Friday, December 4, 2009

I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. It's amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor

Quote by D.H. Lawrence
"Gracious, what is she doing in there? Why isn't she coming out to play? Why I think she is dusting!!!!!!!!!" Said The Faeries, in bewilderment, as they peek in on Amy beginning her spruce up of the Cottage-Castle...
My pouch spills unvoluntarily at times...


Anita's beautiful vignette...



Dear Amazing Anita...




Every good castle needs a couple harps played with heart...






When do you feel all polished and rounded out? What restores your lustre and helps you gather up what has spilled from your pouch? I find I need books, quiet, outdoors, watching snow faeries dance all day outside the window with the Cherub, good music in my ears and easy laughter. So much of the great Nothing is what I require when I spill out by accident. I am eyeing my beautiful book, A Christmas Carol illustrated by P.J.Lynch and my fireplace as a respite, but, because I am chanter of this mantra, "If the shelves are dusty and the pots don't shine, it's because I have better things to do with my time."~Author Unknown






I have some interesting chaos to deal with before I start cozying in though. I can always tell when it is time, (don't forget I am not a serial cleaner, so Thursdays, etc. are not blocked out as Clean the Whole House day, no matter how many times I have tried, can't get into a routine.) The time for me is when I start feeling different, we run a bit late, I drop a favorite bowl, I don't feel like drawing or writing, you understand where I am going, hee hee. I clean up as a last resort! Me kicking and screaming towards the duster is not the picture the faeries see when they peek in the windows, though. When, it is time to round out my corners and polish up I am almost glad to do it. Strange, right?






Maybe it goes something like this...






When your life is a ball, full of the dance of life, and joyful party goers in tiny school age garb swirl around you, which in general I feel my life seems to be, maybe sometimes you twirl long enough and you just need to clear your head and the counters and drawers and you are grateful for the simplicity of gathering order and putting it back in the little pouch to sparkle, contained a bit. Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing. ~Phyllis Diller, Phyllis Diller's Housekeeping Hints, 1966 Much of my order disappears at about 3:30 when I have four children and usually some of their friends lounging, finding snacks, playing, dropping shoes, coats, backpacks, etc. but, there is just a comfort level that must be reached before bringing out the winter bells. There are people that you meet that inspire and make you feel cozy and at home and one of those people I have met here in Bloglandia is Anita. She inspires... she works hard... she is passionate about what she does and it shows. So, when another blogger posted a visit to her home, it inspired me. Not in the guilt ridden, I need to clean my house, way. But, getting to know her through these months, I have found that she represents all that is a fine human in three simple words. She lives and decorates as if life is a treasured castle of the heart, royal, rich, covered in the tapestry of elegance. She lives and decorates in the way of the cottage, homey, comforting, real, hardworking and sweet. She lives, even if she doesn't always see it, with a crown of grace, (Don't worry when you don't see your royal grace, we do for you and will gladly polish your regalia until you see yourself shine in the facets again.) So, how is it that someone creates a blog title like Castles, Crowns, and Cottages? It is because it is who she must be. Out of her fingertips on to the keyboard or on to the harp strings, she is playing her song.

"I wish that life should not be cheap, but, sacred. I wish the days to be as centuries, loaded, fragrant." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson So, does that mean sometimes I decide I want to clean and that makes it sacred? I think it just might. It is not important to me to have a perfect house, never has been, never will be, but, when it is time to polish up, it becomes my castle, such as it is. As Zora Neale Hurston said, "I love myself when I am laughing." So, I would like to laugh as I sweep away the sweet cottage feel of my cluttery nesting and head into the holiday with a castle's air on my lips, either way, in my cottage heart or my castle mind, I wear the crown and smile at my domain. For, we can "let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground." ~Rumi and "Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead right now, that won't happen. We have to teach ourselves how to make room for them, to love them, and to live, really live." ~Anna Quindlen






I know I will enjoy A Christmas Carol and savor the moments to come more if I cherish my little corners and deck the halls. Ahh... off to Whistle While I Work dear friends... Hope you enjoyed my "Randomness" as the kids say and are inspired to cherish the moment you are peeking at just before you step across the threshold of now. It is quite a sight to see.






