Friday, February 26, 2010

I made this.

I made it for my sweet God-daughter Wynne. I think she really liked it.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Good Things to come.....

Just a little "post-lett" to say that soon and very soon I will post fabulous things on my blog.... My life is in fast forward right now but I'm hanging on and having fun! Here's a quick and dirty rundown of the fabulous-ness headed my way:
1. Weekend Retreat at my church
2. craft project for G-mama's Bday
3. Crafting with Carrie
4. St. Pattie's day/weekend with Hannah
5. Gmama's Bday celebration
6. My husband :)... not that he is "headed my way"... he's here already... but he is fabulous.

Hope whatever you are doing makes you happy!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

True Love Knows no Bounds

WARNING: if you are grossed out by rats or snakes, you will not want to click on this link.....

Carla and her Friend


Don't make your mind up just yet- hear me out. The link takes you to Nina Katchadourian's website. She is an artist. She is quirky, intelligent, clever, likes maps, and- as many artists do- she sees the world differently than the average man and is generous enough to share her visions. I encourage you to visit her website. The story of Carla and her Friend is what first drew me in- its facinating and challenges the way I think about love, friendship, right and wrong.... and I also think its super cute. But then I also like rats and snakes. My other favorites are Renovated Mushroom and Sorted Books.

Enjoy! Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Celebrate your Family

I'm working on a gift for my grandmother- its kinda like a family tree, but not. I don't want to give away the surprise, so I'm not gonna talk about it anymore..... but..... in the course of researching this gift, I ran across some truly fabulous family trees!

Take a look.......

First is my all-time-favorite family tree from my Norman Rockwell book- remember the one I talked about during Thanksgiving? As a child I stared at this picture for hours. I used my finger to trace each branch of the tree, stopping at every couple, imagining their lives together, how they met, where they lived, how they died.... And it tickled me pink every time I made it all the way from the grubby pirate and his dark and mysterious Spanish lady up to the scrubbed and shiny red headed boy.

The next three are all from My Tree and me. Love the colors, love the lines, love the fresh take on the family tree idea..... love it all.

The next two are fabulous because they include pictures!
You can find this one here.

And you can find this one here. By the way, EVERYTHING in this gal's etsy shop is FABULOUS!!! (edit: oh man! I just found out that this print is sold out.... what a bummer. Well, it's still awesome and so is the artist.)

Now, this next piece is a non-traditional family tree. Here you just print the names of all the people in your life, or your child's life, or whoever this little creation is for- and attach those names to the balloons. What a creative way to tell someone," these are the people who lift you up, who make your life bright and cheery, who float around above your head and occasionally loose their helium and start to sink......" well, lets don't take it too literally. Isn't it SOOOOO CUTE? Find it here

Now for a little DIY.... I found these wall decals here , but you can find them all over your world wide interweb. I thought it might be fun to create your own wall art/family tree combo. You could purchase one of these trees (or paint one if you are so inclined) and then add the names of your family members by hand- you could paint them, or find a cool font and print them out.... ooh ooh! and then you could collect small frames and frame each name and "hang" them on the branches of the tree...... I love that idea. Feel free to steal it.

And finally..... click here for a super cute DIY family tree, directions and all. When you finish it should look a little something like this.....

Bye y'all!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Special Night

It was an awesome night. My Daddy was honored with the Clarence Butler Service and Leadership award from St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, GA. Daddy practiced medicine in Columbus for many years until a horseback riding accident ended his career and left him paralyzed from the neck down. As a general surgeon he gave his best years to St. Francis. Now that he cannot perform surgery, he works as a patient advocate and consultant to the hospital. My sisters and I have always been so proud of our Daddy. But it's evenings like this one that open my eyes to the impact one person can have on a community. Nine hundred and thirty people bought a ticket to this event; the largest turnout this fundraiser has ever experienced. Daddy's hands changed people's lives. Now his words pick up where his hands left off.

Here are a few pics of my family as we celebrated with our hero!

sisters, Anna and Caroline

Grandmama (who is 92!!! doesn't she look stunning?) and uncle Luis (who is equally stunning :)

sister, Mary Lovett (she is Sally and Wynne's mama)

Aunt Fabulous and Uncle Awesome

sister, Caroline and her boyfriend, Brandon

Hey, Uncle Awesome, you got something in your teeth.

sisters, Anna and Sally, with The Touhys (from the movie "The Blind Side") who were generous enough to speak at this function. They were a-MAH-zing.

The man of the hour!