I actually was thrilled when a recent acquaintance asked me to see what I could do with the vintage cigar boxes she found among her father's things. As many of us are at the beginning of a new year, she was ready to let some things go and thought these could be cleaned up and used for collage. Visually they are so very interesting. Beautiful, mellowed colors and bold and varied typefaces lend plenty of character and texture...a great jumping off point for a mixed media piece.
I got to know the owner of these boxes a bit the day she dropped them off and a story she told me inspired the theme of my first design. She spoke of her mother, who relocated to a new living situation after a fall and an injury. During the transition her mother asked to visit her former home just one more time before everything was moved out. On the day of her visit, she walked through the space, touching a few items, remembering and honoring the time spent there, probably reliving her most precious memories. After a short time she turned to one of her daughters and said, "I'm ready to go." She then stepped into her new life and now thrives in her new environment, making new friends, finding joy in her new situation. What an amazing story of grace this is.
Again and again I have learned that faith doesn't give us the ablilty to control the world. It gives us the ability thrive when our world is out of control.