Thursday, March 24, 2011


Birth is the sudden opening of a window, through which you look out upon a stupendous prospect. For what has happened? A miracle. You have exchanged nothing for the possibility of everything.

-William McNeile Dixon-
I must have passed the doorway dozens of times in recent weeks always snatching a longing look into its portal. I could see my green pencil poised across the corner of a piece of paper where sketch lines indicated the birthing of an idea. Those first pangs of labor being a false start to bringing a new idea into reality. The ideas time had not yet come to full term, so with a sigh, I must wait. With yearning of both heart and hands to cradle the idea I would turn away, back to the task at hand.

My fingertips fairly crackled with electricity as I flicked the switch bathing the room in light. I stepped into the birthing room with a rush of anticipation. I quickly assembled everything a new born baby piece of art would need: fabric to swaddle it in, glue to hold it together, scissors to snip its cord, and embellishments for its first arrival outfit. After a short but intense five hour labor, a bouncing baby boot was born! He is 5 1/2 inches tall, 5 inches long, and weighs a scant few ounces.

As proud as any new mother could be I took baby boot on his first outing to snap photos. He was a bit timid at first, only touching the tip of his little toe in the sweet green grass...
He nestled there, squirming this way and that...
I carried him over to the the old horse barn where he posed on the leaf littered bench...
Not being too steady on his little booted heel yet, he toppled over in a big gust of wind...
But it was not long until he found his footing and was boot scootin' all over the place, like climbing up on the barn siding...
And hammin' it up on the old halter hanging there...
He even tried his hand at tractor drivin'...
Sidlin' up to the old barn and perchin' on a sign there...
I decided that was enough excitement for a one day old boot. Now that I have brought him home he is going to need a cradle to sleep in so today he will get his very own custom made boot box!

There is great satisfaction in giving birth to an idea. A tiny miracle of sorts, having a concept or thought and seeing it being worked out into reality. The idea truly is like a sudden opening of a window, fresh thoughts rush in. You exchange the weightless thought of what does not exist for something tangible born of the imagination that is well worth the labor.

I have dearly missed you all and I would love to hear what you have been up to! I will be slowly making my way around to visit and comment. We are hoping the next three days will get us done or at least close to it for putting my mothers house up for sale and we can resume life at our new normal. Have a wonderful weekend!


Rebecca said...

Good Morning
I have been missing also, spring is bringing in many things for me and I will be away from the computer but it is good to catch up now and just say hello.
Your ideas come to life so beautifully not only in the barn but on the written page
Blessings to you today

Anonymous said...

Oh, Sandy, how sweet this is! You are SO GOOD at creating 3D projects, especially shoes! You wouldn't happen to have a pair of red, sparkly ones, by any chance, that we could click together and make all well in your world?

It's wonderful to see you here and also to know that you had some time to yourself to create.

Blessings and warm hugs,

Sonya Badgley said...

Good morning Sandy,
I have been thinking about you and praying that things were going well for you.

Your boot is just adorable. I am amazed at your work.

Good to see you back. I have really missed you.

Hugs and love,

Susan deGeneres said...

Hi Sandy,

I thought I'd grab five minutes of blog time and was so happy to see a post from you. I'm glad you've been able to find a little time to fulfill your creative spark, because your little boot is just charming.

What am I up to? About 7 inches of new snow. I'd LOL, but it's just not funny anymore.

Lots of hugs,

Robin said...

Always nice to see you here in blogland Sandy! Love your latest creation and glad things will be getting calmer in your "new normal".


Vee said...

Oh you're here! Now it took me a few paragraphs to figure out that you made this amazing boot and that you didn't just find the boot outside your door. (What with having a grandson and all, I thought that quite possible.) You're always making me grin. Love the way you think. Stay well, don't overdo. See you soon!

Marianne said...

I've been thinking about you.
So nice to see you again.

as usual you have me wondering....now why didn't I think of that?

peace to you ....
and good wishes and prayers too...


Dorthe said...

Sandy, dear,-
I`m so happy to see you here again- and I love your : BOOT Novel-you are such a wonderfull story-teller,-and a fantastic creator of shoes---your boot is a gorgeus piece of art.
So lovely for you, to take some hours,to create-- I hope you can smile now and then,too, sweet friend-even I know how sad you are .
Blessings and hugs,


Claudia said...

The baby boot is wonderful and so is the story of the baby boot. You've done it again, Sandy!


Unknown said...

I think the little boot is a reflection of everything that is going on now... A return to the home form the past, running around all the special places only children know... losing it, coming back again... Its a return to better and simpler things, and its wonderful for all its charm...
A new bootie was born as a new era in your life appeared, things come and go, Its great to see you on here again! And with such a wonderful idea too!
Thank you for sharing, Hugs

managed exchange said...

Amazing baby boot!!

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