Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Happy Birthday Mom!

My mother was born 66 years ago today. She was and educator and an accomplished water-color artist who lived most of her life in a small town in Eastern North Carolina. More than that she was so kind and compassionate, that most people she knew loved her dearly. Her spirit was joyful and she loved to sing and dance, especially tap-dance and filled the air with delightful energy. She always helped women going through difficult times, and was never judgemental of anyone or there situation. Through her actions she taught me never to listen to gossip and to give everyone, no matter what their circumstances, a chance. Our home growing up was full of friends who were always stopping by, she cherished her friendships so much.
On Christmas eve of 2003 my mother died very peacefully in her home surrounded by family and friends of breast cancer. Every year on her birthday I plant some white iris and have birthday cake, chocolate with white icing...her favorite, with my family. We watch some videos of her and dance around the livingroom...we did that growing up. Not a day goes by that I don't think of her, but on April 29th I hope to always celebrate her birthday and her spirit....there are no others like her.

Since the education of children and the visual arts were so important to her I have set up an memorial challenge with Donors Choose to contribute money to several art related programs in underfunded schools in eastern North Carolina. Clicking the button at the top of the page will take you directly to the program where you can make your donations.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Bridesmaid Revisited

This"altered doll" is entered in the Art Dolls competition in Houston. She is made from a seed pod, wooden vase, cabinet handle, scrap cloth, some tissue paper from a Christmas present and other bits and pieces. She looks like she is forever walking down an aisle, head bowed dress flowing. Only 16inches high she attracts lots of attention, probably upstaging the "bride." Personally, I preferred the role of bridesmaid to bride, and the role of wedding quest even more. Perhaps that will be my next doll, the wedding quest accompanied by Ancient Mariner. A Special Thank You to my husband for taking these and many more photos!

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Send Mom to Texas for Mother's Day

My tenant the week is "Texas RV Travel" and has great articles of where to travel in the lone star state...something I care about as I have this little cutie to go visit. Here is a list of articles, find out where one of the best spas in the country is in Texas:
Matagorda Bay Nature Park on Texas Coast
Garner State Park is Still Popular for Tubing, Dancing and Exploring
Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Send Your Mom to Spa Resort
Pristine Paddling Trail on Texas Coast
Songbirds, Canyonlands, Star Shine and YOU
More Tales from Texas Water Safari
Texas Water Safari Stories
Experienced Anglers Wanted

Just look at her, ready for an adventure.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

THE WINNER IS.................

JILL! Really hard choosing from all
those excellent entries. Basically I
wrote everyone's name on individual
pieces of paper, folded them,
put them in a coffe mug and
picked out Jill's. So there she is in virtual top drawer form.
Cheers to you all and thanks again.