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tiny worlds of wonder

October 1, 2015


1 a:  change of physical form, structure, or substance

especially by supernatural means

b:  a striking alteration in appearance, character,

or circumstances

(mirriam-webster dictionary)

when i was in fourth grade i remember walking

off the beaten path on my way home from school

and somehow discovering a chrysalis

hanging from some grasses.

i took the stalk that it was attached to home

where my mother and i gently placed it in a jar so that i could

take it to school the next day and, along with my class,

see what would happen.

in my child’s mind it seemed to take forever,

but in reality it was probably only days before

someone came running into my reading classroom

to tell me to come quick because my chrysalis

was opening!!

we watched spellbound as a monarch butterfly emerged

and spread its wings to dry.

i’ve never forgotten that moment–

magical first hand experience of what we had studied.

walking home that afternoon i released the monarch

where i had discovered the chrysalis.

i love to think of the bazillion generations of monarchs

that have followed, all repeating the story

of their ancestor who emerged in a glass jar

in a fourth grade classroom.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

metamorphosis is a fascinating concept–

the transformation that occurs within the confines of

a chrysalis or cocoon is not visible to the human eye

and remains one of nature’s mysteries.

i recently discovered an artist who peforms

an amazing transformation that turns the materials

of wool, thread, and beads into cocoons

that are tiny worlds of wonder in themselves.

cat babbie’s unique creations hang softly

at the end of thin threads,

allowing them to spin mysteriously and give a glimpse

of magical worlds within.






















i cannot put into words what it’s like

to turn one of these over and over in my hands

and gaze into the star-studded interior

with that old childlike sense of wonder.

check out cat’s creative magic right here:

Cat Babbie Makes

you’ll be glad you did!!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 1, 2015 8:00 pm

    Oh Janet! Thank you, thank you for your kind words. I’ve said it more than once already, but your steadfast, heartfelt support means everything to me. much love, always. Cat

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      October 1, 2015 8:30 pm

      it’s my pleasure, Cat! I am in awe of the beauty you create and I want everyone to be able to enjoy it! xx

  2. Brandi B. permalink
    October 2, 2015 12:31 am

    I’m glad some of them have found a home with you as well. They’re beyond special. I know how it is you must feel about them.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      October 2, 2015 12:47 am

      oh, you certainly do!! aren’t they just amazing?! and don’t we have a delightful little community that we share?

      • Brandi B. permalink
        October 2, 2015 12:52 am

        It really, truly is. There is a long letter to you forming itself in my brain. Now to just sit my butt down and commit it to paper…

  3. October 3, 2015 6:41 pm

    Cat Babbie, magic maker!!!
    Nice to see so many of her pieces fitting in well in your home, Janet.
    It’s interesting how they all tell their own story, in a way.
    And extrodinary how they go with your paintings! 🙂

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      October 3, 2015 8:37 pm

      they are so amazing, and given my love for color it’s not hard to find the right location for almost anything around here! and I always love the stories that handmade pieces come with– it makes me think about the meaning in everything we encounter in life ✨

  4. sageandspirit permalink
    October 4, 2015 12:22 am

    They are gorgeous cocoons filled with magic!
    And I do love your story of the monarch. Always keep that childlike sense of wonder….

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      October 4, 2015 1:05 am

      magic, indeed!! i just love her work!
      yes, the monarch “moment” is one of those unforgettable experiences of childhood. sometimes i am very good at childlike wonder, especially if there are no grown-ups around 😉

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