Saturday, January 19, 2008

2008 - A new beginning...

This year has started out with my sisters & I saying goodbye to our dear Mother, , who passed away in her sleep on the morning of 31st December 2007.
Mother was just 4 months short of her 91st birthday, she had lived a long & happy life & had accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord & Saviour, which has made accepting her loss much easier for me. Still, her going has left a hole in my life & that of all who knew & loved my dear Mother.

Eva Isabell Tucker (Dolly) 1st April 1917 - 31st Dec 2007

Silly Women that we were, we forgot to get a photo of us all together before my sister Colleen returned home to Nelson, after Mum's funeral. So, I have 2 photos of my sisters & I to share with you..Isabell, Colleen, Nancy Ellen

Isabell, Nancy, Ellen, Anne

I flew out of Portland Oregon on Dec 31st (remember we in the US are a day behind NZ) & 'WOOSH' flew right thru Jan 1st, arriving at 5 AM on Jan 2nd in Auckland, where my son Stephen was waiting for me.
So, I missed New Year's Day totally but that's OK, & despite the heartbreaking reason for my trip, I enjoyed being with my family & spending some quality time with my sisters, in New Zealand's warm, summer weather.

My sons Garry & Stephen with me

I arrived back home Tuesday, 15th Jan & although it is cold & wet here, I'm mostly glad to be back -part of me wanted to stay down home in NZ.

I am trying to finish the BJP page I started in November & here is my progress so far..

Time has not been my friend with this project at all, maybe I started with my pages too big but I am going to try & finish them all by June
Of course I can never do just one thing at once & am also taking part in a Beaded Mask Challenge, organized by Heather & Debra from The Beadin' Path

I got the felt attached to the mask itself before my trip to NZ, so now I need to get some beads on it

I first wet the felt, then stretched it over the mask to mold it to the shape of the mask. Once it had dried, I used a fabric adhesive to glue the felt to the mask, which left it flexible enough to stitch through.


Helaine said...


It was nice to see you with your sister's again. Your boys are big guys from such a small Mum hehehe

I hope your able to get that masked covered with beads. I hope you will post your progress here so I can watch it fill up.

Hugs, Helaine

KV said...

We send our love to you, Ellen.

Your mother must have been a wonderful lady and raised all of you with much love . . .

Kathy V in NM

beadbabe49 said...

My condolences on the loss of your mom, ellen...but you are surely rich in family...lovely sisters and good looking sons...hugs to ya.

freebird said...

As Kiwi Ellen just said on my blog comments, it's always too soon when we lose our mothers. I'm sorry for your loss.

Beadin' Gram/aka Jackie said...

I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your mother -- from her photo she looks so full of love -- and that is one of the nicest and most consoling things -- love -- may the love of your friends help you through this difficult time.

Cynthia said...

Oh, Ellen! I hate that I got so far out of contact with you that I did not know about your loss... you'll remember I lost my mother in December ('99) as well. My sincerest sympathies.