A Snippet of Evening Comfort
Thank you for your interest in my Return to Ivy & Innocence - an uplifting line of cottages and characters along with a wonderful storybook that brings the village to life.
While I am completing the final touches of Ivy's crowdfunding campaign and the video is being compiled, I would like to share with you an incident from my past which had a large impact on my work as I was developing Ivy & Innocence. It was so amazing that I have no way to explain it, except I know a higher influence was guiding me.
I have always had a huge admiration for vintage items. Antiques transport me back to a time full of beauty and grace. I see their unspoken woes of bumpy trails endured with a scratch here or a ding there acquired from venturing into the twenty-first century. As an artist, I imagine the doting care given to restore their original splendor with all the polish cloths used to rub a wooden heirloom into a mirror-like finish or buffing a brass knob into shimmering gold.
One of my most prized possessions I found years ago searching through an area antique market for hidden treasures when I came upon a very old booklet entitled Evening Comfort by Scovil. Copyright 1898 by Henry Altemus.
It was the small delicate flowers speckled across the cover which drew my attention but what I found inside made it a precious keepsake. After carefully opening the cover, I discovered a note scripted on the page inside. It read: To Mrs. Annie Irons, from M. P. Sunday School, Keswick, IA, Christmas, 1902.
I was speechless. I held a book gifted to my great, great grandmother over one hundred years ago.
My love for antiques helped me find a family heirloom and I wanted to preserve everything about it.
I began infusing the vintage flair into my work. Not only did I want to capture its timeless beauty, nostalgia and charm into the graceful line of cottages I was developing but, also, personify the era’s entire essence by adopting its values and principles into the heart of the storybooks which would bring the village to life.
This little book shuffled through time until it landed in my hands one sunny day. I am still amazed that I even found it right as I was beginning to create Ivy & Innocence, and now, again, in my journey back, I return to its calming words of comfort for strength.
Indeed, it's the little things that matter and I have learned a simple fact... Life can be full of surprises, you just have to keep your eyes open because most of the time, you discover them in the most unusual places. :)
P.S. If you would like to read some of the booklet's evening comforts, you can online! I found it on microfilm. Check it out here!