Seashells, Seaglass and Wishing Stones

Personal motifs:

Four-leaf clovers ~ I once lived in a house where they grew in little patches all over the yard.   The obvious symbolism is of  good luck, good fortune.  A tie to Ireland and Wales.  A reminder not to overlook the blessings right at my feet.

seashell-obsession

Seaglass ~ Signifies the beauty in broken things. Jagged pieces of broken glass turn into treasures when cleansed and polished by the  rhythms of the sea.  Persistence, hope.

Shells ~ Incorporate the celtic eternity spiral.  Former homes of sea creatures always speak to me of memory, things left behind.  Again the beauty of the not-so-perfect, the broken.  The power of survival.

Wishing Stones ~ Pebbles, like those above, with a band of another encircling color.  The band must be complete, with no breaks.  In the spring of my thirteenth year, my Father died suddenly of pneumonia.  That fall my Mother,  Aunt and a friend took me to Cape Cod to walk again on Nauset  Beach, collect shells and wishing stones and be by the ocean my Dad had sailed and loved.  Erdine, my Aunt’s childhood friend, taught me how to select wishing stones while we walked the empty beaches and talked about my Dad.  The stones have always comforted me, and I sometimes  carry one in my pocket. Hope, recovery, renewal.


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About embroiderbee

ABOUT ME: Catholic, Wife, Mom, Artist, Researcher, Baker, Cat- Herder, New Englander. I love designing needlework, especially samplers with specialty stitches, applique & quilting, painting, photographing, reading, writing, baking, fabric and floss collecting. ~*~*~*~* FAVORITE COLORS: bluish-purples and greens. ~*~*~*~* FAVORITE ANIMALS: Cats ~ you don't have to walk them, and they purr. I've also loved my share of dogs. ~*~*~*~* FAVORITE MUSIC: Instrumental ~ flute, piano, Smetana's Moldau ~*~*~*~* FAVORITE MOVIES: Pride & Prejudice with Ehle and Firth. No other versions need apply. Waking Ned Devine, Happy endings only. ~*~*~*~* FAVORITE BOOKS: A Tale of Two Cities, Pride and Prejudice, mysteries, romance, classics, non-fiction. ~*~*~*~* FAVORITE CLOTHES: Worn blue jeans, turtlenecks, T-shirts, and hoodies. ~*~*~*~* FAVORITE TV SHOWS: Book Notes, some History Channel, Fox News, The Science Channel, some The Real Housewives of ... , Doc Martin, some Masterpiece Theater, some TED talks. ~*~*~*~* FAVORITE THINGS 2 DO: Read a good book during a rain or snow storm. Stitch or paint in beautiful light. Talk in bed with my husband late at night and then go for an early breakfast... ie, have his total undivided attention, and luxuriate in it. Talk with our son without cell phones, ipods, etc at a family meal. Go to lunch with a friend and laugh till our sides hurt. Browse in a good library or bookstore. Go to the theater when both the play and the seats are good. Stay home and do absolutely nothing. Read on my Kindle! *~*~*~* ETHNICITY: Mixed-American Mutt of Irish (97%), Welsh, and many other slivers of ethnicity.

Posted on February 22, 2009, in cross stitch, personal motifs, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Wishing stones? oh, I didn’t know that I have some and why I love those.Thanks for having learnt something new today.

    Christa

  2. Editing is driving me crazy! I cannot get the little headers to be the same color.

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