Monday, June 15, 2009


When I see the flowers in bloom, I see my Grandmother gingerly tending to her elaborate beds. I can picture her in her yard, plucking the dead tops off the petunias; in the garden thinning the carrots. In her later years, when she wasn't able to bend anymore, my uncle cut the legs down on a Resin Lawn Chair to make her a comfortable seat so that she could continue to spend hours weeding. She always said that she found it relaxing. She didn't seem to take notice of the beads of sweat trickling down her back, the nasty little flies buzzing about; the heat of the noon day sun.

I often wonder what was on her mind all those hours. Was she reflecting on her youth, thinking about Grandpa and Timmy and her brothers and sisters who had passed before her.?Was she generating ideas for the beautiful poetry she scribed. Was that the time of day that she prayed for her family and friends as she did each day.

Each year she tended that garden with care and dedication. .She watched it bloom and grow just as she tended to her Children and Grandchildren, nourishing us with her wisdom, harvesting her family, maximizing our growth with her love.

I wonder what Grandma thought about out in her gardens? I only wish she were still here so that I could ask her.

Recipe: Stamps: Ginger In Style Stamps Unity Stamps (Journaling Box)
Paper: Fancy Pants, K&CO (Lavendar Paper) Lavendar Lace,Eggplant Envy
Accessories: Martha Stewart Border and Fern Punches, Nestabilities, Copics
Prima and SU Pretties Kits Flowers and Beads. Cricut Stamped
Alphabet, Foofala Button
My Blog Candy Winner from my Saturday Post, drawn Randomly is De who said:
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Enjoy your day


  1. Oh Vicki, your layout is beautiful! Ginger is so pretty surrounded by flowers...I love it!

  2. This is gorgeous Vicki!! What an awesome layout and scrapbook page! Love that image! You colored it so beautifully! My gram lived for her garden and really lost her will to live when she was unable to tend to them. I often wonder what she thought about too. I am sure your grandma was a special person and your memories are a treasure. She would have loved your creations!

  3. Hello Vicki, your Lo is perfect! I love the cute stamps, your gadenflowers are very pretty. Have a wonderful day... Big hugs Silke

  4. I love reading your blog. You have such a way with words. Maybe that's why we get along so well - you balance everything are so smart and I'm a dumb ass!!!
    That layout looks awesome! And that little girl - she is darling!
    She reminds me of a Jetson!
    Can't wait to see you!
    Love ya

  5. Beautiful! What a touching tribute to your grandmom!

  6. What a lovely post Vicki, and your remembrance of your Grandmother...I truly enjoy reading this. Your layout is a beautiful tribute to the gardening spirit in all of us...even those who don't have green thumbs! TFS

  7. Beautiful page Vicki and what a touching story about your Grandma! Thanks for sharing your amazing style with us each week!

    Hugs & Smiles,
    Jennifer :)

  8. Not only is your LO gorgeous, but your writing is a beautiful reflection of your grandmother.

  9. This is very creative Vicki! How sweet she is.
    It's great that you did a scrapbook page because I know this is your first love!
    Jodi =)

  10. This is so pretty, Vicky, and such a wonderful refection on your grandmother! Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. So beautiful!! How inspirational!! Love the flower pic!!

  12. Your page is beautiful!! I love the colors and how you used the stamp on the page. You always seem to amaze me with each new creation!! Hugs, Cathy

  13. What a beautiful memory, Vicki. I'll bet she was thinking about all of those things you mentioned, and more... just like we do when we enjoy our crafting. It's all an expression of art.


  14. LOVE these colors! and I really LOVE the Instyle stamps...I only have 2 and I could just color those 24 hrs a day! ha ha!


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