Wednesday, January 18, 2012

::on the kitchen table





:: The prayer flags are ready to be hung outside. Ready to align with the winds of change. Ready to release some hopes and wishes for us all.

:: Amaryllis in all her sensual glory. The stalk is 28" and the blooms are outright humbling -- all this from an egg that bears year after year. Only plant eggs can do that.

:: Piles of magazines. Every few years, I let go of a magazine collection. First to go was my Mothering collection, then Martha Stewart Living followed by The Herb Companion. Now it's the ME Home Companions. It's not a real clean letting go with these though -- I've just got to leaf through them one last time.

What's on your kitchen table?


29 comments:

Jeannie said...

Your prayer flags are wonderful! I hung some this summer. Our squirrels must have felt they needed some good karma, as the flags now are in their nests. My amarylis opened this week. They are so beautiful and I am always amazed at what comes out of a small bulb. I have a stack of ME magazines as well. They were such a great magazine to see how artist lived and what they created. Wishing you a beautiful Wednesday.

woman with wings said...

Jeannie, hey good karma for them AND you! ;-) That's so cool that they liked and used them.

It must be that our amaryllis devas are working together this week... I like that thought. And the ME magazines, oh this is gonna be hard. I scanned over an old random Romatic Living stuck in there (never subscribed, but bought this one) and I decided to hang onto it! Ha. But seriously, I need to clear this stuff out...

A beautiful day to you, too!

Trish said...

I work in a hospital...and I've been thinking that it would be wonderful to hang some prayer flags outside the children's department, wouldn't that be just great! So as they enter the building they see those wonderful blessings blowing in the wind.

My kitchen table has 3 magazines, 2 books, a box of coloring pencils and a bowl of fruit!
Much love to you.x

woman with wings said...

Trish, oh yes, that would be so wonderful for the kids -- coming from having had a child with leukemia -- it would be good for the parents too.

Love your living table. If I wouldn't been thinking ahead of time, mine would've had more signs of LIFE, like yours! Thanks for your loving thoughts here.

Els said...

Catching up a bit in the new year ...
I don't have a kitchen table in this house, the kitchen runs into the living room, but on the dining table there's always a lot of my stuff that has to go on the side when we have lunch or dinner Ha Ha! (your table runner looks lovely !)
I thought at once of Arlee, when I saw the stitching on Friday's post ;-) Think you enjoy it very much !

Nanette said...

The prayer flags look wonderful will you show us them blowing in your garden? I'd still like to make some, maybe I'll do some ready for autumn blessings, seem to be a bit busy at the moment to get to it.

On my table is an african violet, candles, some fabric postcards I've received in the mail lately, and a wee felt bird, my notebook, various items of clothing! and the little handstitched houses I'm building from scraps.

It's not long past breakfast, so time for a tidy up.

I love the look of those ME magazines, we don't get them here (Oz) but what great covers, you could almost frame them.

Nancy said...

Love those flags! After doing my post, 2 days in a row my guy was watching a movie with prayer flags in the background! I wonder if I would have noticed them if they weren't Everywhere!!! I have stacks of Quilting Arts & Cloth Paper Scissors, but I don't know if I can part with them yet, I loved them so :)
Trish-great idea! Maybe the kids and families could make some together.

helen said...

I love your prayer flags Peggy. A friend in Hawaii had threads taken from hers, by two little birds to build their nest :~)

On the kitchen table...Kefir, Water Kefir and Kombucha all fermenting away :~)

Love Trish's idea.

hope your Wednesday is wonderful ~putzlemi

helen said...

ha ha....that putzlemi was the word verification..oops!

woman with wings said...

Els, that's how it's usually here, slide everything down to one end. I'm thinking most of the world must do that. ;-) And I am loving frankenstitch, Arlee puts on a great class!

woman with wings said...

Nanette, your tabletop sounds homey and lovely -- no, don't clean it off!!

Therein lies the problem with the ME magazines. And they are all the more precious because the publication is no more. But I'm being stern with myself about it. Just have to do it...

woman with wings said...

Nancy, I know, isn't that the way it works? Love it. It's the vibration, once we have it, we tune into it everywhere!

Your magazines are too good to get rid of, don't even go there!

woman with wings said...

Helen, love that -- I think I found some bits of muslin from mine at a nearby park once. Felt good to see they made it that far!

Your table is a brewing station! I seriously want to like kombucha, I just can't, I don't know why. It's maddening. I like kefir and have made it, you remind me to get with it.

And so funny, I just googled putzlemi and couldn't come up with anything so I figured it was some sort of gypsy or celtic word that you knew!!! ;-) And I knew, of course, that it meant something nice. Laughing.

Marie said...

OMG! I love those ME magazines and saved some but I moved and they got tossed aside some how :(
I miss the cheerful, upbeat magazine...
My absolute favorite was the featured artist.
Your prayer flag is wonderful :)
The amaryllis is beautiful...flowers bring such joy in a home.
<3

Pat said...

