Upheaval was the operative word in our household this past week. We had new carpeting installed. This meant all our treasured ‘tchotchkes’ had to be packed up for safekeeping before installation. The fun part was putting everything back, rearranging and editing. Each of these valued pieces holds a story about its purchase. By changing up the placement, I’m able to see and appreciate them all over again.
This nesting activity led to additional cleanout and rearrangement throughout the house. Our collected artwork seems to fade into the background as time passes. By simply changing its location, I am able to notice and value it once again. I took advantage of this energy and repositioned artwork throughout our home. Refreshing these displays has shed new light on these valued objects and replenished the stories attached to each item.
In the studio, I revisited some familiar shapes from the past. I began making ladybug pot stickers several years ago. I’ve decided to adopt this good luck symbol as my own spirit animal since it seems to crop up repeatedly in my life. (The first piece of jewelry my father gave to my mother is a leaf pin with a small ladybug!) Each time I create a new batch of ladybug potstickers, I'm excited to revisit how each shape fits together and I work to improve the final result.
Take it from me, rearrange one or two of your own favorite things. I bet you start seeing them again in a whole new light!