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Sukoon Mosaic by Nutmeg Designs

Sukoon: Inspiration for Peace and Contentment in Mosaic

Sukoon Mosaic by Nutmeg Designs
Sukoon Mosaic by Nutmeg Designs, glass on slate, 12×6 inches, $175. SOLD.

Commissioned by a client for her inspiration in her office.  She defined this Urdu/Arabic word as meaning peace, bliss, contentment, when all is right with the world, and something she seeks. I hadn’t heard this word before and I like knowing there are words yet to be discovered to describe well being.

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Words of Inspiration by Nutmeg Designs

Choosing Your Word for 2016

Words of Inspiration by Nutmeg Designs
Words of Inspiration by Nutmeg Designs

 

What is your word for 2016? Nutmeg Designs has words. If your word is not there, just order the one with the same number of letters.  Leave us a note in the comments field of your order.  And if you want Times New Roman font like the ones above, let us know that too.  We always check in about colors and details before we begin.  In 6-8 weeks, we will send you a word to resonate for the rest of the year.

After creating a Create for a client the first week of the year, I chose Create as my word for 2016.  A reminder to go into the studio for rejuvenation.

Leap and the Net Will Appear by Wayne Stratz

Leap Stained Glass: Commission for a Minister and Spiritual Creative Woman

Leap and the Net Will Appear by Wayne Stratz
Leap and the Net Will Appear by Wayne Stratz. Stained glass and scrabble tiles(not pictured), 11×14 inches.

She arrived with print-outs from our website, and a bag of Scrabble tiles.  She wanted the word “leap” in flowing bright colors: red, orange, yellow, and the tiles spelling out “and the net will appear.”  She wanted the light to shine through all that color, so the project went to Stratoz.  We’ve known this client for a long time, along her path to becoming a minister, with all manner of hurdles, and yet discerning her call, attending Community College, Seminary classes,  finding a church and her ordination.  It was an honor to know she looked at our work when she needed an infusion of inspiration and joy and that she chose to commission original art as her birthday gift ~ rather than, as she put it, getting another piece of jewelry that she never wears.

What word speaks to you?  Talk to us about commissions.

Dream in Orange by Nutmeg Designs.

Do You Dream in Orange?

Dream in Orange by Nutmeg Designs.
Dream in Orange by Nutmeg Designs. Glass on slate, 10×6 inches.

Stratoz shared an image of this Dream sign, and one of our clients said she dreams in orange.  I chose blue backgrounds for our previous Dream signs, and I loved the evocation of the sky as part of our dreaming.  But when Stratoz handed over the lettering this time, I wanted orange.  Some readers might remember the ubiquitous career book, What Color is Your Parachute?  I was baffled by the title, in how it related to career choices, but just as a question, it is poetic.

Totem Words at Nutmeg Designs

Listening by Nutmeg Designs. Glass on slate, 6x15 inches.

Listening: Gift for a Spiritual Director

Listening by Nutmeg Designs. Glass on slate, 6x15 inches.
Listening by Nutmeg Designs. Glass on slate, 6×15 inches.

Listening was my natural state as a child.  Listening to the adults tell stories to me, or talk to each other above me.  I became a writer with my storehouse of listening.

Stratoz and I had a Christmas commission to create a sign with the word Listening for a spiritual director.  Listening had become a gift of her vocation, when her natural state was talking.

I was introduced to spiritual direction at the University of Scranton in the early 1990s, where I had my first librarian job.  The University had a contemplative spirituality program, and I started seeing an Ignatian nun(as she called herself) once a week.  She asked me about my experiences that week, and asked me where I found God in this.  Then she would listen.  It was as if she was handling a treasure, gently holding it in her hands.

Winding my way around the letters of listening many years later, I am grateful for the listeners in my life who encouraged me, recognized me, loved me, and my desire is to stay true to my listening nature, and in turn encourage, recognize, and love.