Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Longfellow Poetry Pin-Keep

Out of the bosom of the air
Out of the cloud~folds of her garments shaken,
 Over the woodlands brown and bare,
Over the harvest~fields forsaken,
Silent, and soft, and slow
Descends the snow.
  Even as our cloudy fancies take
Suddenly shape in some divine expression,
 Even as the troubled heart doth make
In the white countenance confession
The troubled sky reveals
The grief it feels.
   This is the poem of the air,
Slowly in silent syllables recorded;
 This is the secret despair,
Long in its cloudy bosom hoarded,
Now whispered and revealed
To wood and field.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

January 18th, 2012
 Dear Diary
This morning I woke up to falling snow...the sky was downcast and melancholic...a perfect day to hike our rocky beaches. I love the feel of the coast in winter...some say it's either have to revel in it or curl up and get depressed by it...I choose to revel in it. It was a very grey day, damp and chill...the kind of chill that numbs your hands in seconds. But I loved it...I love this wild quiet place...close to the big city but feels like you are a thousand miles away. Bald eagles alight on giant cedars, sea otters eat their catch on rocky outcrops, seals flit and fly through the water. Growing drowsy from the cold...relaxed and content...home for tea.

Homemade London Fog Tea 
    1 big mug of strong Earl Grey Tea. I like to preheat my mug with hot tap water before I pour my hates lukewarm tea.
  a good healthy splash of Organic Cream
3 TBSP Organic Vanilla Extract.
2 Packs Stevia Powder...I love really really sweet tea.

One of my favorite things to do is collect poetry...really visually inspiring poetry, I write it out, put it in my pocket, then go outside with my camera to search for landscapes that match the poem. Researching and reading Mr. Longfellow's poems inspired me to create a Mr. Longfellow Pin-keep.
Faded blues, Forget Me Not Flowers, French General Fabric, Linen Backing.
Ivory buttons, seam binding ribbon and a few tarnished pins embellish this piece. And one old vegetable ivory button to hold them all together...on the back.

Cold and Chilled Susan


Patty ♣ said...

Just delightful! Thank You!

WoolenSails said...

Wonderful photos for the poem and beautiful pin keep.


Kays Kids said...

The fades blue pin cushion has such charm,is practical and usable. I love it.

anniebeez said...

What a neat piece!

Tina @ TinyBear Studio said...

I absolutely adore that pinkeep - is so beautiful

Lana said...

This is so lovely, Susan ~ the photos, the poem, AND especially the pinkeep! Hmmm, I may have to inquire about a Jane Austen pinkeep in faded robin's egg blues someday...

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Gorgeous! I so love your creations and your creative eye! Wonderful.

Got your message and can't wait! I'll let you know when I have it.

Hugs from FL,

Jillayne said...

I love that poem and you that write them out and then go looking. The pictures you took were wonderfully paired with his words!

Jan - Big Brown Dog Primitives said...

Love this little detour, Susan. Wonderfully creative. And the pincushion is just outstanding.

Anonymous said...

Susan, I loved this post! Beautiful words by both Tennyson AND you; lovely little sewn tid-bit; and gorgeous photos!

It's all in an altered point of view, isn't it. You said it so well.

XO Diane

Gayle said...

The Longfellow pinkeep...........wonderful!!!!!!
I am a new follower!!!

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