Last month I visited a wonderful new consignment shop in town, Jane, to go to a trunk show of vintage charms from M and B Vintage. I picked out a few charms and also brought with me my collection of about 20 charms as well as two vintage Bowdoin bracelets I bought while attending college. After almost 25 year of collection charms, I finally had them solder my charms to a Tiffany's bracelet I had been given by a very generous patient of mine. I also had them combine the two Bowdoin bracelets into one. And I got Lucy started with a charm bracelet - her first charm is a bicycle since she recently learned to ride without training wheels!
Anyway, the bracelets arrived and I have only taken them off to sleep. It brings me such joy to hear them clanging on my wrist and to know that the charms are safely all in one place. It's like wearing a little bit of history on my wrist.
So today I was going through our bookshelves to get ready for our garage sale when I came across this book. The authors' names seemed familiar and then the lightbulb went on - these are the women of M and B vintage. I loved reading this book when I was pregnant with Lucy. I ordered it on Amazon and poured over it for the remaining weeks of Lucy's gestation, day dreaming of the perfect vintage nursery.
What a delightful moment. These women inspired me on my journey to becoming a mother and now their creativity provides me with endless joy with each twist of my wrist. What a wonderful connection.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
A while back my husband suggested that I read Elegance of the Hedgehog. I use the term "read" but what I really mean is listen to it on my ipod. I usually don't like listening to books on tape/ipod. I prefer to read the words and admire the grammar, sentence structure, etc. There's something about a really well written sentence that I just love - to think that someone can take words and create such beautiful prose inspires me. If there is one thing that I wish that I could do well it's write.
Anyway, after much prodding, I gave in and started listening to this book. It was awesome. The actors reading the parts were superb. The language was seductive and elegant. I adored all the references to philosophy, film and Anna Karenina. I listened to it bit by bit, portioning the book out over a period of weeks for fear that it would end. And then it came, the ending, and it overwhelmed me.
There are many reviews of this book out there so I'm not going to contribute mine except to say that this is a beautiful book and if you don't read it you will miss out on something wonderful. I can't say much more because I don't want to spoil it for you. Believe me, this one is worth the time and if you prefer to listen to books, I found this recording particularly enjoyable.
That's all for now. Lately I have been embroidering and sewing only occasionally. We are in the middle of a kitchen renovation so that takes most of my time. And I'm still trying to exercise but with the house a mess, I haven't gotten to the gym nearly as much as I should.
Happy Spring and be well.