forty touches :: 8

tammie bennett's 40 touches project

to celebrate turning 40, i'm posting a sketch and short writeup of a moment or a person who has touched my life in a positive way.  i will post each day until i turn 40 in march.  

#8 is my grandma's friends ellie and marvel.  

in my childhood, i spent a lot of time visiting my grandparents in california during the summers.  my grandmother had a weekly (i think) date with her girlfriends ellie and marvel.  they would eat snacks and play scrabble while i played outside in the pool.  ellie had an amazing pool house where i would change into my swim suit in the dark, musty room right next to a dusty, out of tune piano.  

i would play in the pool, occasionally looking through the sliding glass door at my grandmother and her friends.  i loved seeing them with looks of utter concentration, trying to figure out their next word.  their periodic bursts of energized conversation and laughter dotted the afternoon.  

the image of them sitting around the table bathed in a warm, faded light like an old photograph will always be with me and will always keep me warm.  and it will remind me what true friendship means.

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see my other #40touches posts here.  

i will be publishing my 40touches posts in no particular order.  i acknowledge that negative moments have also had an impact on my life, but seeing as how this is a celebration project, i won't be posting those.  

also, i am choosing to only mention 40 because i'm turning 40, and therefore i can't possibly mention all the people, places or moments that have touched me in a positive way.  this is just a sampling that i thought would be fun to talk about and include.

i hope this encourages you to reach out to those who have touched your life in some way.

forty touches :: 6

tammie bennett's 40touches project to celebrate her 40th birthday

to celebrate turning 40, i'm posting a sketch and short writeup of a moment or a person who has touched my life in a positive way.  i will post each day until i turn 40 in march.  

#6 is ron roach.  my law school buddy.

ron was one of my best friends in law school and he certainly made it a heck of a lot more fun.  we had a friendly competition to see who could get the best grades and it made me a better student.  or at least it made me cram harder at the end of the marking period!

i loved law school and ron's inappropriate and immature jokes added to the fun.  (and got me though some of the more boring classes.)  my friend jen, ron and myself would get into fits of laughter that almost got us kicked out of the library on more than one occasion.  he acted like he didn't care too deeply about most things (other than robin), and he did keep it light on the surface.  but if you ever needed help with something, ron was your guy.

i am so happy that he is now a successful attorney, he's married to his true love robin, and has super cute kids!

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see my other #40touches posts here.  

i will be publishing my 40touches posts in no particular order.  i acknowledge that negative moments have also had an impact on my life, but seeing as how this is a celebration project, i won't be posting those.  

also, i am choosing to only mention 40 because i'm turning 40, and therefore i can't possibly mention all the people, places or moments that have touched me in a positive way.  this is just a sampling that i thought would be fun to talk about and include.

i hope this encourages you to reach out to those who have touched your life in some way.

forty touches :: 5

tammie bennett's diamonds and flowers pattern for her #40touches project celebrating her turning 40.

to celebrate turning 40, i'm posting a sketch and short writeup of a moment or a person who has touched my life in a positive way.  i will post each day until i turn 40 in march.  

#5 is alma loveland. (how adorable is she?!?! and her husband!  and her kids!)

back in late 2011 i discovered that surface design is a thing! and i wanted that thing to be MY thing.  i immediately searched online for classes on adobe illustrator, one of the two main programs used to create patterns.  i came upon alma loveland's classes on nicolesclasses.com and signed up.  (she now teaches on atly).  

alma's class was a game changer.  or game maker in my case.  she taught with such thoroughness and made something complicated soooo easy and fun.  i spent hours watching her courses and doing the homework.  she gave great feedback and tips for improvement.  i love her design aesthetic and the projects she creates are amazing.

thank you alma, for giving me this gift of knowledge. 

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see my other #40touches posts here.  

i will be publishing my 40touches posts in no particular order.  i acknowledge that negative moments have also had an impact on my life, but seeing as how this is a celebration project, i won't be posting those.  

also, i am choosing to only mention 40 because i'm turning 40, and therefore i can't possibly mention all the people, places or moments that have touched me in a positive way.  this is just a sampling that i thought would be fun to talk about and include.

i hope this encourages you to reach out to those who have touched your life in some way.