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The Art of Living
The snow and I have a casual agreement; it will fall from the heavens and bring with it silence that only the stars understand. This serenity, gentle dancing of fluttering white fluff, is my perfect muse. It stirs a quiet and creative emotion within me like no other act of nature.
It is under dark grey skies that I hook my rug with a peace that can only come when there is silence among the civilized world. I am truly at home during these moments, and every care falls away untethered, so I can be one with my mortal soul.
xoxo Peace to all xoxo
This mighty horse
Flies across the moonlit meadow
Dancing amongst the fireflies
Her head bowed
Powerful legs careening
Toward an open sky
Where only the wild run free
A very beautiful example of Americana Folk Art. This Flying Horse rug was hooked between 1880 and 1890. The original rug measures 37.5 x 36.5 inches and is hooked in sublime colors. You can achieve a similar look when dyeing your wool. The pattern is now available in my shoppe for $65.00 Use coupon code "February" when checking out. Offer expires March 1, 2018.
Little Ghost cat,
Your footsteps pit-pat
In the hallway of my mind
The kiss of air, whisper-soft purr;
I hear the echos of your purr;
See your pouncing shadow everywhere....
And smile through my tears.
Hooked with 100% wool from Halcyon's Classics Rug Yarn, this rug is a tribute to simple folk art from more than a century ago. I hooked it in the primitive style to evoke charm of simpler times. See my shoppe for more details. The black cat mat measures 34 x 34 inches and is available for $625.00 USD.
At checkout, use coupon code "February" and receive 28% off your order during the entire month of February. Offer ends March 1, 2018, so place your order this month. The first two orders in February receive a FREE primitive punch-needle pattern drawn on fine high-quality Weaver's Cloth.
The relatively naive design and hooking style of this rug is a nod to a famous philosopher, writer, and now influential botanist, Henry David Thoreau. Recently, Thoreau’s works and scientific journals about wildflowers are used today to better understand climate change. Previously, he is was not respected by his critics for his botanic and naturalist contributions.
Available in our shoppe, as a pattern for you to make your own to use as a mat or a pillow. The prim blossoms are delightful to hook during the cold winter as we await the arrival of warmer weather and spring flowers.
Tea is comfort when the weather turns biting cold. It soothes and warms a soul and invites quiet respite. Whether we drink it's liquid comfort while we read an engaging novel, or as a warm accompaniment when we create beautiful rugs, tea is much like a good friend who invites us in from the cold to sit awhile and spend time together.
We sip slowly and are warmed on the inside by its delicate flavors and spices. Tea forces us to slow down and regain our thoughts about the joy captured of this moment. Sometimes, we accompany our tea with small sweets or savory sandwiches, and other times, it is just us and the tea that afford us the stillness that make up a beautiful life.
Today, the winter is biting cold, and I concern myself only with the colors of wool I have before me and my warm tea that inspires me and reminds me of the importance of rest and creating lovely things with my hands.
Photography credit: Victoria Magazine
I finally did it! I wrote a children's book and I am collaborating with a very talented Canadian artist, Deb Dunn from Ontario (her artwork is shown here).
The story, "Winter's Gift", is actually a poem that I wrote in December 2017, and is shown in my previous blog. I made a couple of minor changes, so that children ages 5-9 can enjoy reading it with an older sibling or an adult. Deb's illustrations will add to the magic and imagination of that silent stroll one cold winter's day when only me and my best friend, Sir Finlay, walked across the newly fallen snow to find a Coyote's tracks.
A favorite vintage image is the Heart & Hand. Whether I find it on an antique pair of gloves, jewelry, or sculpture, there is something so charming about it, that I want to recreate an image using textiles.
I found these images on Google and Pinterest to inspire me to hook and embroider during the cold winter months. I hope you can be inspired by these images too, and create a charming mat or soft sculpture for yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote:
“Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”
Emerson also said:
"Give all to love;
Obey thy heart;
Friends, kindred, days,
Plans, credit and the Muse,—
And near the end of the poem, he writes:
"Leave all for love;
Yet, hear me, yet,
One word more thy heart behoved,
One pulse more of firm endeavor,—
Keep thee to-day,
Free as an Arab
Of thy beloved."
Whatever inspires you, stay with it and nurture it because you will make beautiful art, and create it your way.
I finally did it. I wrote a children's book, and now I am collaborating with a professional illustrator. I've always wanted to write a children's book, but I never had the guts to do it.
When I went back to college in the mid-90's, I wanted to be a teacher, and I got lucky when I got to do a practicum with Andy Bombeck. Yes, that's right, Erma Bombeck's son. I should have known then that was my moment to begin writing for children; but I wasn't ready.
Periodically, as work progresses on the book illustrations, I will be posting updates here.
Do what you love.
The Art of Living is ...
Inspiration from nature's beauty, simple living, love, and peace.