Just wanted to wish you all a beautiful Valentine's Day!
February 14, 2024
February 3, 2024
There are ever so many reasons to love Japanese culture. One of the aspects that is especially appealing to me is that of kintsugi, the art of repair.
Kintsugi is a lovely tradition of restoring broken pottery rather than simply throwing it out in the trash. The pottery is brought back to a whole new -- even more valuable -- life by putting the piece back together using lacquer mixed with powdered gold, silver or platinum, thus celebrating the history of the piece by making it even more worthy, rather than treating it as something that needs disguise or disposal.
This act of restoration is a metaphor for embracing any flaws or imperfections in ourselves and our lives. It also teaches us that life, along with all its roadblocks and unpredictability, is never irretrievable and, through care and time, life can be pieced back together to become even more beautiful and celebrated. The fragility of life and self is then celebrated and embraced instead of mourned.
Below is an example of Kintsugi: Isn't it lovely?
Although the art of kintsugi is usually applied toward the repair of pottery, I thought it could be interesting to try to achieve this effect through papercrafting. My attempt at paper kintsugi is shown below:
January 19, 2024
Two of the products that I especially like from Stampin'' Up! are when they put together a card base with a coordinating envelope, as well as the precious charm-like pieces you can find occasionally.
My card today features both of those things.
The card/envelope combination is diminutive, measuring a mere 3 1/4" x 4 1/4". Quite treasurelike.
January 14, 2024
I know. I know. I am woefully behind in my blog posts. It seemed that when I was linking up to other bloggers' Link Parties, I was much more committed. I gave that up in May as the result of a medical experience. Since then, I seem to have been merely treading water.
I HAVE, however, kept up my daily bird drawings I am happy to report.
In this blog post, I would like to share with you a handful of bird portraits I'd done as part of my #365birds challnge during the month of September 2023. As I always do, above each drawing, I will note the type of bird it is and where in the world he/she can be found.