Monday, May 09, 2011

MOMO

Happy late mothers day to all the mothers out there.  I'm sharing something I made for my mother aka MOMO.  I wanted to illustrate various momo and me memories.  Some of these are family jokes, and some are just memories.

 
I was at that age when you first start to use the bathroom on your own and I was very proud of using the public McDonalds bathroom all by myself.  But my mother didn't trust that I wiped, so she pulled down my pants to check when people opened the door on us.  This was a very embarrassing moment for young me and the funniest thing ever for sister and momo. A classic Olivares family memory.


 
Momo and me.  I remember laying on her lap as a little girl and she'd run her fingers through my hair and say sweet motherly things.  I remember thinking I was lucky to have a pretty mom.

My mom loves animals and when I was 5 she got an Eclectus parrot named Solomon "Boy" Olivares.  He'd hang out on the couch a lot.


My mom was super creative with making Bows for me and my sister, many of which matched our outfits.  We had a plastic bow rack on the bathroom door.  She'd always ask "do you want a bow in your haaair??" 
 
Background notes: 
In first grade we got another parrot we named Phoenix.  She'd always hang out with me when I was getting ready for school and play in the bathroom drawers.  Also, everyone in the family wore a lot of embroidered Disney clothes.

In first grade, lice was going around the class.  This was a very stressful time for Momo because I got lice.  Momo was very thorough with checking our hair regularly to make sure they never came back. 

Background notes:  
Around the time after we got Phoenix, Solomon started plucking his feathers.  He always had full reign of the house, walking around like a dog and playing with this stick he used to love.
Momo decorated our living room with my sister and my childhood artwork. I mostly drew parrots. 



Momo had some skills on the sewing machine and made us quilts and outfits.  She was famous for her "prairie dresses"(complete with petticoats). I think we were largely inspired by the American Girl Dolls.  My sister was obsessed with the wizard of oz and Momo made her a Dorothy dress for Halloween.  

Background note:
Solomon becomes naked...well except for his head, tail, and flight feathers.  He used to lay in the sunlight from the windows and sunbathe his naked bird body. 




So thanks Momo for everything and being such a wonderful mother and supporting me and Brooke.  For putting bow's in our haair, and providing us with a happy home full of parrots, michael jackson music, quilts, and love.

23 comments:

Aaron Ludwig said...

Awesome stuff. I love family histories like this. Very charming.

Mallory J. said...

this is beautiful lindsey! i loved the added story of the progression of solomon's bird feather depletion. you're so talented!

Goro Fujita said...

Best post ever!
Love all of them. Such a great gift!

Erin Ochi said...

This popped up on my facebook news feed so of course I had to check it out! So fabulous!!! I so remember all of that, all the way down to the colored bows, your amazing living room fish tank and poor naked Solomon :)

Emily said...

ahhh! soosoocute :D I love all the little details you shared

Tim Heitz said...

Lovely stuff, Lindsey--as always!

Robb said...

Epic tribute. Loving this very much.

Katie Adams said...

Love it! Great post. :)

coNs Oroza said...

Lovely! Kudos to your mom <3

ANTONIO CUESTA said...

Simply beautiful

lindsey olivares said...

Thanks everyone, I had a lot of fun making these. I'll probably do more like this!

ERIN OCHI!!!!!!!!!! :) :)

Lindsey Lydecker said...

This is really sweet Linds. Your mom sounds awesome. also... this had me cracking up. "He used to lay in the sunlight from the windows and sunbathe his naked bird body"

Johnimation said...

These are fantastic! Also the backstories are adorable! :D

grizzleybear said...

bomb digity

Michelle said...

Thank you for the blog comment! I love your work! I've been a fan for awhile :)

JavierOlivares said...

Love this, Lindsey!!

Lindsay R said...

Oh my gosh, this is awesome lindsey! I am sure your mom loved it! What a cool thing to do and truly captures your younger years with your mom. And your parrot! haha... what an odd little guy.

Unoo said...

Lovely...!

Aida SofĂ­a Barba Flores said...

This is so lovely, i really love your idea, i think you mother was very happy!

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