Just the Way You Are

We have been getting a lot of rain after our drought last year. It started earlier than usual as well. I have an area in my back yard where I have plants, with rocks filling in the open spaces.  Every winter, it fills with grass and clover.  Initially, the green of the new growth is so beautiful.  It looks like velvet.  But as it gets nearer to spring, it becomes overgrown and brown.  Each year when that happens, I tell myself that I will just leave it be.  But at some point, I begin digging up a little each day.  I’m going to see what happens this year.  In the meantime, here are a couple photos of the winter growth.

I visited the Folk Art Museum in LA last week.  It is one of my favorites.  There was an exhibit by a fiber artist named Kay Sekimachi.The first piece is a bowl made with flax and Kozo paper. It’s laminated with silver and gold leaf.  The second is made with leaves.

The next two are examples of her weaving.

As for myself, I have been playing with designs that I can use with linoleum or fabric.  Here is one.  I keep looking at it to see where I could break it up or where it needs altering.  I used water color to fill it in.

A couple of items made by my journal making friend Toni, because I love how she uses recycled materials.  The one on the right is a mini journal made from a cereal box.  When you open it, the inside of the front and back covers are the outside of the cereal box.  I love the maps on the label on the left, along with the plastic motorcycle to enhance the theme of travel.

A hand stamped card arrived from another blog friend in Germany today.  It is such a fun surprise to open the mailbox and find a hand written greeting.  We rely so much on emails, that the mail box is usually just filled with bills and advertisements.

A couple shots from my walk early this evening.  Fruit is appearing on citrus trees.  Angels are appearing in gardens.

When my son was little, I’d watch a show with him called “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.”  To an adult, Mr. Rogers seemed almost too nice. The songs, kind of silly. But the main point that Mr. Rogers made EVERYDAY was that he liked us (the viewers), and other people can like us, “just the way you are.” I think he probably was very helpful in conveying this idea to children.  I found a quote of Fred Rogers, who in real life apparently was the real deal, a VERY nice person.

“When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch.  That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive.  Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.”

Perhaps the show’s lessons were not just for children.

Have a wonderful week.







7 thoughts on “Just the Way You Are

  1. I enjoyed this post – very beautiful images and one thing i miss in the mountains is the smell of citrus! I forget that it bears its fruit in winter.

  2. Dear Barbara,
    this museum would be just perfect for me to visit, you show so fine examples. Your painting is wonderful, I like the idea and of course it’s fun to see the garden photos.

  3. so beautiful pictures! I love the work of kay sekimachi , so fine objects!
    have a wonderful time, here it’s raining and snowing and raining…
    🙂 mano

  4. i love all the art you Show here and you received beautiful gifts! the watercolor Play should be nicely Transfer on fabric.
    thinking of citrus trees makes me wish i would live in warmer regions… but then, the Change of seasons has its advantages, too (i say to myself, freezing… haha).
    have a good week!

  5. Wow, it is great to see your “winterly” photos from your garden while here my garden is coverd with lots of snow. I would love to spend some hours in your garden for a little warm up! The artwork from Kay Sekimachi looks amazing and I love it so much to see your own colorful artwork!

  6. Dear Barbara, I’m “online” with my blog again and just read your beautiful post… Yes, in the garden, I also let nature make its own way, but always try somethin myself ;-). And your pics from works from Kay Sekimachi is a surprise for me, such wonderful objects, so gentle ones… Will take her name with me… To do things my way I try every day. Many thanks for this nice meeting you again at the beginning of the new year. I’ll enjoy reading and looking more. Best wishes Ghislana

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