Peggy, I love your flags and the amaryllis is lovely. Mine is thinking about opening, but late this year.
My kitchen table seems to hold my "to do" list and it keeps growing!!!! It also holds a candle that I light every morning as I drink my coffee and prepare for the day. Hope to see your flags in person some day.

handstories said...

a happy/happening place-your table. i've got a bunch of old magazines too. do you have a school to donate them to? they're great for collages, etc...which is why i don't let go of enough of them...

Snail Cloth said...

I also love the prayer flags. I think I will do some after the rainy season...maybe June.

I have 3 gallons of kumbucha on my table, as well as some ginger cookies.

On of the things I liked to do with old magazines is to collage the images. If I am through with it then it is a great source of images. And more than likely I am keeping the magazine for the images so why not collage with them.

On my other table I have my Celebration Shrine that I am working on, journal and art journal.

woman with wings said...

Thank you, Marie -- the Home Companions were wonderful, weren't they? I wonder if it'll ever come back. But, you know, I've gone through a few now and it just isn't the same. So sad.

I saw they're selling daffodils and hyacinths, etc. at the grocery store and while they look bright and colorful, I thought 'no, it's too soon, we need to have winter first" -- so the amaryllis gets center stage a while longer. I might get some baby's breath, that seems ok in the winter for some reason...?

woman with wings said...

Pat, thank you! I love that yours is about to bloom, too, guess it's the day length, etc. that makes them all bloom at the same time?

I like your morning routine, a lit candle is so beautiful in the early morning darkness. To do lists are good to have handy like that, too, in one place. Don't let it get too long!

woman with wings said...

Cindy, good idea, either that or box them all up and give the whole collection to a thrift store. Maybe there'll be a collector who'd like them intact --- you think? I'd offer them here but shipping costs would be cra-zy.

woman with wings said...

Becky, oh gosh, you have kombucha, too! This must be a sign, both you and Helen have it going on your kitchen tables. I've got to give it another try, I know it's so good for a person. 3 gallons, wow. How long does that last your family, I wonder? One of your tables is food for the body and the other is food for the soul!

It's getting less and less, but I still have a few subscriptions to magazines and, you're right, collage is a good use, for sure.

joe said...

such delightful prayer flags! i can almost see them waving in the wind already!

we started an amaryllis in one of the cottages, though she is nowhere near blooming yet. having seen yours, i can hardly wait. stunning!

oi! i'm not even going to go there with magazines! i'm a terrible hoarder when it comes to these evil critters!

namaste'

Chris said...

Needed that huge DRINK OF RED this morning, gulped as if it were lifesaving!

I'm a longtime Mary Englebright (ME) fan (may have misspelled her name), too, and finding myself doing similar clearing away, letting in the fresh breezes to the remaining spaces.

Thanks, Peggy.

woman with wings said...

Thanks, Joe, they are hung and doing their thing on this gorgeous sunny, blue-skied day in Colorado...

Once you get started on the amaryllis plant, you are hooked -- and it will offer its good medicine to your clients.

Now that's a good name for those magazines -- critters! :-)

woman with wings said...

Chris, so glad you liked the photo, a winter bloom does satisfy some need, doesn't it? a need we don't even realize we have until it's met, one of those deals.

Sad to get rid of the ME magazines but so very right to be moving in that direction. Fresh breezes through cleared spaces for us both. Yay!

Deb G said...

First to go was Martha Stewart, then some of the Victoria's, and then a few of the Herb Companions, but I tore up a lot of those too; and now I am working on the ME's, and Somerset Studio publications and the Quilting Arts/Cloth Paper Scissors. Will probably always keep the Interweave knit and crochet publications. Can you tell I have a serious problem? :) Will never give away my few precious Selvege magazines. I did stop buying magazines about two years ago...well except for a few of the Interweave publications.

On the table? Sewing supplies, my Following Sea blanket and the cat (I gave up).

woman with wings said...

Deb, we get many of the same magazines, but I don't even know what Selvege was, shoot! -- funny how many of us got the ME's (but not surprising). My Somersets will probably never go. I've never subscribed, just pick them up now and then and have a pretty good size pile. Do you get Mollie Makes from Britain? That's my new fixation but so expensive!

Love your table, especially the cat! I miss having a cat -- they do love to be above the dogs, don't they?

Anna Circo said...

Love prayer flags! Currently the wind is rattling our home as we prepare for rain. I was thinking I need to get my prayer flags out there to rattle around! My table...chuckle...has my chest X-rays, and returns from Christmas. Not very exciting.

woman with wings said...

Anna, oh yeah, the flags release their vibes faster in intense weather, right? ;-)

Your table shows life -- and chest x-rays sound sort of exciting...in a way.