Oct 6, 2012

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She already knew as she looked out of the window into the approaching twilight. A lone figure walked towards her door. A single tear rolled down her cheek as she opened the door.

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The man looked sadly at her and handed her a little bundle wrapped in weathered linen. Hands shaking, she unwrap the bundle. Tears streamed down her cheeks as she gazed upon a perfect little book. 

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She remembered spending many nights sewing it, pouring all her love and heart into every stitch.

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She remembered placing it in the hands of the man she loved more than anything in the world, before he went to war. She remembered telling him to keep it close to his heart, and bring it home when he returns from war, so that they may write beautiful memories of their future together.

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And now, the book has returned to her. Even though it was weathered and worn, it was still perfect, just like the love they shared. She unclasped the cover slowly and then … gasped. For within the cover were meticulously burned pages forming a hollow. Within the hollow, nestled a delicate ring.

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Choking back his tears, the man said,
“Just before he died in my arms, he told me –- how is it that I am able to fight a hundred men on the field but failed to utter two simple words to her … marry me -- And then he passed me this book and asked me to bring him home to you”

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With that, she removed the ring from the hollow and slipped it into her finger. 
She looked at the man and said,
“He is home”

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29 comments:

  1. Beautiful, just beautiful.....the book and the words.

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  2. Beautifully created and written. This brought tears to my eyes. You are so very talented!

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  3. L-you have even outdone yourself - always and extraordinary story built into each piece. Wizard you. B

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  4. Sue, Samantha ... thank you so much for your lovely comments!

    Nancy ... Thank you so much :) Glad you liked it, and even happier that it evoked such emotions in you .. cos i teared too when i saw the story in my head.

    Barry ... thank you sir :) i think you're right ... i'm a romantic *sigh* hopeless romantic ... ;)

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  5. Oh my goodness! This is wonderful! And see, I've cut into books to make a secret hiding place. I never though of how effective a burned cavity would make! Thank you, for the narration and the inspiration.

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  6. Oh my dear Luthien - somehow I felt as I was actually there watching it all unfold. The time weather hole burned in is a tear jerker. The whole idea is truly magical. It's incredible!

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  7. What a sad yet wonderful story, it made my heart ache for those people. Incredible that this beautiful creation can evoke such feelings.

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  8. It is amazing how a small piece of art can evoke such emotion. You have created a masterpiece.

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  9. Great story and your work is awe inspiring!

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  10. You have such a wonderfully creative imagination Luthien. This is a very moving post, and the book is superb.

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  11. Really lovely book and presentation. I adore how you breathe life info your pieces. Cheers!

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  12. Luthien, this is such a wonderful book and story! You have great skill as a weaver of tales, only matched by your ability to make glorious books.

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  13. I'm so in love with this treasure!!!! Could you give us more info about the cover? I start binding book since a month and I' addicted yet!! hihih

    Congrat, it's amasing!
    Take care, hugs

    lucille

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  14. thank you very much all ... for your lovely feedback. i am glad that the emotions got through :) i've been in a rather poignantly romantic mood these days ... i blame it on autumn :) hahaha! and we don't even have autumn here!!
    will soon get out of this mood, dun wanna be starry eyed for good (O_O)

    special note to Lucille ...
    the cover is actually off white polymer clay and then aged with acrylic paint :) the patterns you see were made by rubber stamps. i also added a piece of jewelry filigree which i aged with fire and also acrylic paint.

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  15. Dear sweet Luthien, You touch so many hearts with your ARTWORKS and your words. Thank you for for the soul food and inspiration your work gives to me.
    Sending you love and blessings
    D

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  16. I'm enthralled by this haunting narrative and the design of ring set in the book is stunning. A true work of art.

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  17. Dear sweet Luthien,
    Your words and artworks touch so many of us. Thank you for the Soul Food and Inspiration.
    Sending you love and blessings
    D

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  18. You made me cry <3 That was so beautiful! Just like the book <3

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  19. Jut like Marie.. You had me crying... Beautiful post! I live the photos.. it all was completely timeless.

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  20. so beautiful. i love the story and the wonderful book.

    ♥tejae

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  21. So Poignant... so Beautiful. Your Creations and the Stories that accompany them are pure Magic!

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  22. Estimada Luthien , he llegado hasta tu blog, es muy bello todo!!, los relatos , las obras, estoy encantada con este sitio...Con tiempo leeré y difrutaré del mismo. Un gran saludo desde Argentina...
    Luego realizaré una nota y colocaré imágenes en mi blog y mi facebook ,unn abrazo!!.

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  23. Oh My Goodness...this took my breath away!

    Keep up the good work!

    http://outofhand-alteredbooks.blogspot.com

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  24. Oh my goodness...this took my breath away!

    Keep up the good work!

    http://outofhand-alteredbooks.blogspot.com

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  25. That was one of the most beautiful stories I have heard in such a long time...<3 and that book!! Gorgeous!! Hope all has been well Luthien... :D

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  26. Luthian you did it again...another wonderful creation. Your muse is always on time.

    Thank you also for your kind words.....hugs.

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  27. Hi Luthian
    Couldn't really get what I saw yesterday when I saw your Wonderful/Beautiful journals. Respect.
    I live in Sweden so maybe things come later to our knowledge ;)

    I have tried to find a side where you sell some of your amazing books. I saw Etsy had. But the ones I saw maybe are long gone?
    I want to use one as a "visionbook" and maybe a little smaller one as my calender.

    So my question is: can I buy and if, where?

    Someone who really Love your talang/fantasy.

    Please write if you feel for it and have time🙏🏼

    Lowis051013@gmail.com

    Sincerely Madelin

    Namaste

    Pura Vida!!🙏🏼

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thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment on my post :) it makes my day!!
xoxoxo
Luthien :)