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So, I had a really cute conversation with my mom yesterday. My mom knows about all my geek hobbies and such and knows I have a website. She's able to send emails for a couple years now, but only a couple weeks ago figured out how to send an attachment.

She called me and was telling me about this man in South Carolina who made really cool topiary trees. (I think she was talking about Pearl Fryar) She was all, "He started just making topiaries because he liked it, and now he's on the WORLD WIDE WEB, Aimee!"
Me: "Mom. I'm on the World Wide Web."
Mom: "When you search for him on google he comes up! He has his own website!"
Me: "I have a website. Mom, why don't you try searching for me on google."
Mom: "... ok... I'm searching... AIMEE! You have 10,500 search results about you on google!" (note: actually 27,600 for my maiden name)
Me: "yeah, mom. I've been on the internet since um... 1994 or something and I do a lot of things."
Mom: " D: You're like sort-of famous or something!"
Me: "Yes, your daughter is on the World Wide Web."

(I thought it was also funny that being on the WWW and google was more impressive to her than the fact that there's been a documentary made about Pearl...) I love my mom.
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My mom is a little computer challenged. This morning was her first time sending me photo attachments on her own.
" I wanted you to have photo of 3 generations of watering pots. The old one was your great grandfather's watering can. Next, the one you gave to me and the one I gave to you."

She just mailed me the watering can on the far right. She wanted it to look like the one I'd given her and the one her grandfather had. :) She took a photo of all three before mailing me mine (for my birthday.) But you know, the oldest one still looks pretty great, doesn't it.
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My mom says that Susie Brodie was a fine woman. She was related (a bit removed) to my grandfather on my mom's side.

Susie Brodie Peach Cobbler

1 cup sugar
1 cup self rising flour
1 egg
1/2 stick margarine melted

Beat egg and add to melted margarine
Mix sugar and flour
Add a little peach juice to make batter more creamy
Add 1 tsp vanilla

Mix all together and pour over 4 cans of light peaches in 9 x 13 pyrex dish
Cook 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes until brown but not real dry.
Serve with dollop of ice cream

And here's a couple awesome photos from my Dad's side of the family.
Bess was my Meemaw (my Dad's mother). She loved roses, camellias, hydrangeas, rhinestone jewelry, Hummels, Wheel of Fortune (and me). She tatted lace. Isn't her dress great?

Arizona Watenbarger Denton was Meemaw's mom. She got up a sunrise and milked the cows, got the chicken eggs, and started breakfast. They lived on the side of a mountain in the sticks of TN. She was still slinging chicken necks the week before she died at 85. I love that someone wrote that these plants were "her treasure".
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I grew up in South Carolina and my parents still live there.
For July 4th weekend they rode their street bikes to Helen which is an adorable alpine village in Georgia. This is what the Helenites do for fun on the 4th of July:

Apparently all down the river it was like this. My dad took this photo. :)
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REMINDER: Fleeting Projects: FOLKLORE show this Sunday! 7pm, Santa Monica! More info here on my LJ and here on Facebook (RSVP!). We're totally busting our butts to show you art for ONE EVENING.

More of the Poppy Adventure with Mom )
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TODAY'S TEA: the last of my Houji-Genmaicha from Den's Tea

A friend of my mom made this! She makes them for friends' parties and such... I think she should quit her day job and start a cake business. This is just about the most delicious thing I've had in a long time. It's a red velvet cake pop. So delicious, moist red velvet cake inside... coated with a slightly hardened variation on the traditional cream cheese icing... and coated in rock sugar. Red Velvet cake is a little harder than some other cakes to make because it's really easy to dry it out if you're not careful (IMHO)... so this lady being able to perfect a small pop formation of it is pretty awesome.
I really feel sorry for you guys that you can't eat one. Mom brought two, one was supposed to be for Mitch. He didn't have a chance once I ate mine. (I still love you, baby, but those cake pops were destined for me!)

