Happy Mother's Day! I thought this would be the perfect time to show you another one of my favorite things. (it was inspired by something my good friend Judy Watkins created over at Remnants of the Past) I found this cloche, or bell jar, at a local antique dealer. The base is old mercury glass, which is well-worn and just the way I like it. I decided to fill it with mementos centered around my mother, and started with her old childhood bible. A few years after she died, her husband Bill sent it to me, and I tucked it away safely in a drawer. I looked around for other little tokens and pictures, and began my arrangement. I sat the bible on an easel, and used an old French manuscript as a background (which is perfect since my mother was a French major in college!) I found a couple of very old photos of my mom - one is hand-tinted and printed on porcelain, the other is of her in her horseback riding gear. I had a very old cameo that my grandmother (her mother) gave me many years ago, just sitting in my jewelry box - it was perfect in front of a small nest my husband found. I filled in the gaps with my original wedding invitation, an old rosary, an old bronze religious statue, a silver trophy and some rusty keys - the perfect contrast of genteel & crusty, don't you think? I have it grouped with some other treasures on an old dresser in my dining room, including scrabble tiles that spell out "blessings", some antique school primers, and a bottle of dessert wine my daughter brought back from Italy 10 years ago. One more thing...my daughter, Jaime was also given an old family bible. Tucked inside there was a poem written by my mom when she was 9 years old. Jaime had it photocopied and framed for me years ago, and it is a sweet tribute to what an incredible woman of faith my mom truly was.
Happy Mother's Day mom....I miss you. ...and Happy Mother's Day to all of you too - thanks again for stopping by!
I am wife, mother and grandmother first. My home is my sanctuary, and the attic is where I go to create. I am also an artist – forever dreaming up ways to make something from nothing. I love words and images from the past. I love old glass glitter, nests, and old music and books. I love learning and experimenting, and I’m always looking for ways to get in touch with my “Inner MacGyver”.