Happy Valentine’s Day! I wished my niece in Germany warm wishes and she responded yesterday: “We don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day; it’s all commercial hype and was invented for capitalists…” Hmmm, I have been set straight by the next generation once again. Here is a link to the history and the day’s origin.
Truth be told, we don’t celebrate this day in our house either, but it falls on a weekend this year, and somehow I feel more inspired than usual. Could it be that Colin brought me an orchid yesterday?
The last time Valentine’s Day fell on a weekend I taught in Edmonton. I was privileged to stay with a friend who decorates her home for the occasion, actually she decorates her house for every holiday of the year! Not only was I served a delicious yoghurt and fruit parfait with red berries for breakfast, I was also facing a cheerful red and white quilt in the dining room to brighten any day. I will never forget this winter morning. The following year I received a fabric post card from this same friend, and I cannot put into words how I felt. I was very touched that she would add me to her Valentine’s Greetings list.
And again last year, another card arrived… Both cards are hanging in my studio year-round and every time I spot them I can’t help but smile.
I woke up at 3:30 this morning, and no matter how much I tried I could not go back to sleep. Ideas and deadlines kept creeping into my attempts of breathing deeply to help my attempts to meditate and hopefully catch another 40 winks. At 4 a. m. I knew I better not force it… Leaving softly snoring husband and little dogs behind in the house, I made myself a cup of David’s Chocolate Macaroon Tea (It is Valentine’s Day after all and chocolate in the early morning hours are a must…) and tiptoed out the front door to the studio.
Reflecting on my post from February 11th I want to share that “it” is working. Spending blocks of time in the studio, focusing on new ideas and endeavors have my creative juices flowing. Fresh ideas are spilling into my head and onto my sketchbook and journal pages. My week has been filled with opportunities to catch up with friends and explore creative impulses. I have not created anything of note, but all samples are leading toward larger projects, and the big picture is beginning to emerge!
Enjoy this weekend. My wish for you is that you get to spend it with love ones. Have some chocolate and express yourself creatively. I know I will!
(Images above: Antique Valentine’s from Wikipedia, fabric postcards by Elinor B. 2012 & 2014. Check out Elinor’s blog here)