Delightful in December

Sometime after Mister Man dearly departed, my cousin sent me a Kahlil Gibran quote in which she found great solace. And through those long summer-into-fall months that followed, I found myself drawn to his words, finding solace there, too. And so I asked a friend, the one with mad calligraphy skills, to write me up that quote. For me and–spoiler alert!–the Junior Halls.

And because she’s also charmingly artistic, she added a watercolor background of just about my most favorite place in the world:

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Isn’t that lovely? And so very true, too.

Well, truly, Mister Man drove me crazy. But he did it in the most delightful way. And a month or so ago, I saw that Sasee‘s theme for their December issue was Dazzle and Delight and I began to think of last Christmas and how…well, you can read “Afternoon Delight” for yourself.

(Unless you’ve already read it, seeing as how I posted it on Facebook. In which case, I recommend that you go and listen to some music, your choice. Music is always so very delightful, too. Even In A Gadda Da Vida blaring through the house.)

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A Wee Bit of Irish Wisdom

Remember Brenda Novak’s Online Auction for Diabetes Research? It’s over now–they had a stellar auction, broke records and raised a smashing amount of money for diabetes research. Yay!

Yesterday in the mail, I received the auction item I bid on–and it was pretty stellar, too! 

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Here’s a bit of info about the calligraphy and creator, Nikki Weston (courtesy of the auction site):

Inspired by her life in Ireland, Nikki Weston created this beautiful hand-calligraphy saying in both Gaelic and English.

The Gaelic language has for centuries captured the hearts and minds of many. An teanga gaelach is rich, vibrant, and spoken daily by many thousands of people on the island of Ireland. Gaelic lends itself to creating many a wise saying, or seanfhocail. Seanfhocail literally means ‘old words’. In days gone by, the working classes of Ireland fused philosophy with good humour during storytelling or educating their children, and it was there that seanfhocail were born. Having been passed down through the generations, these proverbs are just as apt today and are calligraphed attractively for your enjoyment.

Each piece is painstakingly hand-produced using Winsor and Newton calligraphy nibs and inks by writer and artist Nikki Weston. 

Nikki Weston is a writer and artist in Dublin, Ireland. She produces non-fiction articles and short stories. Growing up in Clones, Co. Monaghan, Nikki discovered her love of words when she was just ten years old: “Christmas that year brought me my first calligraphy set, and with it, the patience and accuracy that penmanship calls for. Love of my country and pride in my language inspires me to create these calligraphed pieces exclusively for the Brenda Novak Auction for Diabetes Research. Please bid and take home a little Irish wisdom.”

I was thrilled to have the winning bid on this item! It was a lovely way to help fund diabetes research (and honor my big brother). And the saying called to my writer heart as well as the wee bit of Irish in my blood.

Plus, I love the connectedness (is that a word? I’m going to say it is) of it all. There was Nikki, all the way over in Ireland, creating and lending her talents to Brenda Novak’s auction, and here was I, all the way down South in the USA, in my little corner office, checking out items and bidding away.

It’s a small (and lovely) world, after all.