Sunday, January 31, 2010

My Symphony

(William Henry Channing, 1810-1884)

To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion;
to be worthy, not respectable
and wealthy, not rich;
to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly;
to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages,
with an open heart;
to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely,
await occasions, hurry never.

In a word,
to let the spiritual, unbidden, and unconscious
grow up through the commonplace.

This is to be
my symphony.
(Kind of says it all. - J.)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


(I seem to be collecting blogs faster than my piano collects dust...)

For a number of years now, I have been following the idea of a "Seamless Life", where work flows into home flows into fun. It's been partially successful. Now, I have ended the part that had me working for someone else - and it's up to me to make my own paycheck.

So, the purpose of this blog is to explore creativity in general, with emphasis on the different things I'm making by hand for The Finch House. I plan to post pictures and musings about herbal and other crafts, jewelry, oil painting... and whatever else gets thrown into the mix. As with my other blogs, I don't plan on many folks actually visiting regularly - so pardon me while I talk to myself a lot!!

Let's just see where it goes...