Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Playful Days

What do you think about when you remember happy moments of your childhood?

I think of my sister and the other children in my neighborhood. I think of dress-ups, and Barbies. I think of ice cream and flowers. I think of bright colors and candy.

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My dear friend Maki has two adorable daughters - Sophia and Julia, and they couldn't possibly be any more beautiful. Seeing them reminds me of my happy childhood memories playing with my little sister. I think back and have flickering images in my head, like a vintage movie - games, birthday parties, putting on little concerts for our parents... such happy memories!

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Maki recently opened up a new boutique store that totally brings me back to those bright and happy memories. Barefoot Chic is full of her lovely paintings and signs, inspired by her kidlets and their love for life. Maki's love for the beach and flowers really shows through in her vibrant work, and I love each and every piece. Her favorite colors also reflect the beach - the blues and greens of the ocean, the pinks and purples of a pretty sunset. Maki used to live in Hawaii, so I can tell that it plays a big part of her tastes and interests.
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Aside from her love for her family and painting, Maki also loves beach trips and picking out pretty shells. She also loves shopping, movies and great music. She is always introducing me to new movies and music on her lovely blog.
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Maki has lived all over the map. Originally from Japan, she has also lived in California, Hawaii and Florida. Her favorite desserts are inspired by her Japanese roots, with a love for anything with hints of Green Tea flavor. Whether it be Matcha Ice Cream or Green Tea Shaved Ice with Sweet Beans and Condensed milk - Maki loves it all!


Currently, Maki lives in Florida. She loves it for it's strong art connections and of course it's beachside appeal. She also loves checking out the antique stores, boutiques, and of course the theatres there.

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Maki has created this lovely Hope Painting especially for one of you lucky readers. To enter, leave a comment here telling me one of your favorite childhood memories. I will announce the winner Sunday.

53 comments:

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh that princess sign is so cute! my favorite childhood memories are huge family gatherings at the seaside, with all our cousins playing musical shows! so fun! xo

Hannah said...

Aw! They're adorable! And I love the signs! :)

I have a giveaway going on at my blog...hee hee...you would need it, but just so you know. ;-)

Love,
Hannah

Hannah said...

I'd love it if you'd_check it out...*hint hint* hee hee...^_^

Gali said...

What amazing little girls, they look so happy!

Hum... I have a couple of childhood memories that are dear to me. One of them is going to play on the black and white stumps close to Palais Royal (in Paris). I happened to be back in Paris this autumn and they were renovating the area so I couldn't even get a proper look at the stumps and that made me so sad!

Golden Stilettos said...

I've seen her work now from a different blogs posting her work and I think her paintings are beautiful!

Sarah Esther said...

i love your yellow flowers! ...oh to be able to go back to 'playing' barbie and not trying to 'be' barbie..

photojoy said...

I'm glad that you'd written about her. I've known her by name in your blog but had never chances to have "a talk" with her. Glad you gave me a chance! Gee, I have so many childhood memories which are so dear to me. Some happy some not but all so dear to me. When I was small, I used to be a deligent correspondent with my grandmother who lives far away from a city we used to live. I wrote her almost every other day and she wrote me back each time. I said to my brother, "See how many I got from my grandma and you didn't any". Then he said back to me, " 'Cause you wrote that many. That's why you got that many back. It's nothing you should be boastful about." Yes, indeed!

Hannah said...

oops. I meant "WOULDN'T" need it, not "WOULD" need it. Thanks for comment. ^_^

Sandy said...

my favorite childhood memory is stopping the ice cream truck to get my push pops!! =) these are such lovely little signs!

Jaime said...

How cute! I loved playing in the snow- my best friend was my neighbor and we'd build forts and find secret "passages" to eachother's houses.

tiffany said...

pretty much everything you listed is what i remember about my childhood. gosh i miss being so carefree!

♥tiffany

Amanda said...

Everything you listed reminds me of childhood, but I have to say - my favorite memory is of my dad at Christmas time. Every year, starting on Thanksgiving night, my dad would tell "installments" of a story he made up with the same characters - Peter the Rabbit and Johnny the Squirrel - and they always had to battle Jack the Bad Crow and save Christmas with Santa. My little sister and I found a cassette tape last Thanksgiving of my dad telling us the story and you can hear us both asking questions like "What did Santa think about THAT?"
Priceless.
Love this post!

Tamara Nicole said...

Gorgeous girls:-)

My fave childhood memories are just playing hard all day every day with no cares in the world! Fun fun!

Maki said...

Aw Dionne - thanks so much for creating such a lovely post:)

My childhood memories are just like yours, playing with my sister doing whatever, all the giggles and happy moments - I would relived it in a sec!

Love you!
xoxo

Erin said...

hmmmmm one of my favorite childhood memories... I think I would definitely have to say a distinct vacation sticks out to me. We went to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. There, they had these huge sand dunes, and my mom, dad, and I went running and leaping off of them. It was absolutely fabulous!

Meghan said...

That painting would look perfect in my living room:)

My favorite childhood memory consists of playing wiffle (sp?) ball in the backyard with all of the neighborhood kids on a summer day!

Kaye Prince said...

Ohhh, I really like that! I think one of my favourite childhood memories is making food and little dishes out of plasticine with my Mum. It was really fun and something creative we did together!

fa11enan9e1 (Alice) said...

Wow that's gorgoeus! Love how bright and sunshine-y it is.

Kristin said...

those are really cute!! my childhood involved countless days spent with my very best friend, Molly. We got into all sorts of shenanigans together. Those memories are pricelss and I'll treasure them always.

(Sorry -- I can't think of a specific right now. I have a cold and my brain is foggy... i'm off to try to sleep this away!)

~ Cee ~ said...