Blessings and light,
Amy






The last 3 pictures are of Anita at Castles, Crowns, and Cottages and her decor courtesy of Ulla at http://ullam.typepad.com/ullabenulla/2009/12/sweetly-at-home.html Anita is one of those gracious friends and hard workers that can show us all how to juggle the Castles, Crowns, and Cottages in our hearts. Find her world here at http://wwwcastlescrownscottages.blogspot.com/






14 comments:

LuLu Kellogg said...

Amy, I always enjoy reading your magical posts so much :)

Isn't Anita just so lovely? She is one of the first Blogs I ever visited when I started Blogging and I just adore her to pieces.

Have a magical day dear one,
LuLu~*xoxo

Terri Kahrs said...

Dear Amy, I HAVE enjoyed your "randomness" today, and can just imagine you polishing, scrubbing and decking the halls joyfully with a smile on your face and a song in your heart! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Amy,
I am so very humbled and delighted! Your words are exquisite and eloquently posted! WOW! Do you know Ulla? We had a splendid and yes, MAGICAL encounter chez moi the day after Thanksgiving!!! Amy, I was a child again! When I saw her walk up to my door and when she walked in, it was surreal and yet, I felt like we knew each other forever! Thank you dear, sweet Amy. You have blessed me with your kindness and thoughtfulness and insight. Life is good, n'est-ce pas? I love my castle in the air, my crowns of FRIENDS and my cottage of rest and retreat. And you have one as well, filled with such love and creativity. BISOUS TO YOU AND YOURS, Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dearest, we must have crossed paths! After I commented on your post, I went back to mine and saw that you came by! How amazing that our minds and spirits should cross in blogland!!! Thank you again...this was such a beautiful post and when my husband awakes, I am going to show him the kindness you have spread out to us! Have a memorable day! Anita

Rattus Scribus said...

Dear Amy,
I want to thank you for your lavishly kind post about my dear Anita. Among the things you said was: "So, how is it that someone creates a blog title like Castles, Crowns, and Cottages? It is because it is who she must be. Out of her fingertips on to the keyboard or on to the harp strings, she is playing her song."

This is so true. When I met Anita years ago (how many is our business, LOL) there was an innocent and magical something that immediately won my heart. She was the first woman I'd ever dated where I felt I could be completely me. I had found my home, and since then she has turned it into a castle cottage.

Yours sincerely,
Ruben (aka, Rattus Scribus)

Fete et Fleur said...

Magiacal and inspiring! The photo of the glass is gorgeous!! Thank you for the sweetness said of my lovely SIL. She is a jewel in this world.

Have fun decking your halls.

Nancy

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Thanks Lulu! Magic to you, too. Blessings.

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Blessings and thanks Terri!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Anita, Ruben, and Nancy, great to know your worlds here in Bloglandia, thanks! Blessings.

Azurée Trentalange said...

As I sit to read your wonderful blog I am amazed by all your wonderful photos. The soft colorful yummy details of whimsical beauty. It's always a true delight to see your magical imagination. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Happy Holiday!!! Azurée♥

Cathy said...

Amy, Don't you just love Anita? Her blog is so magical too. It's always interesting, so different and full of wonderful eye candy. I'm just thrilled with the name, so I have to go visit. Who doesn't love the magic of Castle, Crowns & Cottages? I mean really! lol

Great post.

Cathy

sPaRkLiNg sCrApBoOkS said...

Hello Amy!
You know, you and Anita are kindred spirits! You are both so positive and so lovely- I heard that you got to meet each other and I am so happy for you guys!!! Such a treasure to find such sweet people these days!
Much love to you this holiday season! love deb xOxO

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

She is a gem! Blessings.

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

No I didn't get to meet her in person, just through the bloglandia fun. Take care dear. Blessings.