Monday 12 October 2015

My Gorgeous Ollie

Good morning everyone,

This week at LLC Sandy has set a theme of "surprise me".  Now I seem to have gained a reputation of producing christmas cards as they are my absolute favourite to make, so my surprise today for Sandy is NOT another christmas card.

In fact this project has been incredibly hard for me.  For those of you who follow my blog you will know that just 3 weeks ago my gorgeous little Bichon Frise Ollie passed away very suddenly at just 4 years old.  When I received this frame from Dutch Doobadoo I knew what I wanted to do and also knew how hard it would be also.  As the theme was surprise me for Sandy I know she will be expecting Christmas or Girly so this is different for both of us.  My heart broke that day and I still find myself crying each day so as you can imagine I cried all the way through making this, but it does have some happy memories of our time together.  I also have tears rolling down my cheeks writing this but I think I have done him proud and it will probably  be put in my craft room, where Ollie shared many flowers dropping on his head and wearing frantage and glitter, bless him.

I have used Maya Design 1905 for the background paper and edged the MD frame in white gesso and black gesso.  He was the most gorgeous Bichon I have every come across.  He was a family member and as such he had to wear his Christmas jumper and his christmas hat.  As you can see from the picture below, we used to go walking in the woods and Ollie would love fetching sticks, so I have added Cinnamon Sticks for this memory and you can see I have actually tied his tag using vax cord, the same tag he has on in the picture.

I used a Stempleglede stamp for the sentiment at the bottom embossed with white embossing powder using a versamark ink.

Even though he had a brilliant white coat, he loved to get muddy and the picture below is after walking with his first friend Milly.

I hope I surprised you Sandy :)

Hugs Tracy x

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Petras Bastelschätze said...

Hi Tracy, I can imagine how hard it was to make this wonderful photo frame. He is you quite succeeds brilliantly, and you always have a fond memory of your ollie. In addition he also remains in your heart.
LG Petra

Tracy Welham said...

This is a super make Tracy despite how difficult it must have been to make, it's beautiful, such a cutie. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

Chris said...

Oh Tracy, what a beautifully touching tribute to sweet, little Ollie. You will have this gorgeous frame to tenderly caress forever. Ollie would love it! Your photos capture Ollie's sweet spirit! I can only imagine the depth of love in your heart as this piece of art evolved. It is beautiful. Hopefully, it will help make the healing process easier.

Much love,

Karina said...

Oh Traca, this photo frame is so beautiful and what a wonderful memory of your beloved Ollie. I can imagine so well how hard it was to create this. I planned to do a frame too, already since quite a while, with photos of Nino, but so far I weren't able to...
Big hugs your way,

ANJA 3D said...

Wauw wat mooi. Ik zelf heb een maand geleden afscheid moeten nemen van onze Poes en ik voel helemaal met je mee. Ik heb een scrapboekje gemaakt met haar foto's en als ik er naar kijk en of lees, begin ik ook nog steeds e huilen. Ik begrijpje en voel helemaal met je mee. Heel veel sterkte en geniet van je mooie creatie die gemaakt met de foto's van Ollie en de vele herinneringen
Groetjes, Anja

Carole Pollard said...

Wonderful keepsake and so brave of you to make this so soon You have lost a treasured friend but now have the memories that will last forever he was such a sweet thing love and hugs Carole x

caroline said...

Beautiful picture frame and a lovely keepsake of ollie. Our fur babies are just so much part of the family and its heart breaking when they sadly leave us. X

Carole Wright said...

HI oh this is so gorjuss, I love your little Ollie, I have a bichon called Millie, they are such sweet little things. These are Lovely memories you have made. God bless x

Nancy said...

Oh, Tracy. I am so sorry for your loss. Your beautiful tribute shows how very much you lived him and I am sure, he loved you too. I have had three rescues since 2000. The first was not yet 5 when he acquired lymphosarcoma and went to The Rainbow Bridge. My next two were senior boys. By virtue of their age, I knew I would not have them long but loved them fiercely. I am so proud of you, that even in your grief, you were able to make much a beautiful tribute to Ollie. He willl always be with you in spirit. I received a card from my vet when my first rescue died. It contained the following, which I hope will bring you some peace: "We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan...". It is from a book of short stories entitled "Separate Lifetimes" by Irving Townsend, from a story entitled "The Once Again Prince". I hope you find comfort in the lobe you gave him and that he gave back to you. ((( )))

❤ Kaia said...

It's therapy to do such things.
I made a photobook when we lost our dear Odin 6 1/2y ago, cried the whole time. But it helps.

Have you seen "Rainbow bridge" ??

Hugs, (Karianne)/Kaia

Inkypinkydelights said...

Thia is lovely Tracy, but oh what a sad read. Judy x