The art and craft of pysanky

A Miniature World

It’s a mystery to me that I can pick colors and create intricate designs on a tiny egg without a problem but when it comes to decorating my house, I am clueless.  I have friends whose homes are beautifully color coordinated with wall hangings, knickknacks and furniture.  They truly have the home decorating gene and it’s awesome to experience.  I, on the other hand, have realized that if the area to be decorated is larger than about six inches, I have no idea where to start or what to do.

I’ve always loved miniature things.  As a child, I delighted in making tiny items for my beloved troll dolls.  A toothpaste cap became a bucket while pieces of string turned a toothpick into a mop.  My shoebox dollhouse had “real art” on its walls made from wooden matchstick frames and small magazine clippings.  When I learned to knit I created many mouse-sized stocking caps just for the fun of it.

Even now as I analyze what gives me pleasure I can see that I lean toward the little every time.  Baby birds…well just about baby anything for that matter…miniature flowers versus their larger cousins… hummingbirds with their teeny tiny feet…1000 piece puzzles… cross-stitch patterns designed for 22 stitches-per-inch fabric…very petite Christmas ornaments…you get the idea.

So I take my hat off to those of you who enjoy working in larger slices of life.  You have a talent I greatly admire but I think I’ll stay in my miniature world.  And you’re welcome to come visit me anytime.

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