Friday, 13 February 2015

The Crafty Mugwump

I am sorry to inform you all that my mother, The Crafty Mugwump, passed away peacefully in her sleep early this morning at home, fifteen short months after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

I hope this post will be in keeping with the style of her blog.

Once the formalities had been taken care of this morning I ventured out into mum's beloved garden, I think I was looking for some of the peace and happiness she always found there. Unfortunately given the time of year and my lack of green fingered appreciation all I could see were rather sad looking plants that had been cut back for the winter.

Finally I spotted one type of plant in bloom and it seemed particularly appropriate given its form...

After admiring the simple beauty and stark contrast to its surroundings (and taking several poor photos) I found some inspiration for what the family should do next.

We had spent many happy times at the bottom of the garden with all the family gathered round the fire pit. My mum enjoyed nothing more than watching the movement of the flames and the change of shape and colours that occur in a bonfire, a love that was passed down from her father and then on to me. So we spent the next few hours warming ourselves, crying and talking about happier times.

My mum loved the art & craft world that she brought all around her, this blog in particular provided her with great joy.

She is loved and desperately missed by all her family and friends.

Some of you may want to send flowers to her funeral, we're planning a simple funeral with flowers from family only, so I would ask that instead you donate to the MND Association who have provided us with excellent care and support throughout.

Thank you

The Son of Crafty Mugwump


  1. Thank you for letting us know. I shall miss her posts.

  2. Dear son of Crafty Mugwump

    I never met your Mum in the flesh, so to speak. She's one of those people who I have met via the Internet. Many of my virtual chums are across seas and oceans. I think your mum was, therefore, relatively close. Even so our paths never crossed in the real world, Only in the virtual one.

    I loved her posts and I hope she likes mine. I am honoured that mine is one of the blogs listed on hers. She came across as a bit of a kindred spirit.

    I don't know much about motor neuron disease but feel it was a cruel infliction on your creative mum .

    Thank You for letting us know. Funnily enough I was thinking about her the other day wondering how she was getting on .

    The snowdrops are very apt.

    All the very best

    Hilary a.k.a. Living to work

  3. I am so very sorry to hear of your mum's passing. We only knew each other through our respective posts, but I always welcomed her visits and was constantly amazed by her work. She seemed a very dear person. She will be missed.

  4. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It was good of you, and very fitting to write this final post for her. My sincere condolences.

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  6. My very best wishes to your family, pam was a cherished friend,both in the virtual world and in person, she was inspiring and enthusiastic and always encouraging and we will all miss her, we love you pam.

  7. Thank you for sharing your news of your beautiful mum in such a fitting way. I only knew your mum for a short time through blogging but two years ago at Textiles in Focus she made a point of searching me out to say hello and give me a hug. We will all miss her and, as Tina says, will continue to be inspired by her artistry and her courage. I was honoured to be able to contribute to her comfort quilt last year and will remember her with love and affection. Take care of yourselves and each other love Julie xx

  8. I was very sorry to hear of your mum's death. I came across her only in the virtual world through this blog which was always such a pleasure to read. I loved seeing her colourful work and I think she enjoyed mine. I often felt we might have been friends and kindred spirits if we'd met in the real world. I will so much miss opening her posts and reading her thoughtful words. My sincere condolences to you all, Margaret (aka Charlton Stitcher)

  9. So very sorry to hear of your loss, your mum and I met over the miles through our blogs, she was a lovely, inspiring lady. Thinking of you at this very sad time

  10. My sincere condolences to you and your family.
    I know she will be missed very much and thank you for notifying her internet friends. I hadn't known her very long but enjoyed her visits and her encouragement. Sharron

  11. I have only just seen the post and I am really really sorry. Pam was a great friend and a wonderful lady, always patient and supportive. She will be missed by all who knew her, in the flesh and in blog land. Best wishes to you all
    Sarah x

  12. I was very sad to hear the news about your Mum. I didn't know her well but we had met a few times and her joy and enthusiasm for her design work and stitching was infectious. A lovely lady who will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Sending you, your Dad and the rest of the family my sincere condolences. I'm sure will continue to have many happy memories. Gina x