10 February 2010

Old and New

One chilly winters day last year (or was it the year before?) I ventured outside to refill the log basket. The roaring fire needed re stoking and the task fell to me. The wood pile, stacked against the house seldom seems to diminish, the logs at the back sitting there for seasons while the front logs come and go with more frequency. Anyway, this winters day, towards the end of the season, the pile was getting a little lower and as I tugged at the dusty, cobwebbed old logs i spied a treasure. A treasure in the real true sense. A jewelery box. Somewhat worse for wear, but mostly intact. Can you imagine my delight! I'm mean, I love this kind of thing! Not forgetting my duty to the fireplace, I added the box to the wood basket and headed inside the house.

The old jewelry box, its hinge now only half working allowed me to open it up to peek inside. Within I discovered old necklaces, earrings, beads and jewels, all from another era. All covered with mud and dust and the patina of time.

This, it turned out, is a tale of ancestors, of a flood, and perhaps a little forgetfulness. I shall leave the story there, for your imagination to take it where it will.

Above you can see an art work I created at the end of last year which includes a brooch from this old jewelry box.


  1. What a wonderful find! Treasure indeed.

  2. Oh, wow! To find this, with a story behind it even, is so wonderfully exciting!!!

  3. What a treat to discover this hidden treasure! What fun!

  4. is that a true story?
    i kept waiting for you to say it was a dream.
    how WONDERFUL!
    i LOVE jewelry.
    old jewelry especially.
    i am so super happy that you visited my blog and commented.
    your blog looks lovely and i am so excited to read through it.
    thanks again for your comment.
    happy hearts to you this wednesday.


  5. your artwork is always so gorgeous......and such a fabulous story to go with it! but, it's not just the story, it's the way you TELL the story.....you truly are so talented in so many ways.... :)))

  6. Practically fainting with jealousy. SO FREAKING AWESOME. And the resulting artwork is beautiful.

  7. wow... what a great story and what a find.... pretty amazing actually.... I wonder who hid it there? ... oh, to know the whole story....