Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Guest Blogger: Christine's Favorite Things

I am so excited that Christine agreed to be a guest blogger, I follow her one Twitter and she is so sweet!! You will love this post of her favorite things!! ~Nellie

Hello! I am Christine at MiniMak Makings!

Today I want to share with you a few of my favorite things!

1. Oil Painting from Tibet

In 2002, I went on an adventure. I decided I need to do something life changing and thought a backpacking trip through China, Mangolia, Tibet and Nepal would do the trick. :) I went on an overland trip where I met a group in Beijing and we traveled together (overland) in a large truck through China, Mangolia, Tibet and then ended up in Nepal. Camping in the Himilayas is definitely something I will remember forever. Along the way, I came across this beautiful painting. As soon as I saw it, I had an instint connection to it. I bartered to half of the asking price, rolled it up and carried it across Tibet and Nepal and all the way home to Canada. It hangs in dining room over an antique dresser I refinished.

2. Tea Pot from HongKong

My first trip to Hong Kong was with my husband's family for a wedding. What a fantastic cultural experience! The wedding was amazing and I enjoyed being around his family. I knew when I was going, I wanted to come back with a tea pot. My mother-in-law and I went searching for the perfect one. I came away with this one and I managed to barter the seller down pretty well. My mother-in-law was impressed!

3. Shadow Box made in honor of my Grandmother

I made this shadow box with some of my most treasured items given to me by my maternal grandmother after she passed. The pink satin and lace are from the dress she wore at her 50th wedding anniversary.

These porcelin poodles were on my grandmas's glass shelf for as long as I can remember. As a child, I LOVED them. I wanted to play with them so badly but knew the rule; NO TOUCHING. When my grandma passed on, this was her gift to me. To everyone else, these pink poodles were another kitch trinket she had on her shelf. To me, it was a childhood memory and now it is a wonderful treasure that will always remind me of her.

My maternal grandmother (Cecile) at 18 years old.

I embroidered these for my grandmother as a Mother's Day gift when I was around 7 years old. She hung them up over her washer/dryer. She said she thought of me everytime she did laundry. :)

4. The Sound of Music Soundtrack Vinyl

The inspiration of this post; my Sound of Music Soundtrack vinyl. I LOVE this movie! I could watch it over and over again!

This baby is in good shape! This is a copy my sister-in-law (which coincidently's name is Maria) gave me. The booklet inside is inpeccable shape and there are no stratches!

"These are a few of my favorite things...."

I hope you have enjoyed this little post of mine!

THANK YOU to Nellie for allowing me some of the spotlight here!

Be sure to come say "hi" at MiniMakMakings or follow me on Twitter!

I'd LOVE to hear from you!



Maria Ontiveros said...

What a lovely post! I love your painting; remember choosing some favorite souvenirs from Honk Kong and having lots of kitsch that I treasure from my mom & Grandma. So your post really connected with me.
Rinda (whose real name is Maria)

miss indie said...

that teapot is fantastic!!!

katiebug92 said...

What an awesome post! I would *love* to go somewhere cool like Tibet!
I love the sound of music too!

xoxo, Katie

Christine (MiniMak) said...

Thanks ladies! Thanks to you too Nellie! :)