Thursday, 6 September 2012



You can skip this bit and scroll down for the new challenge at QUOTH THE RAVEN if you like, but i'd like to quickly explain why i've been missing in action.
On the 23rd of July my treasured Grandad died..... i'd looked after him nearly 6 years... i'd promised him (and my Nan, who died last September)  he'd never go into care or a Nursing home and that he'd die here at home just as he and my Nan had always wanted...... (Nan died in my arms on a sunday afternoon).... but after a week of being given anti biotics at home it was decided he needed stronger ones by IV so i let him go into Hospital.... he seemed to be doing well and the doctor told me that he'd finish the course on the wednesday so he'd be able to come home then...... but it didnt work like that...... he died in his sleep all alone at 5.50am on the Monday morning. I wasnt with him.... i now have to come to terms with breaking my promise and the terrible feeling of guilt.
His ashes were interred with my Nans on Tuesady... they are together again..... i miss them both so much. They were parents to me.... not just grand parents.... the massive whole they have left will never be filled.

Til we meet again.... love you Grandad. x

And now - a further Quest.......  what say thee to the notion of discourse with a creature from eons gone by ? How wouldst thou address such, and what knowledge would he impart to thee. ? Herewith lies a tale of one such encounter - a strange tale indeed - and doth not thy mind race at the thought ?? The tale is entitled "SOME WORDS WITH A MUMMY" .
Perchance a small snippet to whet thine appetite.....Quote:          "Come to me, by all means, my dear good friend, as soon as you receive this. Come and help us to rejoice. At last, by long persevering diplomacy, I have gained the assent of the Directors of the City Museum, to my examination of the Mummy --- you know the one I mean. I have permission to unswathe it and open it, if desirable. A few friends only will be present -- you, of course. The Mummy is now at my house, and we shall begin to unroll it at eleven tonight".
So lets see what you can come up with...... its not a horror story...its a satire.....poking fun at the Victorian obsession with all things Egyptian.

I altered a china doll.... and made a door hanger....... the name of POE's mummy..... ALLAMISTAKEO (funny hey?) is down the right side as you look at the photo.
I hope you'll come and join us this month.......please?

....thanks for visiting BDx


  1. Big, big hugs to you. It's a terrible predicament as I well husband wanted to die in his own bed...but it was not meant to be...please, please know you did all and more that you could.
    xoxo Sioux

  2. I am so sorry for your loss and I am sure he meant a long stay in care not a short time when he was in for treatment. I say that as someone who has considered options myself. I bet he felt all the love and attention you have given him. I love the picture you have posted; I can't help smiling at the wee dog waiting for a bit. You can see who he thought would give him some! Take care, Vee xx

  3. Your altered doll is genius as are all your projects. Vee xx

  4. Your grandad wouldn't have died alone, because your Nan would have been right there with him, so you haven't broken any promises my Friend. And I love that photo it's fab!!!! Sending you lots of Love Elizabeth xxxx

  5. Hugs and prayers winging your way. He knew you were home getting your rest to bring him home and that you were there with him in spirit. Since he died peacefully in his sleep I'm sure your Nan was there to take his hand and they are together again. Being my Mom's sole care giver I feel your angst, but take heart he is suffering no longer.
    Your project is great.

  6. I'm so sorry for your loss, your grandad had to know how much you loved him, my heart goes out to you, hang in there

  7. Hello Beloved Friend - what a smashing photo of Grandad, the Girls and little poochie. I feel deeply for you but I hope that your guilt complex will fade soon. We miss you so much here in Blogland and we are all rooting for you :-)
    Fabulous QTR project - and it makes a super prize :-) Awesome door hanger too. Don't you just love that play on words name... made me chuckle :-)
    Mega Hugs
    Ike xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  8. Fabulous picture of your Grandad and the twins. You didn't break any promise you thought they were going to make him better. You can't decide when and where (if only we could!). You are such an inspiration as a person and an artist and you should be very very proud. Hugs Andrea xxxxxxxxx

  9. So very sorry for your loss. You didn't break your promise, you just took the best option for him which anyone would've done for someone they cared for. The important thing to remember is that you loved and cared for him right until the end and of that you should be exceptionally proud. If there were more like you the world would be a far better place. x

  10. Lovely picture of your Grandad and the girls, let the guilt go, you loved him and he knows that.

    On to your doll.......Oh WOW! nothing like coming back with a BANG! she is FAB :)

  11. Beautiful picture of your Grandad and Girls. You didn't break any promises, you did everything that was needed for your Grandad to be comfortable, and I know he will be proud of everything you did for him. He knows you loved him as he loved you, there is no guilt in heaven just love and happiness and it's all the moments that brought happiness and that you felt that love that you need to remember now.

