Swimming Through Tears: Mixed Media Card

Swimming Through Tears

As of late, I feel as though the theme of my posts have been a bit melancholy. So today I am keeping with it.
Life is good, but busy. I have an article coming due here very soon and I took several hours today to sit and write. As I was writing, the direction of my article took a very different turn than originally planned. You know- when you’r in the moment and the words just flow regardless of whether or not they all make sense. As I was writing, my thoughts somehow focused on my grandparents and the very specific ways that they influenced me.
My Grandfather was the one that taught me to paint. Taught me to go out of my comfort zone when it came to darks and lights. He used to say that it is better to over work it then under work it when it came to shadows. I always struggled with that aspect of drawing and painting. As I sat there writing and re-reading it aloud to myself, I started crying. It has been a little over 11 years since my Grandfather passed. I was crying over the memories that I had forgotten. The memories that I didn’t even know were memories. Sadness overwhelming me because I realize how short a lifetime really is. How sad is it that our lives can be forgotten so quickly and even by those that were a integral part of it.
While, I may have been more emotional than usual today, I realize here and now that all the ‘busyness’ that I get caught up in and the crafty ideas that I allow to consume me, none of these things will count when I am dead. No one will care that I had a blog, or that my journals were published, that my head was full of amazing ideas that never made it to paper, or that I worked extra hard to clean my house before people came to visit. In the end, all that we remember are the times that others invested into our lives and the memories that we made just being together.

So, my word of advise for today is to spend some time making memories and creating influential encounters so that when you pass on, people not only have nice words to say about you or your accomplishments but they have a emotional connection, a memory that they want to hold onto. And making them shed some tears would be great too. Because, lets face it, we all want someone to feel miserable over us when we die. 😉 I certainly do.

Creating the Card

Last week I put together this background and was none too pleased with the outcome. The other day I sat down and felt inspired. I had all these lovely stamped images (PaperArtsy) sitting around me so I cut them out and glued them on. And Wa-la! A finished card using table scraps.

It’s Tea Day

Thank you for reading my long and very drawn-out thoughts today. Hope you had a cup of something yummy to drink as you read my post, especially if you are playing along with Elizabeth. This was my AMAZING Goodwill find last week.  $158 worth of Teavana loose tea, tea tins and rock sugar all for… $2.97. Brand new, of course. I haven’t tried any of them yet because… “Hi, my name is Kate and I am a Tea hoarder.”
Happy Tea Day,

Challenges Entered:

Love To Craft: March Anything Goes

A Inky Mess:Challenge 18 Anything Goes

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Crafty Creations: Anything Goes

29 thoughts on “Swimming Through Tears: Mixed Media Card”

  • A very moving post Kate, and so very true!! Your card is a real stunner, I am in love with that background!! The colours are exquisite, the subtle greeny blues off set by the warmer tones, – fabulous!!

  • Your wonderful post reminded me of a quote from one of my favorite Doctor Who episodes Blink. One of the characters, Sally Sparrow, is taking photographs of an old, run down house.
    Sally: I love old things. They make me sad.
    Kathy: What’s good about sad?
    Sally: It’s happy for deep people.

  • Oh Kate, what a beautiful post…both in word and creativity. I was truly moved by your thoughts and I appreciate you being open and candid with us.
    Your card, once again, is a work of art and loveliness. And what a fabulous find at your Goodwill store. I couldn’t help but smile when you said you’re a tea hoarder.
    Happy Spring to you! Hugs!

  • Such a beautiful post! Thanks for sharing the memories and your card is amazing, the colours you used are stunning 😁. Wow, what a fabulous tea find and I smiled at you being a tea border 😉. Happy T Day! J 😊

  • Very moving thoughts Kate and so true. Although we do forget some memories I believe that in the oddest of times they come back in a surprising way that triggers them to come forth. Beautiful card-love the fish! Wishing you lots of smiles ahead . Enjoy your tea stash, and happy T day!

