I just had a nice, long visit with my mother in California. I went down to help her out because she was in a car accident at the end of March where a young woman ran a red light and hit Mom's car as Mom was making a left turn on her green arrow. Her car was totaled in that it was a 2001 model, and therefore, the repairs exceeded its value in the eyes of the insurance, BUT in Mom's eyes her immaculate car, with only 42,000 miles, was no longer her's to drive. The car had been garaged its entire "life" and was like brand new inside and out. Though she personally received little physical damage visible to the casual observer, she was pretty badly bruised in the knees and chest, receiving bone bruising that took over eight weeks to finally subside to a bearable level of pain. Mom has "coughing" asthma, and actually could NOT cough when her body said she needed to because the pain was so severe. According to the doctor, it would take from two to three months for the pain to completely subside, and the only thing she could do was try to be as immobile as possible and give her body a chance to heal. My visit extended a little over two weeks longer than I anticipated trying to help her out by taking over the cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, errands, and driving until she was able to do it for herself again, in addition trying to help her figure out some sort of transportation for her.
I wanted to make a little card to thank her for the visit and "putting up" with me for such a long period time, and also to let her know I am thinking about her and glad to hear she is almost back to normal. It is difficult for people as they get older to relinquish their independence, even if only for a few weeks, and have someone around all the time when they are used to being alone and being self-sufficient. This is my little card that I started to make at a card event hosted by one of my cardmaking mentors, Liz Thayer. I did change it up just a little by adding a designer paper layer between the top layer and the cardbase.
Recipe: SU cardstocks: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Old Olive. Pattern: Crate Paper: Paper Heart Collection. Copic Markers. SU products: Stamps/dies-Secret Garden; Stamps: Happy Days; Perfect Dots EF; Dazzling Details; 3/8" Coastal Cabana Ruffled ribbon; Delicate Details Lace Tape. Recollections: pearls. EK Basketweave Corner punch