Tuesday 29 July 2014

Mum's memory box

At the home where mum is they have provided memory boxes to help the staff and visitors to be able to talk to residents to try and keep memories alive. Mum has Alzheimer's and so this is very helpful, although, sadly, she remembers little of what these are about. She is particularly interested in the picture of her as a baby with her parents and her wedding photo.

So these are the items I chose to put in her box, which is on her door:

I love this photo - the oldest one that we have of nana and grandad and a very rare picture of grandad in a suit. He was in the navy and most pictures we have are in naval uniform, including their wedding photo.

Mum and dad's wedding day:

Mum still enjoys singing and joins in enthusiastically at any opportunity:

Mum hasn't been able to knit or sew for some years now, but she used to. I can remember her making me a coat and hat to match and lots of jumpers etc. I learned to knit at an early age and when I was about 12 we used to knit garments between us - I would do the back and she would do the front, for example.

Mum went into the Post Office when she left school, had a break when she had us children and went back to work when dad was poorly when I was about eleven - and continued to work at the PO until he retired, became the cashier and later was auditor for all the sub offices. She also enjoyed many years as Church Treasurer - she loved working with figures.

And from an early age mum was a Sunday School teacher - I think she only had a break of a couple of weeks when we moved to Bromley before she got roped in to take a class ... and continued till 1990 something. She also began helping in BB from 1968 onwards (and that's me in the photo too!!)

I'm sharing these for the following challenges:

Handmade harbour: handmade Monday 178
The paper girls 60: old time photos
Ooh-la-la 161: vintage (the photo of mum as a baby is definitely vintage - taken in 1922 - she was born in November 1921)
Tuesday throwdown 206: other than a card or tag
The squirrel and the fox 75: inspired by a song - Memories are made of this, Dean Martin
Dare to be sassy Thursdays 239: it's all the same - monochrome (2nd photo)
Creatalicious 65: monochrome
Just inspirational monthly challenge: stitching (5th photo)
Just inspirational: hobbies and sports (5th photo - hobbies: knitting and sewing)
Alphabet: L for lace (5th photo)
Red carpet studio 75: pitch perfect - music (4th photo)
Mark's finest papers speedy fox and friends 222: music (4th photo)
Cutie pie 74: love and marriage (3rd photo - cute little bridesmaid)
613 avenue create 82: anything goes + option: use a sentiment
Crafting at the weekend 4: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 142: anything goes
Treasured times 21: anything goes
Scrapping4fun 22: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
The paper shelter: anything goes
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Eclectic ellapu: anything goes
The pink elephant 261: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 67

Fan-tastic Tuesday 46: anything goes

Today sees the start of Fan-tastic challenge 46 which is 'anything goes' - please click the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team - and we would love to see your entries.

The challenge is being sponsored by Di's Digi Stamps and I have used Di's Digi Downloads 'hello strawberries' coloured on my card together with K & Co Berry Sweet papers and a sentiment generated on my Dymo Letratag.

This is also for:

A creative romance: let's do lunch (strawberries and ice cream will do nicely!)
Stamp dreams 42: birthday
Inky chicks 34: happy birthday
Seema crafts July: child's birthgday
Fairytale challenge 96: use a digital stamp image
As you like it: favourite sentiment and why: happy birthday, because every has a birthday to send a card to
The squirrel and the fox 75: inspired by a song or movie - 'strawberry fair'
The crafting cafe July: feeling fruity
Whimsy July: summertime
Allways something creative 79: summer
Little Claire 47: summertime
Deep ocean 83: summer colours
Simply create too 66: for a child
Eclectic ellapu: anything goes
The pink elephant 261: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 29: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 67
DL.ART July: anything goes