Monday, 15 September 2014

Flown the Nest!

Well, that's it!  She's gone! 

After a lovely weekend together in Derby, I left my firstborn there & came home alone! 


 This parenting lark doesn't get any easier you know!

I can't tell you how unbearably proud I am of her!  Her courage, grace and determination, despite the nerves and steep learning curve.

I had secretly made her a wallhanging for her new room in Halls, which I produced from my suitcase when we arrived.

Mini Pixilated Heart wallhanging for Shannon
Aprox, 24" x 24"
These are 1.5" finished squares in Shannon's favourite Amy Butler fabrics, and scrappy LV background.

Mini Pixilated heart wallhanging for Shannon

It goes perfectly in her pale blue room, as does her quilt, cushions and bunting which also 'had to be packed'!

So that's the first one to fly the nest!  I sure hope it gets easier with no's.2 and 3!

Jude xo

25 comments:

  1. Your mini quilt is a beautiful reminder of your love for her and matches her quilt too. We had no.s1 and 2 leave for separate cities (uni/college) within a week of each other early this year. It seems your mothering wings just spread further.....and look forward to having everyone together again when possible.

    ReplyDelete
  2. oh, this must have been incredibly hard as well exciting for both of you. Good luck to your beautiful daughter at the university.

    ReplyDelete
  3. how lovely to have her quilt, bunting and your wall hanging to remind her of home, not that she will be forgetting. I am sure she will love her course and it will soon be December and she will be home for Christmas and catch up time. Mine are 42 and 38 and have been away from home for ever , it is lovely when they visit

    ReplyDelete
  4. Stiff upper lip mum!
    Lovely gifts - she is so lucky to have a room; I remember when my sister started at Derby we had to leave her to sleep on a science lab floor for a few nights as they had over booked people!

    ReplyDelete
  5. That's a beautiful wall hanging, and will remind her of you whenever she looks at it xxx

    ReplyDelete
  6. Oh, J! You are the cutest mama ever with your wall hanging! That's the nicest decorated dorm room I've ever seen! She's going to be amazing - it's such a great chance to grow into your own skin, gain confidence and find your direction in life. What a super adventure for all of you!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Her room looks lovely! It is an exciting time for her, but I know the transition will be especially difficult for you. Love and hugs to my favourite family of stunning Irish girls! xx

    ReplyDelete
  8. What a sweet wall hanging! If you need someone to check up on her I'm only down the road ;)

    ReplyDelete
  9. awwwww judeyjude you're making me teary. massive big cuddle. she'll be good i'm quite sure. xxx

    ReplyDelete
  10. Oh boy, I was doing ok until I saw your quilt label and now I'm all welled up. You've done an amazing job getting her sorted and ready for this big new adventure.
    xo

    ReplyDelete
  11. Oh Jude you just made me cry! What a lovely sweet thing to do for her. She's a very lucky young lady to have a brave, graceful and courageous Mum! xxx

    ReplyDelete
  12. Have been thinking of you all weekend. I'm sure she will make her room nice and cosy, the quilt , bunting and cushions are a good start and wall hanging is lovely- beautiful words.

    ReplyDelete
  13. You're such a marvellous mam and she's a marvellous daughter. Take care and be kind to yourself while you adjust xxx

    ReplyDelete
  14. Her rooms looks fabulous with all the colour and your wall hanging finishes it off perfectly. The label sums everything up x

    ReplyDelete
  15. Oh wow, she will love it, and you will learn to cope with her being away, congratulations on braving it all so far, and sending her off with so many lovely home made things to help her feel at home!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Your mini is so gorgeous, and all those handmade items help make her wee room feel a little like home. Every time she is in there your makes will surround her with love.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I made both my daughters quilts when they first went to uni... my eldest daughter is due to go back for her final year, and my youngest has just returned to uni for her second year. And sorry to say this, it doesn't get any easier - well, it did't for me... but I make them lots of crafty goodies to decorate their rooms to remind them of home :)
    www.nicolaforemanquilts.com

    ReplyDelete
  18. Aw, Judith, what a beautiful wall hanging! The label really got me going... I'm sure it and all the lovely room decorations will be a huge comfort and encouragement to Shannon as she settles in, and they'll help you, knowing that you helped make her a little bit more 'at home' there. Sending hugs from far away xx

    ReplyDelete
  19. Nope...doesn't get easier...(sorry to be the bearer of bad news) My eldest just started her 3rd year at Nottingham and I cried like a baby as she drove away in the car .. As a mother you worry...but it will be ok...besides with all that quilty goodness surrounding her she can't help but feel loved and cuddled. ((hugs))

    ReplyDelete
  20. I've just been catching up with your blog (very busy this end with new school year) and seen that your daughter has just started Uni. If it helps you any, I sobbed like a baby most of the way home, when I first left my Laura at Uni. When she was chosen, in her 2nd year, to do a Uni exchange programme for 6 months, in Chicago, I left her at Heathrow and then had THE most dangerous drive of my life home, literally BLINDED by tears......Oh the things they don't tell you in pre-natal classes!! I wish her every success and happiness in her new student life. My Laura has just graduated with a First, so all those tears (and her hard work!) were worth it!! xx

    ReplyDelete
  21. I am sure she will love it there and at least her room is a real home from home for her. The mini quilt is just so sweet and will watch over her for you. x

    ReplyDelete
  22. Wow, she has a much nicer room in halls than I did lol

    ReplyDelete
  23. Oh that would be a tough day for a Mum. I dread thinking about for my kids, and my eldest is still only 11. But, I know how fast those 11 years have gone, and the next seven will be just as fast. I hope you're doing ok Jude.

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment. I really appreciate it & I will always reply. (If you don't get a reply from me it is because you are a 'no reply comment' blogger. You might want to change your blog settings to make sure folks can reply to your comments more easily.) Jxo