Thursday, August 25, 2011

Being Thankful

The sun was coming from the west and the shadows began to get a bit longer. Then as we stood there chatting, a breeze began setting the fabric strips, each with a message of thankfulness, each brightly colored when originally tied....slightly fluttering.

This is how most of my visit with Val Kamikubo went this week. Peacefully keeping you a place of thankfulness.

Val and I live within 15 minutes of each other, have kids around the same age, and have a love of all things fabric in common, but we had never met before Twitter. Now, we've been tweeps for quite a while and have been able to share in person as well. So, I just had to stop in and visit her 2011 Thankfulness Installation. Starting back in January Val began taking strips of fabrics each day and writing something she was grateful for on the fabric and giving it to the elements.

I really went to experience it for myself, but there were a couple of questions that I found I was curious about. Has having this here made a difference in how you feel? Val shook her head yes, and said it made it hard to remain upset when just a glance made you appreciate all. Do the neighbors think you're crazy? Laughing quietly Val said no, but one friend said she really should have put it out in the front yard. With 10 strips going up each day Val has been working through some of her creative options to do with it all when it was time for it to come down.

Here for you to enjoy are some pictures of Val putting up a strip for the day and pictures of the wall as well. As you take a look at them I suggest two things...

Think about something you are thankful for
& Imagine the breeze just fluttering through all those lovely reminders








6 comments:

Mia Bloom Designs said...

What a great idea!!! I should do that to stay positive.

Rose Hughes said...

it's a great reminder.. and always an important thing to have in our lives

Linda Miller Designs said...

Beautifully simple...similar to the prayer flags I have been working with. See www.bhavanaproject.com or http://theprayerflagproject.blogspot.com Thankfulness is a liberating practice.

Valerie Kamikubo said...

You're very kind to write about my project. Though being purposely thankful seems like such a small thing, it has the potential to change one's heart (as has been my case) in BIG ways. I'm very grateful for our friendship and glad that you came by for a visit Rose, and so you see, the thankfulness abounds :-)

quiltzyx said...

That is just lovely!
Maybe my patio could you something like that...I surely have enough fabric. :D

mascanlon said...

Rose sent me over, such a lovely and meaningful project. And as someone said a bit earlier, very liberating when practiced often.