Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Tree of Life





Two years ago, I took my husband to Buffalo, New York for the weekend to celebrate his birthday. I made arrangements ahead of time to go on an in-depth tour of this home--Darwin Martin House--which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  We could be described as FLW fan club members and have toured several of the buildings that he designed over the last several years.  The Darwin Martin House is in a state of restoration.  At one time, when the family fell on hard times, part of it was destroyed and some apartments were built on the property and the beautiful stained glass windows were sold to raise money to keep the house in the family. There is a group raising money to have new stained glass windows made and installed at the house.

Fast forward to this past weekend...My husband and I spent a day at the Detroit Institute of the Arts to see the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo exhibit. After seeing their artwork, we wandered around other parts of the DIA.  One of the exhibits was an original stained glass window which was part of the Darwin Martin House in Buffalo at one time!  It is called the "Tree of Life" window.


Here is a picture of the window pattern which I found on the internet:
This week, I was trying to figure out what to do for my next hand stitching project.  Seeing the Tree of Life window in Detroit reminded me of a cross-stitch kit which I purchased two years ago at Darwin Martin House. 


I think I have a new handwork project!  I hope to have some progress to report by next Sunday at Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching link up.



15 comments:

  1. This will be a wonderful cross stitch, and what a great coincidence that you got to see the window 'in the flesh'. Life is interesting, you just gotta keep your eyes peeled to take it all in.

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  2. What a beautiful stained glass window. It is going to make a beautiful cross-stitch.

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  3. Wow... the synchronicity of this is amazing! Enjoy your new project!

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  4. WOW!! Life's adventures can be so ironic! Enjoy your new project.

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  5. Wow, isn't it amazing how everything just comes together? I can't wait to see that cross stitch project come to life.

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  6. Oh I love FLW too - that window is stunnning. This will make a great project.

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  7. I love the home designs of FLW too. The Window project is going to be wonderful!

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  8. What a wonderful keepsake this will be.

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  9. Ooo looking forward to seeing this one in progress. I agree what a great keepsake!

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  10. Great project! Enjoy your stitching.

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  11. We have visited three FLW houses (Fallingwater, Meyer-may in Michigan, and the one in Manchester, NH - the name escapes me just now). Love that you have a cross stitch FLW window !!

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  12. How cool is that! It looks like a fun project too especially since you have seen it up close and personal. What a unique stained glass design.

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