Sunday, April 5, 2009

You've Gotta Have Art

Effective yesterday, Rachel's Place officially opened. There were plenty of procedural issues to manage, but overall it went well. Only one roommate moved in with the rest expected to do so by Saturday. This was ideal because I don't know how much change Rachel can handle all at once and it was hectic enough that one new person was invading her territory. She's pretty fixed in her ways, but at least she isn't the one who is doing the moving.

I'm only slightly worried and to my credit, I've only called the house twice-once last night at change of shift and once this morning at change of shift. I just wanted to make sure everyone knew I'm only 8 miles and one phone call away. I'll stop by later this afternoon to make a last pass through the house to look for odds and ends I've left behind.

As soon as the dust settles, I'm going to have to decide on some art work to commemorate this special haven we've created. I know quite a few of you are artists. Debra has given me a couple of ideas, but I'd like more. What medium do you think we should use that celebrates Rachel's Place?

15 comments:

Gail said...

Does she love pictures or something she can hold?

Betty Flocken said...

Oh you gotta have photos on the wall.. Of all of them! I'll donate the printing. I use a lab for my not so professional photography!

Rudee said...

Betty-we left lots of art, I'm thinking about a sign or something commemorative. We've decided on naming this home. Most homes like these are named after the streets they're on. I want to name it Rachel's Place which will always be a haven for developmentally impaired women.

Miss 376 said...

"Rachel's Place" sounds so homely. I am sure all the residents will have a happy time there

Hope said...

Congratulations on the opening of Rachel's Place and your vision for these girls and their families. What a blessing. Are you familiar with the wonderful illustrations of Sara Butcher. She illustrated the beautiful story "Princess Sophia's Gifts" by Diane Hovey.

laurie said...

you're amazing. i think a weaving or a quilted wall hanging would be lovelly.

Betty Flocken said...

I think that is wonderful Rudee. Wish I was an artist! Rachel's Place sounds perfect!

Jane said...

"Rachel's Place" sounds wonderful and what an honour for your lovely daughter.

Kathleen said...

Seeing as how you love to knit, textiles must be close to your heart, I agree with Laurie. Pick your favorite color palette, then perhaps a group of other knitters could create pieces that could come together around a theme. Heck, I'd learn to knit to contribute something.

And then there's dogs...there's a lot you can do with that one!

You rock, Rudee

Brenda said...

That sounds like a great thing to do Rudee. Putting up a sign or plague. If I can help in any way let me know. Maybe several of your blogging friends could contribute something.

Winifred said...

Rachel's Place sounds great.

Think a house sign outside would be good or maybe a plaque like you see on buildings. Could say this home is dedicated to Rachel and friends and give the date.

I think what you've done is fantastic.

Jadekitty said...

I like the idea of quilted sign that says Rachel's Place.

debra said...

YES!!! I am sending you good wishes and hugs!

Sandy said...

....art work...medium....hmmm, will think about that. Glad everything seems to be going smoothly there. Something comes up with sky and birds on a plaque, freedom, new ventures...etc.

Rudee said...

You know Sandy, I think I like that idea. I don't quilt and I'm a terrible fair isle knitter so I can't knit a message into a textile. Hmmmm.