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I Love Art, Adore the Handmade and Treasure the Vintage. I am the Fun Mom, the Silly Friend and the Writer who wants to make more room for beauty in the everyday.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Clips & Quips

...clips and quotes in Rosie's house...









































...drawings on a wall...









Me and my Mom Rosie...we are good pals, occasionally at odds, often in total and fabulous agreement. I have inherited from her energy and passion, and for these attributes I am forever grateful. I have also inherited -- or learned -- idiosyncrasies galore and a multitude of "odd" habits. We share them, tolerate them and through them, we celebrate one another.

This post confesses one, shared oddity....
My Mom has spent many of her 77 years clipping things from the 100s of thousands of magazines and periodicals we estimate that she has read! Then, she sticks them in odd spots around her house...picture frames, books, among the tschokes...one wall in her kitchen is the current "hot spot" for inspiration and cheer. This will clearly to stump the archaeologists of the next millennium.

I have never been sure if she is enchanted more with the words, or the concept of being able to revisit the "clipped" idea in an incongruous setting .

All I know is I am no better. I see quips and quotes and then write them on my walls with whatever implement is handy. One stuck under the sugar bowl in her kitchen recently got me.... and now it's here, in peacock blue kiddie pencil, on my kitchen wall...

"Creating beautiful things is how women have spoken of their love and heritage since the beginning of time."

How timeless; how true. Women create with passion and share their ideas and work in a way that is ...well...distinctly female. Generous and genuine. Unabashedly adorned with whimsy and with an aplomb that tells their own story and style.
Keep clipping Rosie! But, the kids want to know why it's ok for ME to write on the walls, but not THEM!

xxoo Jen O'Connor
Earth Angels Toys

16 comments:

Nancy said...

Beautifully said!Happy Mother's day to all you wonderful mothers!!

jeanetta said...

oh my goodness that was the most awesome (and i dont mean it in the lame 80's sense, i mean as in awe inspiring) piece i have read in a long time. so uplifting. i feel like a queen. thank you.

Lori said...

Jen, what beautiful sentiments. Thank you and Happy Mother's Day/Happy Woman's Day to you!!

constance said...

Thank's Jen. Happy Mother's Day to you!!

diane said...

ohhh jen...you reminded me of so many wonderful things and lifted me...to you and yours, happy mothers day...

Theresa said...

Dearest Jen how wonderful your words are. I know many of us are so lucky to have you in our lives. Your words have so much feeling behind them that one can't help but feel them. Thank you for the Happy Woman's Day/ Happy Mother's Day... May yours be a happy one too :)

Andrea S. said...

What a wonderful post. Thank you for sharing these thoughts! I won't soon forget them!

oldflowers4me said...

hello darling girl,your mum has guided you though the world of collecting a world that makes your heart beat you and your mum have a beautiful mothers day. love jo, hop skip and jump.

oldflowers4me said...

hello darling girl,you and your mum have both been guided to collect and she has given you you heart beat, happy mothers day to you both. love jo. hop skip and jump.

Sam I Am said...

YEAHHHH for GIRL POWER!!!!!!! :)
I Adore and Admire all the Wonderfully different unique women in my life ~ I am very blessed to know such special people!
xoxoxo
sam

Gypsy Purple said...

Beautiful post!!!!!

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charlotte said...

happy to discover you have a blog, Jen...thinking I should make my way up river to visit. Happy Mother's Day!

Diane Duda said...

Hey, you're right...WE ROCK! :)
I loved this post, and I hope you had a lovely Mother's/Woman's Day.

cari said...

oh my stars...you have a blog!!!!! I am just in love with all you have accomplished and the women you surround yourself with! What amazing energy you ladies create and inspire when you are together!!! I am looking forward to reading more of your blog, but in small snippets so as to savor the excitement of finding something so special and new...thank you so much!!!!

Roseanna said...

just started keeping up with your blog...very cool! great shot of our beautiful(inside and out)mother. words of wisdom. thanks,R

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