A couple days ago, SciFi Man and I cleaned out our dressers and closet. We came up with bags and bags of stuff to give to Goodwill, much of which was easy (and satisfying) to part with. I have been thinking lately about the things in my home that I would call “treasures,” the things that mean the most to me, that would be the hardest to part with. With this brewing away in the back of my mind, I’ve found myself looking at my belongings through different eyes, and I have noticed that many of my treasures are handmade, or have a story behind them, or both. I’ve been thinking I would like to share a few of them with you, and today I’ll start with a framed picture I keep by my desk and look at often.
Admittedly, this one isn’t handmade, although I did have to track down the particular image (it wasn’t that easy!), and I did have to find the perfect frame for it (it reminds me of the black lines between pieces of stained glass). It’s a postcard of a Tiffany stained glass window. A peacock, with so many beautiful feathers. It reminds me of my favorite quote, from Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” It’s a quote that helps me think about who I am and want to be, and the people with whom I would like surround myself.