Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tuesday's Treasures & Things - The Mirror


Some of you noticed this mirror a few weeks ago when I wrote about how I recycled the use of the chest of drawers that sits below it. And you are not alone; it is the first thing people who come here for the first time notice too. The mirror was made by our friend, the artist Frances Fischer, and I'm as much intrigued by the idea behind this mirror as I am by the mirror itself.

I'm thinking if I were an artist and wanted to give someone a gift, I probably would just paint a picture. Fran's creative spirit stretches much farther and wider than that, so she decided to make mirrors for her friends. Mirrors that depict their lives, things they enjoy and care about. So the mirror we have in our home is a picture of our lives and what is important to us. And the vibrant colors fit perfectly with the crazy color of our living room walls.


Fran actually made mirrors for several of her friends and asked my husband to make the frames, which he did. She then asked us to let her know what we most liked to do and what we valued in life. I submitted a list to her and, based on that, she made this mirror for us.



The first square is about people: Aren't people interesting? My husband is a people person. I don't like crowds, but I do find people interesting. The second: Have a long, happy marriage. Something we both wish for, of course. Yeah, to 24 years! The next: Love animals. And that we both do.


Go sailing. Something we loved to do at the time. Still would, but we're desert dwellers now and the boat has been sold.


The blue square: Yeah, team! Some of our most fun memories are from Dodger Stadium, when the Cubs, my team, came to town. We also enjoyed Pop Warner Football when our nephews were little. Next: Visit antique stores. That would be me. I noticed that two small chairs have come off, something I had forgotten, but can now fix. And below: Read a good book. Me again, I have loved reading my whole life.


Something you may not know about me is that I love miniatures. There was a dollhouse museum in Los Angeles, close by where I lived, and each time I went there I was in miniature heaven. So you can imagine how much I love these miniatures. An old-fashioned juke box: Listen to music. Something we both like to do. After that, a pretty flower in a frame: Go to the museum. I think we both like that, but it is definitely one of my most favorite things to do. And, finally, the cutest claw foot bathtub: Soak in a bubble bath, with a ducky, a plaid towel, and a brush to scrub your back. Now how great is that?


Now to the top of the right side panel.


Where you find an acknowledgement of my husband's true love, cooking: Cook yummy food. It says on the little box that it contains Italia Mostaccioli, the very best from Italy. Underneath the cooking square, a butterfly rests: Isn't nature wonderful? Love of nature, dogs and cats was what brought us together. I knew my husband, who was my neighbor in Los Angeles, as a friend for many years, before…..



Then another couple of fabulous miniatures. A toolbox with actual miniature tools: Enjoy your work. My husband does fabulous work and he can do practically everything in the construction field. Personally, I like how he can design a space and make it work and his work with wood the best. Then a pair of sneakers: Take a walk. We both love to walk and hike.


The first of the final two squares gives good advice: Celebrate life. Since this mirror was made sometime in the 90s, the computer below is old-fashioned by now, but I remember them well, these early ones with their floppy disks and simple screens: Keep up with the times. I took a minute to look at it through my magnifying glass necklace.  The sidebar offers the following functions: My Computer, Network Neighborhood, Inbox, and Recycle Bin. The screen says: e-mail and You Have Mail. The keyboard is accurate and on the top are a bunch of floppy disks and a cup of coffee. It doesn't get much better than that.

Thank you Frances Fischer. This is a very thoughtful gift, as well as a unique and beautiful work of original art and a true treasure of ours. 




26 comments:

  1. I love this so much! It is colorful and full of meaning and purpose. What a beautiful and thoughtful gift for someone to give. PS I love miniature's as well. I can remember when I was a little girl, digging in the dirt and finding a tiny porcelain teacup and thinking I had the world. That's when my love for miniatures began... ;)

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  2. That is a true treasure from a wonderful friend! It is very unique and it's all about you and your husband, that is really great!

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  3. That is amazing! What a wonderful gift! It is sort of a history of your lives together. What pretty colors, too.

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  4. The mirror is beautiful. I think it is really nice that it is personalized to reflect your personality and your interests. What a wonderful gift you were given.

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  5. What a nice piece of memorabilia to things you liked to do and things you still love to do. I imagine you look at that mirror every time you walk past it. I would. :)

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  6. One of the most thoughtful ideas for a gift that I have ever seen. You are very lucky to have such a talented and creative friend. That mirror will be something that you will treasure for the rest of your lives.

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  7. Just a great, personalized and precious gift! SO cute!

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  8. what a unique mirror....and so special...

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  9. Inger, what an absolutely precious memento! It's both you and your hubby and made by a friend!...:)JP

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  10. Dear Inger--Your comments & those of your readers mean a lot to me! Glue those chairs back on & may you enjoy the mirror for many years to come.

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  11. Wow what a special mirror. I especially like the "Yeah Team" item. We have a similar mirror, themed to us, in our bathroom. We think it is very cool, and not just because I happen to have a mother named Fran Fischer.

    Please give our best to your wonderful husband/our buddy Errol.

    Matt and Linda Fischer (Cheshire, CT)

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  12. What a wonderful gift to get and to have! It's like a wall journal/diary. great post Inger.

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  13. What a special gift Inger! I love miniatures too. I also think that advice to "celebrate life" is wonderful and good to remember!

    Fiona
    : 0 )

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  14. Cute idea. There are so many creative people in this world but sad to say I'm not one of them.

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  15. I really like this. Colorful and meaningful....a perfect combination.

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  16. Even if I weren't Fran's daughter, I would have to say I love the way you showed each square of the mirror and told what it means to you. Her mirrors are very special creations. I have one she made for my family that includes a miniature espresso maker and a piano that plays music when you press the keys. I treasure it.

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  17. How incredibly cool is that mirror. I love the little objects symbolizing all of your favorite things. I think it would be a real 'pick-me-up' to look at the mirror - because your eye would be drawn to something of importance to you.

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  18. Your mirror makes me smile.

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  19. A very special gift!

    (No, I'm never offended when people get my books from libraries! I've been a library user all my life!)

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  20. That is wonderful! What a fantastic gift. I so admire people who have that much creativity! I'd never come up with the idea, and it's so full of meaning.

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  21. Yes, I noticed the mirror from the other post, right off. What a grand gift from the heart for your friend to make such a personal present. Every time you stand in front of it to comb your hair or fix your make-up, you can also review your life. How neat.
    Love and peace,

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  22. Thank you all so much for your comments about the mirror. It's one of those things you worry about and wonder if you can do it justice. And, yes, I can review my life, remember my very first computer, our sailboat, and so on. And I can also remember Fran and her husband who have been such good friends to us. I'm glad Fran, Matthew, and Nancy liked this post and left comments. That meant a lot to me.--Inger

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  23. What a wonderful and personalized gift :-)

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  24. That's a wonderful gift. It's so nice to receive something that the giver put thought and effort into. And when it's so personal it's even better :-)

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  25. Dear Inger,
    I asked Fran about the mirrors she made and she sent me to this posting back in March of this year. I so love that you showed us each miniature and explained how it applied to your life. A lovely gift to and from you.

    Peace.

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  26. What a special gift. Fran told me about this mirror. It is so fun :0)

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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