The prompt for week 5 of the Summer of Color is to create something using the colors of Red, Royal Blue, and pop of Light Blue. Do consider playing along and check out what creative expressions this palette has inspired.
Each week I’ve been making a small journal in which I keep track of the week’s highlights. Here’s my journal this week:
The royal blue paper is actually the back side of some marvelous paper marbled in gold, so my journal has the bonus of a marbled inside cover. I delight in seeded paper and the heart is part of a batch I made this winter and embedded with an assortment of flower seeds. I make seeded paper knowing half the fun is planting it and seeing what random magic might grow. And in this case, what is held in one’s heart. The light blue feather is a tip of the hat to a dear friend for whom blue feathers are a magical sign. I thought of her as I was creating this journal, as she’s teaching a course on journaling to kids this summer. They’re making their own journals and learning all sorts of fun techniques. I can only imagine what a blessing it is for kids to be introduced to journaling in such a fun way and then have that tool available to them henceforth.
While I was cutting my feather I couldn’t help but think of bluebirds of happiness. I was curious about the background of the expression but googling somehow didn’t satisfy me. I wanted a clear explanation or at least a fabulous story but the best I found was many cultures have used the symbol, with the earliest known recording from 1700 BCE in ancient China where a blue bird was messenger for goddess Xi Wangmu.
Of course there is the song standard from the 40s. I knew a line from that but not the whole song so I had to look that up too. Here’s a 1948 version by Gracie Field if you care to give it a listen.
In any case blue birds of happiness have certainly been making appearances in my life over the last week.
Here are a couple vintage postcards that made their way to me with birthday greetings.
And then there was this fun cloth wrap that a gift of Lush bath products came wrapped in. I haven’t decided how I’ll use the cloth yet but I most certainly want those birds to hang around in my space somewhere. How can you not be happy seeing them?
Finally, when I was out running errands this weekend I found this feather. I love feathers and always feel like I’ve received a delightful blessing when I find them.
What about you? Have a blue bird of happiness story? Love feathers? Journaled as a kid? Having a colorful summer? Do tell – you know I love to hear.