The one that touched me the most was Katie's story.
Her tale hits home, I think it's because she also has sons. The first night I came across her blog, I couldn't sleep and just cried for her. It's not much, but I've donated to her cause. And am planning on making a card for her and her family. But right now, I just can't get myself to get started. If you haven't already, you should visit her blog. It's a true testament of how much this crafty blog world supports each other.
I also just came across this:
One of my colleague's mother also passed away last month of breast cancer. How bittersweet that October was Breast Cancer Awareness month. It had been a tough, long battle and I'm praying for my friend and her mom and family.
Lastly, one of our dear friends lost his father from complications of a stroke he endured some months ago. I've never met his dad but saw pictures of this tall, smiling man, whose presence in the pictures always stood out.
Sympathy cards have always been a challenge for me. I feel that most of my stamps are smiley and happy and not really appropriate. I tend to use butterflies, but I wanted more of a masculine feel. When I was cleaning out my stamps bin, I came across this old set that I never used from Sassafras called Oliver and Friends.
The huge, almost boisterous silver owl is my friend's father and he's looking down at his family from Heaven. I thought the leaves represented the season. And that because they are falling around this time, they depict life and death.
The patterned papers are from Scenic Route and the ribbon is from my stash. The CS is from Neenah, and the ink is from Memento. The images are colored with Copics. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches.
Hug your loved ones, everybody! I'm sorry if this was such a sad post.