~As I think about "Mothers Day", I am brought back to my younger years, as mom has been gone for about 15 years now. The most prominent memories of her are her love for her family and her distinct decorating taste. Mom always liked very feminine things, her clothing, her make-up, her accessories, her nail polish, her heels- all shouted I am woman and proud of it! She was a very beautiful lady and I am happy to be a recipient of those "genes"!! She truly loved flowers and anything purple. Flowers abounded everywhere, silk, dried, fiber optic roses, real, potted, gardens of gladiolas, bleeding hearts, and peony. And then there was the snowball bush- (always a favorite for children's playtime activities), the forsythia and Japanese quince that would bloom in the springtime. The blue flower patterned china that adorned her dining room hutch was such a statement of who she was as a woman. She loved anything fancy. As I was developing my home decorating style, I shied away from the frilly and flowery. Don't get me wrong I love flowers and everything girly, but my tastes are a little more old fashioned and less purple. I have always loved antiques and old furniture, but I just can't get past the "smell" of them. That being the case, I have worked with my wonderful husband to "create" some new "old" pieces of furniture. One of my favorite pieces that we designed and built was in necessity to accommodate a large collection of ceramic mugs that my dad made for me in ceramics. As I opened the box, the last Christmas that we celebrated together, much to my surprise was a beautiful cobalt blue coffee mug all shiny and simply beautiful! As I continued in the box, another mug, I continued to pull them out of the box all wrapped tightly to keep them safe. As I got to the bottom of the box, amazed I counted twelve mugs!! I was so blessed, but then the dilemma came, where was I going to display all of these gorgeous mugs. Thanks to husbands handy work, I have an awesome blue hutch to display my mugs and my pottery. I have a ceramic figurine of my mom an dad that my Aunt Peggy made for the top of their anniversary cake their last year together. I have it displayed in another of my favorite hutches, along with some of the other special items given to me. I hope that you enjoy the pictures of the hutches and the special contents that they hold for me. Happy Mother's Day and memory making with your mothers.
Life is short, cherish the time that you have. hugs~ Sara