I'm starting with my mom. Sadly, we lost her in 2006 - sooo young, only 52. I still miss her every single day, especially around the holidays. She was an amazing cook, an amazing decorator (everyone wanted her to design a room in their homes!) and just awesome at crafting whatever struck her fancy. Not to mention, she was the best mother four girls could have. I'd like to share just a handful of the wonderful things she made that I'm lucky to have in my possession: (pardon the tacky back-drop sheet...)
|My lovely mother and just one of her cool birdhouses|
|Bird bath from the side|
|From the top|
Here's a Christmas pot and topiary she created - both bases are done with tissue paper - so cool!
|She shaped and curled all that ribbon, used tissue paper on pot - awesome...|
|Check out the detail and wrap around the handle|
Some other lovely pots and jugs:
|I love the antiquing finish on the middle one!|
She even did jewelry:
|My daughter as model for both|
Like I said, these are just a tiny, minuscule taste of all the wonderful things she created. They were my FAVORITE gifts and the best keepsakes ever. I'll take hand-made over store-bought any day!
My lovely sister, Cait, is following in Mom's footsteps. Look at this cool picture frame she made for my birthday:
I also have some fabulous friends (on-line and in-person) that have talents I can't help but envy.
Here's a little shout out to one of my best g-friends, Sarah Jebian, who is an absolutely stunning singer. She's currently in the works of putting out her first album. I'm soooo excited for her!!!! She's also a dancer and an actress and just an all-around great talent. You can check out some of her performances via her FB page here.
And another very talented blog friend, Kelly Sansom, her blog makes me laugh and her pictures I want to BUY and FRAME and HANG all over my house!!! She's a gifted photographer - she and her husband have a photography business in Utah called "Gallery Photography". She also makes jewelry and gourmet cooks! Seriously, she's awesome. Check out her blog.
And then, of course - can't forget to give thanks to all of you - more amazing friends, bloggers, writers, and just all around GREAT people!! You all ROCK! Seriously! I'm happy to have met you ALL.