Sunday, February 8, 2015

Mix it Monthly - theme fabric

My sweet Mother in Law died last week. She lived with us and she had dementia. Although I do not miss the dementia, I DO miss her. She was a sweet and giving person. We are trying to work through the grief and the life changes and I have not had a lot of strength to do art but I did have to do my work on the round robin that we do for our altered book club. So I decided to use fabric leaves for my friend, Linda's book. I also found some fabric that my friend, Dorothy in the altered book club gave me. I did a stitch on the fabric that goes through the paper so the stitch could not be as pretty as my quilting stitches are usually done on fabric but for this layout, I think it still suits it. I used a quote that surprised me because it was written in 1899 - not modern times! I watercolored the paper and then stamped over the watercolors. The picture is a scene in the Great Smoky Mountains. I love those mountains and long for some time there to heal my grieving soul.

 The quote says, " I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets. It has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful. Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and benumbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote calling to the yellow dawn , my cares fall from me - I am happy." ~Hamlin Garland. McClure's, February 1899


johanna said...

i love this text and it matches the imagery perfectly. i wish you strength in your sorrow. dementia surely was hard to deal with.

Joanne Huffman said...

A beautiful quote to go with the beautiful imagery. I'm very sorry about the loss of your mother-in-law. I hope you find relief in your fond memories.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

This looks fabulous!

Pia Rom said...

Nancy was eine traumhafte Seite, so naturverbunden und passt so herrlich zu dem grossartigen Text! Dieser hat mich sehr bewegt und mir so einige Gänsehaut beschert hier ;) Wunderschön und danke fürs Teilen ♥ Conny Mix It Monthly

Karla B said...

This is delightful!

sheila 77 said...

Your picture looks so peaceful.
Sending best wishes.

Erika said...

Wunderschön Liebe Nancy und traurig über euren Verlust.
Liebe Grüße

~*~Patty S said...

What you created is beautiful!
So sorry for your loss Nancy.
Be gentle with yourself.
Sending you Peace...Love and Light

Linda Kunsman said...

So sorry for the loss of your dear MIL. Wishing you and family healing and light. This is a beautiful page and quote, and although I didn't know your MIL, this looks like a perfect tribute to her.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love the way you blended the fabric leaves with the printed ones. Blessings!