Thursday, September 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is my mom's birthday...and I am hoping she likes the gift I made for her. She won't see it until she comes back from her trip on Tuesday. Both my parents are September babies. My dad's was earlier this month and he's getting a fax machine for his birthday. That's boring...I know. But this is the exciting and pretty stuff!
BBD Red Sampler Freebie
32 count Lakeside Linens Vintage Light Examplar
WDW Lancaster Red, CC Clay Pot and GAST Antique Rose


I am really happy with it! I tried to correct as much as possible...especially the bottom border, the flower border and that seven. This was made in tribute to my maternal grandmother who passed away in 1994. She was 90 years old. I think it's fitting that because of spacing issues, I moved the 8 to the third row and kept the 9 and 0 by themselves on the fourth row. I didn't plan it really. Once I finished it last night and looked at it, I was all "hey! She was 90 in 1994 and lookie there...it all adds up!" I suppose that's kismet in a way. My maternal grandmother was the only grandparent I ever knew. All my others passed away before I was born or could even remember. Almost every summer, my mother would pack me up and we would go to Nicaragua to spend 2-3 weeks visiting family. I got to play at the beach and play with all my aunts, uncles and cousins. My grandmother was very much the matriarch of the family. She kept all of us in line and loved us all so much with her warm and wonderful heart. When I was young, she'd sometimes come to the States to visit. I remember her making tons of little yoyo's and making lovely crocheted doilies. The craftiness passed onto my mom and me. With her passing came very heavy hearts. Even the parrot would still scream "abuelita", waiting for her to yell back. I had planned this little tribute for Mother's Day but I got sidetracked. I thought my mom's birthday would be just as fitting. *The boy* and I are heading to Aaron Brothers and Michael's to see if I can find a suitable frame for it. I hope so!

Happy Birthday to Mom!


15 comments:

Carol R said...

A lovely gift for your mom's birthday Valerie! I am sure she will love it and nice memories of your childhood too. Thanks for sharing.
Happy Birthday Mom!

Sadie said...

Beautifl stitching Valerie, I am sure that your mum will love and treasure it.

Katrina said...

Happy birthday to your mom, what a nice gift!

Margaret said...

What a special gift for your mom. I hope she has a great birthday! And that you find the perfect frame.

Cheryl said...

Thats lovely! What a great birthday gift for your mom!

Missy Ann said...

Beautiful finish! Good luck on the frame hunt.

Theresa said...

What a great birthday gift!!! I'm sure your mom will love it!!!!

Melissa said...

That's a lovely gift you've stitched, Valerie. I'm sure your mom will love it.

Siobhan said...

Lovely sampler, Valerie! Your mother will treasure it, I am sure.

Congratulations on being debt free, too! That is a big gift to give yourself. You should be incredibly proud!

Lisa said...

Valerie,
What a beautiful gift for your mother. It came out wonderful and I am sure that she will love it! Wish her a happy bday!
Take care!
Lisa

Dani - tkdchick said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom!!!! Beautiful gift!

Meari said...

Congrats on the finish. I'm sure your Mom will love it! And what a nice tribute (both in stitching and words) to your grandmother.

Carolyn NC said...

Very pretty!

Michelle said...

What a beautiful gift for your mom! It's lovely!!

Mary Elizabeth said...

oh it is so very pretty. Your Mom is so lucky to have you. I bet she will cry... 5 bucks.
Love,
Mary