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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sentimental Sparrow ...

I wrote my very first blog post in September of 2006 at the original Posted-from-Home.
{sadly, I ran out of photo space and had to create a new blog,  ... deb-posted-from-home}
I had only just discovered blogs (quite by accident) a few months prior & once I did, it opened up a whole new world to me!  On my weekly chat to my oldest & dearest friend Chris (friends since we were babies in England), we decided that we would both start up blogs on the same day ~ it would be a great way to see photos of each others gardens and life in our little corner of the world. I had no idea at the time, that Blogging would become so much more!
Since 2006, I wondered when (if ever) I would write my "Sentimental Sparrow" story.   I knew I wanted my little on-line spot to be a happy place to visit ... wanting anyone who spent their precious time here to leave feeling happy ~ the way I did when I stopped by my favourite blog reads.
I have sat, so many times, and typed out this story ... only to press delete, and go on to write about something happier :-)
It's Blogging that I have to thank for picking up Crafts again.  Crafts that I adored and that filled my days from the time I was a child. 
It's because of Blogging that I began crafting again ... bit by bit ...
drawing, painting, sewing, crocheting,  knitting...
and cooking... and baking ... walking with my camera, taking pictures ...
 resuming life.
With each blog I read, I was filled with such inspiration.
It's because of Blogging, that I began to submit my Art work ...
and was humbled by the response
and blessed to have it Published
by publications that are respected and known world-wide.
So when in the Summer 2012 issue of Belle Armoire, I read of a Challenge to pick a Symbol that was personally Sentimental  & create a piece of clothing or accessory that honours the Symbol, I really took it to heart.  This was the time to tell my Story.  I had only been waiting for the right moment.
 Any one who stops by my little on-line spot knows that I love Sparrows and that
we lovingly call our garden Sparrows Garden due to the fact that the majority of the birds that visit the many suet baskets and bird feeders are Sparrows.  Tiny little brown birds, who, by most accounts go unnoticed in the hopes that the seed will attract Red Cardinals, Woodpeckers, Blue Jays, Yellow Finches etc ... to stop by.
I have to admit, that I too took them for granted, knowing they would be there.  That is until a life altering car accident changed everything. 
Each morning following my accident, I would open the curtains, wondering what the day would bring.  As I sat with my tea at the kitchen table, like clockwork, the Sparrows would arrive, regardless of the weather conditions.
Early one bitterly cold Winter morning, after a particularly difficult night with no sleep, I came downstairs, opened the curtains as I always had, and noticed on the frozen ground, 6 Sparrows, side by side eating seed that had fallen from the feeder above.  I was so surprised to find them there - in the dark.
"His eye is on the Sparrow" a favourite Church hymn came to mind immediately.
"Why should I be discouraged when the Shadows come?
I sing because I'm happy
I sing because I'm free
His eye is on the Sparrow
and I know He watches me"
My strong Faith and love and support from my amazing Husband and children helped me through this difficult time.  I was taught a great lesson watching these 6 Sparrows on this particular morning, and they took me to the final step in the stages of Grief : Denial, Isolation, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and finally, Acceptance.
I realized it is those who will brave the storm with you that really matter. Dwelling on a situation won't change a situation, no matter how much you invest in feeling this way.  The Sparrows didn't dwell on the weather, instead, they were content to be huddled together, grateful for the blessings of seed at their feet & the comfort of each other.  As I sat watching them, not realizing how much time had passed, the sun began to rise ... figuratively & literally.
Thank you
 for the Wisdom to see
 your presence
in the precious things
you place
right before me
Amen
So Sparrows find their way tucked into my Artwork ...
stamped on fabric ...
and into clay tags as bookmarks ...
and on my Sparrow Satchel (I will write more about creating this another day)
on my key chain ...
and bracelet cuff...
 now you know why ♥
Many Thanks to Christine Stephens @ Belle Armoire for writing the "Sentimental Symbols"  article and everyone involved at Stampington ♥

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Details of daily life ...

