Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever

My friend Melissa gave us this quilt last week as an early Christmas gift. She made it herself. The only thing I've ever sewn in my life, at age 19 because my mother made me, was a tent dress made with fabric in the "kountry kitchen" style with chicken feed labels and black-eyed pea cans all over it. I think it was supposed to be used for curtains...very ugly curtains. And I got carpal tunnel syndrome in my wrists and forearms from the sewing experience, so I haven't gone back to it since. Because I'm so lacking in crafty talent, I'm always impressed by people like Melissa who manage to put such beautiful things together with their own heads and hands.

It got me thinking about a few beautiful things in my life lately, starting with this quilt. You can check out the other things Melissa has available at her shop at etsy. She sells a lot of things in stores around Portland too. I'm proud of her and the way she manages to work full time, take care of her gorgeous kids, and make such beautiful things.

Another beautiful thing can be found here, at the blog of a 2007 Photobloggies Award nominee. The other nominees are great too, but hers is my favorite.

I find these prints, made by fellow Gladney-ite Jana, especially beautiful and meaningful. I think she needs to do more of these because she's very good at it. Then she can teach me how to do them.

I must have a thing for men in period costumes because I find this, this, and this oh so dashing and gorgeous (I'm the lucky girl actually married to one of these men!).

Finally, I've always loved ballet, ever since I was a little girl (pre-fat days) and met Kathy Thibodeaux right before her performance in The Nutcracker. I thought she was the most beautiful thing I'd ever set my young eyes on. Not long after that, the movie Six Weeks, starring Dudley Moore, Mary Tyler Moore (who I thought looked just like my mom in this movie), and Katherine Healy, came out, and I'd watch it every time it came on HBO. I always loved this scene as a little girl, thinking that playing Clara would have been the best thing in the entire world. And (spoiler alert), no matter how many times I saw it, I cried every time I saw this scene because I knew her days were numbered. I loved this movie.


emily said...

Don't crafty people amaze you? I don't have those skill sets:)

I just read the seatbelt post too. I witnesses a fatal accident a few months ago- very hard to see. I'm sorry for your mama.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Lori -

I also LOVED Six Weeks and watched it every time it was on HBO. That solo with Katherine Healy still always makes me cry. She was so talented!


Amy B. said...

I love your quilt! It really is beautiful. I liked looking at all your different links on this post. Really some creative people in this world, aren't there?

Have a good day!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I envy crafty people. I want that talent for me!! :) I'm always amazed at what can be created! Especially when I get a gift that is just sooooo "ME" that someone has made! Amazing!!

I also love your mom! She is a blessing. I enjoy your blog very much!! (I just haven't commented in a while.) :) I bet you've missed me. :p

Merry Christmas!

Melissa said...

Thanks so much for the shout out!

Your mom sounds like an amazing and compassionate woman. I hope one day I can meet her.