I have long been an admirer of MIddleton artist, Rumi O'Brien. I first discovered her work in a Monroe Street shop probably close to thirty years ago. That's when I bought the tiny fabric lady in the front of this display box. She has a pin on the back so you can wear her like a piece of jewelry but I hang her on the Christmas tree.
Over the years I've added more fabric creations, small origami figures, framed watercolors and even a chair that Rumi upholstered and turned into a fantasy piece of furniture.
A few years ago Rumi gave me, and my sister-in-law Sara, a box of her cookie creations. We were equally charmed and amazed at all the creative energy Rumi put into making and decorating something as "common" as cookies.
I brought mine out periodically to admire them. But I could not imagine any other way to enjoy them without eating them.
This Christmas Sara came up with the perfect solution. She made holes in the cookies and threaded them with ribbon, turning them into Christmas ornaments. Then she found the right size tree to display them on, put her creation together — and presented it to me.
I knew right where to put it: In the red room with all the toys that come out of hiding for the holidays!
Rumi's Facebook page will give you a sense of the depth, the richness and whimsy of her work no matter the materials. The page also contains links to the work of her father, a well-known Japanese illustrator.