I love stories. I am a self-admitted Pollyanna. I have been wandering lately through a lot of different stories. I have also been inspired by many different mediums, photography, wood, metal, jewelry, fabric, and lots of other things.
I just had the experience of a lifetime, and one to check off the bucket list. I just got back from South Africa. I have wanted to go to Africa since I was very little. I have traveled outside the US before, but going to South Africa made my mind explode. So many stories in that country, good and bad. I witnessed so much that colors my world now.
I saw a giraffe hiding in the trees as I caught air on an ATV. I felt the giant, slimy, pink tongues of elephants as I fed them. I got wet from the spray that comes out their trunks as they get mad when you walk away from giving them snacks. I saw the truest color of tawny, tawny lions as they walked silently through the same color tawny grass and cross the road about 20 yards from us. I saw a very non-attractive wildebeast, stand by himself, stomp and snort at the lions passing by, like "I see you wandering towards my herd, STOP IT". I witnessed tribal workers in our hotel protest being treated horribly by another ethnic group-but their protest was not violent, it was joyous, vibrant, resilient, and wonderfully musical. I witnessed prejudice towards us, American white people-story was because the local platinum mine had shot workers protesting to get more wages. The same local mine is sponsoring my new found friend's daughter to come to America to college. Flew down the longest zip line and felt like I was actually flying like a bird. Cried when I left this amazing country and my new found friend wondering how she was going to make it when she kissed her daughter goodbye to go to a city, Washington DC, when she did not even know where it is. I got to put my hands on fantastic hand-made, local products that I want to bring to the United States.
How do I weave such stories into people's homes and lives? It's such an honor and pleasure to have this challenge, and offer my gifts and talents to do so. I've got so many ideas, projects, products to show you! I get rather hyper about it. It's all about listening, listening to a person or a families story and translating that into colors, accessories, furniture, art, rugs, and lots of other ideas.
You'll get to see more of what I have found on various media-on this blog, facebook as Dwell Nashville, Zazzle as The Artful Dwelling, Pinterest as Dwell Nashville, and The Artful Dwelling. My story has lots of facets, so I have a couple of alias' floating around.
If you'd like me to be involved in your story and your home, please email or call me. I would love to help.