May 10, 2009

Remembering our moms…

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lauraBoth of us have lost out moms — my mom Cathy died in 1998, and Victoria’s mom Laura in 2004. So Mother’s Day is sort of bittersweet for us. We remember all the wonderful things about our moms, but we don’t have them here to give them hugs and kisses, and to tell them how much we love them and how much they mean to us.

Our moms are a big part of who we are today. So in their honour, we’d like to share a little bit about them with you…

My mom, Cathy, was a teacher. And even though she was only 5’2”, she was also a basketball player :-) After I was born, she became a stay-at-home mom to raise me and my future brother.

Besides being sporty, she way very artistic and creative. She took ceramic lessons for many years, and then she later taught ceramics. She and my dad set up a room for her classes in the basement. There was a big table and chairs and shelves all around filled with jars of paint and greenware in all different shapes and sizes, just waiting to be transformed into pieces of art. It always amazed me how the drab colours in the jars transformed into beautiful glossy colours when the pieces were done.

These are just a few of the ceramic pieces that my mom made… first, a vase…


She painted the flowers and leaves entirely by hand. I have no idea how she did it, but I think it’s beautiful and very unique. I used to display it in the niche that was in the hallway. Now that the niche is gone, I have to find a new home for it.

And she made a pair of these lamps:

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She shaped and cut every petal and leaf and stem out of clay, and then shaped the flowers and leaves on the lamps. I definitely did NOT inherit my mom’s patience!! ;-)

And this is my most favourite piece that my mom made. Being a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, purple-loving kid with pigtails, my mom made this lamp especially for me — cheeky look on the face and all!! And I think my grandma made the lavender shade cover. I love the pompoms!!



My mom was upset that after the lamp had it’s final firing, she realized that she’d gotten a bit of purple paint from the flower on one of the hands. But I think that makes it even more special, because it was handmade with love by my mom :-)

This is my mom on her way to marry my dad on March 22nd many years ago!! I think it was 1956. My mom was 18 and my dad was 19 — I can’t imagine being married that young!!

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I love my mom and I miss her a lot. I’m sad that she died before I was married, but she did meet my then-boyfriend and now-hubby, so she knew that I was happy and had found Mr. Right (or at least Mr. OK ;-) ). I think she would be proud of me and the things I’ve accomplished in my life. Thanks mom, for everything you did for me and for being so wonderfully kind and loving…

And now Victoria is going to tell you a bit about her mom, Laura…


People tell me that I look like my Mom and I remember for years getting annoyed at what others perceived as a compliment – I wanted to be and look like ME, not my Mom. I’m sure so many of you can relate to that! Now, with my Mom gone from my life I find myself looking in the mirror hopeful to catch a glimpse of her lovely face. Lovely. She used to joke that, because all of her names began with “L” she was “lovely Laura Lorraine Lambert”. She came by “lovely” honestly, she didn’t need all those “Ls” to make it so!! :-)Girly Mom

As I was preparing to write this post I came across this photo of her as a child and, because of stories I’d heard about her childhood fun-loving tomboy ways I had to share. I love to think of my Mom like this – happy and full of life! Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!!

My very first post here on DesignTies was dedicated to my Mom – and in it I shared with everyone her love of interior design and all things related to houses. Michelle from A Schematic Life would understand Mom’s love affair with the magazine “Architectural Digest”; her bookcase was full of issues that she would pour over! Mom always told me Mom and Dadthat if she’d planned her life a little better she would have gone to school to become an interior designer, but she married young, had children and, when she did go back to work, had to get one of those practical jobs… the kind that so many of us have! I know I have one!!

When she was in her early 40s, however, she lived a piece of that dream – she attended and graduated from Emily Carr’s School of Art & Design as a Graphic Designer. I was so proud of her on her graduation day!!

One of the things my Mom and I used to love to do was drive through neighbourhoods and look at houses. Often we would bring a camera and surreptitiously (we didn’t want to get caught by the owners!) take pictures of our favourites. And sometimes, she’d use those photos to make renderings of the houses. My brother and I have a lot of her art (graphic designs, pencil drawings, paintings, etc.), but my most favourite are these three paintings, two of which are renderings derived from pictures she’d found in her issues of Architectural Digest!!

This first one is a house in Greece


This one… a dwelling in Africa


And finally, my favourite (Mom loved what she called “Grandma Grandpa Houses”) – a bungalow here in Vancouver, found during one of our neighbourhood tours…


Mom’s little paintings are simplistic in styling, but precious in their colourful details. I haven’t hung them yet (renovations aren’t yet complete!), but I’m hopeful to find the perfect place in my little house where they can be showcased and loved by all who see them!

Thanks for remembering Cathy and Laura with us!

And to all you Mom’s out there… Happy Mother’s Day!!!

sig & Victoria


mrsben said...

A beautiful tribute to your Mothers. Thank you for sharing. -Brenda-

Maria Killam said...

Creativity and art runs in the family here I see! Great post on your mothers!

Outside The Lines said...

Beautiful Beautiful!!!

Diane said...

Kelly and Victoria, thank you so much for honouring your mothers in this wonderful way! I loved reading all these interesting things about both moms -- they would be so proud to know how much you appreciate them.

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I lost my sister when she was only 28 and my mother just two years ago this Mother's Day. I love the stories of you and your mother taking pictures of houses and then doing renderings from your photos. When I was growing up my mother and sister and I used to love to do the very same thing. My sister adored Architectural
Digest and would clip her favorite pictures for her scrapbook. I certainly hope you will have a lovely Mother's Day. You have truly honored your mother and sister in this post!

Susan said...

Beautiful post! Absolutely lovely.

Michelle said...

So that's where the talent comes from!!! I'm sorry that your mom's are not here with you...I guess it's something we all have to face one day :( it's been nice to see where you both came from!!

Thanks for the mention :)

Velvet and Linen said...

A touching tribute to two wonderful women.
It reminds me of the importance of being a mom.
We really do have such an influence on our children.
What could be more important in life?

I can tell where both of you get your talent and love of the arts.


janet said...

Victoria and kelly, thanks for sharing such a special part of who you both are. Your moms are amazing women and we certainly know where you two inherited your talents from. Im sure your mom's are very proud of your accomplishments and smiling down on each of you everyday.

Nadia said...

Happy Mother's Day. Very beautiful what you both are sharing about Mom. They must be proud.

Pam Kersting said...

That was a lovely post. Thanks for sharing your Moms with us, if just for one day. I can't imagine how much you must miss them! Happy Mother's Day to you both!

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