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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

With Moms in Mind--A Garden Full of Memories

Hi Everyone~

As you can see, I have been busy creating Mother's Day pieces for my Etsy shop. The latest is this "Shabby Cottage Garden."

I design for Shabby Cottage Studio and the wooden shrine that it was created with is one of their products from their awesome on-line store!

Lots of shabby goodness here in addition to a nest and eggs--perfect for someone who enjoys their garden and would like to bring "the outside" in!

Here is a mixed-media, silver-toned bezeled bracelet from my shop...It was created with images from Madame Tussaud's Museum Collection.

This one of a kind piece is like wearing a virtual garden on your wrist! This is the only bezeled bracelet left in my shop.

So many of our moms inspire us--so, I wanted to create this piece with an image from Dezinaworld where I am on the Design Team. The image of the girl is from their Spring collection. The background is theirs, as well.

I have a question for you~Do you have any special memories from your childhood of your mom in her garden?

As for me, I remember when it rained, my mom would break off little pieces of bread and put them on the fence around our house so that the birds would not go hungry because of inclement weather. That was such a sweet thing to do!

A special blog event is starting on Sunday--so, please come back and take a look!


Linking this to White Wednesday!

Linking this to Laugh Love and Craft!

Linking this to Creavil!

Linking this to Alphabet Thursday!

("B" is for bezeled bracelet.)

Linking this to Show and Tell Friday!


Linda said...

Beautiful, your shabby cottage garden! I love you memory of your mother! I remember my mother always planting morning glories...her name is Gloria, and her father always said, "Morning, Glory!" The flowers always reminded her of that, and now they remind me of my mother, too...

Creative Grammie said...

Aloha Cindy,
Your Shabby Garden Cottage is just beautiful. Definitely fit for a Mom. I remember my Mom loved working in her garden. She loved her orchids and anthuriums the most and loved showing them off to her family and friends.
Your bracelet is gorgeous too! I've made a few charms using some vintage Hawaiian images, but never thought to make a bracelet. Your work is beautiful.
TFS and warm hugs.

sonya said...

Hi Cindy,
That is a sweet memory of your Mom.
Your Shabby Cottage Garden is wonderful! I love the butterflies and the birds! And your bracelet is gorgeous, love the colors!
I remember my Mom planting sweetpeas. Oh I love them. And She would be outside stringing them up. And I would try to help her.:)They smelled heavenly.
Hugs to you,

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Cindy, your pieces are wonderful as always. I finally got a new home computer and now have my scanner/printer working again so I can get back to creating with paper images. Yea! I don't remember my mom working in the garden. But I remember our huge backyard in Mississippi and how she would put her hair in a ponytail and mow the grass with an old push mower. :) I started mowing the grass when I was about 10 and always loved doing it. Now it's hard to find a patch of grass in this country. :/ Have a wonderful Wednesday. Tammy

Cameron said...

What a nice memory of your sweet :)

My Mom always claimed to have a "brown thumb"...the only flowers that grew in our yard were white calla lilies...she was amused that the only thing she could keep alive were flowers traditionally used for funerals..haha!

That little shrine makeover is adorable!

Daniele said...

so gorgeous, your mum will be thrilled, my mum has green fingers she rescues all my plants when they look they are dead and nusrses them back then she returns them and then gets them back again.....after doing it twice with one orchid I gave her the orchid as I felt it would be cruel to subject to another trauma

wowaccountforsale said...

Feeding birds on bitter weather sounds nostalgic for me and your story was really cute. I also do love my mom and her daisy and rose bloom garden.

Cheryl said...

oh what a wonderful memory oh your mum hun,these are just wonderful works of art just stunning hun hugs cheryl xxxxxxx

Dorthe said...

Sweet Cindy,- your cottage is the most sweet, and fairitale like little thing-so beautiful and full of fantasy--and the bracelet is so very lovely, with the flower garten-you are a wonderful artist, Cindy.
xox Dorthe

craftattack said...

