Vignettes Of Our Lives With Our Possessions: The Dresser Part 1
Post by Onna Carr
Every morning upon waking, I can look over at my dresser. I am greeted by a 1920’s-1930’s dresser acquired at an estate sale and cleaned but left with its natural patina created over years of good, solid service to its previous owners. To the side of the dresser is the wooden rocking chair I came home to as an infant and spent many hours being nursed or rocked to sleep in. Over the rocker’s back is a hand-blocked, traditional, cotton scarf from Delhi, reminding me of my obsession with India that began with the film “Rab Ne Bana De Jodi” about ordinary heroes and the magic and love found in the everyday.
The dresser top is covered with a linen table scarf embroidered with red-worked teapots by my mother. In the center of the dresser top is a piece of interesting and eclectic “book-art” completed at a class showcasing one of my favorite colors, verdant green with its cream pages folded into half-diamonds. Ear-cuffs with green accents are placed upon the “book-art” and a green travel necklace (a necklace you can wear long or loop double or triple around the neck) with a prayer box charm lies in front of the book art to accentuate the green motif further. This necklace reminds me of the day when my sister and I were both baptized as the prayer box charm was a gift from a friend for the occasion. A bangle/bracelet black velvet, three-tier holder rests along one of the back corners of the dresser top and holds my extensive collection of beaded bracelets, bangles, and cuff bracelets that have been purchased or that I have created over the years and reminds me of my mother--excited from finding it one day and the joy on her face as she ecstatically brought it to me, knowing it would be perfect to hold my bangle collection. In front of the bangle holder rests a wool swatch from my foray into graphed, color knitting at a class taught by Stetson Weddle. This piece brings to mind the joys of a good instructor and the things he taught me. Opposite the bracelet holder is a teal vase with irises and poppies to add a pop of color and to draw the eye to the large canvas of poppies hung above the dresser and to the “Keep Calm and Carry On” wall art in the corner.
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