Wednesday is going to be my day for posting inspiration. I'm lucky that my family is one of makers and savers. They made out of necessity and saved because I suppose they thought it may be necessary to reuse. There are some beautiful things like a hand crocheted coverlet made by my great grandmother out of packing twine from our family's store. There are some somewhat garrish things like polyester pjs from the 70s with rotting elastic waistbands. Some of it's a mess, but, as my dad says, it's our mess. It's all part of us and integrated into our story.
I think having the physical objects are important. It's why I save too much of my preschooler's artwork. Touching your past is a way to connect with it, to understand it, to commune with it. It's a way to channel the grandmother I miss every day. It's a way to remember who I was when I made my first quilt. And it's a way to move forward. Inspiration connects our past and present - be it personal or in the public domain. And it pushes us into our future.