Friday, March 29, 2013

I heArt Fridays... Easter Eggs

 I can't take credit for this creation or happy accident... This is Nina's... it is perfect for this Friday's heArt... I see two of them... do you?

Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Throwback Thursday - Anne - My Mom

My Mother… On March 31, she would have been 89. Wow. This was one of her school photos.  Gotta love the glasses! She loved teaching, she loved children. In fact, it seemed at times that she liked her school kids better than her own! She was a very strict Mother… when my kids say that I am strict… I laugh “you have no idea what strict is!” As in most families, each of us had a different relationship with her. I got so much more one on one time with her than my siblings did growing up. We traveled to Europe and went on 2 cruises to the Caribbean. Alzheimer’s struck her early and I did not have the Mom that I knew around when my children grew up. That is very sad because she absolutely LOVED children. She enjoyed seeing her Grandchildren even when she did not remember that I was her Daughter or that they were her Grandchildren.
One of the best things that my Mom did for me was allowing me to go to New York City at the age of 17 for a summer program at Parsons School of Design. That experience solidified my decision to attend Parsons for my Bachelors of Fine Arts. I am so thankful that she supported me, not only for the summer program, but to attend college in Manhattan. Some people did not think that she made a smart decision and even went as far to say that she was a bad Mother. When I was 17, I had no idea of the magnitude of that decision. Now, that I have children of my own, I understand that selfless act as a Mother and the worry that must have consumed her while I was away. I am sure she prayed nightly for my safety.
Sometimes when things get tough I think back to that time in my life…
Just like the famous song… “If I can make it there (at 17) I can make it anywhere!”
Thanks Mom… 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Throwback Thursday - Cabbage Patch Dolls

This week's Throwback Thursday photo is from 1984. These are my nieces. I sewed their running suits with matching outfits for their cabbage patch dolls. These girls are now beautiful women, two of the three have girls of their own. Time does fly...

Friday, March 15, 2013

I heArt Fridays...

My daughter bought me some roses on Valentine's Day and she placed them in this San Pellegrino bottle. It has been sitting on the counter and the other day I noticed this heart. I love when that happens.

Have you found any hearts this week? 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Throwback Thursdays - She Liked to Make Marks...

I am getting ready for a garage sale this coming Saturday, so I have been cleaning out my garage... again. I came cross my baby book.
This is a picture of me when I was about 1 year old.

I know I have read through the book many times, but this time my Mother's note at 17 Months stood out to me:
It really explains so much... all these years later, I still like books, crayons and pencils and I am STILL making marks all over everything!

Friday, March 8, 2013

I heArt Fridays!

I took this photo last week of one of the fountains at my office complex. When I shared it to my social media sites, a friend commented on seeing a heart. Once I took a closer look I noticed a few of them.

Do you see them?

I see a cluster of three of them on the right side of the photo in the middle... A close-up of that area is below.

This one below is a close-up of the dark heart against the white horizontal structure of the fountain.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Throwback Thursday - Mother & Daughter

This picture was taken almost 16 years ago. I can honestly say it was one of the happiest periods of my life. Nina is wearing a slip… she loved that slip and she would wear it day and night. She grew out of a few of them. The photo was taken by Short Street Photographers in our old hometown of Williamsville, New York. We had so much fun that day. We took a lot of photos outside and then these were the fun shots at the end. I love the “old school” hand coloring.
Sixteen years! Where did the time go?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Nina Sings At Studio Crescendoh..

A few months back when Nina and I went to the Santa AnaArtwalk and met Belinda Fireman at Studio Crescendoh… you can read about that night hereJenny Doh asked Nina if she would like to sing at a future Artwalk. Tonight was that night.

We started the night at Kura Sushi… 

our favorite revolving sushi bar restaurant with Nina’s closest friends...

Then it was off to Santa Ana on a beautiful night in Southern California…
She sang 3 songs and as you will hear… did an amazing job.

Arms of an Angel...

Each song drew more people into the studio.


Jenny has already asked her to come back and sign again!

This Girl is On Fire...

I tried to get a sneak peak in the video of her new sparkly iridescent shoes... they were the last pair at Urban Outfitter when we went to the SOBECA  Artwalk on Tuesday night at The Lab and The Camp...and they were her size, it was meant to be...they are "so Nina".

Her "after-party" was at America's Cup for frozen yogurt:

My Brother stopped in a day early to visit too.
I am so proud of Nina and how hard she has been working. She is going to school, working at Balboa Candy and has been taking singing lessons over the past year. She is currently in the studio recording her first single and paying for everything with her own money. I keep telling her that even though it is hard right now, it will make her success that much sweeter.

You can head over to her YouTube channel here… and like her Facebook page over here

This girl definitely is on fire…


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