What I dream of
is an art
of balance
~Henri Matisse~
The true secret of happiness
lies in taking a genuine interest
in all the details
of daily life
and elevating them
to an art
~William Morris~
Textures - Kim Klassen ~  Photo 1: the ladder, Photo 2:aurora, Photo 3: embrace
It is cold ... -10 Celsius.  A few flurries dance outside my window ...
Archer has no interest in going out for his walk ~ curled up on his bed is suiting him fine today :-)
No birds or squirrels stopping by the feeders ~ I hope they have a warm, safe resting spot too.
~Warm Wednesday Wishes~
♥D

Saturday, January 19, 2013

January Journal ...

JANUARY JOURNAL
 
FOR TODAY:
 
OUTSIDE MY WINDOW ~ it is bright and sunny.
 
I AM THINKING ~ about baking this afternoon ... maybe Banana Bread w/ walnuts.
 
I AM THANKFUL ~ my sweet dog is always by my side.
 
IN THE KITCHEN ~ a pot of coffee is brewing.
 
I AM WEARING ~ my "Tasha Tudor" shawl, black turtle neck sweater & jeans
 
I AM CREATING ~ little watercolour pictures for an upcoming baby shower ♥
 
I AM GOING ~ to place the pictures in frames for the buffet table.
 
I AM WONDERING ~ if the Avocado pit I have suspended in water will ever show signs of rooting!

I AM READING ~ The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick - Goudreau {fantastic} xo

I AM HOPING ~ to incorporate more vegan recipes in our diet this year.

I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO:  watching Hockey with my boys.

AROUND THE HOUSE:

I AM PONDERING ~ next week's menu ... I have a few new recipes I'd like to make.

A FAVOURITE QUOTE FOR TODAY~
 Life is a miracle,
 and being aware of simply this
 can already make us very happy
~Thich Nhat Hanh~

A PEEK INTO MY DAY ~ Birthday roses from my son ♥

 When I read about "The Simple Woman's Daybook, I thought it was a beautiful idea. Looking forward to joining in each month here.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Messages ...

This little nest blew out of one of our trees and onto the lawn last Fall.
My husband gathered it up & placed it atop the bench on our front porch which is where it has stayed ever since. It's become part of all the outside decorations :-)  A mini pumpkin sat inside it for Halloween, and a pinecone for Christmas.  At one point, it was covered in drifted snow ~ and then we had a bit of a thaw... which left behind a little ♥
I've been finding these little love messages all over the place!
 
I am a book of snow,
a spacious hand,
an open meadow,
a circle that waits,
I belong to the Earth
and its
Winter
~Pablo Neruda~
Left a message in the snow during our morning walk with Archer ...
May you have peace all through the year xo

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Thankful {things I love} Thursday...

Thankful for ~
Stray Gifts
in all shapes and sizes ...
***
Pleasure is spread through the Earth
in stray gifts
to be claimed
by whoever
shall find them
~William Wordsworth~
Snow - and lots of it!  Finally.
Our own magical Narnia
 
Archer - Sometimes I wish I knew his story ... sometimes I'm glad I don't.
Truly, a "stray gift".
You can see the absolute beauty of a fallen snowflake on the fur of a Black Lab.
Nothing lovelier!
 
And then ... tucked away, hidden amongst some bare branches in the white forest...
yet another "stray gift".
Oh how I love Winter & the wonder of it all.
 
 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

One Little Word ~ Twenty Thirteen ...

Work, love and play
are the great balance wheels
of man's being
~Orson Swett Marden~
 
 Sweet Sparrow resting on our Garden bench.
Texture - Embrace by Kim Klassen
 
My OLW for 2013 ...
~BALANCE~
***
Happiness is not a matter of intensity
but of
balance
order
rhythm
and
harmony
~Thomas Merton~
***
HAPPY TWENTY THIRTEEN ♥