This week's topic for Studio Friday is "comfort." Kinda excited because this was my suggestion! Thank you so much Tine! So cool! :-)
My craft room is a relatively new space for me. The family made a decision last year in November that it was time dedicate a room to my stuff. Prior to that, my craft stuff pretty much occupied EVERY room and flat surface in the house. Now, I am so happy to report, it's all in one room and I can play, make messes, dance, and art to my heart's content. Hmmmm....JOY!!
In looking around my space, I noticed that I have a few items that I have become attached to over the years. Things that aren't art related and would have followed me to wherever it was that I spend most of my time. My personal knickknacks, what nots, doodads, trinkets, gewgaws, tchotchkes, and what have you's. :-) Things that comfort me and make me happy...serving no other purpose.
My numero uno comfort item is my picture of a Guardian Angel. As long as I can remember, there has been been some version of this picture in my life. I just love it and it comforts me greatly. It never fails to bring me back to a calm place.
My next little comfort item is a tiny bowl of sea glass and urchin spines. Hand collected while sitting on the sand on Spooner's Cove near Morro Bay with my family about five summers ago. I sat with my sisters, Renee and Simone, for hours combing through the sand, finding these tiny treasures. Laughing, telling stories, and yelling at each other to move because we were sitting on all the good rocks. Other family members came and went as we three sat there but it was mostly us talking and soaking up the closeness we were sharing. We don't get to do that very often. I keep this very close to me because it reminds of my family and the love we have for each other.
Some other little sweet treats...a little fuzzy kitty cat -- was my sister, Simone's, and over the years, it has found it's way into my possession. I just treasure it. The painted smily face I made in high school. It's always watching me and reminding me to smile.
Button Buddy Boo Boo...a little friend my daughter made for me at YMCA after school camp about 12 years ago.
And then the last little thing that comforts me just by it's presence, is this highly treasured bird tin (recognize the tin Renee?) full of the little toys and charms collected over the years. From gumball machines, boxes of Cracker Jacks, or wherever. Just pure eye candy. I have kept this collection for years and keep it close by. About once or twice a year, I pull it out and reminisce about each little trinket's life.
Wishing you a wonderfully charmed day!