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A lovely celebration…


Hey Blogsters!

This week (Sunday, actually) I celebrated my birthday and turned the big 50!  Yes, I have completed 50 years of my life.  I got calls from everyone.  I kept saying I was trying to ignore that I was turning 50, but everyone kept reminding me… ha!

They say time goes by so fast and you really don’t understand that when you’re young, free and having way too much fun… yet it is true.  You watch your children grow from little peanuts to beautiful young adults, mourn family members whose time came to leave this earth, watch your nieces and nephews, that you held in your arms as infants, get married and have their own children………..and  BOOM, you’re 50!  Um, what just happened?  But, I must say, and yes, I must, that all is good and I could never ask for anything more than what I have right now, right this moment.. that’s all I can control.. right now.  Life is good.

So, with that said, after a lovely surprise dinner celebration with some of the most favorite loved ones in my life, I have to share a gift with you from my most amazing niece, Christina.  You remember Nina?.. named after my “Nina Pods”? She’s the one that wrote the poem to go with them; click here for the Nina Pod post.

Nina’s gift to me was 50 things I love… a huge basket of 50 things.. imagine that?  They weren’t big things, just beautiful little treasures that she knew I would love like body lotions, stationary, vintage images, beautiful tissue papers, candles.. so you get the idea, right?  However, I think my favorite part of her gift was her card she made me.  A handmade fabric card that just left me in awe of her work.  Take a look and you’ll see what I mean:

P9160031Measurements:  12″ tall x approx. 7″ wide (folded)






See what I mean… how special, don’t you think?  I’ll treasure it always.

Thank you Donnie (a great and supportive hunk of Irish joy), Megan (daughter 1: thank you for surprising me and coming home from college), Rachel (daugher 2: a great secret keeper), Nina (well, need I say more about her), Todd (Nina’s hubby, who’s just plain awesome and so supportive), Riley and Connor (N&T’s kids:  can’t say enough about how important these kids are to me.. love them).   You all made my birthday celebration the most memorable one.  I love you with all my heart!

Nina.. can you say “blog”? … time for you to have one and show your artistic talents.

I leave you with this video of Sally O’Malley (Molly Shannon) from Saturday Night Live doing her “I’m 50” skit with Danny Devito.. so funny.. (you have to watch a short commercial first).  Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Nina Pods


♥ this post is dedicated to my niece, Christina♥

when i began to sell some of my polymer clay pieces at two quaint stores in Massachusetts about two years ago, i came up with an idea to merge one of my clay designs with a young, aspiring writer’s talents.   that young writer is my godchild/niece, Christina.   i’ve had this special bond with her since she was born 30 years ago.    i wanted to create a pod-like piece (which became a series) that was mysterious to it’s owner;  a special story to go with it.    i asked nina to write a poem for our pod.  the “nina pod” was born and is now named after her.   just imagine being a very young girl and listening to the magical story about her little “nina pod”.    i know, as a young mother now, nina will read this to her own 3 year old daughter, riley; and believe me, riley will hang on to every word.

here is a picture of the “nina pods” and the poem she wrote.  deep inside the pod is the tiny dragonfly.  each pod came with the poem typed on a “vintage” scroll. it has been a hit with girls of all ages and has been given as baby gifts.

enjoy the story of the magical “nina pod”.


The “Nina Pod”
Deep in the forest,
Where the stars shimmer in the night,
Lay peacefully sleeping, Nina the sprite.
But something awoke her,
A warm golden glow,
Which lighted a path
For her to follow.
With each gentle step,
Her discovery bloomed,
And within this magical flower,
She was consumed.
She picked one up,
And couldn’t believe her eyes,
For inside she found,
 a golden dragon fly.
Now she would like to share this treasure,
Though it may seem odd,
For it has been named for her –
the “Nina Pod”.
– Christina E. Smith

© 2009 Christina G. Smith