My Mom has spent her life as an artist and is a successful landscape painter her work is currently featured in Pennsylvania art galleries. Her kids were lucky to have her as an example of creativity in motion!
Sending her children to the shoreline at the beach to "find all the round polished stones in different colors" so we could create stone mosaics, to water color and oil painting and drawing, color, perspective, how to sew clothes and embroider, whatever we needed we fearlessly made it! I wish my mother the very best mother's day she gave me her most precious gift of a creative spirit!
-Barbara, Operations Staff Member
My mom makes beautiful watercolor paintings. Her skill is one that I sadly did not inherit. But by simply being around her, observing her magic, I was able to find beauty in the smallest details and harness creativity in the everyday, even from a small age. Creativity in play, in homework, in housework, in family traditions, school projects, story time, in critical thinking, in home decor, in managing relationships... she taught me that nothing is unworthy of a dose of creative thinking. And that your brain just feels better when you take the time to be creative. Now, as a mother of two, I'm trying to instill the same wonder of the world and delight in the everyday in my own kids.
-Lauren Powell, Director of Product Development
My childhood consisted of many creative memories with my mother. She always made every moment for my sisters and I just as special and magical as the last one. My Mother is extremely witty, fun-loving and a very talented artist. When I was younger, she would hand draw a cartoon and joke on my paper napkin to put in my lunch every day. She did that for all three of my sisters and that was definitely the highlight of our day at school. During the holidays, my Mother was at her creative peak showing us girls how to hand cut paper snowflakes and tape them in the windows. For Christmas, she would sew ornaments using the backs of old Christmas cards sandwiched with our photos with Santa. And every couple of years, she would hand paint bread dough ornaments that she made in the oven depicting every family member in full detail including my favorite stuffed animal. My Mother has a creative touch in the kitchen too. She has amazing senses and understands flavor on a whole different level, which makes her family dishes better than any restaurant! Presentation is important to her and she taught me how meaningful and unique the small things can be when celebrating life. When my Dad came home from a business trip, my sisters and I helped my mother shape "Welcome Home" in Rice Krispies treats for when he arrived. On Summer days, my mother was sewing adorable dresses for us girls, and hats, pillows, bedspreads, curtains, etc. just to make sure we had coordinating colors and style all around us. She even knitted coordinating outfits for our Barbie dolls! To this day, my mother still invokes that creative spirit especially whenever my family is together from crazy dance skits to Harry Potter themed dinner parties. She even has a unique perspective on music and has the most creative playlists you'll ever hear. I am so lucky to have a mother who has always encouraged me to love the arts and express myself creatively in everything I do. I love you, Mom. Happy Mother's Day!
-Lindy, Managing Supervisor of Print Operations