As a first layer I did create at least the sense of an actual box with a lid that opened in the center to left and right. Loved the way it looked! Pictured exactly how I wanted it to look and then instead I crammed the page spread full in a way rather characteristic of my real-life treasure boxes.
The only fragment that remains of my constructed box is the strip of Japanese silk tape. It's also the last remaining fragment of this wondrous tape but since this was not a material challenge its purpose had been to suggest the sumptuous often stuffed and tufted silk linings to trinket cases I remember some of the Old Nanas keeping when I was a child. Something mysterious and elaborate from their own girlhoods in most cases. The inside of the box was described with a piece of icy blue distressed damask patterned paper . I'll start with the tape and go up and around until we're back at the amaryllis bud.
tape representing my love of Japanese design both traditional & modern. Hollyhocks and hummingbirds. Summer's early morning sun. Later spring's first peony. And the way any rain-battered rescues scent the dining room - opening as beautifully as a pampered show bloom. below the peony - 60's style pop art!! My power/waxing crescent moon and favorite number 11 (in nearly all of its permutations)
Small paper scrap representing silent glistening snow falling from a sky that seems to reflect the snow's sparkle once it's settled on the ground. Both the stated Advice from A Tree - torn from a seed packet attached to a T-shirt bearing the same design. A gift to my son for house/cat sitting while Jim and I took in an Orioles-Red Sox Game at Camden yards and spent the next fiendishly hot day exploring my favorite childhood destination: Longwood Gardens. So I'm actively treasuring the memories of all of that. As well as the meal we all cooked together once the family was briefly reassembled before T. took off back to the farmhouse with my special Beech in its side yard.
The full moon closest to my birthday and all the memories of the many times I've been fortunate enough to wander in its particular light among nature - unafraid and feeling deeply blessed. The way the tree energy rises by slow inexorable degrees during early spring here in new england
(forgot that up at the top there's a strip of brown velvetish leaves on a golden background. To representing dying-back plant matter in later fall. And also a golden/deep space purple reminder of the mayan prophecy that humanity shall be saved by a flower.)
Our planet's oldest flower - the magnolia. Her flower essence aids in all aspects of re-birth as well as labor and delivery/fresh new birth-growth of a creative endeavor or gaia-loving mission.
Happy thriving honeybees living in cooperation with our species. My favorite comfort go-to meditative color range of dioxine purple, vivid coral, red-violet and clear bright lilac. Ease: physical, mental, emotional, and organically shared at community level.
Just about the easiest and most dare-you-to-look-away lovely indoor flower to grow - the amaryllis. The image also gives a strong shot of clear vibrant first chakra/red energy to stabilize and root all valuable memory and meaning. This flower essence has always seemed very androgynous in its vibrational signature. The remedy's effectiveness spans all levels of physical comfort and confidence actively felt as a vibrant mind-body connection.
Sprinkled throughout the treasured items - my favorite 'happiness' color of bold yellow streaked with orange. Sometimes as snippets of no meaning to signify my fondness for using EVERY scrap of paper and also some free-cut stars to represent my love of spontaneous joy-filled unassuming craft time.
This was a very enjoyable and profoundly stabilizing prompt for me personally. For a little while in the beginning I got shaky the way some of you did with the care package. But then I focused on my intention for everybody else - to decelerate and come into a more rooted sense of creative mojo/essential Self despite the chaos and accompanying noise. Dried my eyes, took a deep breathe and gently prodded my soul enough to finds seeds of joy ready to sprout and make flowers.
(big deep long exhale)
isn't it GREAT that we're all doing this together???