So I decided to turn my frown upside down by searching for the bright side…or maybe I should say bright spots.
Here is a collection of my favorite areas of the house.
My husband and I appreciate the art of placement.
We often gather interesting items together and experiment with their arrangement.
The process is much like play.
Any object is up for display.
Those mean to ornament the home might be paired with something meant to adorn the body.
Often a story seems to rise up out of the combination.
The story here is about a cuff meant for him which can not help being shared by her.
Even the most ordinary object is subject to display.
This two dollar bill has transcended its mark as currency and rests peaceful in the knowledge that it is seen as a static symbol of circulation by its pairing with the coil.
This is a home crafted by creative souls.
In fact, the house itself becomes an environment riddled with tiny installations.
Some happen over the course of a day; others evolve over years.
Once she broke off, she was combined with other lost objects to create a sculpture which eventually became the center piece of an ever-changing niche at the heart of our home.
Just as she pulls together her bounty, so do we gather around us bits of meaning and memory.
But not all that is worth noticing in our home is kin to the sense of sight.
Both my husband and I find great pleasure in the olfactory.
Evidence of this can be found in the metal bowl we use to ignite various resins or burn incense.
It was a gift from friends, Irene and John Jaan, who recently began a journey around the world.
Thru this object, we feel connected to them and to their adventure.
The resins, which I get from Wildwood Naturals, remind us that we are striving to make our home not just in the dwelling where we focus most of our thoughts and feeling about place, but ultimately, by simplifying our surroundings and being mindful of our consumption of goods, we are tending to the more important of the places we inhabit – our earthly home.