This past Saturday, a good friend and I got together and had a delicious breakfast at Cafe Strudel on State Street in Cayce, SC. Becasue time flies and we both have demands on our lives, it had been ages since we last got together. One of our favorite things to do is to have a "show and tell" with some of our artistic projects. We both "oooh and aaah" over what the other has accomplished in mutual admiration. I usually take along knitting and jewelry, and Barbara brings her hand-spun yarns and handmade books. In recent months, Barbara has decided that selling wool yarn or wool products isn't the easiest thing to do here in South Carolina. So, A few years ago she became interested in Coptic book binding. She creates her book covers with various materials and found pieces, and binds real paper pages into a beautiful book. She now has three locations that have her books for sale, and she brought perhaps a dozen to show me. Gorgeous all of them. The best part is that she presented me with a choice among them. I got this red one that had caught my eye. Its beautiful vibrant color and flowing design just makes me feel good looking at it.
Barbara was so thoughtful, and presented me with a beautiful deep rich burgundy dahlia, that was a prize from her garden. It glorified our little table as we munched away at our breakfasts, talking the whole while. How wonderful it was to be surrounded with such positive energy for a change. Due to my mother's health and Alzheimer's I rarely get out for such an invigorating and refreshing moment. Well, it made my day and truth be told, ...my week. Thank you Barbara! She urged me to use the journal and not be intimidated by what might go into it, but I thought it would make a delightful way to add positive affirmations to my life. So, here is my start Barbara... and thank you for being a good friend! (...and I hope you will forgive me for hammering the faded flower)