4/28/11

Giveaway in Memoriam

The day of my Mother-in-Law's passing was also the day her Easter box arrived. For each holiday, she would prepare a huge box filled with holiday-themed gifts and goodies which always included something for my parents, for my niece and 2 nephews and several somethings for my doggie- as well as sending each of my family members cards separately, of course. So we didn't open the Easter box til last night and it was heart wrenching. While in Virginia, we also found a drawer stuffed with every card she'd ever received, including a separate bag full of all the cards I'd made her. I'd never sent cards, I guess its something we never do where I'm from. But when I saw how much she loved them, I started making her cards and using them as an excuse to play with all the cheesy scrapbooking supplies I'd secretly kinda drooled over...
She loved cards and flowers, birds and all the little woodland animals that came to her huge collection of bird feeders by her window. She'd be so happy to tell us about a visiting wild turkey, hummingbirds, a doe with her babies and even the stars of the show- black bears. They live at the border of the Shenandoah National Park and they loved nothing more to watch the lumbering bears munch on a pile of corn feed they'd leave for them every day. In fact, Jackie- her name- had forbidden her husband from telling us about the passing of the tiny runt bear that had been diligently trying to keep up with its mom and 2 siblings, because she knew I loved that tiny guy. She protected us like babies which is kinda why her passing was such a shock. She'd been hit by the flu quite badly but would never tell us about it.
Anyways, in her memory I'd like to have my very first giveaway! I really love these earrings, though I don't think they pictures do them justice. I've worn them (so you get my cooties-bonus!) and they are extremely flattering in the way they frame a face. The wires are hammered/oxidized sterling silver. They have tiny glass buttons and scraps of tatting from the flea markets by my husband's little town.
Leave a comment if you'd like to have them. I'll give it a couple days then have Jackie's granddoggie (as she called him) pick one randomly out of a hat.
I love you Jackie!

12 comments:

NuminosityBeads said...

I'd love a chance to win you cutie earrings. you did say cutie, right?
xoxo Kim

fancylinda said...

What a nice thing to do in honor of what sounds like a wonderful mother-in-law! I would love a chance to win these earrings.

Corvid Delights said...

Wow fanci,your post about your mom in law is extremely moving. How difficult and courageous it must have been to go through the things that she saved, and to open up her easter box. My heart and sympathies go out to your family. She sounded like a wonderful woman who will be missed.

carol said...

a really nice story.
and a lovely sentiment.

i'll put my name in the ring.
i'm always up for a pair of your earings. even when it includes your 'cooties-bonus'.

caRolS

maya gonzalez said...

i am so moved by your work already and these earrings are such a special symbol of your mother-in-law. please include me in your drawing. i would be honored to continue her memory. take good care as you travel the road without her in your physical presence. clearly, she is in your heart and hands. maya

Boot ~C said...

beautiful post, thank you for sharing

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stregata said...

Just wanted to let you know - I feel for your loss. It is always difficult to be left behind and it seems your MIL was a very special woman. Sending love and hugs.

Linda said...

oh my gosh, i can hardly type for the tears. what a beautiful tribute to your mother-in-law. what a wonderful person to have had in your life.

~Debi said...

So sorry to hear of your MIL's passing :( but such a wonderful tribute to her to give away a piece in her honor :)

colette said...

You never really get over the passing of a loved one as in my case my Nana, she has been gone now 22years not a day goes buy you don't think of your loved one-it does get easier as the days-months-years go buy-but its still so sad and there is a whole in your heart forever, I feel very sad for your loss.

Pralinka said...

I'd love to win them, they're so beautiful..

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