Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Making Memories with Mini Martha

When I look into my daughter's eyes and see the brilliant sparks of creativity pulsating just beneath the surface of those amber pools I am simultaneously awed, inspired, energized and supremely proud. The girl is a powerhouse. She makes art and craft way beyond the scope of her mere thirteen years on the planet (she's also an intelligent, witty and comedic gal to boot) and I'm not just saying this because she is my progeny. Nope. She is truly gifted and full of spirit.

That's my girl...



She's also unstoppable. Case in point...the child was suffering from a pretty nasty cold the entire holiday weekend, but still managed to craft up a trio of three foot Christmas trees (all lighted I might add)...









A smashing wool felt holiday wreath....



Begin a granny square blanket...



And bake batches of cookies! Sorry, no pics. We devoured the luscious rounds of chocolate confection before I could get a shot.

Anyway, the kid does me proud and aside from the usual tween angst every now and again, she's fun to be around. Our time together is often spent engaged in conversation ranging from the not so deep, edge of adolescence type of fare to the exceedingly murky, meaning of life type of contemplations. Our little mom/daughter duo can also be seen conjuring creative cuisine, consuming ginormous bowls of popped corn while watching a bit of entertainment from our revolving supply of red envelopes, speeding about town from one crafty establishment to another procuring supplies for our various artful endeavors and of course making multitudes of crazy creations. She's a gem and I cherish our time together immensely.

I'd like to say that she's just like me (giving myself the ultimate compliment), but truly she's so much more. My daughter radiates light from within. Her heart is full of love and compassion, her mind is ripe with incredible ideas, her sense of humor is an unceasing delight and her laughter is truly infectious. For me she is a wonder to behold and when I'm feeling blue, one glance at the first photo above brings and instant smile to my forlorn soul.

And heck, there's nothing better than handcrafted holidays and memories made with the ones you love! So, in this hectic season of stress, myriad engagements and preparations galore, take a few moments and spend some time making holiday memories with someone you adore.

Happy Handcrafted Holidays Everyone!

24 comments:

Ellen Bloom said...

Ahhhh....I totally agree with you about Lena! She's a gem. You are both very lucky!!!!

Great photo of Hoppin' Mini-Martha!

Annika said...

If Sam and I can have half what you and Lena have, I will be the luckiest woman on earth.

MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

Ditto what Ellen and Annika said. She is an amazing creature, and you get to take credit for that!

Anonymous said...

one word ...awesome!

Anonymous said...

See, that is a fine FINE story of family bliss - I love to hear it. You are both blessed with a true great friend.

Sue said...

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, eh? Just wonderful!!

lisa s said...

i'd say more like a mini-linoleum :D
xo

Tandi said...

What fun holiday photos! Beautiful festive decorations!

Vera said...

I like Mini-Linoleum too!

Your daughter has hooked you up with some lovely decorations.

Deneen said...

What a nice post about you and Lena-make me all teary eyed. Consider yourself lucky (I know you do) and enjoy it all. I look forward to having some memories like this with Elena.

Vik said...

Aww...wonderful post!

Heatherly said...

daughters are so lovely.
aren't you glad she got the craft gene?

Heather said...

This is a great post - thanks for sharing because daughters rock! I'm having fun with mine lately too. :)

Carol said...

Now THAT'S tru love! Your "baby" sounds like a true treasure!

christianne said...

She's adorable. And that's such a sweet, cute post. Just wait till she starts dating... tee hee.

Oh, and BTW I forgot to tell you much I loooooved Turkeyzilla. Freaking radical. Though (and I mentioned this to Bri and she made me swear to tell you) I was surprised the coinpurse wasn't in the shape of some sort of giblet! :)

christianne said...

She's adorable. And that's such a sweet, cute post. Just wait till she starts dating... tee hee.

Oh, and BTW I forgot to tell you much I loooooved Turkeyzilla. Freaking radical. Though (and I mentioned this to Bri and she made me swear to tell you) I was surprised the coinpurse wasn't in the shape of some sort of giblet! :)

briana said...

I. Love. That. Girl.

She single-handedly made me reconsider my stance against breeding.

Fiber Deviant said...

what a great post! your daughter is also awesomely talented! i love that you are raising her in craftiness!

kids are great!

Happy Holidays!

susan said...

oh regina! my eyes get misty and i feel your love and pride here without ever meeting your daughter! i know how you feel though and think by "hook (crochet hook of course) or by crook" our offspring must meet!
the trees she fashioned are better than martha's cause SHE actually thought them up AND made them! love them!
hugs and forever happiness with you and yours,
susan
p.s. the paperdoll calendars are ready....

miss kendra said...

i love lena.

check your email.

Sally said...

LL, you are so lucky to have such a wonderful child, and she is so lucky to have such a fabulous mother, one who never hesitates to encourage her creativity. If I can be a fraction of the inspiration and cheering section to my daughter as you are to yours, my life will be complete. (I hope that last sentence made sense. It was a compliment.) :o)

dancingdishes said...

You two are very lucky people. YOu have both been truely blessesd with something special. I think it's the most besutiful thing in the world that you see your daughter for who and what she really is. Thank you for being an inspiring mother and friend. Namaste!

Anonymous said...

All praise the Linoliette. And I can totally relate to the post. I have one at home, although a little more laid back than yours, and she is the heartland of my inspiration.

Best wishes for Christmas,

Shula

Curegirl0421 said...

You and your daughter are what I hope my daughter & I will continue to be; we're there now but she's only 10... I hope to continue as is! It's nice to know I'm not the only mom in the world who hangs out with her kid... all the other moms I know are so busy with other stuff, I was starting to feel like it was weird to be friends with my kid.

Thanks, and happy holidays!