honor that which is meaningful.
by victoria comment

4/24/19

hardcover photobook from artifact uprising for mother's day. / sfgirlbybay

i didn’t share this personal news because at the time it was honestly just too painful to make public, but in june of 2018 my dear mum passed away after a long illness. grieving is a difficult process and different for everyone and you don’t really know how it will affect you until you go through it (or grow through it), but i am coming out the other side if there is such a thing, and now sadness is slowly being replaced by fond memories. so when one of my favorite sources for creating beautiful photo books, artifact uprising invited me to make a mother’s day book to share with family, and ultimately with you, i wasn’t sure i could do it. but then i thought what a lovely way to remember my mom this mother’s day and to share those memories with my brother, sister-in-law and nieces — the family i have left.

hardcover photobook printed by artifact uprising for mother's day. / sfgirlbybay

i became in charge of all my mother’s photographs and mementos when she passed away and i’d been hoping to do something special with them, so this hardcover book is just that — a way to honor that which is meaningful, and in a lovely permanent way. so i scanned and uploaded some of my favorite photos — of my mother at an early age, a photo when she was pregnant with me at her baby shower, she and my dad smooching, and oodles of snapshots from our many family trips. and then some as she got older. i think she’d really like this book — my mother was fond of attention, bless her heart, and would, i think, have been very flattered. i hope so. i will treasure it always and think my family will, too. if you’d like to make a memory book for mother’s day this year, Artifact Uprising is offering 10% off to my readers! simply use code SFMOTHERSDAY10 – for 10% off anything on the site through May 1st. please note that May 2 is the Mother’s Day cut-off for FedEx Economy shipping with Artifact Uprising. and thank you for allowing me to share these special memories of my mother with you. happy mother’s day to all the mums out there.

hardcover photobook from artifact uprising for mother's day gift. / sfgirlbybay

photobook created using artifact uprising for mother's day. / sfgirlbybay

black and white photos inside hardcover photobook from artifact uprising. / sfgirlbybay

family photos inside hardcover photobook from artifact uprising. / sfgirlbybay

vintage photographs inside hardcover photobook from artifact uprising for mother's day. / sfgirlbybay

vintage black and white photos inside hardcover photobook from artifact uprising for mother's day. / sfgirlbybay

hardcover photobook from artifact uprising for mother's day. / sfgirlbybay

hardcover photobook from artifact uprising for mother's day and loose vintage photos. / sfgirlbybay

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16 responses to “honor that which is meaningful.”

  1. What a looker! And your dad! These are such beautiful photos…as an Englishwoman, exactly how I imagined it would be to be American when I was a teenager back in the early 70s and wishing, wishing I lived in California and was all cool and sun-washed. A fine testament.

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss Victoria. I lost my mom six years ago this August. After my dad passed away in 2001, mom and I became especially close. I miss her every day.
    Thanks so much for sharing your grief.
    I wish you peace of heart.

    • Thank you very much, CeCe. I’m so sorry to hear you’ve lost your parents, too. It’s not easy, but time does help a little bit. Take good care of yourself. x

  3. I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you are taking good care of yourself as you grieve…. what a beautiful memento to have. love this book.

  4. Wow, Victoria, I’m so sorry to hear about you losing your mother. It took me back to several years ago, when you posted about losing your father. My heart goes out to you as you’ve weathered this throughout the year. I don’t know you, and yet you strike me as such a strong, creative and accomplished woman – traits I would imagine both your parents would be very proud of (and perhaps a bit like both of them?). Wishing you well, and glad to hear your are entering into a stage of keeping the memories happy ones.

    • Hi Carla, Thank you so much for your very kind comments. My mom was an interior designer and very creative so perhaps I get it from her. Thank you so much for thinking of me. xx

  5. I’m so sorry for your loss too. I don’t know you, but would echo what Carla says – you seem like such a kind, generous, creative person, and I can imagine your mum being incredibly proud of you. Take care xx

  6. Thank you for sharing this Victoria. Having lost my dad in February your words really resonated with me. No one teaches you about grief and you don’t really understand that until you are going through it or better said “growing thru it” as that is exactly how I feel this month.

  7. Blessings to you. What a beautiful post. I also have lost my mom, ten years ago now. I have a photo of her in her kitchen hanging in my kitchen which is my little, “honor that which is meaningful.” xo

  8. Hi Victoria,
    Thank you for sharing this, it remind me to treasure the time to be with our love ones. I’ve been following you for quite a long time, thank you for sharing beautiful things and positive thoughts/words to readers!
    You mum must be so proud of you!

  9. This is just beautiful. And a perfectly lovely thing to do with all the collected memories and photos. I couldn’t think of anyone more perfect than Artifact Uprising to trust with them.

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