I SO want to start a group like this!
CraftyChica.com Here in Phoenix, I belong to an art collective called The Phoenix Fridas. We got together today and filmed our version of the Harlem Shake. Just because, you know...we're crafty like that!
Every night for the past year, I have read a page from the wonderfully helpful book Sandy sent me called "Healing After Loss" by Martha Whitmore Hickman. Last night I ended up back where I began, and there was a quote on the page by Charles Beard that I loved: “When it gets dark enough, you can see the stars.” Even though it was quite late, I just had to make a journal page to commemorate one year of grieving for Twister, my foster father. He died less than 6 months after Little Honey, so I was really still mourning her as well. I didn’t think a book would help me at all, and at first I asked Sandy not to send it. But I am glad I changed my mind, because it was such a great support to me. I highly recommend it to anyone who is navigating loss.
The timing of it all was rather amazing, because before I read the page, I had tossed out a handful of rose petals. Last spring I planted roses for Little Honey and Twister, and when Twister’s rose bloomed, I saved the petals. Last night I noticed they had gotten dusty, so I decided to toss them in the trash. I took two petals back out of the trash for the journal page, because I noticed they sort of formed a heart shape. I squeezed black and gray paint onto the pages and then closed them together like a Rorschach test. (PS: Here’s a fun online Rorschach Test you can take: http://personality-testing.info/tests/HEMCR.php. Yep, I’m crazy according to them!) After I squished the pages together, I opened them and added the heart and the quote and let them dry in front of the heater all night. I went to bed with paint on my hands, which is always the best feeling. When I woke up, the page was all dry and waiting for me, which is also the best feeling! When I look back over the past year, it may seem like I haven’t done much. But in reality: I’ve come a long way, baby!
Hi! I'm Marguerite Bryant, but most folks just call me "M." This blog will be a place to share my musings and inspirational ideas.