Wooden Elephants

by Stefani on 5-November-2007

I have apparently entered my wood period.

Wood is Good

I don’t know what this means, if anything. I don’t know how it started or where it will lead, but I do know that I am drawn, drawn I tell you, to wood, of late.

I am dredging up the wooden things that we own already, and bringing them out for air and admiration. Take the little wooden dolphin, above. I bought him on the beach on my honeymoon, from a little old man carving away and selling his wares on a card table under a palm tree. I rescued him from some obscure corner in my home and placed him on my kitchen window sill, so that I can gaze on his woodeness at will.

Thrifted Wood

I’m seeking out new wood as well. I hadn’t noticed, until I came home with that lovely handmade sword and sweet wooden bowl from Goodwill today. Add those to this bowl, that I bought just a few days ago, and it appears there’s a pattern emerging.


Wood on the brain, I suppose. Funny, how we go through phases this way. Funny thing is, I know I’m not the only one.

Wood is not all that is on my mind these days though. The holidays are looming near.. the normal ones, and also my trip to Japan, and Ryder’s birthday. I’m trying not to panic, but I’m beginning to feel the shoulder raising tension of all that must be accomplished and decided in the days to come… what to pack, what lists must be made, what gifts must be bought or made, decorations, parties, wrapping, cards… all things I love, and all things that threaten to undo me if I don’t get organized, take a vow of simplciity and a deep breath.

These were the things I was thinking when I made this little sillhouette tonight.

Big things are on my mind, but tameable things, enchanting, extraordinary, wonderful things.


Wooden elephants.

Sarah Jackson November 5, 2007 at 9:20 pm

I love that silhouette! Just take a deep breath and don’t try to do too much. Keep it simple and enjoy.

Ellie November 5, 2007 at 9:50 pm

Oh, I love love love that silhouette. And I love the words you put to it – your interpretation of the art (life). Yes, a heavy load but tameable. That’s such an excellent slant on our everyday :: let alone this time of year and all that you have ahead of you. Just remember – elephants are simple creatures, wise, silent, still; that may be a good way to think about the gift giving plans.
I’ll show you my collection of wooden elephants one day – when I dust them!

Teah November 5, 2007 at 9:59 pm

The silhouette is absolutely perfect. “Big things are on my mind, but tameable things, enchanting, extraordinary, wonderful things.”
A wise woman (A Mrs. Beck, to be exact) said “Mothers who know do less.” That is so true! We all need to take a deep breath, take a vow of simplicity, get organized, and get to it! (http://www.lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,49-1-775-27,00.html for the full text.)

Eren November 6, 2007 at 3:24 am

Oh friend, you know I feel you on all of those things to do out there. Much love sister mama.

Cheryl November 6, 2007 at 4:19 am

Belated HB to you!
I’ve been in a wood phase all my life. My parents and grandparents (before them) owned a small town lumber yard and I grew up climbing stacks of lumber rather than trees. I worked there as early as I could push a broom and now I am fascinated with all things wood.
This grain runs so deep within my family that my husband has recently taken up woodworking so that he can participate in the furniture making and design. It is a wonderful thing.

Here is a little something from my archive…

molly November 6, 2007 at 4:19 am

what is it about silhouettes that is so strikingly beautiful? I’ve been awake since early this morning with things on my brain as well–some a little stressful, other good–but still lots to think about.

i like teah’s comment: mother’s who know do less. that’s going to be on my brain today.

hope those big things on your mind will trickle on to these pages so we can all share with you.

mountain mama November 6, 2007 at 6:35 am

Oh oh oh! I LOVE that silhouette!! A picture is worth a thousand words, and that is oh so true with your silhouette.

when does a mama’s mind ever stop working?

Amy November 6, 2007 at 7:21 am

Your silhouettes are out of this world. Amazing. I’m coveting muchly…

Lori November 6, 2007 at 8:53 am

love that silhouette!! :^)

lina November 6, 2007 at 10:38 am

Hi Stefani, glad you love it as much as me. Loving that sillhouette. I’d forgotten about your trip to Japan – can’t wait to hear all about it, so exciting for you!

erin November 6, 2007 at 12:17 pm

your silhouette is gorgeous!

and i have a lot on my mind too…holidays, birthdays, commitments and fun. keeping my fingers crossed that we both get it all accomplished! your trip is going to be wonderful.

Amber November 6, 2007 at 1:42 pm

Hi—I just found your site through Uncommon Grace’s link to your soup list! What a wonderful list and idea! I’ll be back to check it out when time allows…
You have beautiful pics here, as well…

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