Before I say anything else, I must send out a big Happy Birthday to my dear Brother. I love you! Oh, and Happy Birthday also to Pete Seeger; I love you, too, but not as much as my Brother!
Bronwyn and I spent the weekend in Portland, Oregon because there was a Mother Daughter gala at Stonehenge Studios, the boutique that is now carrying BCharmer goodies. We delivered wallets, zippies, scarves and headbands for the event. I am tortured by the fact that I forgot to bring my camera on this trip (It was the first item on my list and I actually remembered to bring extra batteries, but No camera; unbelievable)! So I will show you photos taken upon our return home.
While visiting the Studio, I met the most wonderful artist. Her name is Billie and she's of advanced age (a Lady never tells). No longer able to run her sewing machine well or to get out as much as she used to, she picked up her needle and thread and started creating the most beautiful aprons. Of course I had to have one! They are made with the most wonderful fabrics and they are full of hand stitched goodness. Her work can be found at Stonehenge Studios, which is located on Corbett St in Portland.
Today I'm wearing my new apron while I'm cleaning and cooking and it has made these tasks so much more enjoyable! This has me thinking that there really is something beneficial about ritualizing the banal. Doing the dishes is not the first activity that springs to mind when I think "fun." But a simple act of intention, like donning an apron before the chore, makes that job feel more pure and purposeful somehow. Somehow I feel connected to my foremothers/sisters and I realize how easy I've got it compared to them. Thank-You, Billie, for sharing your talents and for helping me feel more in touch with the joys of the moment.