Monday, May 16, 2011

My Mom, Wonder Woman

It was my birthday on Saturday. And it was lovely. It was full of special moments with friends and family. One moment really stands out for me: when I opened a gift from my mom.

The gift was this pillow.

Paris Pillow made by Mom

Back in 2009, my mom and I went on trip to Paris and London. While in Paris, we saw an amazing embroidered pillow that was a "map" of Paris. My mom and I considered getting it, but decided against it in the end due to price.

Fast forward to this birthday, my mom had MADE me her own version of the pillow. This pillow is so much more amazing because it includes a lot of the specific things that we did on our trip, including our hotel, a visit to Angelina for hot chocolate, the Shakespeare and Company bookshop, and many others.

Shakespeare and Co, Cluny, Rodin

Sacre Coeur

Obelisque and Mona Lisa

Eiffel Tower

I especially love the ric-rac ribbon for the Seine river.

Notre Dame and the Seine

Basically, I just needed to share with you guys how amazing my mom is. Her love shows up in so many ways in my life, and this is such a creative one. A tear came to my eye when I saw this gift. It is something I will treasure for the rest of my life.

Kara and Dee Dee in Paris

I love you, Dee Dee!

38 comments:

Adam and Bri said...

This gift brought tears to MY eyes. What a great mom we have.

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

What a treasure. Happy Birthday to you and what a wonderful, special gift. That trip must have been amazing.

Elisa M said...

Wow, such love and talent. Moms are awesome

Trisha Jones said...

This is FABULOUS!!! Your mom made a priceless gift for you. And how creative of her to do so. I've gotta say, I think I'm jealous of your fabulous pillow. It's lovely.

Sigrid said...

very, very cool.

caknitter said...

Happy Belated birthday, Kara!! The pillow is lovely!

Things to Do said...

Happy birthday! This pillow is just so cool. What a talented family you're a part of!

annzy said...

I love your Diane ~you are so lucky and deserving!

Krysta said...

Happy Late Birthday and what a special gift.

Emma said...

I think what makes a gift like this all the more special is the amount of time and thought that your mum has put into it. It's really beautiful! Happy belated birthday x

Teresa said...

Brilliant! What a great idea!

Trisha said...

That is just beautiful! What a nice memento from what must have been a lovely trip with your mom.

Laurel said...

i can't stand how much i love this pillow AND your mom...and you!

xoxo

Jill said...

Oh Auntie Di! The pillow is fantastically darling! What a special way to keep those memories close to you. Love you both!

Chocolates for Breakfast said...

Wow! A truly beautiful gift! Your Mom IS amazing! And happy birthday to you Kar-bear! I think it would be fair to say that "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree"...which means you are pretty amazing too!

margene said...

The pillow is truly one of the most amazing gifts I have ever seen! It's packed with talent, love and memories....a treasure beyond words.

sula said...

Wow! So sweet, so whimsical. Your mom is great! And so are you, happy birthday!

Jacey said...

First, happy, happy birthday! And second, wow. This pillow totally rocks my face. I absolutely love it!

katriniella said...

This is so perfect! I love map-type things like this--and it's so personal for you! Beautiful. Also, happy birthday!

Erin said...

We have the best Mom ever. Period. I am in LOVE with this pillow and am a little jealous of the treasure you will have forever.

ty and megs said...

happy birthday kara! and you're mama is amazing. that pillow is simply fabulous!!

Melanie said...

Happy Birthday Kara! The pillow is amazing and so is your mom.

Chancy said...

Wow, what an amazing pillow! It also kinda reminds me of the type of embroidery I think of when I watch P&P. Such a sweet mom!

Amander said...

Okay, looking at that pillow makes me want to cry a little bit. That is beautiful! Your mom rocks (and you do, too)!

Jen said...

what a wonderful gift! talk about something absolutely priceless. Happy Birthday!
- Disentangled

Stacy said...

I kind of love your mom. That is FREAKING awesome!!!! You're a lucky lady indeed - both for having her in your life and for such a lovely pillow.

Judy-May said...

What an amazing gift! Absolutely fabulous!

knitseashore said...

Oh, Kara, you have one of the very best moms in the world. There is so much love in that gift!!!

I hope you had a fabulous birthday filled with all the people and things you love.

Carolyn said...

That has to be one of the sweetest gifts that I've ever seen!

And Happy Birthday, Kara!

Juli said...

How do you not just cry when you look at that! What an amazing gift! I hope you had a wonderful birthday! We love you!!

ali said...

I love this pillow. Your Mom is a superstar!

Megan said...

What the what?? Well done mum! AMAZED.

Kat said...

Wowza! That is an amazing pillow. Kudos to mum! Happy Birthday too. I hope you had an amazing birthday.

sarah said...

Happy belated Birthday. That is by far the most awesome and precious gift I have ever seen. Your mother has great talent. Goes to show a handmade gift beats store bought everytime

inspiredcyclist said...

What a special relationship you and your mom must have, and full of happy memories to share! The pillow is BEAUTIFUL!! Thank you for sharing it with your readers!

Sue said...

Happy belated birthday! What an amazing, touching gift!

Dottie said...

Happy late birthday!

That gift is so beautiful and sweet. Moms are the best.

GIRL DATING NYC said...

Oh my gosh. I feel the need to tear up. SO SWEET.