Last Friday the oldest of my late Dad's sisters, my Aunt Nan, passed away a few weeks before her 87th Birthday so it's been quite an emotional week. Whilst I didn't take part in last weeks FMS challenge I did use the sketch to make Sympathy Cards for my cousins and her surviving sister.
This was one of the versions the others had the same sentiment but just had a different die cut.
As well as the Birthday cards I mentioned in my last post and Father's Day cards to be finished on Saturday I needed to started sort out what I required to create a floral tribute from myself & my boys - then when I mentioned what my plans were my sister asked if I'd also do one on her behalf as well. Fortunately I was able to source the foam frames I needed locally and still had some florists ribbon in my floristry stash box to make the edging pleats - just needed to remember how to do it as it's been years since I last did any. After a YouTube refresher course I eventually managed to get the hang of it again!
I went out to see what flowers were available and started planning what to use, with strict instructions from my sister that she didn't want any red flowers. I must admit I'm not keen on using red in tributes either. I bought the flowers on Monday, I went for white and green chrysanthemums with some Sea Thistle. I wanted to make sure I could get as many opened as possible for putting them together on Tuesday. I also had a look at what foliage I had in the garden would work best with the flowers I had - I decided on the Euonymus Fortunei "Emerald Gaitey" and some of the small clusters of berries from our Vibirnum Davidii.
I have to admit I got quite emotional whilst I was making these up and kept having to stop but got there in the end. I'm happy to say my sister was pleased with my efforts on her behalf.