Nov 3, 2010

Special Moments

Hi there! I am thrilled to be here and so humbled to have been asked by Kim to be a part of this lovely group. The opportunity to make new friends, share my art, my inspirations and so much more sounds wonderful.

I am Ivy, an artist with a love for many creative disciplines I am a designer, painter and illustrator. Because of my interest in various art forms my husband one day said, “Ivy, you’re all over the place” and so the name Ivyallover was formed. I continue to explore creatively, challenging myself daily, learning and finessing who I am as an artist. With my topic Art, Life, Laughter I hope to bring to you inspiration through my life as an artist who just happens to be well, … “allover” the place. 

Today I’d like to share with you special moments of my week with Grandma, my “abuelita”(grandma in Spanish).What a privilege and honor it was for me to spend 7 days with my beautiful grandmother last week. We had a wonderful time filled with laughter, stories and making new memories together. It’s amazing to discover our similarities, I feel so proud to know she has influenced much of who I am today. Grandma has taught me so much, not so much through her teachings but more so through her life. She taught me about strength, independence, respect and faith.This week I feel like our hearts have become even more closely knit. I can't imagine what my life will be like without my abuelita. I pray that if we are blessed with our own family some day, that I will be able to instill in them the values and the faith that have been instilled in me through my abuelita.

~ Walking With Grandma ~

I like to walk with Grandma,
Her steps are short like mine.
She doesn’t say “Now hurry up.”
She always takes her time.

I like to walk with Grandma,
Her eyes see things like mine do…
Wee pebbles bright, a funny cloud,
Half hidden drops of dew.

Most people have to hurry,
They do not stop and see…
I’m glad that God made Grandma,
Unrushed and young like me!

Everything my Grandma does
is something special made with love.
She takes the time to add the touch
that says “I love you very much”.

She fixes hurts with a kiss and a smile
and tells good stories grandma-style.
It’s warm and cozy on her lap
for secret telling or a nap.

And when I say my prayers at night
I ask God to bless and hold her tight.
‘Cause when it comes to giving hugs,
my Grandma’s arms are filled with love!
Grandparents and grandchildren,
Together they create
A chain of love
Linking the past
With the future.
The chain may lengthen,
But it will never part.
(Author Unknown)

Who has influenced your life? 
How have they influenced you, in what way? 
How do you feel as you think of them? 

Embrace these wonderful thoughts, be thankful for these special moments make new memories with them if you can or if you can’t think of creative ways to record these special memories. Write down those times for other generations to read, make a painting, a collage, how about a photo album? The options are endless, share your creations on our flickr account if you’d like, I’d love to see!  


dbalyoz said...

hi ivyallover! i love your name and I love this post. it brought tears to my eyes as I remembered the special magic of my grandmother. thanks so much...and welcome to I-studio! :) xxo denise

Jamie said...

Welcome Ivy! I loved reading your post! I spent part of last week cleaning out my grandma's house, it was sad, but this week as I brought some of her things home and added them my house I've been reminded of so many wonderful memories, what a legacy of love she left me.

Mandy Saile of Bijou's Whimsy said...

Yaaayyy Ivy, congrats on joining this wonderful inspiring team...your first post is wonderful and your grandma definatly looks like a fabulous lady. Thanks for sharing.

lisa said...

What a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing!


Thank you so much for your kind comments and for welcoming me! I really look forward to being a part of this lovely group ♥

Heather said...

What a lovely post. I am so thrilled you had the chance to spend that special time with her...the poem made me tear up, too. I loved my grandma very much. I would have to say my mom and my grandmother have both influenced me so much, they always made everything "special" and for that I am ever thankful. I try to do that with my kids.
This was a wonderful post, Ivy. I love the picture montage, too!!

Kim Klassen said...

Welcome to the iStudio Ivy...

you know how much I love you...

and this post is wonderful...I'm so happy you had such a beautiful time with your Grandma....

love ya!!

xxo, kim

ELK said...

welcome ivy ... your words and images are filled with such love...

Prairie Girl Studio said...

hi ivyallover!

love your sweet name ... love your post ... how you love your grandma and the beautiful poem shared ... and love that you are here ~ welcome!

my dad has been my greatest influence and i carry him with me always and any thought of him warms me through ...

i am also influenced daily by family, friends and strangers ~ everyone has a gift for us ... : )


Kia said...

What a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing :)

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Nice to meet you Ivy. I also had a special relationship with my Nana which was a blessing in my life. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to more of your contributions! :)

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post, and I love the mosaic of your trip to the apple farm.

RedWillow said...

This is so beautiful. My last blog was written just on this. Who held a very special place in my heart and why.

kelly@thebluemuse said...

I LOVE your name...I so get the all over the place thing! Your grandmother is beautiful, and how wonderful that you got to spend time with her!
My parents have influenced me in much the same ways. A lovely post, Ivy!

Sara said...

Hello Ivy! Cheers to all the wonderful new developments for you - super congrats on Artful Blogging!
Lovely post - makes me yearn for my Grandma's apple cobbler!