"Ms. Fuller painted the tips of the branches in silver glitter and tucked feathers of every size and shape into the branches. She cannot recall whether the retching (the cats’) or the sneezing (her husband’s) started first, but she does remember it was a mess."
You can also notice the traits which you admire the most in others. Who do you look up to? Who are your idols? We often project our golden shadows onto others, and get stars in our eyes, because these people represent the qualities we have disavowed in ourselves out of a false sense of modesty. You could say that we paint other people with our shadows, for better and for worse.