Self Portrait #7

June 3, 2010

if I were a material girl…a few of my favorite things.

Self Portrait No. 7 - Material Girl

1.  Gap jeans – my favorite pair.

2.  Great-Grandmother’s wedding band.  Oh how we miss her!

3.  Scarves.  This one, hand-painted in Belgium, a gift from some old friends.

4.  Flip-flops (my feet hate socks!)

5.  My Blushing Mona Lisa, a canvas print by dear friend Dana Jo.

6.  Paint brushes.  I don’t think I’ve ever thrown one out.  Too much story in them.

7.  Painting by Lee Anne. She offers the best kind of inspiration.

8.  Our wedding rings. (photo by Jade McCully)

9.  Hand-written recipe cards.

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I’m a collector of sorts.  Little odds and ends that might inspire are good to have around.  My three little apprentice girls presented me with quite the gem this weekend.

hand-painted scarf from Bulgaria

detail of hand-painted scarf from Bulgaria, artist Dani Iliev

Isn’t it amazing?  I love that it is wearable art, but I must say Nick and I are tempted to frame it.  This, by the way, is only a small detail of the scarf, which measures nearly 6 feet in length.

I love the variety, the patterns, the uniqueness of each one.  I rarely wear them, but I can’t help myself from picking them up here and there.  Here’s the collection…

scarfcolllection

My favorites are vintage Vera and Liberty of London prints.  I also draw heavily from the ones with sentimental value.  And there you have it…a little eye candy for your Monday morning blues.

Prior to my trip, I had purchased two skeins of yarn and a jumbo sized crochet hook.  The initial results were discouraging to say the least…out of practice, I suppose…and a little uninspired.  That is until Christmas day, when Reima presented me with a gloriously crocheted scarf of interesting pattern. (thanks Rei)

bluescarf

Delighted with my new gem, I was determined to replicate the intricate design.  You all know, I can’t follow a pattern to save my life, but after careful dissection, and hours of finger whittling work, I reign victorious!

greenscarf

Sadly, my yarn hails from a thicker variety, which may only be appropriate for two days out of the year in south Georgia.