Thursday, December 3, 2009

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall... I am my mother after all.

Just the fact that I titled this post that proves my point. My mother has a saying, song or ditty for every occassion, including the title of this post. For example, when we were young and would whine, "I'm thirsty", she would respond back without missing a beat, "Nice to meet you thirsty. I'm Friday. Why don't you come over Saturday and we can have a Sunday." Or if we were trying to find a space to sit on the couch she would sing, "Move over and make room for Kari. She doesn't take very much space..." And don't get me started on the vast repertoire of songs she had for all holidays. We heard endless songs about Peter Cottontail, witches flying through the air, what turkeys did the night before thanksgiving, snowflakes named Suzy and the like. Often my siblings and I catch ourselves doing the same thing. Even my brothers will bust out little sayings. However theirs usually have to do with passing gas- things like "the smellers the feller" or "Whoever did the first rhyme did the mischief." (That one is more of an inside joke.)

But it is funny the ideas we have about our parents when we are little. They seem to be larger than life and were the best at everything. I loved to color when I was little and my mom would color with me. I was always amazed at how well she colored. She would do fancy things like stay in the lines and add shading. In fact I think she still colors better than me. Not that we have had any coloring contests lately, but she does have a psychological edge on me being my mother and all. And my Dad owned a standard four-door sedan when we wear young, but we all thought it was a sports car because it had a stick-shift. And my Dad never corrected us. He would feed into our illusion even more by telling us that the car would sprout wings and fly if it went over 60 mph. So when we would reach 55 mph we would encourage him to go faster so we could reach 60. He would push the gas down until 59 mph and then come up with some excuse as to why it couldn't go up to 60 mph. I can imagine my dad was proud of his tall-tale telling abilites although I'm not sure he should be. I also believed my older sister when she told me that Santa travels by limo with his reindeers sticking out of the sunroof when I expressed my concern about not having any snow because we lived in Florida. Apparently I was a naive child.
Anyway to say my mother is creative and artsy is an understatement. Even my childhood friend, Lisa, who I still keep in contact with-can remember the personalized smiley face chore charts we had or the Robbins nest banner we had in our family room or the pillow cases with each of our hand-drawn faces on them-all of which she made. During Christmas she hung stockings she made that had a child on them that looked like each of us. My older sister and I have continued this tradition. Although we have only made them under the careful tutelage of our mother. She would design them, tell us what to do and we would do it. So using mostly my mothers creative abilites I have made the following 3 stockings:

Finn the fisherman


Christmas Annie holding a gingergread cookie


Katie the ballerina
And that is as far as I got with my mother's help. Suzie's first Christmas I didn't make her one because I subscribe to the theory that they won't remember they didn't have a Christmas stocking when they are young so I have a few more years to come up with another one. (This fact alone says so much about my mothering style.) Then Suzie's 2nd Christmas my mom was one her mission so that was reason enough for me not to make it. But this Christmas is Suzie's 3rd one and I'm pretty sure she will notice if she doesn't have one. But here's the rub- my mom is still out of the country. So what is a creative-dependent daughter to do? She bucks up and realizes she has enough know-how do to it herself. So with some inspiration from my sister, Michelle- she gave me the idea- this is what I made for Susie's stocking.
Drum roll please.....
Taa-Dah!
An adorable- if I do say so myself- cheerleader with rosy cheeks and heart lips just like mom use to make. Please note the small details- like the shoelaces, bobby socks with a pom-pom, the multi-colored skirt, the "C" for either Christmas or Christensen and the pom-poms in her ponytail.
All I have to say for myself is "Who is up for coloring contest now?!?"

11 comments:

Natalie said...

Yeah, I totally remember Mom putting make up on the girls she would color. And being green with envy she could make art look so lifelike! Props to you for making the Suze her stocking....ALL BY Y'SELF!

Julie said...

This comment is BEFORE I read your post.... "Of course you are, duh."

Julie said...

Ok....so can I say it? You are amazing. I love the Suzie stocking. It's so her. I just dont think you should have matched the clothes on your girls outfit. THAT is where your perfect mother misguided you.

Wood Family said...

Thanks for Missy for giving me some "creative" props about coming up with the idea.  I like when I feel a little creative- even if it just coming up with an idea and not doing any of the work- or for that matter- not even know where to start to do the work:)

amberjill said...

How cute! I noticed you stayed away from the Red and Blue...good call!

The Powells said...

Those are darling. I believe taking after you mother is a good thing.

Liz said...

OK, so you are better than your mother! Those stockings are so cute! But I must say, your favorite quotes crack me up...I really did laugh out loud. Thanks for the laugh :)

Michael said...

Well look at you, new dress on your blog, adorable stocking and of course you are better than your Mom in so many ways. I love you for that!!!! (the blogger will say Michael, but it's really MOM)

Tamra said...

You are very talented! I love the stockings. Are you taking orders?

Margie said...

Oh Kari, I have seven Christmas stockings that your mother helped me make too. What would we do without her? I think I am done with being without her...can't wait until March when she'll be home. I want to be just like her when I grow up. Sure love ya!

SevenVillageIdiarts said...

Love it. You're a crack up. I made stocking with my mom's help when I had 3 kids. Then I quit crafting. There is just too much laundry and WEBKINZ in calling to me. Now I have 5 kids and my 2 youngest have to use the stockings I made for Damian and I. Therefore, Santa leaves the grown-ups nothing. My kids think it's because we're bad and they have lots of proof. Brother.