Sunday, March 9, 2014

May the Road Rise Up to Meet You...

During this month of March as winter begins to slowly bode farewell, I am reminded that the fresh new life of spring is waiting patiently, yet anxiously to show itself. 

This traditional old Irish Blessing signifies for me the journeys that lie ahead, not only this spring, this year, but in our lives in general. How incredibly important it is to love and support each other along those winding paths.



One of many such moments in my life was upon my graduation from high school.......(oh so very long ago). My class curriculum during high school was a mix of business classes and the arts and music. (I just re-read that and had to laugh to myself as most of you will understand, creative minds usually have to have a means to financially support themselves....thus the business and arts mixed together. Am I right?!)

It so happened that our amazing and very talented choir instructor, Mr. Wayne Anderson, (who taught us not only about music, but about life and gave us great opportunities to grow and "become"...) designated myself, my dear friend Denise Fleischman Hale, and Jim Klement to perform a version of this Irish Blessing for our fellow graduating class and alma mater. I was honored to have the opportunity, but also share the blessing with everyone in the auditorium.



That day marks a special memory for me. The words of this Irish Blessing still ring melodiously in my head and I couldn't help but share them with you as this St. Patrick's Day approaches. Truly........."May the road rise up to meet you..."

This video of the Irish countryside reminds of some of the new Pinterest pins that Beth has been adding and also our recent posts on Facebook.  You must know without a doubt that we love spring! We are ready to enjoy evenings on the porch, planting in the garden and tending to our flowers. 

 Summer Porch

Isn't that family of hens just so darn cute!?!

I love changing the color pallets around me as the seasons change, don't you?! I went to the market this week and found myself lost among the fresh flowers, loving everything about the delicate artwork in their petals, the light, fresh scents, and of course the beautiful pastels for spring. It didn't take much to talk myself into bringing home a few bundles so I could enjoy them at home. 


I do love hydrangeas. They are just a classic beauty.


...and snapdragons and of course, tulips!


I really enjoyed building this arrangement in my zinc pot.



And the sweet little bird's nest, ready to burst with new life.....I'd love some baby chickadees! 



It's been a busy week here in Scottsdale! I have things getting upholstered, mirrored, sewn, photographed, and the long list goes on......but one of the fun new re-design projects I've been working on is a pair of dining chairs. They are Kindel Chairs, made by the Grand Rapids Furniture Company in Grand Rapids, MI. This one has been partially sanded to remove some of the finish and I've taken the old seat fabric off. 


 

I'm anxious to get them completed but after using them to showcase the flowers in these photos........I rather like the raw and rustic look! I will keep you posted on that....

Here are a few darling linen soap bags that will be added to our Etsy site this next week. Wouldn't they be fun to tuck into an Easter basket for a special one-of-a-kind surprise?


The soaps are handmade from goat milk and I only wish there was a "scent" app for this photo......they smell heavenly!

While I've been working on a lot of this and that, Beth has been getting ready for the spring antique shows that happen throughout the countryside in England. We are also getting a new shipment in sometime next week, so be on the look out for new items on our website soon!

Oh........one more thing before I go..........

Remember last week's post about the wonderful ASID event that was held at Scottsdale Artists' School? Remember the photos of some of the paintings that I enjoyed during my visit? This rooster in particular......


I found out after the event that my friends Gary and Adrienne Hart loved this colorful bird as much as I did. I have a feeling it might be showing up on an office wall sometime soon!

So I was inspired this week to complete a rooster pillow that I had begun a while ago. I found the vintage rooster print at a sale and the coordinating striped linen is actually German mangle cloth. German mangle cloth was once used in a "mangle" to wring and press linens.


The fabric is buttery soft, sturdy, and so lovely!


I had been inspired by a particular "pin" that Beth saved to one of our Pinterest boards and decided that a version of these pillows was what I wanted to attempt with my vintage rooster fabric.


Of course, as I create...........nothing stays the same!  No matter how hard I try, it ends up being my own version. So much for following a pattern! 




So, there you have it.........a colorful end to a very busy week! (This one is for you, Gary & Adrienne!)

xoxo
Jackie 

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