Monday, April 30, 2012

The Joy of Crafty Moms...Thanks Ann!

I was going through a box of my old things recently and came across a mug that was made for me.  When I was in 2nd grade, we moved from Atlanta to Philadelphia.  I very quickly made friends with a wonderful girl named Allie.  During the years to come (we only lived there for 4 years, but in elementary school that's a lifetime!) Allie and I spent many days and nights together.  Her mother was what I would call "super crafty".  Now, my mom liked to make things and put together creative collages and photo albums...but Allie's mom was truly a crafster.  She loved working with pottery, and was quite adept at the craft.  Over the years, she made my parents a planter that looked like our house and many other treasures.  This mug; however, is something I will treasure forever.  I think that it may be the first piece of art that was made especially for me and the impact will be felt for a long time.

These days, crafts are a big part of my survival and my ability to support my little family.  As I sit here at my craft table, a mug sits on my desk...with a mouse on one side (I used to have pet mice), and my name on the other.  It has inspired me to continue crafting since the time I first got to know a woman who was so important to me during that time of my life.  I am thankful that Allie Keech came into my life, and for her mother Ann.  They say that everyone you come across is a piece of your puzzle in some way...that God puts people there for a reason, and it really is true.

Thank you Ann (aka Mrs. Keech!).  You are truly a special person and an inspiration for crafty moms to strive for "super craftiness"!

1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness, Melinda! What a wonderful birthday gift of memories...clay play with kids in the kitchen, special elementary school friendships, for the mothers too. And here you are, a crafty mama yourself! What fun to see the Melinda and mouse mug again...which I forgot about. I am truly touched by your memories and inspiration from that time so long ago. Now, grandsons Evan (from Allie/Jeff) and Lucas (Steve/Michele) both five, have the last of the little mugs and love playing with clay with Nannie, so I keep at it. Thank you so much for sharing this story! Love with hugs, Ann