Friday, February 11, 2011

Piece Of My Heart

Pain...loss...struggle...hearts break and shatter.  If we are open to accepting what we cannot change, and remain open to love and to others, healing occurs.    Out of the fragments and pieces emerges a deeper, stronger, more understanding and compassionate heart...more beautiful than before it was wounded.  There is an old Sufi saying, "When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the spirit laughs for what it has found."

16 1/4"  x  11 1/8"
Hand appliqued, embroidered, beaded, quilted

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Fire Dancer

Thinking about cold last night made me remember this piece.  "Fire Dancer" is about our inner spirit or fire which can heal or harm, be selfless or selfish, illuminate or destroy.  Our challenge is to find our balance in and with this power, to find our rhythm in the energy, to dance with Light.
"Fire Dancer"
16" x 16"
Center is made entirely of one stitch (chain) done over and over and....

Fireplaces And Cold Winter Nights

I'm feeling the cold tonight and remembering being curled up in an old chair in front of the fireplace. I grew up in an old farmhouse where cold air whistled through cracks and windows rattled in their frames. There was a wood burning pot-bellied stove in the "middle room" and a fireplace in the "front room."  A person ventured away from those at the risk of seeing her breath frost in the air and no one stayed away any longer than necessary.  But I also remember being wrapped in a blanket in the chair by the fire reading and reading and eating apples.  The fire would blaze and rise and dim and lower, while my face would go from hot to warm to cold to hot again. Stirring the embers... banking the fire... putting off going to bed in a freezing room where the sheets were like ice...I absolutely love central heat, but I do miss having a "hot spot"to go to or gather around when the world keeps getting colder and the wind is rushing past. 

I'd better go to bed...I'm sensing phrases like "in the good old days" and "back when I was young" are coming next...and I'm trying to save them for use when I'm older than I am now.