Sunday, May 8, 2011

Memories, Mom and Spring

Hello and Happy Mother's Day! We are finally having spring weather in Wester New York. And though my mom has been gone for 6 years I made this card with her in mind. She loved dogwood trees. Now while we are near lakes, I grew up in Cherry Creek which is in a valley. The spring changes (warm weather and flowering trees) can be two weeks later than they are near Lake Erie only 15 miles away. So while the dogwoods bloom near the lake, it is a little more difficult away from the lake where we lived. But there was one in our backyard by the hen house. My mom loved that tree! I don't remember if my dad gave it to her or one of my older brothers and sisters but it was always beautiful in the spring! While it was more of the pink variety I decide to stick with the white ones for my card. Do you know the legend of the dogwood?
It is said to be the tree that the cross was made from. After the Crucifixion the tree never grew big and strong again and the flowers represent the cross, the brownish color represents the blood from Jesus' hands and feet. Notice that the ends of the flower petals have a 'hole'. Here is a link to the legend better than I can say it. The Legend of the Dogwood tree.
I know that my mother was aware of this symbolism but I never asked if that's why she loved the dogwood so much.

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This beautiful image is from I Brake for Stamps. Here is the link to the Dogwood Blossoms

Thanks for coming by today and for putting up with my rambling. I miss my mom so much. She was an amazing person.

I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Cheryl



17 comments:

Sarah said...

Thanks for sharing your memories of your mom and the dogwood tree. This is my first Mother's Day without mine. Hoping you find comfort in your memories. Beautiful card!

Debbie said...

Such rich tones.. it is stunning

hugs
debbie

charlene said...

Cheryl thanks for sharing your heart with us ! Beautiful card and story.
Hugs♥

Danielle said...

Cheryl,Happy mother's day to you.
Your story touched my heart, as much as your card. I love the colors, and how you showcased this wonderful branch of dogwood. I had to find the french translation, cause I thought they were apple tree flowers. Thank you for sharing with us the story and your beautiful work.
Hugs.

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Beautiful card, Cheryl. Like you, my mom passed many years ago. This is a sad time. Hugs, Gayle.

Danni said...

Gorgeous card!

Riet said...

What a gorgeous card Cheryl.

Hugs Riet.xx

cdjcape521 said...

Thank you so much for sharing your feelings, and the legend. As a mother & GRANDMOTHER I can tell you I still miss my own mother~~they continue to live in our hears forever though!
Cheri

Kim said...

Cheryl,
Thanks so much for sharing your memories of your Mom and the dogwood tree with us. I am still fortunate enough to have my Mom and my Grandma too. WOW!! I am truly blessed and I treasure each day with them. Love your card too by the way. Have a great day!!
Hugs,
Kim

Chrisd said...

Thanks for sharing your memories and the lovely dogwood card & story. My Mom has been gone 17years but I still miss her.

nancyparker55 said...

Hi Cheryl, What a beautiful card. Your colouring is simply amazing. I'm sure days like Mother's Day are quite hard for you but I am so glad that you have such wonderful memories of your Mom. She sounds like a lovely lady. Have a blessed week, Nancy

Beverly Bohannon said...

What a beautiful card! I love dogwoods too!

Beverly Bohannon
http://www.classycardsnsuch.blogspot.com

Candy said...

Hi Cheryl,
Your card is very beautiful.
I love that you made it in memory of your mother.
I live in British Columbia Canada. The Dogwood is the tree for our Province. It is illegal to cut one down.
I also love them and miss the two pink ones I had where we used to live so very much.
I am also aware of the connotation of them.
Lovely of you to include that with your card today :o)
Hugs, Candy

Magento Themes said...

Gorgeous card!!! Its really beautiful and nice card. I love this flowers.. How nicely you've made this image and colored. This frame design is awesome. Thanks for this great post.

Lisa Kind said...

This is a delightful card,Cheryl, and I can tell how much of you went into it. I never knew the story about the dogwood...thanks for sharing that wonderful story! What a nice memory to have of your mom.

Rea said...

So beautiful, I think you should frame that with a picture of your Mom above or beneath it. Hugs, Rea

diane (cookiestamper) said...

very pretty, Cheryl! I love the pink dogwoods and planted one a few years ago. I am soooo sad this spring to see that my tree has died.
I hope you had a lovely Mother's Day.

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