The Joy of Gardening

Joy of GardeningIn the middle of May, I attended a Creative Aging Symposium put on by The Creative Aging Society of Calgary and the breakout sessions were diverse in nature  – gardening, choral singing, collage-making.   It was a celebration of the different forms creative expression can take.  So while this site is primarily dedicated to the love of the fibre arts – I wanted to acknowledge that creativity can be about so many things.

Over the last few weeks, I have turned my attention to our garden.   I took the advice of the landscaper and my daughter’s teacher and with no previous gardening experience, we “threw in some seeds and plants” and started watering away.   We also picked out flowers to pot and worked on putting our arrangements together.   What a joyful activity to do with the kids!  When we got our first zucchini flower, the first beans and carrot sprigs sprouting, the joy and awe we collectively felt was indescribable.   There is a connection to the earth and nature.

I hope to use the colours and the beauty the garden brings as inspiration for a future knitting project.   May you also find joy in nature!


The Best Gifts Are….Handmade

TulipAbout a year ago, Trina purchased a new DSLR camera.   When she showed me some of the pictures she was taking, I was immediately drawn to a close-up shot of tulips.  The vivid colors lightened my mood and the abstractness of it was just the kind of art that I prefer.   I had said to her at the time that she really needed to consider doing something with that picture….blowing it up, framing it, hanging it on a wall somewhere.   We have talked about that picture many times over the year and it is often the thing that will get the creative juices flowing.   So imagine my absolute delight when Trina decided to gift me the tulip picture, stretched on canvas for my birthday this year!   It hangs right above the desk in my office and will be the source of inspiration for many projects, I imagine.

Bday Card

I think what we both learned from the picture is that inspiration can come in so many ways and art is in the eye of the beholder.  Trina didn’t necessarily think to do anything with the picture when she first took it.   But from my point of view, it was a work of art.

Of course, she accompanied the gift with a handmade card which was a work of art in and of itself.  The detail is incredible and it’s obviously made with care.  I have card-envy – my card making skills are not quite as good but I aspire to make beautiful cards one day.   I think I will repurpose this and use it as a bookmark.

This gift was incredibly meaningful – I think the best ones are those that come from the heart and are made with love.   Thank you, Trina!