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Memories of Sara

Sad news on this post so grab a tissue.  My Mother, Sara Hodge, passed away Saturday morning.  I was able to be there at her side, and I am so thankful.  She isn't suffering anymore and no longer has to fear a painful death from cancer.  We were lucky enough to have her 3.5 years after her stage 4 diagnosis.  She had a wonderful life and she was such a positive and Christian person so I know she is happy and in heaven.

The funeral is tomorrow so I wanted to do something a little different as a memorial to her.  I pinned THIS wonderful art collage by Linda Cain and studied it in detail.  I thought it would be great to use pieces of my Mother's life on a collage and then add some pictures from her life. My Sister, Sharon, and my Daughter, Crystal, helped on this project.

So we went to her craft desk and gathered up all the little scraps and things she was using to make the last card she was going to send.  We also grabbed some thread, flowers, a stamp, her pallet knife, some paint brushes, some paint, etc.  Then we went to her little treasure box and pulled out some things like her 600 club bowling pin, an earring, some chains, and her fun little orange plastic sunglasses she wore to my daughter's wedding on the beach.  We added in some other little meaning things like music notes, a drum major outfit, etc.  Then we followed Linda's instructions.

This is how the canvas looked after we did the texture, black gesso and sprays.

This is a how it looked after it was done.

This is a close up of the glasses and some of the other memory pieces.

What a great project!  It was therapeutic.  Thanks for the inspiration, Linda.  



  1. Oh Sister, tender hugs. Praying Jesus is holding your family tightly. Lymi

  2. Such sad news and I'm so very sorry for your loss my friend. You've made such an amazing tribute to her and her life. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time. HUGS

  3. I'm so sorry to hear your sad news Nancy, please accept my sincere condolences.
    Such a beautiful collage, lots of lovely memories, a wonderful tribute to your Mother.

  4. I'm so sorry to learn this sad news, and I send heartfelt sympathy to you and your family during these difficult days. Your mother would have been proud if she could see what you created together in her honor! It looks wonderful, especially with her photo in the center! Sending (((hugs)))

  5. So sorry for your loss! What a beautiful tribute you have made! She'll look down & smile I'm sure!
    You are all in my thoughts!
    Dawn xx

  6. Nancy, what a beautiful post that was and how wonderfully similar is your attitude to that of your mums. Your tribute to her is so fun and sweet. To live 35 years after being diagnosed with stage 4 is lucky.

    Now I know where you come from.

    I will send you thoughts of healing,

    Monica xxx

  7. HUGE ((hugs)) to you!!! Beautiful tribute to your mom with your creation. LOVE how she lived 35 years after a stage 4 diagnosis. God definitely had plans for her and I know many of that was her prayer for others.

  8. I am really, really sorry to hear of your loss, Nancy. What a beautiful tribute. Please know that my prayers and heart are with you today. With love, Autumn

  9. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Sorry, also that I am so late. Been a lot going on my way so I have not been on my blog (or the computer much at all lately. You did a wonderful tribute to your Mother. Prayers for you and your family!

  10. Nancy, this is such a beautiful way to celebrate your mothers life.

  11. Nancy, this is such a beautiful way to celebrate your mothers life.


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