Friday, May 6, 2011

Pity Party..Table of One

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I hope everyone had a super week!  It's been a long and busy one for me.  I'm back in rehab and I'm pretty sure my therapist finished first in torture training at CIA because I am feeling the burn today for sure!  I know the exercise will do my knee good, but wow my entire body is killing me!!  

Here in America, Mother's Day is this Sunday.  Since my mom died about 6 1/2 years ago, it's not a holiday that I especially look forward to celebrating.  May is also my mom's birthday month.  Oh, and I don't have a grandmother still living, either.  Okay, no pity party here..well, maybe a little one, but I do know a wonderful lady who is my other mother.  Anita took care of me when I lived with her and her family in England when I was an introverted, timid, awkward teen.  She called me, "Flower," "Petal," and "Sunshine."  She taught me to open up and live out loud.  She laughed at me and with me.  I respected and appreciated her so much that when I got older and had my first daughter, I sent her to live with her when she was an introverted, timid, awkward teen, too!

I think about Anita and her whole clan all the time.  I miss her and love her "heaps."  (as she says).  She lives in one of my favorite places on earth..on the Yorkshire coast.  One of my best memories is when we went to the beach on one hot July day.  It was almost hot enough to get into the water!  I said, almost!  I decided to make her a present keeping the beach theme in mind.  I transferred the three beach gals image onto an 8X10 painted canvas and then highlighted the image with paint and colored pencils.  I stamped the Emerson quote and glued on real shells for a top banner and also used shell stamps and of course a little glitter here and there.  I wish my photo would have turned out better, but by the time I finished, my light was gone!  Yes, I'm impatient!  I'll be sending this out on Monday.  I really hope she likes it.  Happy Mother's Day Anita.  Love and miss you.  

May 11th is my mom's birthday.  Today is my sister's birthday.  She's a mom, too.  I made her a little make up bag using the gel medium transfer method onto fabric.  I've used this same image on another bag, but this time I used gold, hot pink, and green to embroider areas of the umbrella, hat and ice cream.  I've already mailed this off to her. I sure hope she likes it!

Have a great weekend everyone.  And have a happy Mother's Day, too...whether you are a mom or not.

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Cyndi said...

The gift you made for Anita and the one for your sister are both awesome, Angi, and I know they are going to love them, as I am sure you put a lot of love into making them! I'm sorry that Mothers' Day is a hard time for you with your mom being gone...but I'm sure she is smiling down on you from Heaven and is proud of the wonderful woman you have become!

Love ya, my friend!



DeeDee said...

Hey Angela... I get on a pity party this time of year too... after the lose of my mom 2 years ago and her birthday this month also... I am so glad you foudn a wonderful lady to fill in a empty spot for you .... what a great gift I am sure she will treasure..Happy Mothers day to you a mom too... :D

Heather said...

Love the gift you made for Anita. I totally understand about tomorrow. I am taking my friend, Donna out for Mother's Day since her children basically ignore that day. I hope you have a great mother's day since you are a MOM! I hope your children spoil you a lot!

webbsway said...

Sweet Angela - they say what doesn't kill us -just makes us stronger. I believe you are starting to see that now in your life. My Mom passed over 35 years ago and I still miss her. She was my Mom and my best friend.

The gifts you have made are beautiful -they will be appreciated because you are giving a piece of you.

jacirascrap said...

Que lindas imagens voce transferiu! Obrigada por escrever sobre meu vestido... Já sou sua seguidora também!