SHE SMILES TO HERSELF AS SHE EMBROIDERS, LOVINGLY ILLUSTRATING THE TWIGS AND BIRDS FROM YESTERDAY’S WALK IN THE WOODS.
Fall always brings back memories of the woods that covered her childhood. On weekends in the autumn, she escapes the bustle of the city to recharge in the slower pace of the Appalachian countryside’s rolling hills. The natural olive and brown fibers from this collection harken back to the landscape of the cooler season’s months, and the stripes of the prints, stacked and layered, are reminiscent of the view at the top of the mountain.
Rising early on Sunday, she explores the quirky antique markets that are spread across the old Pennsylvania she’s grown to love. She digs through stacks of aging fabrics and racks of worn garments, on the perpetual search for vintage embellishments that she can reimagine and repurpose. She holds her little one’s hand and points out all of the different ways that things can be sewn and stitched, sharing the wonder and awe the craftsmanship inspires. Her prize today is an art nouveau tin adorned with simple flower paintings. The pattern will inspire her to embroider her favorite weathered shirt, and it will become even more of a treasured possession.
In the afternoon she prepares for tonight’s dinner, chopping local vegetables from a nearby farm and gathering herbs from her garden. Her favorite primitive pottery lines the top shelf of the kitchen, and she takes a moment to admire the unusual drawings that decorate their edges.
She curls up on her comfy couch and thumbs through her collection of records, selecting a favorite and setting it lightly to spin. She rests her drink on the cobbler’s bench that acts as a coffee table, reminded of her childhood fascination with Victorian art and culture, an interest fueled by field trips to wondrous museums. The fire flickers as another beloved song quietly fills the old cottage, and she is once again transported to another time and place.
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