This is National Poetry Day in England, but I’m going to celebrate it, too. The Web is international, after all. The theme for this year is “water, water everywhere.” I think I can work with that.
When I looked at this photo of our precious Oliver, the words from Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus popped into my noggin:
“Was this the face that launched a thousand ships,
And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss.
Her lips suck forth my soul: see where it flies.
Come, Helen, come, give me my soul again.
Here will I dwell for heaven is in those lips,
And all is dross that is not Helena.”
OK, so I didn’t think that whole paragraph, just the first line. But I wanted to give you a little poetic context to my title. This is a reference by the main character to the mythological figure Helen of Troy. Her abduction by Paris was said to be the reason for a fleet of a thousand ships to be launched into battle, initiating the Trojan Wars. My reference to it is actually similar. You see, Oliver was the first cat we ever rescued together (back in 2001). And we blame his being such a wonderful beast for our subsequent foray into animal rescue (our personal war)!
Now you may be thinking to yourself, “Hey Jan, I thought you were gonna use the ‘water, water everywhere’ theme in honor of National Poetry Day.” I did mention ships, didn’t I?
I created this bubbles frame in the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition with the plan to back each circle cutout with patterned paper. All the patterned paper is from BasicGrey’s “Max and Whiskers” collection. Then I designed the title to fit right within the space below the photo. This was a really fun project to design.