Friday, June 16, 2017

The Mystery of a Door

What is it about doors that intrigues us?  We are just as curious about an old door with rusty hardware and peeling paint as we are about a fine, beautiful, well-cared-for door. Why is that? We imagine what is behind the door. Is it a fine home with expensive furnishings, tastefully decorated or is it a mish-mash of thrift store finds and rewards for long days of dumpster diving? Does the interior match the exterior or will it be a complete surprise?

We love doors and taking pictures of interesting doors, gates, and entry ways.  In St. Augustine and Savannah there are so many opportunities to take great photographs of bare doors and doors with beautiful miniature gardens framing them, doors that look abandoned and lonely, doors with funky colors or decorations on them. I love walking the cobblestone streets of these two cities, taking pictures of the doors and the buildings they front, thinking about the centuries of their existence, imagining the lifestyles, the clothes, the livelihoods of the people who walked these same steps.  I feel like I am in a quaint old little town in Europe--Italy, France, Greece....with paths that perhaps lead to a view of the Mediterranean.

As I look at my pictures when I scroll back through them at the end of the day, I think about a lovely little Stampin' UP! stamp set. If you don't have the opportunity to get out and take pictures of interesting doorways, you might consider purchasing the Mediterranean Moments set and make your own imaginary village come to life!

My Mediterranean Moments set has not arrived yet, but take a look at the work of some fellow Stampin' UP! demonstrators,  at their works using this set. Simply beautiful.

And don't forget the At Home With You set that I used for my housewarming card for a friend:

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As we choose our own doorways, we usually consider how well that door will protect the things behind the door.....the people, the possessions, the ambience.  After entering through a set of incredibly beautiful doors today that were thick and heavy with beautiful but strong hardware, once I entered the doors, I realized those big heavy doors were to protect the things inside.  Upon entering the magnificent building, I found a literal treasure trove of beautiful art and finest craftsmanship. But, after witnessing something very sad, I was reminded of Matthew 6:21. "For where  your treasure is, there will your heart be also."  Sadly, the mission of this building was obviously to protect the earthly treasures placed inside instead of to share the much more valuable, priceless treasures  that are unfortunately trapped inside the building.  Those beautiful heavy doors are definitely doing their job.

What is the purpose of  your door?
What are your treasures?

Happy Father's Day weekend!

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