MY GRANDPARENTS, HOBBY PAINTERS

My maternal grandfather and my paternal grandmother were both hobby painters, actually they were both really talented. One in Ohio, the other in Northern India and two generations later I am appreciating the artistic bloodline.

In India

While at my father's house this past spring, I was admiring the artwork of my paternal grandmother (pictured above with me in Delhi and Calcutta) that my father had brought back from India to display in his home. He said she took a painting class and these were two (pictured above of the deer and dogs) of several paintings she did during that time. I remember them hanging in various rooms and hallways in Rajo Villa when we would visit, but honestly had no idea she painted them all. He also brought back vintage photographs, restoring them and has been making copies for my sisters and I. The photos above include my paternal grandparents and my father as a young boy.

In Ohio

My late grandfather (pictured with me on my wedding day) mostly painted still life in oil, or landscapes. I actually used to paint beside him when I visited for the weekend. I wrote about that in a post on the joyababy blog a few years ago. When I think back to my childhood and my maternal grandparents, that was probably the most vivid memory of time spent with them.

I find it all so inspiring, how talented they were at an art they solely enjoyed as a hobby.

 

EVERYDAY PHOTOGRAPHS OF MY FAMILY

My favorite things to photograph are the simple, everyday moments that take place. I know I have talked about this in a previous post here and here. With instagram and an iphone everything is so user friendly for capturing those fleeting moments on the go and sharing them. I do plenty of both.

My goal this year is to try and take so many more photos of all FIVE of us with my Nikon. A few things need to be done to tidy up some hard drive space for the amount that is sure to follow and fix my tripod for family shots. To start, here is a set of adorable shots of my 2 year old doing everyday activities in the "self care" category (Montessori friends!), ie in the bathroom. This is such a funny age to watch, because they really start to show their personalities and take a sense of pride in doing independent activities. They role model older siblings and parents, even down to the facial expressions while brushing their hair and teeth.

As a child I used to love to watch my Dad shave in the bathroom daily. It was a mundane part of his morning ritual, but something I found unique to watch. Do you have a memory like this? Something you remember sharing with a parent or sibling growing up, that was a simple everyday moment?

Speaking of the everyday moments of a two year old, you must watch this most ADORABLE episode of Olive Us, created by Gabrielle of Design Mom featuring HER two year old's day.

Terrible Two Who?

 

 

TRINKETS FROM DELHI

My sister was visiting this past weekend and brought the boys and I a few gifts from her recent trip to Italy & India. Aunt Amita (and cousins) brought the boys journals with embroidery stitched covers and handmade paper inside, elephant figures and a cute finger puppet/magnet trinket.

She was sweet enough to bring her sister (me) a few things like this beautiful kantha embroidered pillow form and pretty bangle. Kantha embroidery originates in West Bengal, where my father's family originates (Kolkata).

HANDMADE BABY GIFT

Lindsay and I met several years ago online through a mutual friend, while she was living in Brooklyn and I was living in Chicago. I immediately was drawn to her eco style, her interest in children's fashion and her love of Montessori (she is a Montessori teacher)! We would chat back and forth and at one point, she mentioned she was from Cincinnati, where we lived for 10 years prior to our move to Chicago. A small world indeed, as we both moved back to Cincinnati at different times in the last few years. So here we are, able to grab coffee in person and live 10 minutes from each other! Lindsay is expecting her first baby girl in the next few weeks. I decided to knit up a pair of gray wool booties as we also share a mutual love of the color gray and handmade. After knitting them, I used a beautiful embroidery yarn by brown paper packages in the colors curry and candlelight from Purl Soho and made up a little design. I stitched up a dot bag as a reusable gift bag and painted a card in watercolor that simply said "BABY". The card was a pretty little piece of art just by itself.Β  If you follow along in my journal here at Rajovilla, you may know by now I really enjoy handmade gift giving!

 

If you live in Cincinnati or plan to visit, check out the City Flea, that Lindsay co-founded with her husband. On Instagram, check out her architect/photographer husband's amazing iphone images, this one blew me away. I love that those images are from this Midwest city I call home. And lastly, read alongside her journey into motherhood on her blog, littleonelove.