My favorite childhood memories involve my awesome pup, a basenji. Lots of fun playing with her :) Thank you for this giveaway!
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Hilary Leister said...

My favorite childhood memory?...

Definitely going to the beach with my cousins. We'd all stay in the same house with out families year after year. It was 8 days full of donuts, boogie-boards, bikes, water-balloons, and sweet relaxation :)

Emily said...

What a wonderful giveaway! One of my favorite memories is when I would climb trees with my friends in the neighborhood. Our parents weren't fans of the idea, but we had fun!
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The Neo-Traditionalist said...

I won't enter because I'd feel horribly guilty if I won again, but I just wanted to comment on how lovely her work is! Perfect for a beachside retreat! XO Katie

Heather Taylor said...

I loved to go to the bookstore with my Dad. It closed at midnight and on school nights, we stayed until it closed and drove home in the city lights. It was so peaceful, and being surrounded by all of those books completely recharged our bookworm batteries. This was before texting and cell phones and most of the time, we didn't even bring watches with us. Time? Hm? Nobody cared!
It was infamous for having a chic bar and restaurant in it instead of a coffee shop. Much better in my opinion!

very married said...

when I was 5 my mom threw me a safari birthday party. one of the best birthdays EVER.

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K. Davis said...

most of my favorite childhood memories involve me, barefoot and my backyard! I loved running around on the freshly cut grass, and playing frisbee with my dog!

Little Miss Tiara said...

my childhood will includes lots of boxes and trucks because me and my family kept moving from one city to another. and my dearest silly cousin as my partner in crime. lol.

fisiwoman said...

Enter me please!
My favorite childhood memories are just playing hard all day every day in my prefer park!

Ana Belén R.M
fisiwoman@hotmail.com
Spain

BlueGrassandGreenTomatoes said...

I.Love.It.

What a fun give-a-way!

One of my favorite childhood memories is running through the backyard with my brother with towels over our shoulders. We were super heroes with super abilities trying to avoid "gifts" from the dog.

:)

Danielle said...

My favorite childhood memories are playing with my friends on the hill in my "backyard". We lived in an apartment complex so this was not just a little hill, it was pretty big and had a retaining wall that we liked to climb too.


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Abby said...

My childhood memory is of me and my family in Japan. Eating Japanese for the first time

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Selene said...

Fave childhood memory is probably when I was back at my hometown with family and relatives. Just remember playing and having fun.

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secret cake said...

Lovely, springy sign!

Favorite childhood memories...sitting on a quilt my great-grandma made, eating ice-cream with my little brother from the Ice-Cream Man! : )

Marci said...

This is beautiful! One of my favorite childhood memories is coloring Easter eggs at my great aunt's house with my cousins.
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Phoenix said...

These are all so cute! Dionne, I always smile when I come and say hi at your blog. It's so uplifting - and right now your blog definitely makes it feel like spring!

My favorite childhood memory... I have a lot of them involving catching tadpoles and fireflies and picking ripe berries off the bushes when I was a child with my parents. Most of them involve summer, I guess...although having snow days was always a fond memory too!

Happy St. Patty's Day to you and Brian!

Lovely Scribbles said...

Maki has a lovely blog! I have so many wonderful childhood memories, but I always loved riding horse out in fields in summer. :)

Kris said...

So cute. I definitely think of barbies and pool parties!

Gaia said...

i remember the 3 months after school spent with my family at the sea side, I remember the little shop we used to make on the street, we sold hand made jewels or cookies or old toys . I remember christmas dinner, I remember my dad, he was so beautiful ...

Pamela said...

oh, those are beautiful paintings! i remember running around outside playing in the sunshine while listening to "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles. Ahhh, the memories!

simplesong said...

gorgeous post + photos! love!

momtoem said...

My favorite childhood memories were when I used to spend my summer vacations at my grandparents
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Christina Moreno- floresdelsol said...

beautiful flowers dionne!
my favorite memory is smelling the roses my mother planted in the side yard of my childhood home.

Carissa said...

what cute signs! If I had kids, I'd totally buy some with their names to hand in their bedrooms! so adorable! but for now, I'll settle for winning the Hope painting :)

Julie said...

The Natalie sign is darling :)

One of my favorite childhood memories is when my paternal grandparents (who had a cottage at the lake) would have us grandkids over for a few days

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Melissa Blake said...

I'm sitting here on a great spring night, and seeing this post was perfect! I'm so ready for summer! I remember spending my summers visiting my grandparents on the Gulf Coast. Best childhood memories EVER!

Nicole Marie said...

i just love maki. her daughters are absolutely adorable and she is so talented and such a great mother and wife.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous girls, and such lovely art. My favorite memories are lemonade with my sisters in the summer.

Thanks for the chance.

amelia.bourboni@hotmail.com

jupi said...

Every weekend during the summer my parents would pack me and my older brother up into our little mazda and go explore Canada . Camping trips, canoe rides , small towns , hiking , fishing you name it we did it . Every weekend was a new adventure.

juliapiekielko(at)hotmail(dot)com

Whimsical Creations said...

Playing with my sister in our sandbox. I loved playing with that sandbox.

E said...

A favorite memory is going out in the garden with my mom and 'helping' her plant, and pull weeds and gather fresh veggies and bring them inside and clean them off.

Stacy & Bryan said...

Beautiful! Childhood memories: riding horses in the summer, climbing our family apple tree, eating strawberries warm from the sun...
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Kym said...

One of my favourite memories is every holiday my cousin use to come and stay at our house. We had so much fun, in a time when we didn't have to worry about anything.

busybbee05[at]yahoo[dot]com[dot]au

Dionne said...

Thanks for your comments. This giveaway is now closed.