We recently celebrated my mom's 70th birthday. Over the last month, I've been working on a photo memory book to give her as a gift. My starting point was to sit down and write out the memories that came to mind when I thought of my mom, especially during my growing up years. Working on the project was a blessing to me, and I am hoping/trusting the finished product is a blessing to my mom as well!

My mom had a green thumb. We always had beautiful flowers decorating our yard. Soon after we moved into our house, she dug up a triangle shaped patch of grass in the corner of the backyard for a flower garden. I remember her planting flats of colorful annuals in that space each year, and when I think of it, I think of the color red. She had climbing roses along the west side of the house and later a gorgeous garden of hybrid tea roses in the backyard. More flower beds were created near the edge of the woods, and an elm hedge. One year, she planted these crazy castor beans along the new section of the deck by my room. They grew to something like eight feet high, with leaves as big as platters. For a while, there was a patch of strawberry plants in the back. Eventually, mom became an avid perennial gardener, growing gorgeous delphinium, foxglove, lilies, and other flowers. She enjoyed having pretty potted and hanging plants on the patio and deck, and I always think of her when I see a purple and pink fushia.

Lynn Grieveson
Beauchamp Mini Kit
Hint at it No. 05 Brushes

Katie Pertiet
Stitched Up Frames No. 03
Littlest Farmer Kit
Made with Paper Flowers No. 01
Made to Bloom Brushes and Stamps
Fastened Journalers No. 01
Loosely Labeled Dates No. 03
Audubon Notebook Collection No. 01