Saturday, May 07, 2011

Mother's Day and a Little City

Me, Mom and My Sister a few years ago

I remember one Mother's Day when I was about 2nd or 3rd grade age.  All I wanted to do for my mother was make a city for her to enjoy.  My grandmother took me to the store and we bought poster paper to use as the base of my creation.  For at least a week in my bedroom I worked on cutting, gluing and coloring all the little buildings and streets of this little city.  I kept it safe under my bed until the big day.  I also remember that nothing quite came out the way I had envisioned it but hoped that my mom would love it anyway.

When Mother's Day arrived I gave my mom the little city and to my young brain it seemed that she was confused.  Naturally I went into explaining what the city was and how I had made it for her.  Being that I am a perfectionist, I also explained that it didn't turn out quite as I had expected and hoped she liked it anyway.  She exclaimed that she loved it and gave me a hug.  It was a success!

Now that I am a mom myself, I look at that day from my childhood with different eyes.  Obviously, when presented with that mass of poster paper that more resembled a disaster of cones and tee-pees in some odd form, ala modern art, than it resembled a city, my mom didn't quite know what to say.  I'm sure she was thinking 'no candy?' 'no flowers?' 'no new perfume or jewelry?'.  Especially since she knew that my grandmother had taken me to the store specifically to purchase a gift for Mother's Day.  She was stuck with her daughter's ill attempt at making a paper city and had to look thrilled.  

As mothers, or any parental figure, we're thrust into situations where we can choose to be thrilled even though we may not be.  At the time, the little city I had made as a gift was very important to me.  Looking back now, I realize that little city was a mess to my mother but she knew there was something much more important than the gift itself.  I hope we each take time to remember about the real important things in life this Mother's Day.

By the way, after about a week or so, I never saw that little city again.  I asked my mother about it a few times but never got a satisfactory answer.  My guess is that it went to the special place they reserve in the trash dump for the projects from our childhoods.   

I'd like to mention that I have been featured over at the Trading Cradles blog.  Run over and check out their What Moms Want for Mother's Day post.  Happy Mother's Day!!

Friday, May 06, 2011

Such Happy Colors!

Soft, bright, happy, cheery, upbeat, perky, sweet and oh so pretty.... I am in love with the combo of PINK and YELLOW at the moment.

The color duet reminds me of my childhood and one particular yellow phase I lovingly embraced.  

Not a washed out, baby Easter pastel pink and yellow but bold pink and sunny yellow.  Something that ignites a fire in the creative psyche. 

Hmmm... I'm thinking these cute cupcakes might be in order for Mother's Day!!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Fabulous Wreaths of Fabric

Lately I've been seeing a lot of really cute wreaths made with fabric.  No, not just your typical fabric rag wreath either but adorable fun flower wreaths!  It's been starting to warm up here and I've been feeling a little Spring-like even though it's been Spring for awhile now.  And as such, I feel a little crafty!  What do you think?  Yay, nay?  Cute?  Any further ideas for a fun fabric wreath?

Clicking any of the images will take you to the original creator/designer's site.  Are you inspired yet? :)

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Yanni in Concert

Last night we got the chance to see Yanni live in concert.  I really don't know what we were expecting but it was so much more! 

What really stunned us was the sheer talent of Yanni's orchestra.  Each of the instruments was played with such ease yet the complex sounds coming from mere wood, string and brass were truly a thing of beauty.  Drummer Charlie Adams is not only an impressive percussionist but an amazing entertainer.  For his concert solo, he donned a Utah Jazz jersey and stripped that off to reveal a Real Salt Lake jersey.  In fact, the whole concert had a more personal intimate feel to it.

The cello, played by Alexander Zhiroff, brought a whole new admiration for the instrument.  And we have never seen the harp played with such fire and ingenuity as played by Victor Espinola.  Another favorite was Mary Simpson on the violin.  Each and every one of the musicians brought a beautiful piece of talent to the music.  My personal favorite was Samvel Yervinyan on the violin.  I cannot begin to describe the intense grace and refinement to which he made that violin sing with a combination of strength and softness.  

The passion of the concert was addictive.  Yanni brings a real sense of genuine love to his music and more than once my daughter leaned over to me and said 'he seems like such a sweet guy' or something very similar.  He mouthed the word 'perfect' to violinist Mary Simpson after one solo and my daughter nearly melted.  The absolute crush of emotions and senses that Yanni must have felt while composing the pieces was heartily conveyed at the concert.  It was an upbeat, serene, delightful experience.

We received complimentary tickets to this venue from our relationship with the One2One Network.  All opinions are strictly unbiased and honest.