Monday, February 13, 2012
It is my Mom's 80th birthday on Valentine's Day and as part of her gift, I finished something I had started with her in mind about two years ago. While cleaning out my studio in January, I stumbled upon the almost-completed house. I had already painted it and adhered shells, seeds, and natural items inside on two of the shelves. I had partially completed the front - it had the handwriting in the background, but I had glued on a rather garish blue bird and that is obviously when I had walked away. The blue bird would never do with my sensibilities now, so I scraped and soaked it off and auditioned a pile of black birds until just the right bird was found. Edgar. That's the name of the big black crow that visits my Mom every morning for peanuts.
Come on along for a peek inside:
I had already prepared the 12 little matchboxes by painting them, but that was all I had done. I wasn't sure whether I wanted to add a photo and a story, a photo and a charm, or just a photo. In the end, I chose 12 photos - the first box has a photo of my parents before kids and the last photo in box 12 is a photo of our whole family with both sets of grandparents. The ten boxes in between are all photos of my sister and I. Awwww . . . .
Happy 80th birthday, Mom . . . and Happy Valentine's Day, too.
PS I just returned from my Mom's birthday dinner. Here's a photo of her opening her gift: