My mom is nuts...and I mean that in a good way! She has a different project every week...which is one thing that makes my mom, my mom. And it ROCKS!
Lately, she has been into making these little bags...that also ROCK!!
My poor mom though, really. Today we were talking about how this sewing fad didn't pass on to me or my sister. I have noticed that a lot of my girlfriends have taken up sewing since they have had children. Maybe then I will get into it.
I remember how my mom did summer school with Jamie and me one year and one of the classes that we took from her was sewing. We both got incredibly frustrated when we worked so hard at putting something together and it didn't look just right. Talking with my friends who are taking up sewing, they have also expressed frustration with sewing. Well, people, I will let you in on a little secret...it isn't going to be perfect for a while. That is right, sewing is just like life. It takes time before it is perfect.
I don't know how to scan pictures in this thing, but I could show you that my mom's sewing wasn't necessarily 'perfect' all the time. When she was experimenting for the first little while on childrens clothing, she used me as her model...or some might say 'dummy.' For the first couple years of my life, I was a boy. My mom used material from my dad's old shirts and made me clothes. THAT'S RIGHT! I was a boy for the first couple years of my life.
Mom has never had problems experimenting new patterns, designs and materials on all of us kids. For some reason, Jamie somehow escaped this, but not me...or Brendon for that matter. I think Bryan is truly the luckiest. He can say, "Hey mom, I want to be Jack from Pirates this year for Halloween." And she can whip something up right away. Lucky kid....
But, Brendon...oh dear Brendon...poor Brendon. I remember mom getting into swimsuits. The girly swimsuits were fun. I think that was when she really realized that I was a girl! But, poor Brendon, he was doomed as soon as my mom found the SPEEDO pattern. But not only a Speedo pattern to cut out the swimsuit...the material was cheetah....hot pink and turquoise cheetah print. Oh...ha ha tee hee lol....my side!
I love looking at the old pics.
I make fun, but really....I LOVE my mom's rewarding hobbies and I mean it. I have piano music, paintings, swimsuits (yes she still makes them for me...when I beg), cabbage patch doll clothes, bags (and even one for my laptop), DVD experiment videos, creative writing books she wrote in and made, CDs of all the songs that remind her of her life growing up, all the home videos of our family (world's best Christmas gift ever), quilts (like the one she made for my future children...er...and my bed), Halloween costumes that my sister and I fought/fight over (the pink Jeannie costume being my favorite..who says a girl can't be a little scandalous on Halloween ;), bini's, scarves,jewelry (shrinky-dink and clay), beaded ornaments, primary/sunday school lesson plans with games, elementary school lessons, knit blankets, crocheted blankets...the list goes on an on!
I love that my mom always has to learn something new. She is so creative and talented. I admire her talents...and really am sad that I haven't carried her traits. I still have needles sitting in my cupboard with yarn on them...waiting to be knitted into something fabulous. A pot holder, a wicked long scarf...something. And yet...they sit, untouched since last year!
The woman is amazing. If you haven't gathered yet. Sometimes she will post her creations on her blog. You should really check it out. I keep telling her to sell her stuff. Who here is interested in buying any of the things I mentioned?? Maybe if I get enough comments, it will convince her to sell stuff!
Love you mom....maybe your future grandkids will inherit this skill....