This week we've been traveling in Wales. A lovely, magical and challenging country. Music, art, literature, poetry everywhere. I thought I might do something about Dylan Thomas but I was over thinking it and moved on. Discovered a website about the Celtic language and it was fascinating but was mind boggling although fun. I kept thinking the page looked like someone was typing with their fingers on the wrong keys. hahaha. Then I found a page about Love Spoons and that was it. The website for the Love Spoons is here. They first appeared in the 16thC as a courting gift rather than giving flowers. (My thoughts went to the idea that a carver made one for his sweetheart and you know how it goes...everyone loved it and wanted one.)
I downloaded a copy of one of the spoons. It is the perfect size for the postcard. I was going to paint it the color of wood but I liked how the color printed slightly pink/purple and decided to leave it. I printed another spoon as I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with them. I took the daffodil off the second one and put it on this spoon and liked it. If you visit the love spoon website, you'll see there are many different designs and can be made using different symbols with different meanings to represent how you feel about your loved one. I love totems and totem poles and this reminded me of that.
Ruth and her husband Barry celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in January. When she saw the spoons at a local carver's shop, she knew she had to buy one for Barry. There lives have been so hectic this year that Ruth really wants some time for Maddie, Chester, Barry and her to get together for some fun. A break of sorts from their work schedules. It is difficult as both Maddie and Ruth have fashion shows this year and they are feeling the anxiety of time.
The hearts = love, the vine = growing love and the flower = affection. The daffodil is the national flower of Wales.
Maddie, I loved your chocolate card...can see a lovely long skirt and scarf in it. found the love spoon at t local carver's shop. Barry and I just celebrated 50yr. anniversary & couldn't resist buying him this spoon. Some are very ornate but he loves simplicity. I know you and I have shows we are working through but seriously the four of us should meet for some fun. I'll call you when I know my next stop and we'll plan something. Belgium is beautiful. Wales is lovely. Ruth
Lots of wonderful creations and stories by other postcard challengers here.