Sunday, May 11, 2008

May, Mother's Day and Gratitude

I'm sitting here listening to Pandora and so grateful for so many things. My garden, neglected as it is- looks so beautiful this week. The funny little iris that-I don't- know-what-it-is at my front door is in full bloom , and looks so pretty with the clematis and my purple door- Walter is painting the front area, so I don't think a picture is in order- let it live in your imagination...

In the back is the beauty of my 'New Dawn' rosebush- which, when not in bloom, bears a remarkable resemblance to the thorn bushes in 'Sleeping Beauty", but right now is producing the most glorious profusion of roses that makes my heart sing.

Zoey and Noah are thrilled that the honeysuckle is blooming, in the sweetness of childhood, the nectar from the honeysuckle trickles down their little tongues, and nourishes a memory that will take them well into adulthood- knowing their Nana's love nurtures them the same way.

Everything is growing, and that includes the Japanese maple Luke and Sean gave me last year. I could fake it and show you a picture of the one I brought home the other day, which is about three years older than my baby one- but I won't. Luke and Sean touched my mother's heart two years ago by giving me an amazing Japanese Maple, which did well for abt 6 mos and then, I guess, was over watered and didn't make it. So, last year, knowing how much I love Japanese Maples, they tried again... so far so good! This one is a real baby- but it's growing!

Speaking of growth, isn't it funny how spring brings growth on so many levels? We have mild winters, so we don't get that sense of relief that people in, say, Canada or Wisconsin, get when spring finally arrives, but there is still such a sense of growth. The beauty of the world around me is a mirror for the burst of creative energy and efforts in the studio- what's in my mind is amazing! Now to take the time to get it into fabric. I spent a few hours yesterday working on my circus girl quilt- It makes me smile just to think about it! I don't draw, so designing a quilt that involves images was such a challenge for me- but, keeping it simple and trying to stay true to myself, and not get (too much) help from Luke and Sean has given me such a sense of accomplishment. BTW thanks for the cannon, Seano.

This post has to end with thoughts of my mom. It's been a long time since I was able to see her pretty hands working on her crewel, or moving fabric through the sewing machine. But I feel her hands on mine so many times. A gentle touch, a whisper of an idea, a blessing of creativity. These are her legacy to me, and through me to you- to any of us who struggles to produce something meaningful and beautiful. A legacy to Zoey, and Megan, and all the cousins- that you don't have to have 'enough time' to make beauty in your life. She had 5 kids under the age if 6!You make beauty with the way you wipe away a child's tear, or kiss a boo-boo. With the meals you make to nourish your families. With the roses you put in a vase to bring beauty inside your heart. You continue Gene and Ernie's love story with the way you kiss your loved one goodbye as one or both of you leave for work. Be grateful for the love that has been , is now, (Catholic roots coming out here) and always will be.

Sunday, May 4, 2008


This past week was pretty intense at my for-pay job and there was little time for any creative work. I'm so happy that the first week of electronic medical records is behind us- it can only get better, right? Right?

I can show you the pictures of the hat I made for my godson, Larry's- baby. That little one made an early arrival on May 1st- Her Mommy and Daddy's shower was only the previous Sunday!

Baby Girl Strelec is doing OK- she was in special care nursery for a little bit but all reports are that she's doing good. Last I heard Mom and Dad hadn't finalized her name. I told my sister Sue (Baby Girl's Grandma) that in the South, this kind of thing can stick- so they better get a move on- It's not at all unusual in THIS part of the world to meet a grown woman whose NAME is Baby-(remember 'Dirty Dancing'?) it's kindof a Fannie Flagg/ Fried Green Tomatoes kinda thing- It could happen! I have met adult women named Precious, Tiny (kiss-of-death- she weighed abt 300lbs!) and, of course, Baby. Welcome to the world, Little One- you are a lucky girl- your Daddy is a wonderful man, who loves kids, and he will be an awesome Daddy. I am so happy for you both, Larry and Lauren

One side effect of spending so much time at work this past week is that I was determined to not waste my Friday afternoon. I left work (almost) on time, and after stopping for a Friday-Treat for lunch (confession time- I Love Chick Fil A )- I came home and went straight to my studio and got to work on my Circus Girl quilt- No lunch bags or work for other people, just my work, my art, my ideas translated into fabric and blended into a concept- piece abt how women need to juggle so many aspects of their lives and sometimes we do a great job, and sometimes we fall on our asses- but we keep going. So far I have Tightrope Girl, and Trapeze Girl pretty much finished as blocks. Still in my head are Cannonball Girl and, of course Juggling Girl. It feels so good to be doing something creative that feeds my soul. Here are some of the pics I took early on for this quilt- you can get a good feel for the colors

On another note- the beauty of blogging became very clear this week as well- I got a call from an old friend- really the oldest of friends- Kate and I have known each other since fourth grade- we haven't done too good a job of staying connected in the last few years- a Christmas card or birthday email if we were lucky- but, she's on my blogging list- and this week we talked for a long time- a lot of what's been going on she was aware about- at least the head stuff- from my blog, and it was such a treat to spend time with her. Thanks for calling, Kate- I was going to try and find an old picture of us, but I guess we're going to have to take some new ones!

This post is getting too long- Please kiss the babies in your lives for me, take a minute or two to appreciate this beautiful Spring and come back and visit!