132 weeks and 6 days | Memory Frames

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the death of my friend.

It was such a shock to hear of her passing. Even though I knew she was ill, I didn’t think for a second that she wasn’t going to beat the cancer that had cruelly taken hold of her.

Every conversation we’d had — in the weeks leading up to her death — had been very upbeat and positive, to the extent that I had been lulled into a very false sense of security about the extent of her illness.

I’m not sure — and will never know — if she knew how poorly she was (and just wanted to spare me that knowledge) or whether she truly believed she was going to make a full recovery.

Probably the former; she was one of the most selfless, generous people I’ve ever met and probably didn’t want to upset me, knowing her.

I wrote a diary entry about it. Particularly the fact that her passing was a stark reminder how fragile life can be. With the flip of a coin, our luck can change and the path we were merrily treading can divert off in a totally different direction.

It made me so grateful for my ordinary little life.

So grateful for the simple things. The tedium and normality of the everyday. Cleaning, washing, shopping. Sitting watching TV. Putting the kettle on.

Jen’s passing was a shock to the system and acted as a reminder to be mindful of how lucky I am. And I’ve had the same words spinning around my head since I wrote them down a couple of weeks ago.

So, in her memory, I’ve designed a new papercut.

Very simple — not as ornate as some of the ones I’ve made in the past — with an important message. Words that I want to be reminded of on a daily basis.

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I’ve created it to fit inside one of two lovely Kiko frames from Rose and Grey. These beautiful frames are so simple; two sheets of glass, elegantly framed in paper thin metal. They’re the perfect home for a papercut too as it shows off the artwork without having to mount it onto a backing card.

They’re similar to the ones I stock in my shop but much more delicate. And the best thing of all is, you can change the contents as often as you like.

I like the thought that I can display it, alongside a little memento of an ordinary, everyday event.

Train or bus tickets, that serve to remind me of a lovely afternoon out.  Polaroids of a holiday — perhaps with a stolen beermat.

Or, in this instance, a leaf collected by my little sons on the way back from nursery today.

I can see that these two little frames will act as a little snapshot of what my family and I have been doing, on random days, throughout the year. Memory frames. As the seasons change, the content of one of the frames — and the vase — will too.

But the overriding message, constant throughout the year, will be clear.

To cherish the time we have. Rejoice in the tedium and normality.

Life is so precious — don’t waste it wishing for something exciting, something ‘extraordinary’ to happen. Breathe in the everyday and remember to count our lucky stars.

We’re so blessed to even be here.

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I was asked to join in with Rose & Grey’s styling challenge and was kindly sent two beautiful Kiko frames, to complete my task. You can buy them in various sizes and finishes — plus lots of other lovely products — from their website. Pop along and have a look www.roseandgrey.co.uk

All photos, thoughts and words are my own.

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About Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

48 thoughts on “132 weeks and 6 days | Memory Frames

  1. I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss. How very sad. I hope you are getting lots of support from your loved ones. The frames are absolutely beautiful as is the sentiment xxxx

  2. This is such a lovely thought. You are so right that we should cherish every day. You just never know what is around the corner and it would be such a shame to waste a single moment of the life we’ve been given wishing for something different. I love the frames and your paper cut is beautiful. A lovely way to remember your friend and remind yourself how blessed you are daily. xx

  3. A beautiful message in a beautiful frame. I’m so sorry about your friend. Life can take such unexpected turns, that you are right, just cherish the everyday ordinary. The frames really are lovely, they’ve got a vintage look to them which is really pretty. Sabrina xx
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  4. What a beautiful papercut and a lovely sentiment. I’m so sorry for your loss, what a terrible shock. So lovely that you have this constant reminder of the memories you have of her. I hope it makes it a little easier for you. Becky x #homeetc

  5. Such beautiful, beautiful words – and sentiment. I’m always encouraging myself and those around me to appreciate every little moment because it’s all so very precious. I really love your creativity, a fitting tribute to your friend and something you can adapt and keep with you for years to come. Thank you for hosting X

  6. This is so beautiful and so a wonderful tribute to your friend. Absolutely beautiful and I love the frame that will hold different memories. Just lovely. Went over to that website too – oh my goodness! One for the bookmarks page! Thanks for hosting #HomeEtc

    1. Thanks lovely. I’m lucky, I guess, that I’ve got the ability to make things like this if I want to. It’s always quite cathartic to design things with other people in mind. Whenever I look at this I’ll think of Jenni xx

  7. You’ve come up with ‘s beautiful papercut (again!) And those frames really are gorgeous. I have been looking for some for my dad. He has lovely original stonework in his renovated barn and I think this kind of frame would show off both it and the framed drawings really well.
    It is lovely to see that Jen’s death has made you appreciative and creative. From how you describe her,I think she’d like that reaction rather than being glum, sad though it is.

    1. Those frame would be PERFECT for your dad’s place!! It would be lovely to see the stone underneath. They come in various sizes and formats and they’re a great price too. Yes — it’s sad that things like this have to happen to make us mindful of what we have xx

    1. Thanks Steph. They’re lovely aren’t they? I’ve been looking at them for a while now. Really grateful to be given the opportunity to blog about them :) And yes, life (especially when there’s no drama) is the best xx

  8. Oh wow the paper cut is just beautiful as are all your others (and I know as I have one!). It really looks gorgeous in that frame too, I love it. Great idea for little finds too. i am so sorry about your friend, and I know so well the importance of cherishing every day and just the ordinary stuff, as not everyone can stick around to experience it. Lots and lots of love xxxx

    1. Thanks lovely. It’s so nice to be able to make these — particularly to mark an event and act as a reminder or give a little boost. I tend to design them when I have something on my mind. The frames are lovely aren’t they? I can see that I may be purchasing a fair few of them in the near future xx

  9. Just beautiful Caro. I am so sorry for your loss :( Just so sad and truly devastating. These pieces are lovely, you are such a talented and clever lady. And I agree how important every tiny moment is, even if it is simple. Love you xx Jess xx

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  10. oh isn’t that just perfectly lovely. It’s a beautiful paper cut and it matches the frame so nicely. I love the idea of changing the frames seasonally – something frosted and sparkly for Christmas perhaps?!

  11. such a perfect statement that is so incredibly true, yet sadly it often takes a tragedy to truly appreciate the importance of it. Cancer is evil but it undoubtedly shows us we have to live for th moment – grand or ordinary, just savour it all xx

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