The best surprises

Imagine my surprise when last weekend at Open Studios this young man introduced himself as “Nancy Erisman’s son”. I yelped. It was ever so brief but such a lovely meeting — almost as good as I imagine meeting Nancy herself would be. He bought a little window cloth for his mother and requested that I stay mum for a least a week while he arranged delivery of the gift. It was tough!

Well — quiet no more! Happy belated birthday Nancy! Maybe next time, it WILL be you.

This finger points to a face in the sky, courtesy of Michelle. I love the doodle and keep it near my calendar.

Also a while back, one of Saskia’s exquisite pillows arrived in the mail. ‘Pillow’ seems the wrong word because it’s a work of art, really.

Over a period of a year, I had squirreled away a number of miniatures along with a blue jay skull that I had buried with the intention of sending to her. They were objects that seemed to belong in her Dwelling, but I only half believed I’d ever actually ship them to Holland. When I finally did, that was reward enough. I didn’t expect to receive such a beautiful gift back.

ALSo! I have just received one more incredible gift (from Australia this time). I haven’t photographed it yet, however, so it’ll have to remain a mystery for a little longer.

K is muttering through the last of our taxes. It’s been snowing off and on all day, much to our dismay. It doesn’t look like the weather will be all that great for the Boston Marathon tomorrow.

If it’d been warmer, I might have bought pansies this afternoon. Instead, I took K out to lunch. We sat next to the open kitchen, so I could look over at the fires. As I gazed at the flames, or more specifically, at the prism created by the flames in the beveled edge of the glass partition, one of the long answers to a Globe crossword puzzle clue came to me (it had to do with prisms and rainbows). I love it when that happens.

And now to build what I hope will be the last fire of the season.

14 thoughts on “The best surprises

  1. Tina Zaffiro

    Oh how I love surprises …. seems to me your surprises are earned and deserved. Let them keep coming … woohoo

  2. Nancy

    Yay!!! You all three look fantastic! I did a post too! Such a wonderful happening πŸ™‚ That pillow with the doggie in the bottom~middle square is amazing! I agree ‘pillow’ seems an unfair description for her magic!

  3. Liz A

    Love these connections from east to west and west to east … the virtual made real, as I noted on the Pomegranate Trail.

    I’m especially taken by the rust-dyed patches on Saskia’s piece … your first photo makes them look dimensional, while the close-ups show their reality. Way cool.

  4. grace Maestas

    a great Surprise for me to see too!…..Nancy’s ambassadors….how good is that!
    My “pillow”, from Saskia, i bought with the thought to set it on the window sill, when
    i ever have a window sill, as a Resting Place for thoughts, concerns, that i will write
    on small bits of paper

  5. Hazel

    Oh, this is just great- when worlds criss-cross! A belated congratulations on the beauty of your show. Love how at home everything looked in the place. You’ve created so much!

    1. deemallon

      You take beautiful pictures of your work, but there is such a delicacy and density of stitch that I was amazed at how much more lovely this object was in my hands.


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