There are ghost that visit the Thomas Griswold House in Guilford Connecticut. Let me share with you my story.
During my recent trip to Connecticut I set out to solve a mystery. Over 10 years ago I drew a sketch in my journal that was later to become the inspiration for a hooked rug design. This drawing was of a tiny house that was the central motif on an old china plate that I saw in the Thomas Griswold House. However when I contacted the Guilford Keeping Society, no one knew anything about the plate.
Living in Oregon made it difficult to research this further. But now my travels took me back to this lovely historic town, and I would go there and see for myself.
As soon as I entered this venerable house I felt a fullness of spirit, like a homecoming. I have often thought that I am a time traveller from another century, and so this deep resonance was not unfamiliar to me.
A timelessness came over me.
No computers or cell phones or electricity. Only simple living. Life has changed so much. And yet we are the same tribe of people. Are these changes truly for the good I wonder? Are we happier? More at peace?
This sketch became the basis of my Compote With Camellias rug hooking pattern. Such a fond memory of creating the design swept over me! I felt connected in some otherworldly way to these everyday objects. Details that were overlooked by many sang out to me.
As I took the photo, I was compelled to look into the mirror.
Time is mysterious. And my story of the plate with the tiny house will continue to be a mystery. I hope that the future may unlock more secrets to me. For now the time has come for me to step outside again to my life in 2013.
I hesitate for a long while.
Thanks for joining me on my journey ~ Karen
PS: Many thanks to Pat Lovelace of The Guilford Keeping Society for her time and research.
Rug patterns mentioned in this post are Compote With Camellias and Le Petit Chateau, available through the Primitive Spirit Rug Hooking catalog available in my ETSY shop, or for your convenience below is a link to a secure server if you wish to order them with VISA or paypal. Simply click on the Buy Now buttons below. For orders outside the US, please inquire for shipping costs.
Le Petit Chateau, 27″ x 39″
rug pattern on linen,
$81 + $6 s&h US addresses only