Sunday, February 17, 2008

cleansheets & birdsong


when i found these, i knew that they had to come home with me. with every pull of the embroidery floss, did the needleworker think 'spring! spring! spring!'? did she do piles of tedious chores and the only thing that got her through them was the bit of time at the end of the day when she could work on her needleprojects while centering herself for the next day?

i holed myself up yesterday and cleaned the house, washed clothes, changed bedsheets and finished two books. fiwa had begged me to read prodigal summer by barbara kingsolver and i put it on hold at my library without any expectations except that i knew it would be good. her book suggestions hit me spot-on. it took me over two weeks to finish it because i would reread passages since it is laced with biology & science. (why weren't our boring textbooks written like this? seriously.) i got up early yesterday morning and finished it and spent the rest of the day in that bookdaze of being halfway in reality and still in the book. (cleaning was painless.) v's friend came over for a sleepover and i made meatball soup and read elie wiesel's night.

my thoughts have been so my own lately with time that is not. i almost stopped my blog365 challenge two weeks ago due to lack of time due to work & family, but i couldn't bear to do it even with the chance of sparse words and photoentries perhaps diluting its essence.

this morning, i woke up to cleansheets and birdsong. already, the day is brill. today, i need to go get some gingham to make some bookbags (or grocerygreenbags) to sell and make some time to toodle in the garden.


Keely said...

Your photos do not dilute this blog at all. It is a sheer delight to come here every day!!!


Alison Gibbs said...

Oh what gorgeous embroidery. No wonder they had to come home with you when you saw them.
Have a great week.

A bird in the hand said...

Now that's what I call the good life. The embroidery is gorgeous and definitely should have come home with you.

Amysatx said...

I'm currently reading, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver and it has taken me awhile due to the rereading of the science aspects to it. I read The Poisonwood Bible several summers ago and LOVED it! My younger sister has recommended The Bean Trees and I picked up a second-hand copy and just waiting for the right time to start it.

Ginni Dee said...

I love to hold things from the past like your embroidered pieces. Just to see if I get vibes from the artist. I always try to put my vibes into everything I make so someday someone may hold them and feel me.

Blessings on you Dawn...your blog is wonderful no matter what it contains...we feel you.


Jill said...

my sister, mom and i embroidered bibs for jordan when he was a wee one...bibs!! i cannot imagine doing that for my babes.

Marilyn said...

Your blog is part of my daily routine. Always fun and thought provoking. :-)

I grew up embroidering pillow cases and dresser scarves. My mom was big on teaching her daughters needle arts. Wow...can I relate to that picture!


martha brown said...

Those linens are beautiful. And Prodigal Summer is a GREAT book. But everything by Barbara Kingsolver is wonderful.. I have everything that she's written.

The Artful Eye said...

Dawn, I really enjoy visits to your blog, your photos, your words and reading of your adventures in life.
You have a style all your own and it's a joy.
I'm smiling right now as I listen to this 'early in the morning' video.

Have a blessed day!

Sis said...

You have an eye for treasures. I'm glad you can find them and brighten your heart during the tedious times of the day.

Karen said...

Dawn--your blog is always wonderful. Something profound happened to me today, and I want you to know that I think reading your wonderful words and seeing your beautiful pictures helped to make it happen.

And, oh my, that sounds kind of weird and stalkerish, and it's not meant to. But I went out to my garden today, and tended it, and I know you're partly responsible--so just wanted you to know.