Great work, as usual! Valerie

Diane said...

Another masterpiece...stunning!!

One memory of my Mom in her garden is she was weeding..I was quite small at the time, maybe 5 or so..and remember this quite well, as all of a sudden she went screaming across the yard ripping her blouse off (good thing we lived in the country)..she had gotten into a nest of ground hornets and they got inside her blouse and flew after her.....I guess I remember it as it made quite an impression on me at the time...we laugh about it now...just wanted to mention my Mom is going to be 84 May 6th..she still lives alone and she still gardens!!

Brenda Brown said...

HI Cindy
Sorry I haven't been around much - life gets in the way sometimes!!
I love your garden pieces and the birhouse is just divine.
One garden memory of my Mum is her love of flowers, and in the summer she always grew Fuchsias, she loved them. I have some in my garden that originated in hers and every year I take a few more cuttings.
I hope you are keeping well. Take care.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Donnie said...

I grew up in New York so no garden for mom. Lovely post.

Vicki said...

What a sweet memory of your Mom. This piece is one of my absolute favorites. I love butterflies. My mom was not much of a gardener. I do remember my Grandmother doing the same for the birds. She always was so thoughtful and frugal.

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Cindy,

Love these pieces! They will be gone in no time at all.

~ Gabriela ~

Linda said...

Hi Cindy,

Beautiful as always! My Mom had her lilacs
that was her favorite flower. She had a beautiful lilac tree in NY.

Kim said...

Hi Cindy, Happy Wednesday! I love this post, Moms are the best and we all need them! My Mom did not have a green thumb at all and neither do I! I wish I did because I love flowers! I have a great childhood memory of my greatgrandmother who lived to be 107 and when we would go visit her there would be a field of sunflowers and I loved them, everytime I see them it reminds me of her!! Hugs ♥

Diane said...

Always wonderful to visit here Cindy! My mother did not garden at all, but my father sure did--he had the greenest thumb I ever saw! We had so MANY beautiful flowers and the vegetable garden was unbelievable. I live in the house where I was raised, and I have many memories of our outside throughout the years.

Daniella said...

Beautiful pieces!! LOVE the birdhouse!!
NO. No childhood memories about my mom gardening. She doesn't do that, ever. She is also afraid of bugs. Scared to death is a better way to put it!! But, we did go outside all the time, she just stayed away from bugs!!

Melody said...

Pretty shabby birdhouse...okay that doesn't sound or look right when I type it.... but you know what I mean. Golly I not only remember my
Mom in the garden..especially the Rock Garden at our old house when I was little....but also my Grandma's old timey rose Great- Grandma and Great-Aunt's backdoor garden (they lived together) and my other Great-Aunt who had a little postage stamp yard and grew heirloom plants and trees from cuttings! When I say heirloom she'd go to our various family farms and take plants that had been growing for years..1800's....and transplant them...I have a peony that is from my Great-Grandparents farm That is at least 50!
Holy cow even my plants are vintage!

stampdiva said...

Dear Cindy
Both the birdhouse and bracelet are incredible.
Memories, strangely enough I was talking to my Mum only the other day about a memory of when rhubarb was ripe in the garden. She would cut ruby red stalks for me to share with the boy who lived next door and in a tiny Tupperware container she would add sugar for us to dip the stalks into.

Kim B said...

Those are just beautiful. I do love the bracelet too. I love to have the outdoors inside, some homey and charming. Have a great day!! Hugs, Kim

Ira said...

You did a superb job on both the birdhouse and the gorgeous bracelet, so different and so pretty nevertheless! Where would we be without memories, those nostalgic feelings... My mother was fond of yellow flowers in general, as long as they were yellow. We had quite a few rose bushes in our garden when I was little; nowadays I always put some yellow flowers in a vase on my mum's birthday and the day she passed away, this is my promise to her... Hugs, Ira

Jingle said...

This is absolutely beautiful! What a fabulous piece!!! The bracelet is wonderful, too! Wow!

