I have been accumulating all sorts of treasures to put in little niches with my barns and working on commissions for family heirlooms and memories this past year. I have lots of my own little treasures but I don't seem to have the time to make a piece for myself. Gerry and I went to Charlotte Wednesday to help his parents out with some medical issues. Gerry is one of four children and his mom has made a box for each kid filled with memorabilia, like report cards, photos, letters, etc. We got Gerry's box out and went through it and I found this little cat in a bag with the following note:
"When Gerry was small he would give me this cat every year for Christmas." I just laughed out loud to think about Gerry as a little boy wrapping this cat up every year for his mom. So, I brought the cat home thinking that I would make a piece for her and give it to her for Christmas with the cat and the note inside.
I have one barn that I kept for myself with the little hawaiian girl that Meredith gave me. I put the little cat inside to see how she looked and I love her there. So, now I am thinking that maybe I will keep this barn and use it to put my own little things in, changing them out from time to time. Maybe I will keep the cat after all. Or maybe I will wrap her up and give her to Gerry for Christmas, haha!
Shhhh, don't tell him :)
This has me thinking, maybe instead of finding things to put in these barns I should make some with empty spaces so people can put whatever they want to in them. I had lunch with my good friend, mentor, teacher Deborah Harris yesterday and being the always amazing teacher she brought some show and tell pieces for me. She took a workshop with Lana Wilson at Penland some time ago and they made boxes with drawers and doors. Deb thought that I might be interested in this technique so she brought two pieces she made in the workshop to show me and brought me some high fire pins that I can use for door hinges. So I think I will make some barns with doors and drawers and people can add their own family heirlooms and treasures. I can't wait to try out some new ideas I have!!
Heading down to Seagrove tomorrow to the Whynot Pottery celebration, hope to see some of you there!!!! Have a wonderful weekend, the weather looks like its going to be a great one!