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June 16, 2008

Finit! The Mommy Glove finished

It's finally done, and yet it doesn't seem like it took long at all. A wonderful 9 months of work -- how fitting. I'll explain the symbolism of the piece. Mommy is who I am now (at least partly) to my two girls, ages 5 and 7. So this glove describes memories of being a mom. First, the four silver butterflies on the M are for the four miscarriages we had prior to our first child. Both girls are represented with ever growing butterflies on the first and ring fingers. The white owl under the O of mommy is for Harry Potter -- I've read the first five volumes to them and we've loved them. The blocks are for toys, the silver large hand and four small hands to the left of it are for growing hands and my hand training them.

The doll, is obvious. She has a piece of beadweaving half visible under her skirt that reminds me of learning this with my sweet older sister, Marti.

The heart and sequins in bright colors above the word Mommy are for living in this colorful border town of El Paso. The triathalon symbols in the yellow area symbolize our girls' love of this sport -- and they're quite good at it too!

Now, on to the fingers. The thumb is for my older daughter who loves lizards and nature...see the lizard charm where the thumbnail would be. The first finger has a paw for our older dog Cody who died last year. The three stars in a row are for Orion's belt. I remember teaching them that constellation when they were still in a double stroller and we had both dogs hooked up to the front, like reindeer, and we were pretending we were Santa in his sleigh.

The third finger has frilly and iridesent and pink stuff, see the little purse?, for the dress up phases they both went through, and the younger one is still in. The ring finger has a silver snowflake embedded in it and cold blue/ice colors for the snow that we have fun playing in in the mts of New Mexico. And the pinky finger has a fish on it, for our two fish in our new pond: Bertrick and Fishy. Also the sign language letters are: TLC and my older daughter loves learning sign language, she did that all through first grade. I am considering submitting it to our local Arts International show (for artists in TX, NM, and the mexican state of Chihuahua), but it says that all submissions must be for sale. Of course I don't want to sell this, it's too personally meaningful for me. However, now that it's finished, it's the memories and the process of doing it that are more important to me than the finished piece. My girls though, will definitely want to have this when they get older. So I guess I could submit it with an outrageous price tag -- $7000?? -- and I'd think no one would buy it. Hmmm.... The bead competitions that I've found so far, don't seem to mind if it's been displayed on a blog already (there has been some talk involving quilts onthe Quilt Art group) and the piece doesn't have to be for sale on them. So maybe I'll do those too/instead. Any advice for me?


What an incredible work! I love the glove and all the symbolism. It is such a lovely project and you did such a beautiful job. I think others deserve to see it, but I wouldn't risk it any place it could be sold. What about your state fair? I bet a lot of different groups would get to see and appreciate it there.

Posted by: Trish G. | June 17, 2008

what a lovely family heirloom, rich with stories for the girls to pass on. Where's Nicki represented? Keep it safe to make sure she doesn't add her own special brand of Nicki-ness to this.

Posted by: Wendy | June 17, 2008

This is wonderful! It really is a work of art. Have you considered Bead International? I saw their exhibit once at The Dairy Barn (Quilt National) in Athens, OH. Here is a link: http://www.beadinternational.com/

Posted by: Vivian | June 18, 2008

Your beaded glove is Stunning!
All your hard work on it does show. If I were you, I would keep it. What a treasure to hand down to your children.


Posted by: Norma S. | June 18, 2008

Fantastic! I wouldn't sell it either.
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

Posted by: Marty S | July 26, 2009

You will definitely have to enter this- put the big price tag on, and then start another one for the next years of the girls' lives. That way you only have to listen to them argue over who gets which, instead of who gets the glove!LOL
Take it from a mom of two grown girls!

Posted by: Aryd'ell Hotelling | July 26, 2009

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