Friday, February 17, 2012

Postcard week 7 Wales

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.

24 comments:

Margaret said...

Lovely choice of theme, I'd forgotten about the love spoons, I have some somewhere?! Beautiful illustration and romantic story. M

Fotojoy/Joyce said...

You this challenge is so FUN-I'm learning so many different things about these countries-"Love spoons" who knew?? Nice postcard!

Sandra Hoogland said...

I want one of those spoons! :)
Lovely card, very clever design! ♥

Jamie Lynn said...

I must agree I needs me some Love Spoons...beautiful!

WrightStuff said...

Very beautiful spoons indeed!

Beckery said...

Really like the theme and a great picture :) Bx

Janet said...

Wonderful choice! Love spoons are very famous and your spoon is very lovely indeed. My daughter bought me one many years ago when she was a little girl, a very treasured gift.

Janet xx

miniroses said...

Terrific card! And thanks for the lesson on Love spoons, which I never heard of and your explanation of how you did the card. Thanks!

mags21 said...

great card. and very good info about the spoons thanks.

Cazro said...

A fabulous love spoon, my hushand and I bought one when on holiday, which we still have after many years. Interesting theme.

Jen said...

Love the love spoon, such special gifts always. Great idea and execution.
Jen x

Darcy said...

aww I love your love spoons, I have never heard of them.

Leialoha said...

Love spoons...anything carved in wood is beautiful to me and these are so special.Aloha.

Katie said...

These are so neat and unique. I love learning these tidbits of culture each week! Your card is great- I really like how you did the subtle image of the back too. xo

lorig said...

I love that spoon and what a great reminder for their 50th anniversary.

gottahavemoxie said...

I've never heard of these before and I'm so glad you showed them to us. Your card is just beautiful. Well done!

serendipity said...

Great idea for your card, so unusual
Jan x

Tamoonstone said...

What a beautiful spin on Wales .... I love the Celtic theme. Love the love spoon; very appropriate for an anniversary.

NatashaMay said...

That spoon is magnificent! Love seeing what everyone comes up with. :)

Gina said...

Wow 50 years and still in love :D Gorgeous idea to use the spoons...didn't actually know about them :D XXX

Kathleen said...

What an interesting find and beautiful card!

Lyn Thurman said...

I adore those spoons! Fantastic :-)

Elizabeth said...

Lovely card. Wonderful idea.

Doone said...

the love spoon was an excellent choice, I just Love Thomas Poetry so much I coudl give it a miss! thank you for coming by mine, and sorry I am so late returnignt he visit...

your shading onthe soppon is amazing

dx