Dec 25, 2013

Christmas in a Sea of Change

First up is a card I made, inspired by this post at Damask Love.

Because the deer (cut with my silhouette) is fragile, this card was hand delivered.

and some talk --

Christmas 2013 was my first Christmas without my mom or anyone in my childhood family.  My brother died earlier this month and that left me the last of my immediate family.   My brother lived a sad difficult life and his death was a shock.  More than anything it was a tremendously sad thing.  I am glad my mom was not alive for this as it would have been beyond her.

I spent a few weeks blown over by the sheer sadness, but got my bearings this week.  I am happy to say that I spent a delightful Christmas surrounded by my son, husband, mother in law, and my brother in law and his family.   Lots of fun, music, noise, teasing and games.  Did I say food?  Wow, my wonderful sister in law cooked her heart out.

Hope to be back stamping soon and hope that those of you who celebrate Christmas enjoyed it.

MOOD WHEN DONE = grateful


  1. Thanks for your candor over the start of your month. A sad start for your holiday season. So glad that you had your son, husband and his family to make your holiday a bit better.

    So glad to read your posts and see your beautiful art work again.

    All the best,


  2. The season can be a rough one (and it sounds like you got a good kick in the gut start to it!) But family, friends and loved ones are always the best way to make it through. Glad you are feeling back on the creative track

  3. Hi Joan, your card is beautiful. I am so sorry that it has been such a rough year for you, but also glad that this holiday seems to be bringing your spirits back. Merry Christmas & HUGS!

  4. Joan, I am sorry to read of the sorrow you have endured this year. I hope 2014 is kinder to you .
    I Love the card !
    Barbara Jay

  5. Oh, Joan, sorry to hear of your loss. So glad that you (and husband & son) were able to enjoy Christmas with your husband's family. A little jealous you have a sister-in-law who cooks (0 for 2 on that count here!). May 2014 bring you peace and joy.

  6. Joan, here's to a 2014 full of peace for you. You and another online friend who lost a loved one recently both appear to have found some peace in the joy of family and friends this Christmas. It takes your being open to the love poured out by others to achieve that. I'm so very blown away by the strength you both have shown and wish I could be there to give you a hug.

    The card is beautiful! The delicacy of the reindeer is offset by the boldness of the gold paper and strong diagonal lines. Perfect!

  7. Beautiful card, Joan. So sorry for the loss of your brother and the fact that you are the last of your small family. I'm very happy for you that you have a wonderful husband with a wonderful family to share with you. Have an awesome 2014.

  8. Your cards this past week have been simply stunning!
    My deepest sympathies to you on the loss of your brother. Remember, in your current immediate family, you still have your wonderful husband and son who love you dearly. I'm glad your Christmas was joyous.

  9. Joan, what a lot you have been through this year. I do feel for you. I am so glad your family Christmas brought you joy. My parents have been through a tough time of late; for some of it I was able to be with them and give them assistance. Leaving them was very difficult but I found my husband and children to be a great buffer against the sadness.

    Very classy card!

  10. Joan, I am pleased that you were able to enjoy Christmas Day with with your family, despite the sadness of these last months. I hope 2014 is a "better" year for you. Helen

  11. Sympathies to you in your loss of your brother, Joan. Glad you've been finding some beauty and happiness in paper, stamps, and color - and in family. Thanks for sharing your cards and your stories with us. Wishing you peace, love, and joy in 2014.

  12. I am so sorry to hear of your brother's passing. My heart goes out to you as you grieve for him and for the troubled life he had. My dear sweet Nana passed away early December and I have found this Christmas a little harder for it. A big hug for you. And the cards are as stunning as always. Sandra


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