Given the time, I could write an entire book on my extraordinary trip to Virginia and D.C. earlier this year. One of many highlights included the unveiling of the light catchers, intricately hand-crafted and lovingly presented by Pauline King. On our flight home, Pauline offered to make one for my sister Sharon and within weeks it arrived at my door.
Here’s Sharon’s reaction when she opened the gift:
It’s difficult to convey how special these are. Pauline describes her process in a recent post found here. When writing about Sharon’s light catcher, Pauline says:
I have made my light-catchers for a few years now – rather sporadically, as I enjoy making them especially for someone. They are my gift of good wishes, good fortune and a bit of magic woven into beads and charms and crystals for someone special. I like to think of the person I am creating for, then I choose colours and shapes and crystals and charms especially for them. Then it all just weaves itself together.
Like most artists, Pauline is far too modest. She weaves a special charm into each one using glass, crystal, semi-precious gemstones, beads and the most delightful charms you’ve ever seen.
The enclosed card says “the charms have been especially chosen for you and represent the following”
Teddy Bear: for the child within, may there always be cuddles.
Boot: for fashion and style!
Music Notes: May there always be music in your life.
Jigsaw Puzzle: for when you need the last bit of the puzzle.
Ballerina: to remind you when the body can’t dance, the spirit can!
Cat in the Moon: to remind you of the magic and mystery of both.
Babushka Doll: we all have hidden layers…..
The Witch, the Skeleton and the Spider: for your love of Halloween.
Book: for the places your imagination can go.
Purse: may there always be enough.
Pentagram: may you always be protected.
Fairy: may you always see the magic.
Sharon has tall ceilings in her home, so I’m enlisting Mike’s help so we can hang it in the perfect place. After one foolish mishap, I count my lucky stars and no longer climb up a ladder alone.
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