My grandmother's rocking chair is home! The photos really don't do it justice. It is an exquisite piece of art, with fabulous detail, front and back. It was made by my great grandfather, or his father. I wish I had asked my grandmother more questions about the artist who created it. It's been in the family for as long as I've been alive. It was my great grandmother's and then my grandmother's. She was a seamstress and spent innumerable hours hand stitching her gorgeous quilts in this chair.
Over the years, the fabric was worn and the padding was nearly gone, so it needed to be replaced. I took it to Morrow's Upholstery and Furniture in Landisburg, PA and they did a superlative job preparing it for a few more decades. I plan to use it as my grandmother did; as a place to quietly create.
Do you have family pieces in your home that remind you of loved ones and treasured memories? Are there items that you could refinish, polish or simply begin to use again? Honoring the memories of loved ones through their most cherished possessions brings a feeling of continuity and legacy. Today's treasure was once yesterday's, and that makes me even more grateful to have it back in my life.
This is a close up of the fabric. It's very chameleon and reflected the colors around it. It looks more pink next to my pink velvet couch, but against the wood of the chair and the floor in the pictures about it looks more like earth tones. Photos just don't do it justice!
Today's Creative Content Camp session advised us to take 10 photos a day for the next week of projects were working on - our images, in situ, our offices, studios and photos our selves in the process of creating. One suggestion was featuring out pets. Zippy doesn't get involved with my art, even though he is always near by, whether I'm paining, sewing, writing or in the garden. Rocky, on the other hand, would sit on my lap, on top of my watercolor paper,and nap in m basket of home made collage papers.I miss you Rocky.
When I first moved to Baltimore I took a course called "Authentic Hauntings" by Dorothy Levinson, one of the most delightful instructors I've ever experienced. Dorothy had spent a life time studying parapsychology and collecting numerous stories of famous, and not-so-famous, ghosts, spirits, and hauntings. Her stories mesmerized us.
During the course I frequently wanted to interrupt to say, “Oh, I know what herb would work to keep a ghost in the grave!” or “This herb will keep the poltergeists under control.” So as the course progressed through the weeks I began to take notes and eventually created a little book for her that hopefully contained everything she would ever need to know about how to repel, or, if she preferred, attract ghosts.
Creating that mini-book was the inspiration to illustrate a larger e-book on herbs, called Haunting Herbs, free below.
As result of Dorothy's encouragement and inspiration, I created a course on Enhancing Your Life with Herbs, and I'll be teaching it for the third time this fall.
Dorothy left this world over the weekend, but I'm certain her kindness, spiritual approach and open heart will lead her to a better place.
Today, the first day back in classes after Dorothy's passing, the halls were filled with stories of her teaching, guiding, inspiring and encouraging, from both students and instructors. She was well loved and deeply appreciated. Her impact was boundless. She will live on in all who knew her as well as those who continue to share and teach as a result of her example. I'm certain Dorothy is smiling down on us, pleased to know that her spirit is living on in these halls she loved so dearly.
Violets have always been a favorite. I made a fold up booklet on violets for a pay it forward last year. Also make a 40 page illustrated book on violets filled with herbal legends and lore, recipes, mythological references, the story of how Napoleon got the name Corporal Violet, and so much more. It always amazed me that even though they are so tiny, and only in bloom such a short period of time, they have had a tremendous impact through out history.
"My mission is
to help others see and cherish the beauty,
romance and treasures within and around them
that are often dismissed or completely overlooked."
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