Ana Cristina Caldatto said...

gorgeous gorgeous!

The Cranky Queen said...

Beautiful art pieces; you are so talented. I have many fond memories of my Mamma...but I always picture her in the kitchen cooking...she is a wonderful cook! Speaking of mothers, I am having a Mother's Day Giveaway over at The Cranky Queen.

Gerri Herbst said...

Hey Cindy..Just love those bird houses. Your creativity never ceases to amaze. Your use of texture, layers and color is so lucious! You know I adore what you do! My mom know it was spring when my mom, grandma and I planted pansies. They symbolize Spring to me....take care dearest, gerri

Faerie Moon Creations said...

These pieces are amazing, Cindy! I am so in love with the first one - that butterfly and the Prima flowers. :) My mom didn't garden. LOL My dad did all the gardening. My mom and I have black thumbs - which is why I also rely on my hubby for gardening help. He does a great job! :) Theresa

Manni said...

Hi Cindy
how are you doing? hope all is well with you:)
Love your post, I think any mom would be proud to own a piece of art like that in their home ( and heart) I love how you put it all together, you eye for colour and details is absolutely amazing!!!
My favourite memory of my mom is when she waters her vegetable patch and how she stands over each one of them. Clipping, trimming and just standing there like a "proud mama"

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I don't remember my mom ever gardening, but we did have mint that used to come back every year along the back of the garage. She would pick it for her ice tea. There were also Lily of the Valley there and before the house was sold I dug some up and planted it on my mother's grave. I'm afraid it hasn't done real well because of the sun, but some was still there last September when my dad was buried next to her in NJ.

You are so creative. Everything is beautiful.

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Cindy!
Beautiful memory of your Mother...It is so you girl to create with beautifully inspiring paper!

The wood birdhouse is so cute, I bought one years ago at our craft store and covered it with fabrics and vintage trims, jewels, bottons and more! Thank you for thgis beautiful piece.


JDaniel4's Mom said...

The bracelet would make a wonderful Mother's Day gift. I love love the bright flowers on it.

Roselle said...

Dear Cindy:
How many of your beauteous creations will become my "favorite"? LOL I ADORE this little birdhouse garden creation! Just so sweet, pretty and enchanting!

I got your little surprise in the mail yesterday. I actually LOL when I saw the return addy. It put a big smile on my face even before I opened it! I love altered clothespins! How did you know? They are too cute and sweet and I can't TU enough for your thoughtfulness.

lissa said...

lovely creations. have a sweet day.

victoriantailor said...

Hi Cindy, thanks for the nice compliment and visiting me as well, love the little cottage,

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Thank you for sharing your sweet memory of your mom...

Barbara Jean said...

Just came by to say hi.
This is a beautiful post.

barbara jean

jacirascrap said...

Obrigada por me fazer para e pensar, meus neuronios ficaram muito felizes ao lembrar! lembro de nós quatro (mae, pai eu e irmão) num enorme pé de pera, colhendo as para depois minha mãe fazer compotas de doce para por muitos dias passar no pão! Hum até deu água na boca!

Dolly Daydreams said...

Beautiful Cindy as ever , such gorgeous happy creations filled with such gorgeous details.


Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous Cindy, that bracelet is so special too.
I remember my mam teaching me to make daisy chains in the garden
hugs June xxxx

Marydon said...

WHAT A HUGE SURPRISE, Cindy!!! You are the sweetest ever. I didn't expect anything but love my darling tag you made 'just for me'. It is wonderful! And a pink teapot to boot! THANK YOU so very much for your sweet thoughtfulness.

Back stepped to take a peek at all the other lovely treasures you are creating ... my friend, you are so very talented.

Have a beautiful weekend.

Terry said...

