Thursday, February 28, 2013

Throwback Thursday - Aluminum Can Chair

My Mother and her Sisters were very crafty. 
My Mom, would stay up late into the night knitting and crocheting.  She crocheted my sister's wedding gown without a pattern.
My Aunt Rose (RoRo for short) had a ceramic studio in her cellar and every craft material available in those days. My Aunt Jane was more creative with her cooking and baking, but she would try her hand at some crafts too. The motto they grew up with was: idle hands leads to idle minds.

My Aunt RoRo made this chair out a an aluminum can. The detail is amazing. The cuts are so even and all of the curling and crimping. I bet it is well over 40 years old.

Nina and I found this one at the Long Beach Antique Market... definitely a bit more French Provincial and a much fancier seat!

 I love when pieces of the past stay so well preserved!

Friday, February 22, 2013

I heArt Fridays...

I just noticed the more faint heart to the left too!

I saw this heart last Friday night while Dante and I were walking to the revolving sushi bar that we like. My children are used to me taking photos… a lot of photos… even before social media existed. So to have me stop dead in my tracks and say “ohhh wait a minute” or “look at this” is an everyday occurrence.  
This heart is neither really spectacular nor even one of my more unusual ones. What makes this heart special is the comment Dante made after I took the photo.

“Mom, that is what I love about you…I see what is probably dog pee and you see a heart. I love the way you see the world.”

This week I received a text from my Daughter’s Birth Mom:

“Hello, how are you? It's amazing how many hearts I see now! I see a mud puddle right now that is shaped like a heart, and even though it's a puddle, it still made me smile! Thank you”

On Saturday, I received a text from my 11 year old niece:

“Hiiii....what are some easy and crafty things I can do....I just figured u know”

We proceeded to text back and forth. I gave her some ideas. She decided to create a memory board. She pulled out all of her photos and materials and sent me a video of everything but was stuck in how to start. I text back some suggestions. Throughout the day she would send me more videos of her progress. It was a fun way to connect with her over the many miles that separate us and share creativity.

I recently finished the book Linchpin by Seth Godin; two partial quotes from his book that I especially like pertain to this post:

“Artists see the world more clearly than the rest of us.” and “Art isn’t only a painting; it’s anything that changes someone for the better.”

I am not sure if I would use the words “more clearly” or just in a different perhaps heightened way.

If I can do my part while I am on this earth… and maybe even after I am gone to nudge people to see the world in a heightened, different way that can change them for the better… if even for a moment AND to have people think of creativity and me in the same thought… well that makes MB happy. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Throwback Thursday - Fred and Anne

I found a box of photos this past weekend. This is an oldie of my parents from the 40’s. It looks like my Mother has a ring on her finger so they must have already been married. I am not sure whose house it is, but I remember seeing that lamp when I was young. I noticed the Christmas tree, which reminded me that the Medium that I had gone to while in Lily dale told me that my Father apparently loved Christmas and Christmas trees!

What I find interesting about this picture is the look on their faces. To me they looked like they were in love or at least looked happy. I find it so interesting that people can start out so in love and over the years that love fades. Many times the actions towards the other become exactly the opposite of love. 

I am the youngest of 5 children, they were married about 15 years or more by the time I came along. I do not remember seeing many loving glances shared between them. Sometimes I look back and think “what did these two ever have in common?” Who knows, maybe it really was “opposites attract”. They just could not live with each other anymore and got along much better after they divorced. The last few years of my Father’s life he was very sick with heart ailments, my Mom still worried about him. About a year before he died, my Father knew as well as I did that something just was not right with my Mother’s behavior, which helped lead to her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. He died at 71 in his sleep and she beat the odds and lived with Alzheimer’s over 15 years and died a week after her 81st birthday.

This picture helps me to believe that they really did love one another at one point.

It makes me smile.

Monday, February 18, 2013

DIY Post-It Note Holders

This is a project that I made for a few of my nieces and my daughter for Christmas.