Mom's Gone

Apr. 14th, 2010 09:15 am
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I love living in California, love my life, my home, my job, my friends, the weather, what I have access to... But it really sucks that my family lives 3,000 miles away. I'm so sad. :( Put my mom on a shuttle. Gotta pull myself up and get some serious work done today, though.
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My mom gives me fluffy socks sometimes. It's cold lately and when I wear the socks I think of my mom.
This is Youta's favorite spot in the house. It's in the loft and the sun comes in there the best.
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My mom really really wanted to go kayaking on Santa Cruz (one of the channel islands off the coast of Southern California...) I'd never been to the islands before and never kayaking either. It was really fun, even though I was really scared (at first and periodically) of falling in the very very cold water. I didn't fall in though! The water was really beautiful and clear and blueish green. Huge beds of seaweed, anemone and sea lions!

My family is flying back home early tomorrow, I'm so glad they were able to come out, I only get to see them a few times a year. Having them stay with me in my new place meant a lot to me.

one of my favorite things about the adventure was the fat bright orange and purple starfish. <3

Twilight! (technically when the sun and the moon can both be seen, two lights.)

at sunset, going home, Santa Cruz looked like NeverNeverLand. First star to your right and straight on till morning!
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Trip Home to Charleston, in photos )
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I'm off on a plane to Charleston, South Carolina to see my family! (I'll be back in a week.) I'll have limited email access but lots of access to fried chicken. See you on the other side!

completely unrelated,... I am SO getting a sakura tree for my new place. (potential nurseries: hashimoto and san gabriel) I'm getting all weepy just thinking about it. Hopefully I won't kill it. lol.
(also going to get some old fashioned roses)
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I woke up at 6:30 am this morning worried that I'd messed up the RTV mold. lol. (cause I ran out of the blue stuff, so I wasn't sure if I used enough...) Turned out fine though.

This piece took forever to sculpt and paint. *___* It's still not perfect, but perhaps the imperfections add to the organic quality? I hope? You can't really tell but the white areas are pearlized a bit. OO SHINEY. It's a "charm" so to speak for VHD's hat. Based on this image

(v. appalled, however, by braindamaged mother who took her 4 year old girl to the movie.)

moving along...
It's a million degrees this week, so I've been making iced tea.
I'm debating whether I should visit Bigelow Tea Plantation when I go home to visit my family next week (!) Apparently it's the only USA tea plantation? But... that doesn't nessesarily mean that I'll find it interesting, eh?

My main plan while back in Charleston, SC is to eat lots of fried chicken and fried shrimp, look at lots of old buildings and the ocean and do lots of sleeping.
(check my Alice and Wonderland fabric. It's going to be a skirt!)
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When my grandmother died, my family asked if I wanted some of her plates. I said if no one else wanted them that I did. My mom sent them to me, across the country.
Many of them broke, but many survived. I use them as my everyday plates, because I feel like they should be loved, like the Velveteen Rabbit.
Every year when I was a little girl we would go see my Mommy Vi whenever we could and especially for holidays like Christmas when all the Aunts would come in. My family sounds and acts like Paula Dean, btw. Mommy Vi lived about 2 1/2 hours away from us. When her house sold, I cried.
We would all eat icecream in these bowls and Mommy Vi would feed everyone. She was one of the most loving people I have ever known. And Big Lo (my grandfather) would eat just a little too much and unbuckle his belt... or he'd simply already be in his brown velour tracksuit sitting on the sofa. and I'd get a brown velour hug. My grandfather was actually a really charismatic and intelligent person... very respected by so many people, but I knew him as the man in the tracksuit who pasted a giant smiling aligator photo in his basement.
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Just a reminder, I'll be in London from Christmas eve till Jan 4th, and I won't really have access to internet. So if you need something "important" from me, this weekend is your last chance to get any type relatively coherant response from me. lol. My apologies for being less attentive the past month, I've just got way too much going on.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to monopolizing my husband's attention for 10 days, having amusing mishaps in a foreign country (you know I'm going to do SOMETHING stupid), eating lots of British candy, tea and curry, and in general being a geeky tourist.

it's ok though because it rained the next day.

I wanted to make something non-Christmasy, sweet and folksy to cheer up my mom. I got inspired by some wreathes on etsy and broke out the glue gun. All used items are from my stash except the bird (who somehow fatefully, was the only bird I could find at Joann's!) Mom doesn't really surf the net, so I'm pretty sure she won't see this. :}


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