Doodling doilies…

The minute I heard my first love story
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.

Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.

—Jalal al din Rumi, ca. 13th century

Give me some white encre de Chine ink and a dip pen with a fine steel mapping nib; pour me a cup of black coffee (*thank you, my darling*), then shut the door to my studio softly…and I will very happily doodle bits of lace and doily loveliness for the rest of the day. I love this sort of mindless doodling…a dozen loops, a picot, a scallop or three…

I can still sort of remember how to crochet, but don’t feel the urge to take it up again—it never really made an impression on me; I love the look and feel of doilies and crocheted lace, though, as love drawing these bits of fiddly finery.

This is a ‘case’…a made-up pair of covers for a hardbound, flat-backed book…minus the book. Just a little something Valentine-ey to brighten (i.e. to em-Pink-en) my etsy and Madeit shops soon. The lines are from a short poem by the incomparable Sufi mystic, Rumi (transl. Coleman Barks)…the most beautifully ecstatic and mystic poet I know, and, hands-down, my absolute personal favorite.

P.S. The beautiful drop cap ‘G’ above is from Jessica Hische’s amazing Daily Drop Cap project…you really have to go over there and see! The equivalent of 12 alphabets of quirky, classic, showy, modern, eye-catching drop caps—each one such an individual, with a character all its own— are available free for personal use, to jazz up your blog posts. It’s incredibly generous of her to share these typographical works of art with everyone, when people of much less talent are so grinchy about everything they post on the internet, don’t you think?


3 thoughts on “Doodling doilies…

  1. I love the doodle and I love the Rumi lines. Maybe I should pick up a book of his poetry, assuming I can find one here. And thanks for the link, too!

    Hope you and Kris are doing okay over there. Saw footage of the flooding in the news and it’s pretty scary. 😦 Ingat lola. 🙂


    1. Brian gave me his copy of The Essential Rumi, and he got it at National Bookstore oh so many years ago. Naging super-uso siya over there at some point, you should have no trouble finding him at the better bookstores.
      Thanks, we’re okay, we’re on the other side of the continent…though it has been raining, raining, raining here. I am so glad I quit my day job when I did…can you imagine rowing ashore at 5-effing-thirty in the morning, in the dark and the pouring rain, and then cycle through the same weather up to town? Stuff that! 😀


      1. Glad you guys are safe, lola! 🙂 Might be a good idea for Kris to start working on that ark, after all. 😛

        Ack, guess what? Na-freak accident na naman ako the other day and sprained my left ankle naman. LOL! Magaling na daw right knee ko kaya yung left naman ngayon. Kaloka lang. 😀


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