"Instructions for living a life.
Tell about it."
So what does the dictionary say about being astonished? I looked it up in my newest Dictionary. Purchased just today. (More about the book further in this post.)
To surprise; to amaze; to confound.
I realize that probably each of us would have our own opinion of what makes a thing or event astonishing. My own astonishment level goes up when there are certain facts present...such as viewing items from long ago made by hand, by a person I never even knew...which is why I have a collection of old photos, other people's sewing tools and the actual sewn items themselves, old baby shoes and clothes, letters, books, etc. And, it's even more astonishing to me when items like this are being GIVEN to me by a relative of the person who made or owned the item.
And, what am I astonished by here? Well, it all began last October while I was in Texas visiting my sister. She and I had lunch with our good friend, Jackie. And, true to her generous nature, Jackie brought me gifts. See that pretty bottle here? With a delightful bird stopper. Well, that is one of the gifts she presented to me. Well, I was astonished....because wrapped around that bottle is lace from Jackie's grandmother's sewing box. There are buttons from her box and also a length of tatting from the same box. OMG! Having nothing from any grandmother, I was so pleased to have something from a friend's grandmother. Yes, I would call it astonished!!!
Another astonishing thing shown here...is the hand embroidered cloth beneath these sweet birds.
(No, the birds have nothing to do with the story...I just think they are cute!) Just look at those stitches....beautiful Satin Stitching, collected on one of my hunting/gathering expeditions. Astonishing!
Also, something else....this beautiful print. It's 8" x 10." A label says...."PEONIES" by Albert Williams, printed in England. ©️ Stephen Selby Pictures, Ltd. And, oh MY! My maiden name is Williams! Love that!
Another peek at that stitching.....beautiful!
And, another! Plus a closer look at the lace, the buttons in the bottle along with the tatting.
And, here are the buttons poured out of the bottle...old, simple, beautiful!
And, here is the tatting. I LOVE tatting. The only needlework method I decided I loved, but could never do. And, I sure tried. So, I love tatting done by others...and in this case, Jackie's grandmother.
A precious thing to be gifted. And, astonishing!
And, here is the 'new' Dictionary I purchased today. I love old books. And, here's the title page...I love
this --"containing EVERY USEFUL WORD to be found in the English Language and in a compact 5" x 7" size. Very hard to see, the date here....1880. Another astonishing thing!
So....some folks need a really important thing or event to be Astonished. Me, no. I can be very Astonished with very simple things and as Mary Oliver says to do....I am telling about it!!!
And, Thank you, Waco friend, Jackie....I love my gift!
Jackie also gave me something else completely astonishing which I will show you as soon as I can find out more information about it. I've been looking and hope to find out more about it so I can tell you ALL about it.
from Bird Nest Cottage
until next time,