Saturday, 29 September 2012

Goodbye Mum!

Sadly, Mum left us on Monday the 24th of September, but thanks to the fantastic support of the hospice, district nurses and carers, she was able to spend her final days peacefully at home, just as she had wished.  I used to call Mum my 'Rose Fairy' because with her beautiful blonde hair, soft pink skin and sparkly blue eyes she reminded me so much of Cicely Mary Barker's 'Rose Fairy' and she was happiest spending time pottering about in her garden tending to her collection of gorgeous roses.  I will miss Mum enormously but I am comforted by the belief that she will be watching me and cheering me on as I continue on my beady travels through life. Mum was my number one fan when it came to my beadwork and although I used to cringe with embarrassment when she would whip a magazine out of her handbag to show anyone who would stop and look at my latest published design, or thrust her wrist at a passing stranger to show them her bracelet saying 'Look, my daughter made that!' - I was of course very glad to be able to give her something to be proud of.  In the early days, I was lucky enough to share a table at several local craft fairs with Mum, she with her wonderful knitted creations alongside me and my beadwork and later, as things grew and I attended bigger fairs, she would help me out by setting up my display, talking to customers and carefully packaging sold items and of course helping to calm my nerves and bolster my confidence.


Mum was always coming up with ideas for new beadwork designs for me too and she was a constant source of inspiration - had it not been for Mum and her battles with cancer, I would never have designed my Awareness Ribbon Pins or the Pilgrims Cross both of which helped to raise a substantial amount of money for various charities.



There is so much more I could say about My Mum, but I think that you get the picture and although I have many photographs of her, I think that the one below is my favourite because it shows her 'under my wing' and captures the obvious love that flowed between us.


Mum and I used to speak about what might happen after this life and we thought that perhaps we may become flower fairies with important jobs to do.  Mum decided that she was going to wear a gown of softest velvety purple petunia with a fluffy bumblebee hat and she was going to dance through the sky painting sunsets and THAT is the image I am going to keep in my head forever.

Goodbye Mum.

Kerrie

23 comments:

  1. A beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady - I love flower fairies, and will add your mum to the ones that visit my garden. ♥

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  2. Dear Kerrie,

    I love this idea of your blog so much. I'm with you with my heart. ♥
    Gabie

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  3. Goodbye Rose Fairy! Dear Kerrie, we're all with you!

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  4. Hugs to you. We lost my mother in law on the 12th....I agree they are looking down on us and watching over...

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  5. What a touching tribute.

    It brought a smile to my lips to think of your Mum in her velvet gown painting sunsets. What a great way to remember her.

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  6. Whenever I see a sunset I will think of your Mum. Hugs. xxxx

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  7. A beautiful post, thank you for sharing your special memories with us xo

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  8. So sorry for your loss! Hugs and prayers!

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  9. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. What a lovely thought of becoming flower fairies beyond life and such a beautiful image for a child (adult or kid) to keep of a parent that has passed away.

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  10. So sorry to hear of your loss Kerrie, what a wonderful tribute to her, sending you hugs, I''m going through something similar at the moment , I just lost my Gran last week so I can relate. Take of your self

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  11. Thank you for this very touching tribute to such a special person. I'm so sorry for your loss, and I'm thinking about you at this difficult time.

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  12. It's a wonderful thing when you are loved and give love back and there's nothing more special than the love between a mother and her child (especially when they support and encourage you). Sorry for your loss Kerrie, but I'm sure you will always carry a piece of her in your heart (just like my dads' memory pops up every now and then since I was 17).

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  13. Kerrie that was beautiful brought tears to my eyes we will miss her dearly I'm hear if u want to talk shout whatever I'm hear your whole family is here take care much love x

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  14. Rose Fairy Ascending! A beautiful post and memory. Hold it in your heart forever, Kerrie. My thoughts are with you.

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  15. Lo siento mucho....mi màs sincero sentimiento de dolor....un beso....

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  16. Sorry to hear that she has gone. what beautiful photo of you both x

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  17. You are in my heart! Thinking of you & your mum.

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  18. I am sorry for your loss. Warmly, Sandy

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  19. Sajnálom a veszteséget hogy elment édesanyád !!!!
    Engem is nem rég hagyott itt, így még jobban meg tudlak érteni téged !!!!Ölel :Ildikó
    Sorry for the loss of your mother's gone!! I was not long left me, so I can understand you even better!! Embracing: Ildiko

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  20. Thank you my friends!

    Love to all of you!

    Kerrie x

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  21. So beautiful Kerrie!!!!!!!!!!!!! My Mum left us on 9th october 2011...We miss her./ we are often so sad, but I know she is watching us, she is our angel, our star in the sky...
    Kisses KERRIE

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  22. Thank you very much for your kind words! Sending special hugs and a kiss your way!

    Kerrie ♥

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