Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Some Oldies But Goodies - Family Photos & a Tribute to My Mom!

My mom's 70th birthday is coming up this weekend. She gave birth to me when she was in her late thirties so she's always been an older mom in age, but she's also always been a younger mom at heart and in her energy and zeal for life. It is just in the past few years that I've realized that my mom is getting older. Sometimes that is hard to see because she has always appeared extremely youthful and vibrant to me. She still is in a lot of ways, but I find it difficult to believe that she's turning 70 years old soon.

As part of her birthday present, I scrapbooked a small album for her of family photos over the years. It is a hodge podge of my favorite family photos that documents portions of her entire life. My mom is not a materialistic woman so it can sometimes be hard to purchase just the right gift for her. I'm hoping that the photo album will be something unique that she'll cherish and enjoy. Below are a few of my favorite photos from the album. I thought that I'd share some of them and pay tribute to my wonderful, wonderful mom.


My Mom riding a buffalo - I 'm not sure of the back story on this one,
but it is one of my absolute favorite photos!



My Mom and Aunt with my Grandma
(my Mom is the one on the right)



My Mom and Dad from around the time that they got married



Myself (w/baby), my Mom, and my Dad from not too long ago - my how things change!

(And, if you're wondering, both my Mom and Dad have naturally dark brown hair, yet I ended up a natural redhead. My Aunt on my Mom's side and several family members on my Dad's side are redheads though so it does run in the family. It's crazy how genetics work sometimes!)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Handmade Nuno Felted Scarves with Shibori Dyeing Techniques




It has been a while since I posted last. I just wanted to share some of my latest felted creations. Since I have a lot of aches and pains at this point in my pregnancy, I'm trying to continue creating without overdoing it. This means that I've been doing a lot less physically intensive activities like hand dyeing. I have really enjoyed experimenting with dye methods including the shibori technique that you see in the photos above. I did also hand felt the scarves which isn't exactly a sedentary process, but the yearning to create is overwhelming so I continue to do so - just less of it! I hope that you enjoy the scarf photos. I have a few more in the works to share at a later date.