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The Art of Living
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.
The Art of Living is ...
Inspiration from nature's beauty, simple living, love, and peace.