...................................Crafts Ashore in the Pacific Northwest
"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition
Monday, November 16, 2015
Seeing the Light
Daylight Savings Time just does not seem to save much daylight to me! However, as our family dashed around turning on lights from room to room as Autumn days slid by, in quick succession, we celebrated three family birthdays in candlelight. This year our family friend Annie made and presented my oldest granddaughter Hayley with her 8th birthday cake which was in the shape of a very cute ladybug.
With variegated nylon ribbon yarn, I crocheted Hayley a little art project bag filled with a coloring book and a box of colored pencils. The day after I gave it to Hayley I heard urgent shouts from her parents, "Joy, stop!" I feared the worst, but discovered that the urgent voices were thankfully not due to a matter of life or death. Joy had just been slinging the art bag around and it began to unravel. Mercy! It did not take me long to single crochet it back into shape, but this time I did more than weave the end back and forth!
Frequently I have been awakening to see gray skies, and fewer and fewer green and golden leaves on our massive wild cherry tree outside my window.
Water droplets clinging to the branches is a wonderful sight, sparkling, reflecting light...promising the end of our days of drought, as rain fills our ponds for water fowl to float upon and dive under to find food, and frogs to wiggle and leap through their life cycle.
The weather has not only been conducive to stitching on various projects and reveling in the rain, but has also encouraged me to enjoy all sorts of reading, including some of the writings of Catherine de Hauck Doherty, who was born in pre-Communist Russia. She was a wealthy woman of title who then became an impoverished political refugee. She earned her way back into wealth in Canada and the United States, then gave up her wealth for living in the light of her faith in God, serving Him by caring for the poor.
Little Rosie my youngest granddaughter recently celebrated her second birthday! We had a joyous celebration! In our world too often darkened with destruction, we care for those whose lives are impacted by that destruction and are investing in seeing and being light that dispels it with love.