Tuesday, January 25, 2011

daughter love

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i love to gripe both deeply and profusely about my daughters' antics, but i also love to think deeply and profusely about how lucky i am to have them in my life. i gave my exasperation a voice in the bell ringer, but up until now there had been no flip side in doodle form, and my girls deserved better. this one has been in the making for nearly a year, and finally it says exactly what i want it to say. it won't mean much to my daughters at 4 and 8, but hopefully when they grow up it will remind them that i wasn't just the heartless bitch barking orders at the toothbrush station. hopefully they'll understand that they made my life bloom in colors i never knew were possible before they arrived with their brilliant spirits.

so in this doodle, there's no ranting, sassing or gritching. just a whole lotta daughter love. ♥

47 comments:

S.E.Minegar said...

lovely ♥

BT said...

Oh that is just beautiful. xxxx

joanne sharpe said...

love this you're amazing, i'm such a huge fan of your brilliance! I have one daughter and your print brought a tear to my eye.

Buffalo Lucy said...

Beautiful, beautiful! ♥

la ninja said...

wey hey. they don't fall far from the tree, then ;P

(go check your "good" earring collection, though.)

Sarah said...

Aah sweet! Lucky you!

freebird said...

Your daughters will love it later. I made a journal page showcasing my daughter from child to motherhood. When I visited her she was in one of those big fights we all have with our husbands at time. I shared it with her then and it made her cry but left her feeling very loved too. Your daughters are very lucky to have a mom who can store up and make artwork for all the moods they invoke in you which they will understand farther down the road better than they can now. I do believe they know they are quite special right now too though.

SaylorMade said...

I have read both notes and I think it represents the mind of a mother so concisely. Well, definitely my current mind with 2 girls under 4. Well said on both sides.

Eden said...

Wow!! This is good and so REAL!!

Lisa G said...

LOVING this daughter love. Melts my heart and reminds me of how much my own beautiful girl means to me.

I'm sure the legacy of love + art you are creating will have much meaning to them as they grow up.

Sugarplum Kawaii said...

Truly delightful...and i love the way you have designed the word 'burst' (-;

Veja cecilia said...

very sweet:)

Candied Fabrics said...

Aimee, what a beautiful piece! How lucky are your girls to have a Mom who can put her feelings into something tangible...how they will cherish this piece in the years ahead!

Pat said...

Aw....how lucky are they? And you!!!

Sherry Lynn said...

Beautiful....they will love it..I three girls whom I adore..this made me miss them so..

painted fish studio said...

it is so wonderful, aimee, and it will mean more to them than you'll ever know when they are adults.

Liv @ Choosing Beauty said...

my eyes are all watery. damn.

Leaves and Feathers said...

Beautiful, so sweet, and just how I feel about my daughter. Love it!

Giggles said...

This is amazing, loving, marketable, and everything I have thought too!!! They are blessed you love them enough to stand over toothbrush station barking orders! At least their teeth won't rot out!! lol... Really wonderful tribute to daughters...

Hugs Giggles

Nicole : Three By Sea said...

What a beautiful gift to your daughters.

Fine Lines said...

Some day your daughter will treasure these words beyond belief!! What a wonderful gift you are giving her!

Bella Sinclair said...

Awwwwwwwwwww.... You made me weepy. I'm going to go hug some small people now.

xoxo

daisy janie said...

Beautiful.

Biomouse said...

Best artsyville doodle ever <3

Nicky Linzey said...

Beautiful Aimee, brought a tear to my eye too. They will treasure this.

hanna-happenings said...

oh my, l o v e !

and
great prints and blocks on Your last post!
Looks fun, well done!

kelly barton art + design said...

i have two daughters...i am sitting here giggling. i get it.

kelly barton art + design said...

i have two daughters...i am sitting here giggling. i get it.

Annie Pazoo said...

Love, love, love this Aimee! Perfect for my own spirited girl. Also: love "the bitch barking orders at the toothbrushing station.". You slay me:)

rachel awes said...

i love
your whole lotta
daughter love
& her flower head...
our children
ARE teachers to us,
indeed! xox

The Original Drama Mama said...

Ok, not fair - this took me by surprise and made me cry. Those sweet happy tears. Now I need to hug daughter #2 and do the same to daughter #1 when I go visit her during lunch at school today.

With this new doodle Print it seems I need to go shopping on Etsy again - can you do a Valentine sale? ;) I blew my etsy budget this month on an adorable hand made Leapster tote for Lil G (which, reminds me - I need to blog about that).

Thanks for this!

Karen M said...

Beautiful, Aimee. You present BOTH sides of motherhood so well.

peggyfussell said...

Oh how very, very lovely!

Pointy Pix said...

I just love your script illustrations- are they all handwritten? As for the content, i love the honesty of the bell ringer- very often in my experience parents seem to feel the need to deny they ever feel anything close to exasperation with their off spring but your honesty is beautiful. Equally, while i dont have children, i can appreciate the joy your children bring to your world from your gorgeous words. Just lovely. X

Lisa said...

How absolutely beautiful and timely. My son's absent-mindedness almost made us miss the bus this morning...until I stopped bitching and found my own peace. We walked hand-in-hand to the bus stop and had a beautiful morning.

We are lucky indeed.

(By the way, the Bloomington snow misses you!) :)

pluckychickenheart said...

Aimee I was thinking that same thought before I read your post. Even though I rag them shamelessly I am so grateful for my kids. They make me laugh like no one can.

They are no longer babies but I could still eat 'em up just the same.

xo
Mari

blogaloorgirl said...

so beautiful. I perfectly agree.. my daughter is an inspiration to me.

Anairam said...

What a tribute to your two beautiful girls, Aimee. Almost make me wish I had a daughter. (Does Snous count?)
PS Was feeling out of sorts and miserable this morning, and as I sat up in bed, L'Usband came in with the morning newspaper and POST! A lovely green envelope filled with colour and your witty and wise words. Thank you so much for brightening my day!

Karen Blados said...

Now you've gone and made me cry. I don't know how you come up with these, but God love you for sharing!

~Valentina~ said...

Super lovely :)

Shannon said...

this is SO very lovely. you are just magical with your words and doodles. being a mother is the best (and most challenging) thing in the whole world!!

Erin Butson said...

This is so, so sweet. love your words. always. thanks again for the heads up on my etsy listing. what a great surprise to hear from you.

●• Thereza said...

but i'm sure they appreciate what you do already :) happy weekend to you friend!

jane said...

beautiful aimee....

AG Ambroult said...

I do believe that is a tear in my eye.
(it's perfect)

happeningsonchaosranch said...

This is indeed lovely. I can see it as a greeting card. Also with the same sentiment for son, granddaughter and grandson. It's wonderful and expresses so much that many of us can't put into words, but say "YES!" as soon as we see it.

Leah said...

This is so beautiful!! Love it.