Love is

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Love is mostly given

Love is mostly given. You can love someone, something, some place. If you give enough love freely and without any restriction, you might receive love in return. But there are no guarantees. Go expecting or waiting for it and likely you will only be disappointed. Love cannot be captured, yet love can capture your heart. You cannot trade, buy, or sell it. If you could, rich people would buy all the love (well, because you can never have enough love) and the poor would have none.

Not a commodity

Luckily, love is not a commodity and cares less for who you are or what you own. Love is a state of mind, a condition of the heart, a willingness to share, that sparks life in your mind long before you know anything else. From the very second you are born, while you know nothing at all, you know love is as essential to life as breathing. And if you are lucky, you learn to give as much love as you can.

Harnessed by a creator

You can put love into the things you do too. Creating a more wonderful world, sometimes in sharing a thought, helping another, or making something that exudes love. It is easier to pass on love directly than it is to channel it through an object or image, but a talented creator can harness it. Doing so is never easy, it is commonly hard, trying, and frustrating. But is anything worthwhile ever easy to achieve?

Unlock love

However, only a person who really understands love can truly unlock it from a piece of art or an object. Because it is only when you are prepared to give more than you receive that love finds you.

Love is mostly given.    


Cabinets of Curiosity

We are curious makers of things, things we dream up ourselves. Remarkable, useful, beautiful and original things. Sometimes they are made entirely by hand, sometimes partly by machine, in the future perhaps by robots. May be not robots. Always with an eye for detail and with an element of fun.

If you care to follow this blog and join our journey, we’ll share our successes and (occasional) failures with you and hopefully you’ll become a frequent visitor. Suppose that depends on us keeping you entertained. So let’s get on with the words and pictures.

Work in progress


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