Happy Birthday, Mom!

Happy Birthday to my wonderful Mom! I wanted to take a moment today and wish a very happy birthday to the woman who taught me to sew.

That’s my mom on the left, and seventeen-year-old me in the middle! We’re at an Oktoberfest party, would you believe that my mom made the two blue dirndls, pattern and all? Isn’t she beautiful?

I inherited her excitement for fabric and love of sewing, her passion for creating, for ‘making it better yourself’ and for tackling any and every project with confidence.

This past year, I’ve tried to be more like her in my sewing adventures. She’s taught me to be patient, and take the time to perfect the little details. Now I take the time to underline, to hand-pick my zippers, to sew waist stays and make muslins. Because if you’re going to do anything, do it right. (And make it look pretty on the inside, too!)

She’s taught me that anything is possible when it comes to sewing, which is a wonderful way to approach life as well! Anything IS possible! My mother tackles all kinds of projects with the same optimism and confidence, from drywalling to electrical work to holiday baking. Seriously. This woman is unbelievable!

She even helped me renovate the entire bathroom of my first apartment, from installing a toilet (ughhhh) to painting to drywalling to lighting to flooring. She has infinite patience! And she made me believe that not only could we do it, together, but we could do it better than hiring anyone. Because the person that cares most about your own house and home, is you!

And if you thought that was cool, she also works at my favourite local fabric store (Fabricana!) and sells her own quilting patterns at  funeasydesigned.com. Definitely an inspiration!

Finally, I wanted to leave you with my mother’s words of wisdom. All my life, every time I left the house, without fail my mother’s last words would be ‘Go carefully!’ Now that we’re older, we laugh about it and say ‘Go Carefully’ to each other whenever we leave a family dinner, or just on the phone.

So from my mom to you, wherever your adventures in sewing or life take you, go carefully!

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27 Responses to Happy Birthday, Mom!

  1. Jane November 30, 2010 at 6:17 am #

    What a lovely post, I really enjoyed reading it. And yes, your mother is beautiful! x

  2. Karin November 30, 2010 at 6:17 am #

    You both look so pretty!

  3. lap November 30, 2010 at 6:32 am #

    Happy Birthday to your lovely, inspirational mom!

  4. Debi November 30, 2010 at 6:51 am #

    Fabulous! Happy Birthday Tasia’s mum!!

  5. Samina November 30, 2010 at 6:54 am #

    Happy birthday, Mom! Thanks for teaching Tasia how to sew. Now I’m learning so much from her!

  6. Nadia November 30, 2010 at 7:07 am #

    This post pretty much nailed it. Every time I think about how to describe her, the first thing that comes to mind is ‘man, I sure have a LOT to live up to’. Mom does everything she tries to the best of her abilities, and it’s that philosophy: “there’s no point in doing it if you’re not going to do it WELL” that has really shaped my work ethic and my drive to succeed. Her simple assurance that I could do anything I wanted as long as I put my mind to it was enough to get me through some of my toughest academic and personal challenges. I really wouldn’t be the person I am today without her, and I’m so proud to be her daughter. Happy Birthday, Mom. <3

  7. Holly November 30, 2010 at 7:09 am #

    What a lovely birthday gift for your amazing mom!

  8. Kathleen November 30, 2010 at 7:36 am #

    Happy Birthday, Mom!

  9. Sofia November 30, 2010 at 7:52 am #

    I totally agree with Nadia. Mom is incredible. Dad was telling me that when they got married, she made her wedding dress, the wedding cake, the decorations, etc. And that when they had a honeymoon out on Lake Winnipeg, she somehow managed to make steak dinners with basically nothing. Isn’t that typical mom? She’s incredible. I swear that without her, I’d be the most useless dumb idiot in the whole world. I wouldn’t ever try to do things myself and wouldn’t have a clue.

    Instead, she’s taught me to be innovative and creative – to look for solutions where you wouldn’t expect them. She’s taught me to be picky and that details are what make it special, whatever “it” may be. And it’s so true. She’s taught me that you don’t ever need to depend on a man (sorry dad, no offense) to figure something out yourself (mom is the best drywaller out there). She’s given me the power to be completely independent and strong, and to know that if I want to put shelving up, hell, I can. And that if I want to build a headboard, well gosh, I better start planning it!

