Three things hang on a little slip of wall in my office. I walk past it several times a day. I like seeing those pieces every time.
The little square canvas with "hold on" - I've had it for months. I spied it at a local gift shop in December. I didn't get it then because it was so close to Christmas.
A few weeks later I was at the same shop when I saw it again. Christmas was over by then and we were knee deep in January, also known as Birthday Month. So I bought it.
At home I propped it up at various places in my home office. I have an aversion to hanging pictures. It seems like so much trouble - getting hammer and nails and then figuring out if it's centered and - oh, wait, it needs to come over half a inch. Nope, too far, now quarter of an inch the other way. I was happy with it being sitting around where I could see it.
Not long ago I discovered artist Kelly Rae Roberts. She is cute as a button. I listened to podcast interviews with her and enjoyed her take on creativity and contentment.
A few days after listening to that podcast and visiting her website, I decided that probably I should hang the little canvas I like so much. I turned it over to see what kind of hardware I would need and found this:
With that discovery, I had to write a note to the artist and tell her. I hope it brought her a little burst of delight.
About the other artwork on my happy wall. The birthday cake is a watercolor by Wyatt Waters, a Mississippi artist, whose I work I love. His paintings celebrate commonplace vignettes - a birdbath in a backyard, a familiar window front in downtown Jackson, and lots of southern landmarks.
I got a Be You to Full print for the daughter of one of my best friends. Her daughter is a vibrant, talented young woman and when I first saw that print, I immediately thought of her. When I got it in and framed it for her, well, I liked it so much I ordered one for myself.
And now I have a happy wall.