the legend of The Sparkly Toad

Once, there was a princess in an ivory tower. She wasn’t particularly lovely to look at, nor quick of tongue, nor especially kind. She did, however, have rainbows in her head. Drips of color, visions of sparkles, lyrics of words and feelings that danced and sang and frolicked and made within her mind a place more beautiful than the world without.

The princess sat for hours at the window of her tower. As the people passed, sometimes she made friends with them, if they weren’t in too much of a hurry, and if she was paying attention, and wasn’t too sad. One of these was the local woodcutter. He was a friendly sort, and never too busy for a few kind words for the princess. ¬†And he made her laugh almost every day, which was rather unusual for the princess, since so many of the people that passed beneath her window were full of drudgery and woe.

One day the princess made a remarkable discovery. The woodcutter told her that he, too, was of noble blood. But he was accustomed to the labor, he said, and rather liked it. He liked to be useful, and to be a part of the world they lived in. People could be cruel, but they could also be funny, and kind. And so he chose an honest day’s work with the village. The princess was astounded, and delighted…and determined that she, too, would do the same. And they were married.

The woodcutter-prince cherished his princess, and gave her four lovely daughters. The girls were sweet, and kind and danced like the rainbows in the hopes and dreams of the princess. But they were like their father, too, and loved to wander in the forest or splash in the streams and wrestle like street urchins and shout and laugh and sing.

And the princess knew that common life was lovely. And that the ugliest toad could sparkle when reflecting the delight in a child’s eye. And the words and colors in the princess’ head came through her heart and mouth and hands and they sang and played and created for her family and community and made their world even more beautiful.

The End





8 thoughts on “home

  1. Cathy Harrison

    I love you patterns. I am trying to knit and crochet at the speed of lightening. I have a husband, 3 children, 7 grandchildren, 6 great grands. I work full time, 40 + hours per week. I wondered if it is piss to buy the pattern for the Christmas tree dress and the ones for the police officer and firefighter. I just came across your website. I will be spending much more time there now. I am going to check Ravelry for your patterns. I have a lot of patterns in my head but don’t know how to put them on paper or develop a pattern. Do you have any suggestions? You are my new inspiration. Happy crafting. I love you.

  2. Carol D

    Please! Just found you tonight through a link from Pinterest.
    Do you send out email updates?
    I tried ‘signing in’ with WordPress. They would not accept my login info…so tried to register as new user….page said that email was already in use. (I only have ONE email!_
    I would LOVE to get updates from you…..PLEASE>
    YOUR WORK IS LOVELY. and your openness about your Faith is so refreshing…(saw link where you asked about the true meaning of the Resurrection.
    Curious what yarn you used on those hexes shown on your page (at right) lovely yarn – has a bit of a sheen to it which makes even a simple hexagon look very special!

    • Hello, thanks for all your kind thoughts, Carol! Oh, dear, sorry about the email trouble. If you have a facebook account I post the blog links and lots of pictures on my page there! The yarn used for my african flowers was Caron Simply Soft, I love the look of it too. Thank you!

  3. I have trouble printing your patterns. I like your stuff and would like to print them instead of writing down all the instructions. Can you help me. I was interesting in the sable pattern at this time.

    • Hi Marilyn, when I want to print a pattern from a blog, I copy the text and paste it into a word document. Then I can edit it from there and just print the parts I want. I can also copy pictures into the instructions that way. Someday I hope to offer my patterns as PDF files on Ravelry, but I can’t afford the edit time right now. Happy hooking!

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