Love flows across the gardens between our homes and I stood watching the dappled sunlight play this morning. My neighbour on one side is sharing her jasmine as it trails over with a lovely scent. On the other side, my neighbour’s Fuschia is in full bloom and spilling over. Both neighbours have offered to prune their plants and I’ve asked them to leave the trailing parts if that is alright with them, as it’s shared gardening and a joy to see.
Lately, there has been a re-discovery of creativity and how that flows and restores balance in my life. It is creating new connections, sharing, inspiration, ideas and experiments that all bring joy.
It started when a thoughtful friend went shopping with me and we ended up in a yarn shop. I know, it’s a shocker! We found a beautiful soft pink yarn that is crocheting up to make a new bedspread, as the old bedspread is now a throw on the sofa.
This held reminders on what brings joy into my life and after our yarn expedition, we set off a few days later to visit secondhand furniture warehouses. It was a dim and wet day, which probably did not help, but the warehouses were not holding anything inspiring for either of us. I needed a desk for my creative space and bedside units and my friend needed a towel box for her bathroom. A few of the places were open, but most were still closed after lockdown and late morning we agreed to call time and head for a wonderful cafe in Birkenhead.
Restored, we returned to our respective homes to have a ponder, as I needed to return the picnic table and bedside cabinet a loving friend had lent me when I moved here.
All sorts of strands of thought wove into a whole that afternoon. Imagined pictures started to form of furniture I could make and Preloved and eBay provided a treasure trove of options. I found and ordered four farm crates, a tabletop, two wooden trays and some chalk paint.
I washed the frames and dried them in the sunshine. Then had a great time with glue, as I had decided to do the whole thing without any screws.
I promise I will share pictures when they are completed and painted.
All this sparked an idea for a rug that I could crochet and sheer delight followed the discovery of a mill in Yorkshire that supplies Axminster yarn on spools of fabulous colours.
I was on a roll…no pun intended. What further captured my imagination and brought more joy pouring forth, was the synchronicity that flowed. Pottering about a huge DIY store, I stumbled across a wood offcuts bin. You could take anything that you need and leave a donation to the British Heart Foundation in a bucket and I found this exciting. The lady who served me at the checkout commented that she regularly loses her husband there and he brings home a variety of ‘just in case’ bits and bobs.
All this loving energy from a thoughtful friend taking me out for a change of scene. <3