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Lunch at The Shrine with a Raven

The last few months have been hectic, in some way or another. I am sometimes amazed that I can feel this way since my lifestyle is rather stripped down and simple. I even feel guilty at times, when I contemplate a day off, as if I had not earned it. Then again, a part of me knows it has nothing to do with earning anything; it’s about stepping away at the right time in order to return refreshed and more productive.

After several weeks of juggling my time between building up an inventory of dolls, pouches and various paper mache animals to bring to new locations and replenish existing ones, keeping a client’s website up to date and managing a couple of Facebook pages, I finally had to set time aside for a delivery. It is with little hesitation that I planned to make a day of it.

I dropped MacGregor off at the dog sitter early in the morning and ventured off sans tablet or any connection to work. Destination: Grand Isle Art Works. Shining sun, not too hot, oddly no one on the road. Bliss.

I spent over an hour there, visiting with Jim, the owner. He shared the history of the gallery and the house and I toured every wonderfully colorful room. If you read up on them on their website, you’ll find the words,  “…a quirky old farmhouse built in 1797, with lots of character.” The atmosphere is indeed rich with character, and light and creative energy. I invite you to take a road trip some day.

Following our visit, I drove away in the opposite direction from home, not knowing where I might land. A turn here and there led me straight to Saint Anne’s Shrine, on Isle Lamotte. It’s still off season for them, so besides a couple of staff members and ground workers, the place was free of commotion under the great blue sky. A quick trip a bit further down the road for a bagged lunch and I was back at a picnic table by the lake.

saint anne's shrine

I don’t think my mind had had this much rest from creating articles and product descriptions and from conjuring up new art creations in a long time. I welcomed the silence; the stillness. Soon though, I had a visitor.

A huge raven perched above me in a tree and chanted its presence, or rather its interest in my sandwich. If there had been other people around, I would not have satisfied its craving, but I confess that since we were alone I left a morsel on the table for my black-feathered friend. It watched me the whole time and I hope it feasted once I left. Perhaps the squirrels beat him to it. In any case, someone received a gift.

In the Christian faith, among others, the raven is perceived as a bad omen. I understand, but am unable to feel this  way. To me, it is a beautiful and mysterious creature of great intelligence. Ravens are feared, also, when they appear in dreams. Here again, an encounter with this black beauty in my dreams makes me wake up feeling like I have received a gift. I think and feel that my love for my lunch time visitor,  yesterday, overrides any specter of darkness our human culture has imprinted upon its kind.

I drove home with a sense of clarity.

New pendant pouch

These were completed last night, with America’s Got Talent on the computer screen, in the background. Guilty pleasure.

For some reason, I find this show utterly uplifting. To see ordinary folks who have the courage to take a step in the direction of their joy and dream is a lesson in itself. Only one person or group wins, but in the end it is a giant collective win for personal integrity, creativity and self-esteem. For me, it puts things in perspective.

Alright, so I confess that I work faster on the days I work in silence, but I have come to realize that I also do my best work when I create the most inspiring setting for the mood of the moment. Last night, that meant a bit of talent show on the side.

The pendant pouch is one of my favorite things to make and it is one of my top sellers. I’ve made some with clasps, but somehow I find this design, with a weighed down ribbon-pull that slides through a button, has a unique personality and charm.

Mine is the resting place for a small stone Roderick picked out of the River Tilt for me, in Scotland. For others, the pendant pouch holds a small data stick or keys. Some people have told me they use it to keep a folded prayer and others place a small piece of fabric doused with aromatherapy essential oil inside. Many are used as a gift pouch for jewelry.

Pouch Dimensions: 3″ x 1 3/4″. One size fits all.

Available at Ornament Studio. All pendant pouches are only $15.