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Monday, 30 January 2012

Tribute to Ivy my Mother In Law

1935 - 2012
Sadly my mother-in-law Ivy died on the 18th  of January after a short stay in hospital.
Ivy was a wonderful person  a very generous and kind person who would go out of her way to help her family and friends.

In the 1970's/80's she owned a fancy dress business and was also a very talented seamstress who made many of the outfits for her business. Below is a victorian ladies hat that she made

My daughter Sarah is her only grandchild and of course was spoilt rotten! Ivy taught my daughter to swim, horse ride and ice skate non of which i can do myself.
When my daughter needed an outfit for a fancy dress party Ivy always came to the rescue, below is my daughter wearing one of Ivy's creations. My daughter won a £5 book token at a school fancy dress party.

Ivy made many of her own clothes such as the lined velvet waistcoat below i just love the way she has covered the buttons incorporating the swirl design.

Ivy's dress sense was very bohemian and by her own admission she was quite eccentric and was  the Helena Bonham-Carter of her day.
Ivy's other passion was animals and over the years she rescued many cats and dogs more often than not on the verge of being put to sleep. She leaves behind a menagerie of dogs, cats, rabbits, hens and an Amazon Green Parrot.

Ivy will be greatly missed by all that knew her.


  1. RIP Ivy. Lovely to have read a little about you. What a talented lady you were! How lucky you are to know that you and your family shared such Love together.

    Thinking of you all (Margaret and family...) and all those pets! I sincerely hope you find good homes for them all.


  2. Hi,
    Thank you for your kind words.
    My father in law will be looking after all the pets, they will be good company for him especially the dogs.

  3. Ivy sounds like a wonderful, talented and kind person. What a beautiful tribute, Margaret. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time. Julia x

  4. Hi Margaret, What a Fantastic Lady you described your Mother in law Ivy beautifully, love that gorgeous velvet waistcoat looks very Art Deco and your sweet daughter looks stunning,
    sounds like my kind of Person Creative,Kind and a Animal Lover,
    sending best wishes to you all
    Magee xx
    aka ballroombelle and spotdottydot