Monday, March 23, 2009

Birthday Banner

I've been wanting to make an English version of the Birthday banner, so a couple of weekends ago I put this together for my boyfriend's dad and brother. (The monkey had a little talk bubble in the finished version with the honoree's name.) One of the 10,000 things I love about felt is how quickly you can put things together, the bubble-gum cheery colors, and its fluffy, spongy feeling under your fingertips.

I didn't want to add backs or do a thing more than was absolutely necessary, so I just used mini clothespins to attach the squares to some fuzzy yarn. And masking-taped it to the wall. That's about my level of inspiration right now. But all in all, it was fun.

I'm still not 100% - but after talking to a few people who have gone through the same thing, I've realized you never really get over the death of a parent. It will always be hard. Among acquaintances, I avoid talking about him just because I don't want to be overcome and embarrass someone with my emotions. Everything reminds me of him and the strangest things make me cry - for instance the word "chicharron" since it was one of the last words I heard from him. He died one week before his birthday, so, after his funeral we threw him a birthday party. I know he would have appreciated that. Except he would have preferred there be scratch-offs. :)

I'm getting really excited seeing the buds on the trees and little green shoots poking out of the soil. It's still cold, but at least there's this feeling of excitement, something to look forward to. Springtime in Texas is so different from springtime in NY - it's nowhere near as cold, but the world does get very drab and gray each winter. It's one of the few times it rains all year. And Spring just bursts all over you - the air is so warm, almost tropical, and you just feel like everything is possible. In New York, it's more about sun, tulips, and sodden downpours. I can't wait for warmer weather. Bring on the Spring!


K :) Family Historian said...

I happened upon your blog today (obviously a God incident) and was struck by your words about your father. My mother passed away on the 5th of this month and my hearts and breaks each and every day. I, too, think of her at almost every turn.

We both have an interesting journey ahead of us. God bless.

megan said...

I think of you and your dad sometimes and wonder how you're doing, so I was happy for this update. Grieving is such a long process, and my heart is with you.

And by the way, I LIKE the clothespins and masking tape!

me melodia said...

Sweet words.
My heart goes out to you.
Your banner came out stunning!

kathi said...

Dear little flower, when you lose a parent, you become a member of the club that no one wants to belong to, but that most of us will be members of someday. The one good thing--somehow after they pass, sometimes you might actually feel closer to that parent, like they visit you. I hope that isn't too spooky sounding, but distance separated me from my parents for 20 years, but now that they have passed, I feel them all around me. God bless you.

planetcoco said...

Such a gorgeous birthday banner, especially as it can easily be taken down and stored away for future use - always a big bonus when you've taken the time to hand-make something, I think. :)

I have no wise words about the sad loss of your dad, but just wanted to send you a little love from a long way away and hope happy memories will gradually overtake the more painful moments.


mayakins said...

Floresita, your blog has touched me in so many ways, the stories and pictures of your parents and all the delightful things you make! I feel so calmed and inspired... Much love to you!

sewitsforyou said...

I love your banner. it turend out super cute and will take up very little space when you need to pack it away. Enjoy Spring and know your dad is an angel now watching over you everyday.

Penny Nickels said...

I love that tree photo. Maybe you should embroider it? :)

Vintage to Green said...

Hi Floresita!
Thanks for inviting me to your flickr group for embroidery... I came by to check out your blog. I am so sorry to learn of your dad. I think it is wonderful that you are sharing so openly about your life. You have a beautiful family and, I wish you and yours the best through this difficult time.