  • Your wmderdul post really struck a chord with me. I lost my mum less than a year ago and my Mother in Law eight weeks ago and I too have been thinking about how quickly their lives are forgotten. I have lots of happy memories but it does sadden me how our lives are so busy we forget the lives our parents led etc and the importance they had on our lives. Love your artwork and your post. You are so right family and making memories and cherishing those memories are most important. Tracy x

  • I am having a terrible week. I can’t stop coughing, my internet keeps going offline, and my keyboard works about half the time.
    I was touched by your beautiful card, but even more by your wonderful words about creating memories. What a fabulous bargain you got at the Goodwill, too.
    I realize I’m not a very good host, but want to thank you for sharing T with us this Tuesday. Happy Vernal Equinox, too.

  • Beautiful muse and lovely post all around, Kate. I love the “swimming through tears” card and the title. “Hi, I’m Eileen and I’m a craft supply hoarder.”
    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  • What a find at Goodwill! There are treasures there 🙂 I like your fish. Those colors are lovely. I appreciate your reminder that memories matter more than the busyness. It’s important to focus on what’s important. Happy T Tuesday

  • A lovely post from your heart. It is good to have memories, they will last forever.
    Your card looked beautiful and the tea purchases look a real bargain of a find.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  • What a gorgeous card Kate. All these things we make in life do matter, because you can’t worry about after your dead, you just have to live for the now. And I think you are doing a great job living in the now. All the potty training and art and living life…you are so honest which shows in this post. Hope it was a great T day. Hugs-Erika

  • Thank you for your moving post Kate, it’s so very true!! I was often in the same melancholy as I was in my 40ies – but now the hormons lead me to more peace in my heart and I just love to remember my lovely dead heart people in a very special and personal way- I am sure that the soul will be born again and that makes me so much more free of melancholy. Your card is such a stunner,made of table scraps – amazing! The colours are exquisite, and those clever composition ist unique! And wow-what a bargain for a Tea hoarder – well done! Happy belated T-Day!
    oxo Susi

  • Such a lovely card and nice to read of your memories of your Grandfather. I just spent quite awhile on the phone with my adult granddaughter this morning. I hope her memories of me will stay long after I’m gone.

  • Yes, memories are so important. I prefer to believe that some of those memories have been preserved in my journals for my children and grandchildren. but you’re right-the detritus and busyness of our lives will soon disappear. and maybe our children won’t want all that ‘stuff!’ Such a beautiful card-love the colors! happy T day a bit late ♥

  • I loved reading your post today. As I get older I miss the feeling of closeness family used to bring. Everyone is so busy and time is so precious people get lost in the shuffle 🙁 Love your art this week too!!!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!!! The name of the seed vender is Seedville USA They have some really good seeds and a HUGE selection ♥
    Happy Late T Day!

  • Amazing card! Thanks for haring thoughts about your grandfather. I miss my mom so much. And a year ago tomorrow my best friend of 60 years died. We miss all the special people in our lives. But I feel we made a lot of great memories before they passed. Like you said, now I need to make memories with the children and grandchildren. Great tea find, too. Happy belated Tea Day!

  • A truly beautiful post Kate. Thank you for sharing about your Grandfather. When memories are all we have left of the ones we love, even those memories that make us cry, can still be be so heartwarming.
    Your card is stunning!! I love the colour mix and the fabulous stamping!! Have a wonderful day! hugs x

  • What a great post Kate! I went from feeling blue and crying to giggling out loud! You are good to pull all of that emotion from me, even after my coffee!
    You are very right about those connections,though and I am glad you put that out there as a reminder to us all!
    Thanks for sharing about your Grandpa, I am sure he was a lovely man!

  • A stunning creation which I enjoyed swimming through looking at all that delicious detail and a wonderful post to go with it. Life is too short and we do need to cherish past memories but be adventurous and create new ones along our journey.
    Thank you for sharing with us over at That’s Crafty, it has been a real pleasure.
    Creative Wishes Tracey DT

  • What a beautiful card! I agree about memories being made to cherish! It’s good to look back with fondness too! As you can see I am trying to catch up with T posts! Belated Happy T Day! Chrisx

  • Great post this morning, Kate, that speaks volumes! Yes, those day to day memories are those that stick. So good you are still remembering your Grandfather–he sounds like a wonderful influence in your life. Lucky you to have those memories. It’s funny who I think of that has passed who creates this emotion in me; not at all who one would expect–my neighbor. I still miss him so much!
    Your card is lovely, even though I do not like fish. The colors really speak to me. I hope you are enjoying a blessed Easter Day. Hugs!

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