Before I tell you of my memory and Mom in a garden, your little house is amazing. Love all the elements and that big butterfly! The bracelet is equally beautiful! You are so creative! I had eye surgery, while my kids were pretty young and I was a single mom! I needed someone to drive me home after the surgery and stay with me for a couple of days, so my mom was happy to escape! While she was up to keep an eye on me, she decided to work in the yard a little. A rock or piece of something went in her eye! Guess who had to take her to the doctors? So there we are, both of us with patches on our eyes! We went to the store the next day and this one man was just looking at us and I said, "Well she started it." True story!

Patricia's Paper Crafts said...

Lovely work and yes I always stop sometime I leave a comment and other times just to pray for you.

Gerri Herbst said...

Thanks for visiting me today and leaving such nice comments. I wanted to tell you that I adore the braclet you made!Your work is always impressive and so creative. I enjoy looking at it everyday. take care, gerri

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Cindy,
Love all the gorgeous creations and with mother's day upon us, they will be gone very fast. Your talents are over the moon my friend.
Yes, I have special memories of my mother and grandmother in their gardens and a time of learning for me as we told stories and sang songs.
Love your sweet memory too.
Hope you have a great weekend.
Love, Celestina Marie

Terri Morse said...

Cindy, your shabby cottage garden is lovely. So beautiful! Terri

Suz said...

The house and bracelet are so incredibly beautiful! I don't have any garden memories of my mom. She was too busy chasing around her crazy sons to have time to put in a garden! I know she would have loved one. She was a wonderful mom who died too soon...I was eighteen and she had a heart infection, poor dear. I still miss her after all these years.

Lydia said...

Enchanting. Even with my eyes closed- the music!

My mother was Puerto Rican. She brought the jungle with her. Which was a bit disconcerting to a child growing up in the land of over-groomed gardens. As an adult- growing up in that garden gave me courage to be different.

Cynthia Lloréns said...

This is absolutely beautiful! Cindy !!
Just a fabulous and wonderful piece!!! The bracelet is gorgeus at all !!!
Thanks for all your lovely always so nice.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs from Brazil

A Vintage Chic said...

Such beautiful pieces dedicated to mothers, Cindy...your work is always so lovely!

I shared a story today that kind of 3rd great-grandmother and her healing skills using herbs, vegetables, etc., from her garden...

Hoping your day is wonderful, my friend...


Devonay said...

Absolutely wonderful! I love the Inspire piece. Oh my goodness. My Mom in her garden! So many memories. My favorite revolve around her little fish pond and the time she spent with my daughter looking at tadpoles and showing her around the garden. This is really making me smile. So glad I stopped by your blog today!

Regina said...

what a lovely bird house! I love all the beautiful details!

My mother had so amanzing flowers in our garden and I love it all!

hugs Regina

Jenny said...

Such a beautiful post this week! Your talents know no bounds! I didn't realize you make jewelry also. I like the dimensional quality of your mixed media piece as well.

I am really ready to have some extra spending money one of these days.

Thanks for linking this week.

It's always fun to visit you.


Nancy Y said...

Hi Cindy! Wow - I definitely missed a lot while I was away! Love the new theme ~ and all the Beautiful creations to go with it!! Thank you so much again for the Wonderful Tea Party goodies!!
Hope you have a Wonderful weekend!
Nancy xx :D

cardsandmorebygigi said...

Oh sweetheart, how I have missed visiting you and seeing all your wonderful creations; your work is so varied, you do it all, and all so well. That birdcage is just gorgeous...Hugs and kisses G.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

I'm missing words, that's a fabulous piece of art.

Anonymous said...

It is a wonderful piece of art. thnks for sharing at the creavil-Challenge :-)

Anonymous said...

It is wonderful, really a masterpiece!

Kerstin Bulin said...

I love all your wonderful stuff what you create...Hugs from Germany
Have a wonderful day

Annchen said...

wow, what an amazing piece of art!

Claudia said...


Margot said...

Fantastic, so beautiful.

Brambleberry Cottage said...

I know my mom is definitely an inspiration to me! Your Mother's Day creations are lovely, Cindy.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage