Welcome to my blog!
~A Maria-kind-of-day~ is a project that has lurked in my thoughts for quite some time. I became inspired by reading the blogs of talented fiber-artists, painters, weavers and knitters. One late night I found a knitting blog from a young woman, Jen Little, from New York. I began to wait for her weekly entries, pictures and patterns. She would write about her work, her home, her life and show tiny baby sweaters and hats, quilts and bags. "Looking Glass Knits" opened the doors for me to believe that I, too, could try and share my passion for the arts. The doors opened even wider when I came across the blog of Jane Thornley, a Free Range Knitter from Nova Scotia. In there, she would reveal, in detail, her knitting tours around the world, and her patterns, love for color and beautiful pictures would make my mouth water! And then I found Karen McTavish and her spectacular quilts. A talented artist, mother and musician, creator of "McTavishing", a quilting technique described as "wind or swirling waves".... Since then, I have increased my library of blogs and talented people, all willing to share their artistic gifts so the rest of us can learn. I am encouraged.
|Stormy day in Pucon, Southern Chile|
|What's in a name?|
What will this blog talk about? A little bit of everything...
|Painting (Quintero, Chile, where I grew up)|
And friendships, weddings, quilting, cooking. It will have family and friends tidbits, information on different subjects and sometimes tutorials. I want it to be fun, colorful, enjoyable and, hopefully, as the blogs that I have treasured until now, inspiring. It will have a place for you to make comments and suggestions. I hope to create a community of friends that come together to make life better, as we help each other to be the best that we can be.
|My magic wicker basket with the felt flowers on top|
It all started with a little sewing basket that someone gave me on my 6th birthday. It was round, made of wicker, with felt flowers on top ...I did not know it then ... but it was a magic basket, full of never ending ideas and dreams ... and there are still more inside ... like this blog!
|Grandmother Emilia and I|
I remember carrying my sewing basket filled with little projects that my grandmother, Emilia Pastoriza Rousseau Vargas, born in 1899, would teach me how to make. I treasured the old black Singer needle books, a wooden egg for mending socks, a little pair of scissors. Today, when I hold my basket, I can close my eyes and be transported to more than 1/2 a century ago, the smells, the flowers in bloom.
The grape vine by my window, where the summer rains would resonate like a drum on the green grape leaves at night....
|My little knitted cap with the white angora wool and my coat with velvet pockets|
Much has happened since I received that little round wicker basket with the bright felt flowers on top ... so long ago. My children asked once if the world was black and white "in those days". Since then, at times life has been black and white, but at others, full of color.
So, on this first post of ~A Maria-kind-of-day~ I welcome you into my creative life. I hope to post, at least, once a week, more often if I can.
Congratulations to my friends Sue K. and Anna W. who suggested the name. I love it! You will both receive a little surprise, made by me, as my thanks to you. And thanks to all the friends who sent awesome ideas as well. Special thanks to family and loved ones who gave me encouragement and believed in me, husband Joe who tries hard to make the impossible, possible, and for teaching me this word of Internet and blogs that I am so slowly learning. My children, who are my muses and models, my source of inspiration, my grandchildren, who keep my creativity in constant motion as I design one more piece for them to wear, one more mural to paint, one more hat to knit.
I Christen this blog
|Maria at age 6 (after I cut my own bangs)|