blessed afternoon

I see both beauty and terror,

but do not blink;

instead, I trace their pattern and form.

It is the place of my arriving,
the wellspring of my elusive happiness.
- excerpt from Blessed Afternoon


simple celebration

This week, I paused to celebrate my inclusion in Somerset Life’s 2014 Spring Edition, and the appearance of some of my simple creations on its cover. When my copy of the magazine arrived in the mail, I was in the midst of a “Monday”, one of those vexing days when the rhythm of life is somewhat askew. While I was admittedly excited to see the image of my pieces on the cover, I was perhaps more delighted with the possibility of completing the tasks at hand, curling up in bed, and immersing myself in the magazine and all its creative offerings. 

During my adult years, I have celebrated life’s lovely moments in a number of ways, and very often champagne and chocolate have been included. Consequently, when I began to craft a simple thank you for the staff of Somerset Life, I found myself integrating items that alluded to my celebration rituals—chocolates tucked away in a linen envelope, embellished with a cava crown cap, vintage miscellany, and some luxurious ribbon. 

Little did I know when I picked up my first copy of Somerset Life some years ago, that I would one day contribute to its content. I do hope some of my simple work can provide others a bit of the delight and inspiration this publication and its creative contributors have given me.


deeper communion

As parents, we are intricately woven into our children’s lives, most especially in those early years, as we fuss and fret over their well-being. Yet, very quickly, we realize that many of their life’s transitions will be guided and assisted by others. There will be those both known and unknown to us with whom they will entrust their dreams, voice their uncertainties, celebrate their successes, and quite simply, share their everyday lives. 


It is for some of these significant “others” that I am crafting a few favors to be utilized during my son and his fiancée’s pre-wedding festivities. Inspired by some lovely butterflies designed by Ellen Wilson and featured in Somerset Life’s Autumn 2013 edition, I am fashioning my pieces with the bride’s chosen palette of lavender and gold and some of T. S. Eliot’s eloquent words.

As I crafted the delicate butterflies, I couldn’t help but remember a beautiful, warm day when my young son was crouched in a field of red clover, amidst a myriad of darting Monarchs- the swirling colors of black and orange filling the air; or how I, years later, found myself transformed by a similar experience.

Once again, the butterfly will symbolize a transformative event. With this wedding, this further union, I anticipate the forging of a deeper communion, not only with others, but within myself.