Yesterday's storm took us all by surprise and as much as we enjoyed the excitement, I'm carefully watching our frozen lilacs and clearing away fallen branches. Most of our magnolia and the front half of our crab apple were damaged. There is an almost primal feeling of loss when seeing the limbs ripped off of trees we hold so dear. The trees on this land are all old familiar friends, but these two that are closest to our home feel like family. One was planted when my son was small, the other has stood in front of our home for generations. So I'm scheming how to honor those branches. The magnolias might be the perfect diameter for some new chicken roosts. Considering we named one of the hens Magnolia (Maggie) the day before, it seems fitting. The rest of the fallen wood is up for grabs... for wooden blocks, for gardening projects, fire pit stumps seats... we shall see. I'm determined to make a little magic out of it.
Yesterday maya*mail went out into the world. It featured the above banner which was made out of a recycled Tyvek mailer- the instructions can be found in Reinvention. A very exciting blog tour will begin on May 1st, and locals (and anyone that ones to make the drive!) are invited to join me on 4th and 5th for two exciting events at Ithacamade (right next to Mama Goose). See details below and mark your calendars!
Ithaca Gallery Night
Friday May 4th 6-8pm
Many of Reinvention's projects will be out on display so that you can literally step into the book. I'll be on hand for discussing everything from the virtues of recycled wool suiting to the excitement of rescuing a gorgeous vintage tablecloth. Come chat with me!
Launch Party and Book Signing
Saturday, May 5th 1-3:30pm
Live fairly close to downtown Ithaca? Please come celebrate my book's birth! Bring your copy for signing, or purchase one right on the spot. I also invite you to come ready to do some simple making. A project table will be set up for assembling Reinvention's "jersey blossom bands"... a perfect Mother's Day gift. See you there!