Hey there, Friday! It’s been a shocking week, weather and traffic-wise, here in Melbourne, so I have managed to do a lot of reading. I also thought it might just be time for another journey into the list of my favourite things. I haven’t done one in a while, so here goes.
In today’s instalment, there is craftiness, amazing imagery, a song with a lot of meaning and well…..you’ll see.
I was never much into needlecraft as a kid. My lack of skill with that sort of thing was pretty obvious. I stumbled across cross-stitch about 12 years ago. My sister did it, and one night, she decided to show me how.
From that moment on, I was claimed by the dark lord of the needlecrafts. There is something really quite therapeutic about it, and watching the image emerge from the fabric, stitch-by-stitch, is great.
I haven’t done any in a while – child-rearing and starting this blog have taken up my time of late – however, I have decided that I am going to use it as my stress relief now. I have a pattern (pictured here) and most of the colours to do it with. The pattern is inspired by conversations had with Georgina Penney, and I found it via the Etsy store of hardcorestitchcorps. Now to find a quiet place…….
The Winged Victory of Samothrace
Visual art can be a pretty subjective thing, like reading. What one person likes and appreciates, another may wish to see it disposed of and never mentioned again. But no one can doubt its power. I certainly don’t.
I remember standing there and staring at this incredible sculpture, when I came across it during my visit to the Louvre in 2004. Firstly, I was astonished at the sheer size of the piece (it’s over 8 feet high), but there is something inherently powerful and just beautiful about it.
The trip to the Louvre introduced me to many incredible works of art, and I hope to one day get back there to introduce my daughter to it. However, this statue of the goddess Nike has stayed with me more than any other.
Shenandoah (for Johnny Smith) by Bill Frisell
I was planning my wedding back in 2006, and I knew that I didn’t want to walk down the aisle to the traditional bridal march. However, finding the right song was proving difficult. But my aunt and uncle came to the rescue with this beautiful song, a favourite of theirs. It holds a lot of meaning for me now, in that it reminds me of my wedding day but also of my darling dad. He loved this song too, and when he passed away a couple of years ago, it was played at his funeral service.
Not sure why, but….(looks at photos)….what was I saying? Can’t think…..Michael Fassbender can show you why I like them!
There goes this instalment of Favourite Things Friday. Hope you enjoyed it!
As always, my lovely readers, have a wonderful day and a brilliant weekend!!