Tuesday, July 24, 2012

What We Pay Forward

I've been in the studio a lot for the past two weeks.
"Stitch" is a new collage/mixed media piece that I
just finished. It's a tribute to the way life used
to be. Thrifty and practical were traits to be proud of.

My Mom had them in spades. She was a child of the
Great Depression. My Grandfather was a plumber back
then and he always had work and income. Her family lived in 
Gloria Swanson's  house in those days. A family of seven
 and they used  half the house.
 I loved the stories of those days when I was little. 
 The lessons of that era were ingrained in my mother.
 We remade and recycled and saved. It was a virtue.

Most of my dresses were made at the sewing machine.
We'd go to the local five and dime ( a non-existent
retail concept now...) and pick out a pattern and
fabric. At home she'd clear the dining room
table and lay out the fabric, pin the pattern and
cut the odd shaped pieces out. The sewing machine
would be set up and a pretty new dress
emerged from the presser foot.

I don't think this tradition will see a revival
any time in the near future. I want to honor
my Mother and those rituals that are gone.
Many of the needlework projects that she
made for her family are still being used and loved.
She lives on through these things. Her legacy
is honored this way.

Midsummer Thoughts

It's been a busy Spring and Summer here. As it is for everyone - I tend to get
lost in the details and lose my overall focus - making sure I keep a presence
in cyberspace. I've felt like being quiet which is definitely bad marketing.

These months have been bountiful. Four grandchildren marked another birthday.
On Friday we welcomed our seventh - a beautiful little boy, Matteo David. He's
healthy and doing great. And I love that name. As our 7 year old grand Ella says -
" His name is Italy-ish." Italy-ish fits right into a family whose ancestors carried
the names Antonucci and Arcidiacono.

Tomorrow I leave for our annual family reunion/celebration. I feel so blessed.
I have work that I love and a happy healthy family that wants to be together
whenever we can. After the tragedy in Colorado I am more grateful than
ever for my ordinary life and all it's blessings. Grateful for my little wings
 that work hard to keep me aloft.