Saturday, February 27, 2010

cards and paintings....

My mom was such an amazing artist~ Most recently she had truly mastered watercolor...She would take her paintings and have cards printed before she had them framed. I was lucky enough to get 2 of her paintings not yet framed and had cards made from them before I took them in to the frame shop~ (The cards do not do the paintings justice). The paintings are simply beautiful, so full of details and just amazing...
Here are a few photos of the cards I had made~ They are so incredibly special to me!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Shadow of The Wind....

Thanks to being on I had my mom sign up there too~ And now I have even more treasures. She reviewed about 6 books and it makes me happy to know that I know what she would recommend and what she thought of them...
This is one I am reading now~ I am only on chapter 4 but I love it so far.
Here is her review of this book quoted from her goodreads.
"This is my all time favorite book selection. I highly recommend it" ~Rena Traub
Have you read it? Let me know what you think if or when you do!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Poetry and stickies...

My mom loved poetry~
Here are two books of hers that I am lucky enough to cherish now~
How I love that she marked books with stickies and torn papers as now I know some of her favorites...

AFTERNOON ON A HILL by Edna St Vincent Millay
I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.

I will look at cliffs and clouds
With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass,
And the grass rise.

And when lights begin to show
Up from the town,
I will mark which must be mine,
And then start down!

The books are so beautiful...

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Bon jour..

My mom was such an amazing woman! She was studying French~ I thought it was so awesome! She was in French Book clubs and she was taking classes and was part of French groups~ How cool is that!
I was at the bookstore about a month ago and ran across this cool French inspired book...LOVE IT! Thought I would share it...
It has so many inspirational design things etc...

Time to learn to knit....

I suppose we all have lists of things we want to learn ~ Knitting has always been on my list, but I never made the time to learn. I also figured I would not be very good at it but you never know until you try, right...
A few months ago as my sister and I were going through a few or my moms things, we found a basket of knitting ~ I found a half finished sweater, a vest and a start of a stuffed animal~ it was at that moment that I thought it was time for me to learn to knit! Someone should finished these beautiful things, why not me!
So I am in the very beginning stages of knitting and so far have made 2 hats and 2 scarves. I love it! What a great healing tool as well~ It is very calming and I just love it.
Here are the few items that I have made so far.
Hat and project #1

Scarf and project #2

Scarf and project #3

Red hat and project #4 (Red hat requested by my friend Shellie)

I will be brave enough someday to try and complete my moms beautiful projects, but I have a lot of learning to do!


My mom was an avid reader~ For the past 12 or so years she would share books with me. I began to love to read, but still did not set enough time aside to do it as much as I would have liked~ I have been reading much more lately~
Some of the first books she shared with me were amazing...I cannot wait to re-read them.
~The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo (I just read this one again, very quick read)
~Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked God by Joe Coomer
~Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams
These are the first that come to my mind.
What are your favorite books?
I know I will be posting and sharing a lot about books~
If you are on goodreads website please friend me there :)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

My Beautiful Mom~

I have been postponing this for so long now~ But I am really looking forward to starting this blog and sharing things here~ I just could not find the right words or place to start~
This past summer we found out that my beautiful mom had 2 glioblastoma brain tumors ~ Malignant, cancerous, extremely aggressive tumors. That was July 2nd, she was checked into the hospital that day and never came home ~ Our life was turned upside down. She was my rock~ My favorite thing about life. It is devastating to know I have to live without her for the rest of my own life. She died on August 19th 2009, she was only 68 years old.
That is all I want to post about that part of her life because this is a place that I want to be positive, write about the amazing things about her and share things about her and myself and be creative ~ I just thought it was important to share that information so you would know why this is such a special place for me.
This is a place to share, hold myself accountable and remember to live~
My name is Tiffany ~
I am Rena's daughter...