My friend Mardy found the idea on the web… but I can’t for the life of me find the link. The idea on the web was using wrapping paper as the background. First I started that way and then the wheels started turning. Instead of using wrapping paper I thought why don’t I create my backgrounds? I sketched out a few ideas and then started. 

Post-it pads come in so many fun shapes and colors now. Boy do I wish that I invented Post-Its!
This is the first design that I created. At first, I thought that I would just use the Post-It for the flower, but I wanted something in case my niece decided she did not want to buy any more notepads. So I finished the insert so that each was a finished piece of art.

I found the holders here…at a much more reasonable price than the stores, even including shipping.

I found a set of 5 colorful pens at Staples and I sent each girl and extra post-it pad as a refill.

Well I guess we can see which one Mario liked the best!

 He is my little Vanna!

Friday, February 15, 2013

I heArt Fridays!

Last Saturday I ran around the Upper Newport Bay. It was such a pretty day that I just kept running, until I realized how far from home that I really was! . I saw so many hearts in nature that day, but I am especially fond of this one. I hope you enjoy it. Take a moment to notice your surroundings this week and let me know if you spot any hearts.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Throwback Thursday - Happy Valentine's Day

Since Valentine's Day falls on a Thursday this year I decided to blog about some old Valentine's that I received from my children.

Nina drew this one for me in 2003. This is a picture of me sitting in my favorite chair with a cup of tea on the table next to me and a roaring fire in the fireplace. This was our last Valentine's Day in Williamsville, New York in our great turn of the century home that we restored. I loved that home and our years there were some of the happiest in my life and I can safely say in Nina's also.
Dante created this one for me a few years ago. He loved my Fiskars Paper Crimper and of course he knows how much I love hearts. Short, sweet and to the point! 

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!



Friday, February 8, 2013

I heArt Friday...

On Wednesday, when I was angry and hurt, I went to church to say the Rosary in front of the Blessed Mother. When I don't know what to do I find it very peaceful to say my Rosary in church. After I was done and I was walking over to the Blessed Sacrament chapel, I looked down and there was this heart in the granite floor. Definitely a sign from above. I hope my prayers have been heard and God will grant me the strength I need to get through this challenge.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Throwback Thursday - Mother & Son

This past week I was looking through old photos on my computer and I came across this one from May of 2006. 
This was taken 14 days after I was diagnosed with stage 2B breast cancer, 8 days after Dante’s 6th birthday. It was taken in his kindergarten class at the Mother’s Day celebration. Don’t you love my big tissue paper corsage? I look at this photo now and it makes me both happy and sad. He was a small innocent boy; look at those eyes and that sweet smile.  Neither one of us knew what was in store. I was trying to put on my brave face, after all Moms are supposed to make it all better. I know that I was thinking “I am going to enjoy every moment as I don’t know how many more Mother’s Day celebrations that I will get to share with him.” Less than a month later my long hair was gone, a daily reminder of cancer and chemo and a fight to survive.  This small innocent boy had to face the reality of cancer, his Mom could die. No six year old should have to go through that.
We made it through cancer, and chemo and surgeries and healing, not without physical and emotional scars.  I feel badly that he now has to go through a divorce. He has been through so much. Am I a perfect Mom? No. Have I made mistakes? Yes. Do I love my Son? Yes… I have loved him from the first day I knew his Birth Mother had chosen me to be his Mom. So many children of our Mother’s with Cancer have lost their Moms too early. It pains me that another Mother, who has never even met me, could try to interfere with our relationship. Yesterday, I was so angry yet so hurt at the same time that the only thing I could think to do was to go to church and pray to the Blessed Mother. Check back tomorrow to see what I found while I was there.

Friday, February 1, 2013

I heArt Fridays...

This Friday's heart is dog fur... I found this clump on the street. 

So many of my friends have told me that they now notice hearts in their everyday life. This makes me so happy.

If you notice a heart and you take the photo or you can give photo credit, send it to me and I will post it. If you have a blog let me know and I will link back!

Have a great Friday!




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