Blog Tales

My Mom & The Chickadee & Fire-Writing

Today,
is my mom's seventy-second
Birth Day...

Happy Birth Day Mom!

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I am pretty lucky
to have such a great mom,
who is also one of my best friends...

We do some neat things together...
Like... our Tuesday watercolor class...
or going out on the town in what we
really like to wear...

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Today...
we went and saw "Bridge To Terabithia"
a poignant, magical movie
about the power of love and the imagination...

I believe my gift for creativity and imagination
comes from both my parents,
they have always encouraged me to follow my passion
to create,
as do they...

My dad- vineyards, my mom- magic, beauty,
and her latest passion- watercoloring...

My mom is also a big advocate for animal rights
and humane treatment...

Of all creatures, she loves best the birds,
big and small, especially the chickadees that grace
her feeder...

For Valentines Day,
my father gave me wood-burning pens,
he said, "pens instead of roses..."
So, I took a woodburning class
also through Gourd College Online
with the gifted pyrography artist Jenn Avery....
and made my first ever chickadee...

First Jenn had us prepare the gourd...
I love this gourd,
(from Helen Thomas, the "Gourd Sand Lady" in Indiana)
for it looks like a Bosc Pear...

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So I sand...

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Then draw the little chickadee
that comes from a photo at Jenn's
bird feeder in Pennsylvania...

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Then,
I begin to burn with my pens,
fire-writing...

And my chickadee begins to emerge...

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With some suggestions from Jenn...
my first chickadee is ready for flight...

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and finds its way home
with my mom,
a gift of love,
for a mother who blesses my life
in so many ways...