Sunday, November 13, 2011

Out my door

"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door," he used to say. "You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Well, in this case it wasn't actually dangerous, unless you count the fact that I spent some of my pin money when I wasn't intending to. By the way, don't you just love the phrase 'pin money'? Very old fashioned. I like it. According to BING, pin money became an English phrase to describe extra cash set aside by wives to run the household at the turn of the twentieth century. I earn mine by performing housewifery 18th century style. But never mind that. Back to our adventure.

Do you know what I discovered? Ten minutes from my home, back in the hills, as they say around here, is a little mill town. One of the old mills built in the 1700's has been turned into an artist colony of sorts. And once a year, they open it up to the public.

Local artists have created studio spaces to work and display their pieces. I got to chatting with one of the painters. She informed me there was a room left for a studio if I was interested. No thanks, I said. I have a makey-room at home, and it's free. Yes, she replied, I have a studio at home as well, but I always find myself getting distracted by other things. Ain't it the truth? But don't tempt me, Frodo. For the time being, free is free, and I'll remain free.

But it's fun to dream. And speaking of dreaming, I had to keep telling myself that I was still in PA, right in my own backyard. This quaint borough has an Appalachian feel about it--isolated enough to make me feel like a gawking tourist. It had century-old churches nestled between small but charming mill houses, and a big old stone mansion at the top of one of the hills. Which got me to wondering - had it belonged to the owner of the mill back in the day? Hmmmmm...

So, we saw a lot of beautiful art. I asked permission to photograph this neat piece made of found objects. Gosh, I love stuff like that.

Airplanes made out of old door hinges? Some people are just SO clever!

And my pin money went to a nifty little pile of antique textile scraps. The patterns are yummy, and I can feel the creative juices flowing.

Last but not least, when I came home that evening, I found a package in the mail. Now I can join Miss Emily Dickinson and "put a trinket on" - thanks, Ethel.

The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry’s cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.

The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I’ll put a trinket on.

Emily Dickinson
Nature XXVII, Autumn.


Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

This is so wonderful! Not that all your days are not special, and not that each is not unique, but this one feels so extra-special as you describe it.

And what a dear trinket to find at the end!

Jodi said...

Kristi, Yes two great finds in one day! The second one was best I think. :)

Brandee Shafer said...

What a great day. I love artsy gatherings and sales.

Nancy said...

Thanks for taking us on walk-about (heh) in your little neighborhood artist colony. I love when you get your creative juices flowing back in you little makey-room. I love that you call it a makey-room. Girl, what don't I love about you? Nice trinket :)

Leslie said...

I love going on journeys with you. You always take me to the coolest places. And thank you for the Emily D. She always cheers me...

Anonymous said...

the trinket wasa made for you -certainly found for you! Isn't amazing how God lets us be a part of the blessing. what joy <3 Ethel

Amy said...

Was not familiar with the term pin money. Glad to be now:) Sounds like a day of delights and treasures, especially the cool gift of the trinket pin. Ha. Get it? Pin $ and a Pin to wear. Never mind. Like your trinket term better.
And yes, really liked Trader Joe's. Gonna have to make the trip there regularly!

Laura said...

I loved everything about this post. Makes me want to nose around my town to find the hidden treasures. Pin money? Makey-room? Friend, you just delight. I want to go to an artist's colony with you. :) (love that trinket too)

Jennifer said...

That artist's colony looks wonderful! And I like art made from found treasures, too.

Your story of the mouse eating one your cookies made me laugh out loud, Jodi! You know, I do love mice. They are some of my favorite characters in books I have read with my children. Just don't like them taking up residence in my kitchen - ugh :)

Ostriches Look Funny said...

DELIGHTFUL! everything in this makes me happy. You exude PIN MONEY! YOU are PIN MONEY!
Seriously. You're so shiny and sweet.

Cheryl said...

What a lovely day. I think it is only a matter of time until you take the plunge and claim your own creative space. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be among all those creative people!

Just wanted to vouch that the expression "pin money" is still used over here (UK). Love the acorn brooch. Beautiful.

Jodi said...

Cheryl, oh yes, it would. I don't think I could afford the rent, though...eeeek! And thank you.

deb colarossi said...

I love you.

that is all.


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