Friday, February 26, 2010

The Timely Moon

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending an entire day with my ex-next-door neighbour from my Brandon days. We flew from thing to thing, and show'n'tell to show'n'tell.

When the girls and I forced ourselves into the van for our 2.5 hour journey home, I found myself preoccupied with the concept of time. While dwelling on this, I noticed a strange, bright orange shape low on the horizon. It looked unlike anything I'd seen before.

It wasn't round, and it wasn't half-moon shaped.
It was strange and beautiful. I wondered if it was a fire from some sort of manufacturing plant? An odd advertisement light? Or.... The Moon?! By this time, the girls had noticed it too, and were asking me- "Mom, what is that? Do you think its the moon?"
To which I replied; "Well, in my forty-two years so far, I've never seen a moon looking like that."

But as we continued driving east, and the form rose up and began to take a rounder shape, it was obvious that this amazing orange spectacle was indeed The Moon.
Never seen anything like it. It moved me deeply.

In the days following my return home, still thinking a great deal about time; I fashioned this bag. Through the making of it, I replayed the themes of that moon, and the passage of time, and all the heart-gripping beauty that can take a human by complete surprise. What an incredible privilege it is to live life, to love people, to notice the miracles all around us. How precious it is. Tenuous. How completely vital it is to love intentionally every single day. Through our boredom and grumpiness, monotony, and busyness.

To create this Timely Moon, I used a vintage polka dot from Kim Z; a 1986 kitchen calendar tea towel; a golden bedspread; some ric rac, and a red corduroy remnant.
The bag measures 10.5" wide, and 11" deep.
Pockets number 7.
The starting bid on the timely moon is $25.00 Cdn, but I'm putting a reserve bid on it. A lot of my heart and soul went into its creation, and I'm willing to keep and use it myself as a reminder of life's sweet value.
The auction will conclude at 9:30 pm cst, today, February 26, 2010.
Now go kiss your loved ones.


tanya said...

I love corduroy! Beautiful! I'm tempted, but behaving.

Ms. Caddywumpus said...

Funky and fun! Love it!

I received my lovely bag yesterday and snuggled it and cuddled and was tickled pink to learn that my laptop does indeed fit in it.

It's perfection in re-purposed form.
A million thank-yous being sent your way!

Ms. Wumpus

Pam said...

The bag is gorgeous and so is the story that goes along with it :)

joyce said...

so fun to see you trying to tame your inner rebel, tanya.
wumpus- I must admit that the bag you got is one of my own personal faves. It was one that I almost HAD to keep..... So I'm particularly glad that you love it.

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Dancin' Momma said...

So pretty, I would love to bid, but I think your reserve is probably more than my budget. :) Beautiful bag!

Janice said...

I LOVE your stories almost as much as I love your bags. I frequently look at the moon - even here in the city. I learned terms like waxing, waning, gibbous (today the moon is waxing gibbous 94%). One night I looked up and said 'the moon is waxing' and my friend couldn't believe how I would know that. I had seen the moon a few days earlier, and now it was bigger - simple as that.

I love the timely moon bag, especially the story. I can't have any more bags.

Joyce, you are an AMAZING storyteller.

Dancin' Momma said...

Ok, I doubt this will beat your reserve, but I will bid $40. It is just too nice not to try. :)

Anonymous said...

Ddae- its yours. Most important to me is that someone really loves "her" which you clearly do.

e-mail me at
I'll be away from the ocmputer this morn, so just wait on me.

joyce said...

sorry, should say Joyce

Anonymous said...

Will you make another one iwth this material?

joyce said...

don't often answer comments, even when I mean to. Thank you, Janice. Love these moons.

I will use this fabric again.