Category Archives: Wedding Pouch

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.

The Wedding Pouch

Today is the first day of Spring. I did not plan it this way, but it seems fitting to complete this project at this time.

A couple of years ago, a dear friend asked me to make a wedding pouch for her and her fiancé, to be used to carry their wedding bands to the ceremony. At that time, I made a simple, double-sided pouch that fit in the palm of the hand, using fabric my friend had selected. Each side contained one of the wedding bands. The vows were folded and tucked in the middle section.

I usually allow new ideas to surface on their own. Ever since I made that first pouch, I had been wanting to create something else for weddings, but was never quite happy with subsequent designs. Then, this one took form, and I must say that I am quite pleased with it. Silvio, at Ornament Studio, is already suggesting I make more, but with a strap to wear as a change purse. I like the idea. It could also hold a cell phone.

For now, this is The Wedding Pouch. I imagine it could have other uses as well: Vow renewal, for instance, or for a baby christening gift, or even to hold the keys to a new home for a first-time homeowner, with a little note in the main compartment. This is what I like about pouches. The possibilities are endless.

It opens simply, without a clasp, so that nervous hands may not be a problem. Wedding vows can be printed out and folded in the main compartment for the ceremony, and then returned here for keeping. The wedding bands, as you see, rest in the heart-shaped compartment in front. The top of the heart folds over to keep them from falling out. This allows easy access also. Dimensions: Approximately 5″ x 5″.

$20. At Ornament Studio starting June 21, 2013. Also available through my Etsy Shop, for people outside Vermont.

Special Orders & Wholesale Inquiries

The Collection