My name is Tammy and this is my blog. I am married, and we have one son. I stay at home to raise him. It worked for moms 40 years ago, so why can’t it work today? I also homeschool our son, and I enjoy learning with him. I have another blog, art for children, and I produce my own artwork. We live in the Piedmont region of North Carolina.
Why is my blog called the tesserae? It comes from my love of art and art history and my fascination with mosaics, especially those from the Middle Ages. Tesserae are small pieces of stone, ceramic, or glass used in mosaic work. Each piece represents a small piece of my life. It is different in its own way, yet creates the big picture.
The photo above is of a Carolina lily. It is our state’s official wildflower. Back in the spring of 2008, I had my son create a book of our state’s symbols and emblems. We discovered the Carolina lily during the assignment, but I had never actually seen one. One day I was throwing some weeds into the woods behind our storage building, and there growing out of nowhere on the edge of the woods was a Carolina lily. A rather unusual looking flower, it was all by itself among the dead leaves and thrown out weeds.
I sometimes think I am like the Carolina lily in the picture. Unusual but interesting, growing among dead leaves and weeds. Slightly imperfect with some significance.