Bella Vida by Letty


Happy Birthday Mom

“It takes a long time to grow young.” Pablo Picasso

When I think of birthdays family reunions come to mind.  Not that we need an excuse to get everyone together but sometimes it serves as motivation.  It’s a great time to catch up with the people I don’t see often. 

Our birthday tradition is dinner followed by cake but there’s a catch.  There has to be at least one edible item that is out of the ordinary.   Something savory that we don’t eat often or a spectacular something new we haven’t tried before. The tasty treat is the element of surprise and not to be revealed to the birthday person ahead of time.

The theme for my mom’s birthday last year was mango & coconut.  Everything was dressed in varying shades of orange from the table cloth to plates, margarita glasses and the even the flowers. The cake was coconut flavor and our out of the ordinary edible treat was mango sherbert. 
Yeah, it was pretty yummy 🙂

Do you have any birthday traditions?


“The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” Lucille Ball

“A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip.” Unknown

“You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.” Ogden Nash

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln
“I’m sixty years of age. That’s 16 Celsius.” George Carlin


 Here’s a link to a previous crafting post on how to  make a custom birthday banner.

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Watercolor Roses

“Truths and roses have thorns about them.” Henry David Thoreau

I adore roses. Roses are the special symbol of the mothers in my life. My mother has a lovely rose garden and I carry the sweetest memories from youth in my grandmothers garden.

My grandmother always grew roses wherever she lived. Spread all throughout the property in what seemed a random arrangement of colors and shapes. You never knew what you would find since she was constantly adding new varieties. The ones I remember the most were these huge leafy green bushes both tall and wide sprinkled about with sweet pastel pink roses. I don’t know what they’re called and I’ve never seen them anywhere else but in her garden in Bayamon Puerto Rico. I would love to plant some in my backyard.

The above photo is a series of four watercolors inspired by my grandmothers roses. This was a few years ago and I think only one has survived.

“How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.” Victor Hugo

“Love and a red rose can’t be hid.” Thomas Holcroft

“Love planted a rose, and the world turned sweet.” Katharine Lee Bates

“The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.” Salvador Dali

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