    Without mom I would be a complete idiotface. Because of her, I am who I am and am so incredibly proud to be me.

    I love you mom! Happy Birthday to the most wonderful woman in the world!

  10. Ihor Pona November 30, 2010 at 7:59 am #

    To my dearest:

    “She who must be obeyed”

    A Happy Birthday…..Mr. Mary Pona

  11. K-Line November 30, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    OMG – this post (and these comments) a made me cry – what a wonderful birthday gift for an amazing woman.

  12. K-Line November 30, 2010 at 8:42 am #

    PS: How many kids does this woman have?? :-) Are you one of 5 girls??

  13. Tasia November 30, 2010 at 8:50 am #

    Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes for my mom! @K-Line: I’m the oldest of three girls – Sofia and Nadia are my sisters. Five girls, could you imagine!? Three is just right. Or it was for me anyways, growing up :)

  14. Wanett November 30, 2010 at 9:01 am #

    Weeping now…I am always so envious of people with great relationships with their moms (parents in general). I may not have that with my mom, but I’m working hard to make sure I have it with my children.
    Happy Birthday Tasia and Sofia and Nadia’s mom!! And Mr. Mary Pona’s wife ;o)
    We can all learn so much from you!

  15. Alana November 30, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    Gorgeous post and I love how all your family commented too. Happy birthday to your mum!
    To steal Sofia’s words…. I would be a “complete idiotface” without my mum, too :)
    ~Alana

  16. learningnewtricks November 30, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    What a lovely post and the comments, as well. You and your family celebrate your mother with such love and admiration. This post touched my heart to the point of tears. I love that your mother not only passed on her sewing skills, but also encouraged you to strive for excellence and stand on your own two feet. It is clear she has helped to make you a strong, capable woman who can fulfill her dreams, despite any small setbacks. Your mother, as well as you, are equally beautiful inside and out. Happy birthday wishes to Tasia’s source of sewing inspiration.

  17. Mav November 30, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    Awww, what a sweet entry – happy birthday to your mom!

  18. Sarah November 30, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    Happy birthday, Tasia’s Mom!! Wow! It’s easy to see where you get your lovely looks from, Tasia! :)

  19. Anita Johnston November 30, 2010 at 7:12 pm #

    What a lovely tribute to your mom. You are so lucky to have your mother still with you. Mine has been gone 15 years and I miss her terribly!!! My mom (and my grandma) taught me to sew.

  20. Shannon November 30, 2010 at 10:28 pm #

    What a beautiful post and comments! Warms my heart.

  21. Casey December 1, 2010 at 5:27 am #

    Such a sweet tribute to your mother–she sounds like such an amazing lady! Happy Birthday to her!!! :)

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  22. Samina December 1, 2010 at 9:51 am #

    Speaking of moms, I think you will enjoy this blog I found via Lucky magazine, http://www.mymomthestyleicon.com.

    Happy Birthday to your wonderful mother. I am probably just about her age since you (Tasia) look about my two daughters’ age.

  23. picnicfan December 1, 2010 at 10:50 am #

    A lovely photo and post. Birthday Greetings to your mum from Greece.

  24. Angela December 1, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

    Awww… this is a little late, but happy birthday to your mommy!!

  25. amber December 2, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    Happy belated birthday to your Mom!!

    Don’t you just love mom sayings? My MIL always yells “Be Good, Be Safe, Be Careful!” and my mom says “Pray before you go!” Both have become things we (my husband, brother and brothers in law) now say jokingly to one another. :)

  26. Gail December 2, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    You look so much like your mother! Very sweet post.

  27. Ali December 2, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    I just wanted to say how much I loved this heartfelt post. It reminds me that creating/making in all spheres owes so much credit to incredible women. We go backwards into our mothers and forward into our daughters, no?

    (And guess which gorgeous pattern I received in the mail today? So. Excited.)

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