Thank you very much for your wonderful comments on Joe. Some of you mentioned that he looks like a pelican and I’m amazed that I didn’t see that since pelicans are among my favorite birds. Thank you for telling me, ladies. I now refer to him as “Pelican Joe”.
The same day we had found the piece of driftwood that became the head of “Pelican Joe”, I also had picked up a branch at the beach. It was a bit fragile and when we came home, I searched for a temporary storage place where it wouldn’t get squashed. When I looked around in my studio, my eyes fell onto one of my large vintage thread spools and the little tree’s stem fitted perfectly in the opening. That was the initial of an unintended nature inspired creation, namely “A Tree of Happiness”.
The keys represent a small selection of things and creatures that make me happy, like stunning sunsets, pretty butterflies or beach walks on a sunny day. I’ve also added keys for blooming trees, stars and clouds. You might have nodded at the blooming trees and the stars but I can almost see your puzzled look about the clouds. The thing is, I like a cloudless blue sky for a little while but it soon gets boring and then I wish for a few clouds. For me, they’re embellishments of the sky. Besides, I almost always see something when I look at clouds. Mostly faces or animals. Those paintings made by the wind are instable and are gone soon but they make me smile. When it gets dark, I can do without clouds though because they block the view into the awesome starry sky.
I love animals in general but cats have a VERY special place in my heart. I can be bad-tempered, frustrated or sad, but when I see a cat, I instantly smile. Having a purring cat lying on my lap is one of the best things in life. Their fur is so soft and the sound is so relaxing. I also love to watch them play, do cute things like drinking from the tab, sleep in funny positions or unusual places and so much more. They’re amazing and adorable creatures with lots of skills. I can’t imagine anymore to live without a cat and of course the cats got a key to happiness on my tree as well.
Have a great weekend! Hopefully the weather will be nice enough to spend some time outside and enjoy the beauty of nature.
My tree will join these wonderful parties: