Although she has lived in America for more than 40 years now, my mother-in-law hails from Australia, and she loves having reminders of her native homeland around the house. There’s a boomerang above the doorway to the garage, a picture of the Sydney Opera House in the office, and koalas stashed here and there on shelves. For Christmas this year, I knew I wanted to crochet her some new potholders, but I felt totally uninspired until I came across the free pattern for this, created by Cordelia Serene:
I ran out of time before I could make this guy a mate, but I gave it to my mother-in-law on Christmas morning all the same, and she was so tickled by his cute little face that she decided she wanted to display him on the wall of her kitchen.
Once she had that up, well, she thought she’d also display the potholder we gave her many years ago, featuring our son’s elementary school artwork:
When she told me that she’d hung these things, we were in the car en route to The Hobbit, but I was so excited I almost dove over the seat. “You’re ‘Living with Art’!” I exclaimed, clapping my hands. “I am!” she agreed. “I’m ‘Living with Art.'”
And this is how it starts: With one piece, one original creation, one nail in the wall, which quickly becomes two. If you’ve been reading along in 2014, I hope you’ve put at least one nail in the wall, but if not, today is your day! Heck, take the weekend, if you need it! Just put something on display – and since this is the final “Living with Art” for 2014, tell us all about it!