Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Diva's Challenge #76- Home, Plus a small gift for a friend

As usual our lovely Diva, Laura, presents us with a fun and thoughtful challenge that really makes us take time to sit back and reflect on how we are going to respond in the form of a Zentangle®.  This week she gave it a new twist.  Since the Canucks are celebrating Canada Day this weekend, and we 'Ole Yanks are celebrating the Fourth of July next Laura decided that this would be a good week for us to take a look back at home–be it nation, state, town, street or living room–and interpret it in Zentangle® Inspired Art (ZIA).

My first ZIA has more of a national feel.  There is a broad stripe and bright star (which unfortunately is so bright it can look greenish depending on how close you are to the monitor :-).  You are probably wondering what the heck the C is doing there.  When I was young and would go to summer camps we would sing our patriotic songs.  One of my favorites was "My Country 'Tis of Thee."  But it never made sense to me why we would sing, "Of Thee I 'C'.

When I was a child do you know what I thought the Fourth of July was for?  I thought it was to celebrate me!  That's right, I'm a firecracker baby, as they say.  My mother always made sure that I had the best birthdays possible.  This ZIA is a bit of an homage to her.  The wording on top is the beginning of the song that she wrote after I was born.  She sang it to me even after I graduated college.  Of course she always called me her Sweetie Pie.  And the heart it a drawing of my first tattoo, which she payed for on my eighteenth birthday.  It was a great day!

Finally– My friend Taiya's birthday was this past Sunday, June 24.  I have a small ZIA just for her.

-Jennifer Gayle


Jennifer C. said...

I think it's funny my name is also Jennifer and my mother's birthday is the 4th of July like yours. I liked your tribute to home, your friend, and your mother. Happy early Birthday!

Lorraine said...

It's so lovely getting to know each other through our zentangles. Jenny, you painted a lovely picture of your mom and your childhood for us - thank you for sharing. I love your tiles too!

Gloria said...

These are so adorable! Great heartfelt stories about "your" holiday, with all those fireworks, just for you!. What a great Mom! Your friend will love her gift, too.

ledenzer said...

I love the theme of patriotism is in your born on the 4th of July! I love your tiles! said...

All your tiles are very lovely. A great tribute to the country, to your mom and your very special birthday. And I know your friend will love her gift.