Three weeks ago I attended a memorial service held in tribute to a wonderful man who has left a legacy that touches countless people over his 88 years. He was my neighbor these past 15 years. We called him “Dr. B”. When he moved next door, he had retired from Family Medicine which he so honorably served as a practitioner, a teacher, an author, an advisor and a consultant. Over the past couple of years he had suffered several minor strokes which limited only his mobility. Dr. B was aware that the last stroke was life threatening, and, with his loved ones surrounding him, he reached out to the faith that sustained him.
As should be the case, it is the family and friends that suffer the most loss. I adore Mrs. B as much as I loved Dr. B. She is the essence of a southern lady. When I made my sympathy card for the family, I also made a keepsake box for Annalyne for any small remembrances she might want to add to it. This keepsake box is not a first for this situation. I gave my father one when my Mom passed away, and another to a friend. The very act of creating and decorating during times like this is very soothing to me.
There are so many vintage supplies in both the easel card and the keepsake box. I used what I had in my stash that I thought would add a softness to the bittersweet emotions that I could only imagine the family was feeling. All but one of the supplies are Stampin’ Up! products. The one that is not was gifted to me by a friend… that is the lace surrounding the sides of the keepsake box.
Although the specific project details may be too numerous for me to itemize, please let me know if you have questions regarding any of the products. I usually try to mention this during the retiring season… if there are SU products that you loved enough to make that purchase, don’t be so quick to get rid of them merely to obtain the new products. The first Artisan Embellishment Kit was fantastic. I am so glad I purchased extras for future! And that is only one of many products that I have felt that way.
As papercrafters, we are given many reasons to gift from the heart…. I know that you have done so also!
Getting to know Dr. B …