Eli over at Coach Daddy is celebrating Windjammer Day, the official start of tourist season in his area, with a collection of answers to his question “What would you like to do and where this summer, in six words?” Do head on over and see how I, and lots of others answered that query.
But as you may know one of the things I AM doing this summer is playing in Summer of Color. This week’s palette was two purples and a yellow of our choice. Keeping with my intention to use only papers readily on hand, at least one hand made paper, and to create a small journal I’ll use to recap the week, here’s what I came up with:
I was a bit surprised to discover I had so few purple choices available to me, and while I might have preferred to choose something a bit darker, nonetheless I’m happy with this. Especially since, in keeping with my impromtu flower-themed journals, I had some pressed pansies on hand to use. I remember pressing these a few summers ago when I had a huge crop of these delightfuls and I remember a bunch of us were pressing flowers that summer to use in some project. But I simply can’t remember now what it was. One too many memories for the storage cabinet apparently.
I can’t say that the colors look altogether true in the above photo, but the bit of yellow sticking out near the top is a peek of a pocket I’ve included in the journal. Here’s the inside view.
Pansies are another of what I consider old-fashioned flowers that I adore. They were certainly a favorite of my grandmother. Over the years I’ve collected a couple pieces of jewelry with pansies. First is a vintage pendant with a pressed flower. It has such sweet energy and I like to imagine it’s various owners have loved it as much as I have.
Shakespeare’s Ophelia said: “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember. And there is pansies, that’s for thoughts.”
The name ‘pansy’ is derived from the French word pensée which means thought. I read somewhere that it’s so named because the blossom looks like a human face, and when it nods forward it looks as though it is lost in thought. I always smile at the idea of that.
While pansies have long been cultivated, they remain closely related to the wild pansy, which is also known as Heartsease. And as you might guess, they have many heart associations. It was used for love potions and Victorians believed if they carried a pansy it would ensure their beloved’s affection. But just as it was meant to keep one’s love foremost in one’s thoughts, it was also considered to help ease a broken heart.
The second piece of jewelry is another one of the beads I’ve collected from Anne Choi, one of my favorite bead artists using the lost wax cast process and working primarily in sterling. This bead is very special to me.
When my mother died, I bought this pansy bead that says “PENSE A MOI” on the sides – “think of me.” I made a bracelet with it and wore it continually throughout the period that marked my formal mourning and honoring observations. When the bracelet broke, I knew that period was over and now I keep the bead on one of my altars. There’s such a sweetness in remembering, and I love that pansy is associated with that. This is how I experience the Heartsease energy.
So tell me, how would you like to celebrate summer in six words? Do you have any flower jewelry? Or perhaps a sweet flower story to share? A pansy for your thoughts – you know I’d love to hear.