Monday, January 16, 2012


As I young child I regularly visited my local library.  This library was in an old building located near the pier in a small town along the coast in California.  Walking into this building I could smell books, paper, old wood and the salty air combined.  This was a building of 'possibility' for me.  To see all of those books lined up neatly on the shelves just waiting for me was almost overwhelming.  I still get that same feeling as I walk into my far more modern library here in North Carolina.  Each visit is a thrill - there is so much there for me, too much for me to ever read in my lifetime but still it waits. 

These days I get the very same joyous feelings of 'possibility' as I walk into a fabric store, a bead shop, a needlework shop and as seen above a fiber show.  Oh my -- the wonders of color, texture... the softness, the flow, the patterns, the ideas.  Oh yes, the ideas! 

Ideas are what possibility is all about.  Whether its a sharing of knowledge through a book or a sense inside me that with this yarn I might be able to do this, with that stitch I might be able to do that.

Isn't this world, this life I'm living beautiful?!

"An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing." - Samuel Smiles


  1. OMGosh, Penny. I never recognized this connection before. When I was young, our library was in an old mansion. I used to walk there really often and spend a lot of time looking for just the right book. I used to get in trouble all the time because I had "my nose in a book".

    You are so right about having that same feeling in the stores I haunt now..even on line stores.

    The need to create can be overpowering sometimes and always gratifying.
    xx, Carol

  2. We're riding the same boat here Penny!

    x Chris

  3. Penny, you are an inspiration to not miss the absolute wonder all around. Thank you!

  4. Absolutely. In fact the abundance can be a little overwhelming at times - but in a good way, of course!

  5. Oh my gosh, I can finally comment!! I have been wanting to chime in here for days... I love this post, and totally connect with the feelings you describe, even though I hadn't made that connection before.

    I do have an abundance of both books and fabric.. and expect to soon be adding an abundance of tools and materials for making encaustic pieces.. Hugs to you, my friend!

  6. I too feel the overwhelming possibilites around me. Our library was in a basement, dark and dreary. But, the possibilites! The stories that would take me to other parts of the world, different times, new people - I would load up my arms and be filled with excitement. I still feel that way in the library, but more so now in the art/craft/fabric supply stores. I visited my first Dick Blick over the holidays and I was standing in the middle of an aisle gazing at all the possibilities surrounding me. I know my eyes were wide and mouth was agape. Your area is one of my favorites. My inlaws lived in Brevard and I loved visiting there. Wishing you a beautiful week.



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