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Thursday, 22 January 2009

Mirror, mirror...



Self-portrait

I said I might one day tell the story behind my beautiful mirror. Being stranded in bed - and too sleepy and spaced-out to do anything terribly useful - this seems like a good time.

Long before my husband became my husband, he took me to a party at the house of one of his friends - we'll call her M (because that is her initial - gosh, I'm so imaginative today). I hadn't met M or any of the other guests before that evening, but I'm not one to let that stop me enjoying myself.

Now, M is an amazing artist, and specialized at the time in mosaics. She had a house full of them. Towards the end of the party she declared that she had too many, she was planning on moving house and didn't want to take them all with her, so she held a draw. Everyone was to write his or her name on a piece of paper and put it in a hat, and the winner could choose any mosaic from her collection.

Someone volunteered to pull out the name, and he pulled out his own - looking a little embarassed, he said that we should do it again as he already had a few of her pieces.

"Let me have a go," I volunteered, having always done this kind of thing at school fairs and the like. I joked: "I'll see if I can get my own name, too."

I did.

I swear, I didn't cheat - it would have been impossible. But I did get to choose a present for myself. This mirror stood out for so many reasons: it was a mirror, so more useful than the other options; it was a funky shape; and the colours were just so me. It makes me smile every time I use it.

16 comments:

Debbie said...

That is a gorgeous mirror. I am toying with trying my hand at a mosaic mirror.

Peggy said...

I can see why you chose the mirror, as well as being useful it is beautiful. Hope you are well soon.

Pam said...

I love the mirror. And your sweater goes perfectly with it. Great self-portrait.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Debbie - good luck! :) I would have no idea where to start but I guess it's a bit like laying any other tiles? Only smaller, and with the added fun of a jigsaw.

Peggy - I'm sure there's some saying (which I can't remember off the top of my head) about how everything should be beautiful or useful. I prefer things which are both!

Pam - yep, that was completely unintentional but it highlights what I mean when I say the mosaic is 'my' colours!!

mo.stoneskin said...

I love it when you draw your own name - it's magic. Like that mirror.

mo.stoneskin said...

Crazy, I thought I commented, then it looked like it failed, so I commented again, and now there'll be two! Feel free to delete one, two, or all three comments as you will!

Emmie said...

what a lovely mirror! I love it too :) pretty colours :)

phd in yogurtry said...

Ooh, that IS a cool mirror. I love the colors too. Dark and vibrant (instead of pastel, which so many of these types are).

Makes me think I need to go to more parties : )

Rachel Cotterill said...

mo.stoneskin - can I call you 'mo'? It'd make this comments replying business so much quicker! ;) I think that's the only time I've picked my own name, though I always kind of hope when it's my turn to draw raffles. It was a pretty magic evening!

Emmie - glad you like it, I guess from the colour scheme of your blog that we have pretty similar tastes in pink!

Johanna said...

gorgeous mirror and I like how it matches your sweater - I am not much of a pink person but I love the strong colours and the mosaic intricacies - you could sit and stare at it for hours - hope you are feeling better!

Jeanne said...

Beautiful mirror. You have such a good sense of composition. So, we know you can write, cook and take photographs. What is your PhD going to be in?

Rachel Cotterill said...

phd in yogurtry - more parties is good for so many reasons ;)

Johanna - I don't think it's easy to tell from the photo but some of the mosaic tiles (the ones that look white) are also mirrors which makes it even more fun.

Jeanne - it's in computational linguistics, I am also a massive computer geek!

holler said...

That mirror is gorgeous Rachel, I can see why you were so pleased to win it. I have a couple of mosaic mirrors in my house, but neither are quite as spectacular as that one.

Linsey said...

Thanks for coming by my blog and commenting. I love when people stumble upon it and leave their mark.

Your mirror really is great. And I've enjoyed reading your posts. I'll come again.

Emmie said...

Rachel - Yes! If Im a very pink kinda girl!!! xx

Cranky Mommy said...

I love hand made items, good choice.
It must have been fate anyway, because really what could the odds have been?!

Happy SITS Day!

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