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Words Engraved in my Heart: The Goodness of Friends, Commissions, Art and Spirit

Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness
Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness. Glass Mosaic. Lettering by Wayne Stratz, mosaic background by Margaret Almon, and Border by Suzanne Halstead

 

Friends and clients Suzanne and Gary Halstead commissioned me and Stratoz to turn the  9 Fruits of the Spirit into mosaic signs.  In April, 2011, all four of us gathered in our basement to pick out sheets of glass, and talk colors.  Wayne Stratz designed the lettering, cut out the letters, ground the edges.  Margaret Almon created the backgrounds, and then we gave them to Suzanne, who created the borders, grouted, sealed and polished them as part of sweat equity.  Gary installed them for the October 1st, 2011 dedication, which started with a walk through the Halstead’s stone labyrinth in their backyard.  These words will always be present in my heart after working with them so intimately over the past months, and I am honored that Suzanne and Gary were moved to commission us.

 

The Fruit of the Spirit
Wayne Stratz, Margaret Almon, Suzanne and Gary Halstead and the 9 Fruits of the Spirit Commission

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Nutmeg Designs at North Penn Holiday Craft Show, November 20th, 2010

DSCN1811 Stratoz and I will be at the North Penn Holiday Craft Show on Saturday, November 20th, 2010 from 9:30 to 4:30 at the North Penn High School, 1340 Valley Forge Road, in Lansdale, PA.

Come check out our new collaborative signs(including custom house numbers), and mosaic pins, among other sparkly, light catching items.

Proceeds benefit the NPHS student exchange program.

If you are an extravert and love the buzz of crowds, come first thing.  If you like a little more calmness, come after lunch!

Joy by Nutmeg Designs

Gratitude and Grace

Joy by Nutmeg Designs
Joy by Nutmeg Designs

As Thanksgiving approaches, I’ve been reflecting on gratitude.  In curiosity, I looked up the etymology of “gratitude” and discovered it is linked to the word “grace” which is God’s favor or help, a pleasing quality, favor, good will, or thanks, praise, celebration, and moving deeper into resonances of beautiful form or movement, grace before meals as a form of gratitude, and finally to “grace someone with your presence.”

Gratitude is a wide place, an open space, a place where joy arises.

This year I am grateful for:

My husband, who truly does grace me with his presence and enthusiasm for my very being.

My art, and the gift of being able to direct my creative energies into making mosaics and sharing them with others.

My friends, who provide an abundance of good will, who take the suffering out of pain and sorrow, and celebrate all that is delightful in this life.

I will be more than glad to say grace before this all, out of incomprehensible blessing.

Over at Stratoz:

Joy Emerges