First, I want to say thank you for all the well wishes, the prayers, the thoughts. It has been a very difficult couple of years for us, but it has been a living hell for my mother in law. I've never seen anyone suffer the way she did. I know others have, but I've not had to witness it and I can't imagine anyone being as strong as she was. She never complained about it, never purposely showed us how much it hurt or how scared she was. She was an amazing woman, and she loved me a lot, as much as I love her. I was so lucky to have married into her family.
I'm also sharing a couple of pieces from the October issue of SSReflections. It's late here (almost 2 am), so I won't be filling in tons of details, but if you want to know how I did anything I don't explain. The first piece is on 4x4 aquaboard. I did the background with Ranger alcohol inks in Lettuce and Bottle. I stamped the image (Blockhead Stamps - gorgeous, isn't she?) with black pigment ink from Ranger, then using a blender pen and a few colors of Ranger's pigment ink, I "painted" in her dress. I added the elements and this is what I got. I love this image.
This was a shrine to childhood that I did. I think this needs even less explanation. I used Basic Grey paper, images and words from Lisa's Altered Art. I painted a cigar box and added all the elements and now this sits on my fireplace mantle. My first shrine and I really enjoyed making it. I have plans to do more, if my life ever settles enough (seems like we'll have time on our hands now, since we've spend a great deal of our "free" time caring for sick parents).
So thank you for looking and thank you for being so kind. As I said before, this was the best ending, the most beautiful ending, my mother in law could have hoped for. She is free and at peace. We just need to remind ourselves of that.