    Now for the doll Oh My Goodness!!!! She is a stunner! I love the look of it's face sort of eerie the door hanger is fabulous too!! So happy that you asked me to join you all at QTR you are such an inspiration to me! xxxxxx

  12. Thanks for sharing your stupdendous project with us at Smudger. You are the best artist EVER. xx

  13. Hello Lyn. Very sorry to hear your news but don't feel guilty, on some level your Granddad decided it was time to go and it sounds peaceful.

    Unlike your mummy who is clearly looking for someone to terrorize LOL, thank you for including Tanda Teaser in your selection of challenges to share her with. XOXO Zoe

  14. Loving your terrific project and your memorial to your grandparents. Sending you hugs and love Annette x

  15. Sorry to hear of your loss. I do hope you let go of your guilt. I don't think you broke any promises. You certainly didn't check your grandfather into a nursing home and sign off on him. You sent him to a hospital short-term to get better before coming home. If the round of antibiotics didn't get it done at the house, you certainly moved to the next sensible step and neither of you had any idea what was going to happen. The fact that he went in his sleep makes me feel as if he peacefully let go and I'm sure never wanted you to feel guilt over it.
    Thinking of you!

  16. Don't feel guilty, you did all you could and kept your promise until things got worse and he needed stronger medicine. So sorry for your loss, but know that you did all you could and more.
    Now for your project, it's very interesting and unusual but creative. Thank you for playing along with our challenge at Bearly Mine Challenges.
    Donna xx

  17. My thoughts and prayers are with sorry about your loss.

    I love both of your projects. Crafting always helps me forget about my everyday problems. It is very therapeutic!

    Thank you for submitting to Smudger Challenge.

    ~wendy~ DT for Smudger Challenge Blog

  18. Oh my gosh - I am so very sorry for your loss. I felt the need to comment and to say that you need to release your guilt. Your granddad knows that you were trying to help him and he would not want you to be beating yourself up over it. Sending you a big hug.

  19. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you at this sad time. I love your doll and thank you for joining us at AWNB
    Paula Dt

  20. Love your doll and this cute hanger. Thank you so much for joining us at Bearly Mine "Anything but a card" this week.

    Hugs, Natascha

  21. So sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved grandfather! Both the doll and the door hanger are quite nice! Thanks for joining us for Anything but a Card at Jackson's Digital Expressions!

  22. This is soooo cool - I love anything Egyptian!! And thanks for joining us at Jacksons Digital Expressions this week!

  23. Me again on here too :-D
    Thank you for playing along with us on the Smudger Challenge.
    It's great to see you crafting again :-D xxxxxxxxxxxx

  24. Good to see you back in the craft room, So sorry for your loss,I Hope you stop giving yourself a hard time with the guilty feelings, Im sure your Grandad would not think of things as a broken promise but the actions of someone who loved him and wanted the best for him.
    mark x

  25. So sorry about your loss. It's hard to lose a loved one - take good care of yourself...

    How smart to take the challenge in this direction - a mummified china doll! Love the Egyptian door hanger, too! So glad you linked up at RRR!

  26. Hi Lyn, I'm so sorry to hear about your Granddad passing. We don't always have control over what happens in our lives and you should always remember that he loved you and he wouldn't want you to feel guilty or bad.

    Love your mummy doll and the door hanger and glad to see you share it win us on AWNB and our RRR.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  27. Oh BD, I feel so bad for you. Grandad was not alone when he crossed over, Nan was there to guide him! The most important part is that they are together again! Neither Grandad or Nan are alone any more they have each other and are watching over the twins, making sure they stay safe. Forever Angles are watching over you girls!! It's hard not to fell guilt, I can totally understand that. But it to will pass! Grandad totally knew you did your absolute best for him and Nan they both Love you and the dragonetts!! I love you my friend, I hope you feel better soon, I really do, I know it's so hard tho!
    Great projects!!

  28. Sorry itbhas taken me so long to comment here, I felt so sad for you and didn't quite know how to put anything into words! Everything youbdid was for good and right reasons and you and your grandad will hold that in your hearts . I feel s sorry for you and am sending you lve and kind thoughts as this very sad and difficulttime for you, trace. X

  29. So sorry to hear about your grandfather! My thoughts are with you!

    Clever use of the china doll, it made a really great mummy and you always have such great ideas for recycling! =)
    Thanks for joining us at Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent!
    Hugs, Elenor DT

  30. I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather but you are part of what he has left behind and I'm certain that you made him very proud.I hope you can let go of the guilt you seem to have done what you needed to do,sometimes things cannot be helped. You're very talented. I love how you've altered this doll it's phenomenal!

  31. Hi Lynx, So sorry to hear your sad news. It is always so difficult when you have to make decisions like this. The decision was the right one and Your nan and your grandad will be so proud of you. Dont let guilt take over hunni, think about the fabulous times you had with them and the memories you will cherish forever.

    Thank you for joining us at Smudger, love how you hasve altered the doll as always just brilliant. Abbie DT XX

  32. Hi Best Bud

    Awesome altered Doll as always thanks for joining us at Smudger.
    Lovely pic of Grandad
    Big Hugs