In Memory of Mom…

Mom’s been gone for 18 years now, almost 19. I think about her often and miss her greatly… Her birthday is coming — 11/11. She would have been 83…

I initially felt weirded out by the Sugar Skull Challenge over in the Art Journaling with Effy Group. I dunno…something “unsettling” about decorating skulls… But the more I looked at all of the Wild Souls’s submissions, the more it encouraged me to give it a try. So I did…

Sugar Skull Page in Memory of Mom
Sugar Skull Page in Memory of Mom

As I was creating and thinking how I could honor my mother in this manner, I thought about the tattoo that I got the year that she passed away:

My Buttafly Tattoo
My Buttafly Tattoo

My son drew the tattoo for me and I took it to my favorite tat artist and got it put on my left shoulder blade — I always have an angel who has my back… It may be kinda hard to tell, but the body of the buttafly is my mother’s name: Teresa.

This tattoo inspired my sugar skull page. I stamped a butterfly on the skull and colored it in many colors like my tattoo. I wrote Mom’s name on the skull near the butterfly and painted the page red — I believe that was Mom’s favorite color. I cut flowers from scrapbook paper and a swirl and heart. Glued everything down and then poured my heart onto the page. It was happy writing! And now I have a beautiful memory of Mom…

I enjoyed this so much that I am going to do a page for Dad and my oldest brother. I lost my brother in June of this year — on my oldest son’s birthday. I really need to turn his passing into something positive so as not to have sad times on my son’s birthday every year…

I have Effy to thank for bringing on this challenge. It ended up being a very healing time for me…

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