Wednesday, 4 November 2009

A li'l explanation...

...for my prolonged absence...

As most of you know, apart from the odd one-liner from the Horror's that I share, this blog is pretty much all about craft. I don't usually share 'real life' on here 'cos I'm sure you all get as sick of 'real life' as I do...I figure it's way more fun to aahhh over pretty paper and giggle over the nuttiness of my children!

However, every now & then something happens that you feel you must share, as much to explain to all your incredibly wonderful blog buddies as anything else. Because I have had some truly caring messages this week checking that I'm OK and it's really...humbling almost to know that people care.

Last week my beautiful Nan died. She wasn't ill a terribly long time and she had almost all of her children with her at the end. It was, for want of a better description, a 'good' death.

She was a truly inspirational woman and I know that if we'd met as peer's I would've made her be my friend - she was incredibly talented with a needle and thread, had a wicked sense of humour and her shoe obsession rivalled even mine (her collection was passed on to me around 10 years ago when she had to admit that snakeskin cone-heeled beauties circa. 1943 would look far better on me than on an 80 yr old - she took it with good grace...;))

The funeral is on Friday and I'm hoping that next week I'll have some craftiness to show you - in the mean time, those of you who took time to let me know you cared, thank you. It really did mean a lot.


The photo is Nan and the li'l Horror (when he really was li'l!). It's definitely a fave :)


Angela said...

What a beautiful picture to share.
So sorry to read your sad news, thinking of you at this difficult time,
hugs Angela x

Emma said...

What a beutiful tribute to pay to wonderful lady. We all cherish the memories of our Mamgu's :D

Big hugs to you and the family.

Emma x

Sue said...

so sorry for your loss, lovely for your nan to go with all her family around her. Thinking of you, sue.xx

Katty Bell said...

Oh sweetheart, so sorry to hear about your nan. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pic.

Caz said...

Leann, I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family.

Annie said...

so sad to hear your news Leann, but I'm sure you have lots of happy memories to treasure. You are in my thoughts.
love and hugs, annie x

Kim Piggott said...

Oh Leann I am so sorry to hear you sad news. She sounded a totally amazing woman.
I will be thinking of you on Friday and your photo is just the best you must treasure it.
kim x

Deb said...

My thoughts are with you hun at this sad time, you have some treasured memories of your Nan, she sounds like a very special lady! big hugs Debxx

Sharon said...

So sorry to read about your sad loss. You have some beautiful memories to treasure.
Sharon x

Vicky said...

So sorry to hear the sad news about your nan Leanne! This is a beautiful photo for you to treasure. I will be thinking of you on friday!
Take care hun, Vicky ~x~

Heidi said...

Dear Leann,

So sorry to hear about your loss.

Lots of strength and a big hug from France.

Heidi & Stuart

april said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. What a beautiful picture to share with us. Good wishes and prayers for you and your family.

debby4000 said...

Sorry to hear your sad news. Wonderful photo, you see how much she loved life in her eyes.
Thinking of you and your family.

Nannieflash said...

Oh Leann, my heart goes out to you, your nan is lovely and so cuddly looking, thank you so much for sharing her with us all. I hope the funeral isnt to painful for you all. Take care with love and hugs Shirleyxxxxxxxxxx

Jo (Boots the Monkey) said...

Oh Leann, I am so sorry to hear your very, very sad news and I am thinking of you all at this very difficult time. What a gorgeous photograph you have, one to treasure forever.

Big hugs to you and your family,

Jo xxxx

Desire Fourie said...

Hi Leann. I am truly sorry to hear about your Nan, but may beautiful memories of her live on forever ... her shoes will definitely.

SallyB said...

So sorry to hear your news, Leanne.
I love the story of the boots. Sometimes it's easy to forget that old people were young once. She was a sassy girl I bet!
best wishes...

Vicki said...

oh Leann, I am so sorry to hear of your sad news, sounds like your nan was an amazing lady, who has passed her creative flair onto you. What a beautiful photo, thank you for sharing. You can treasure your memories forever. You take care hun, shall be thinking of you today (((hugs))) xx vicki xx

Lyn said...

Thinking of you (((((hugs))))))))
Lyn xx

craftyb said...

It's a beautiful photo of them both Leann, my thoughts and prayers are with you all! love and best wishes bx