Today, December 5th, marks 20 years since my mom, Pixie, was called to her heavenly home. I refer to it as her “heavenday” on my calendar as her birthday is December 15th. She was 49 when she died, 10 days before her 50th birthday. She told my dad that if she made it to 50 to please still put 49 in the obituary (LOL)!
This year, today weighs on me more than it has in recent memory, as she’s now been gone longer than I had her in my life. I was 19 when she lost her courageous battle with colon cancer. So today, in honor of her life well-lived, I thought I’d share a little about my mom and some of her crafty projects with you!
If you’ve visited my About Me page, you may already know that my blog is named after my mom. She was a crafter of many things, but her specialty was fabric-covered boxes, picture frames, and the like. For my freshman year of college, she made me this beautiful (now well-loved) jewelry box:
Check out that amazing bow! I picked out my favorite fabric and she spent countless hours making this for me. Here’s a look at the inside (pardon the hot mess of all my jewelry & trinkets!):
The top level is a removable tray! And of course I had to have a coordinating (well-loved) tissue box!
I had matching curtains too! Oh, how I love these special pieces of mine! They have moved with me everywhere since college and I still admire and use them today. The same can be said for the countless items she made for family and friends – they are all cherished.
A few years after she passed (Christmas of 2002), my grandparents-by-love, Ruthie & Nat, gifted one of my mom’s boxes back to me, with this sweet note included:
“Dear Julie: Instead of money this year, we wanted to share a part of the past. Your mom gave me this book as an appreciation of what I can’t remember. Along with the book, which has a message for us all, she made this box. Your mom said it was the smallest she ever made. The box is filled with the love she gave us and squeezed in is our love.”
Here’s a closeup of the box:
And the inside of the box:
And her hand-stitched detail:
I am still amazed at her work after all these years. I’ve never seen anything like it!
Here’s another one of her creations I’ll share with you. It’s a beautiful, quilted album cover for all of our Christmas pictures over the years:
Her little crafty business was called, “Pixie’s Puffed Stuff”, a name my grandfather (her dad), Poppy, came up with. Her projects were created with fabric, ribbon, quilt-batting, matboard, and good old-fashioned Elmer’s Glue! She even had dies fabricated to cut matboard pieces for her picture frames. I could sit there for hours just watching her and if I close my eyes today, I still can picture her so clearly in her happy place, her craft room.
She was a night owl, like me, and would often be the last person awake working away on her projects – especially during the holidays. I grew up watching her work her crafty magic, but it wasn’t until 8 years ago that I started papercrafting. And every minute I craft I can feel such a connection to her. I know if she were here today, she’d totally be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!
Just when I thought I couldn’t love her any more, in 2013 I became a mother for the first time and was overwhelmed with how much more I loved and appreciated her. I hope my children will know Grandma Pixie’s love as much as I do.
She was incredibly gifted, not only as a crafter, but at opening her heart to everyone she met. She made a lasting impact on so many people’s lives and that has truly been the gift that keeps on giving to me and my family in the years since she’s been gone. We are so grateful!
Thank you so much for stopping by today! Hold your loved ones tight this holiday season and shine your light on the world – it will continue to glow long after you’re gone and bring joy to many! I appreciate each and every one of you and hope you have a wonderful and blessed day!
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