Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
This is one of my two commissions I received in the last two weeks. The other one I posted yesterday. This is not my style because there are few pictures from which I can gain inspiration. This little girl for whom this journal was made loves all kinds of languages and knows how to speak a little of ten and she's only 9 years old. She has loved looking at the journals I bring in the shop and her mother ordered this one for her for Christmas. I've included two more photos below.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Genesis 1:25--"And God made..., the livestock according to their kinds,.... And God saw that it was good."
The date is omitted on this postcard but it has an old green 1 cent stamp so it's pretty much an antique but it is still in great shape.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
I think that's pretty plain.
I made this little journal from an old ad and added buttons, velvet rick-rack, ribbon, lace from an old hankie and a rhinestone pin found in an old button box.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Anyway, here is a freebie 1934 Santa postcard from my family collection. Hope you like it. Who started the Santa kick, anyway?
Monday, December 1, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
We have a short lull before the storm as we gather as a family to celebrate Thanksgiving. I hope yours is as great as ours. We actually like being with each other. Lord, thank you for your generous gifts and your abundant care for us. I give you praise. Amen.
Please, use this postcard from my collection in any way you choose. Happy Thanksgiving
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I have so much for which I'm thankful--mostly, my lovely family--a considerate and loving husband, three wonderful children and their equally wonderful spouses and twelve very loud, but adorable grandchildren (and one on the way.) I have a warm home, plenty of food, money for gas, good part-time jobs and the ability in my retirement to make art and sell it--to name a few. For what are you thankful? Comment here and on my return from my Thanksgiving break, I'll enjoy reading all about you.
Please, feel free to use this photo for your art or for any other respectable reason. Just mention my blog, if you will and I'd also love to see how you use it. Thanks. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
Friday, November 21, 2008
weekend. We really know how to have fun, don't we. It is a tradition that the day before Thanksgiving we butcher. My husband's family has been cutting up their own meat all their lives and his dad is a superior butcher. We really save money and get all the meat we can and our whole family shares it. All our Thanksgiving food is purchased before that day and then prepared on Thanksgiving Day. It's all about family time. If you've never worked together as a family, you've missed out on a great time. There's something about working together that brings us together. Try it, you may like it. 1 Corinthians 3:8--"The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor."
The little art piece above started as a plain mini frame. I decorated with glitter glue, a vintage image (complements of Paper Whimsy), and added a green grosgrain bow, a beaded sprig and glittered leaves.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
" Then wolves will live in peace with lambs, and leopards will lie down to rest with goats. Calves, lions, and young bulls will eat together, and a little child will lead them. Cows and bears will eat together in peace. Their young will lie down to rest together. Lions will eat hay as oxen do. A baby will be able to play near a cobra's hole, and a child will be able to put his hand into the nest of a poisonous snake. They will not hurt or destroy each other on all my holy mountain, because the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the sea is full of water."
I guess it's one person's interpretation but I tend to think so too.
This little hanging ATC started as a playing card on which I adhered a copy of a vintage image, fancy cut text strips, vellum words, jute cording and sheer ribbon.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Brrrrr. Sounds cold, doesn't it. Well, winter is a-comin' here in middle America. It was windy and rainy with sleet today. Brrrrr. Time to get out the mittens. It's difficult for me to break down and wear a coat and gloves, but because my hands are in either water or glue most of the day, they tend to crack if I don't take care of them. Ouch! I spend most of my winters with band-aids around my fingers. God provides just what we need and at the right time. Though winters can be uncomfortable, God sees that we have a warm place to go and food to eat, water to drink and warm clothes. He's a loving God that cares for His people. I'm grateful for what some people call the basics. I know it would take only a few hours without heat and protection before I'd get the full impact of the "tempest." Where are those mittens anyway?
This little mitten is made from wool batting and stitched with perle cotton thread. I grouped three decorative buttons near the bow and stitched a little snowflake in the middle.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
We really make mistakes when we treasure earthy over heavenly treasures. I'm a collector and I have to be very careful not to "worship" my collections. Do I hoard? Hmmm....yes. Then I am putting too much devotion into earthly things. What good are they, except to fill jars and bottles and make pretties that are passing fancies. I've kept so many little pretties and have a difficult time parting with them. Of what heavenly value are they? I hope the scriptures I put on these bottles will touch the hearts of the purchasers and set their minds on track toward worshiping the one true God of the Universe. May the Lord bless the work of my hands and bring more people into his treasury--to be His "treasured possessions."
These bottles were either found or collected (actually gleaned from my husband's collection--with his permission.) We used to go digging for "treasures" when we were much younger. It was fun recovering old cast-aways and cleaning them up--only to put them in a box not see them again for many years. What a waste of good craft materials! I put little shells, buttons, beads and odds and ends in the bottles, sealed them with corks or buttons and rhinestone stickers, added old seam binding or ribbon, lace and a tag with the scripture reference. A rhinestone button tops them off (my very difficult objects with which to part.) I didn't like the little stickers I put on the bottles so I removed them before taking them to the shop.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
God sets out the design for our lives and sometimes we set it aside for our own plans. We hear God's voice tugging at us for long periods of time and refuse to answer because "more pressing things--more important things--are demanding our attention. There's a feeling of incompletion, of urgency, until God's plan is met. He keeps calling--for a season--and then He may call someone else to complete His plan. He meant it for you, but you had more pressing things to do.
Oh, that we are not like Israel--
Isaiah 66:4--"For when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, no one listened."
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Esther 9:22--"observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents ...to one another." I just had to find a scripture describing the giving of gifts and found this one. Maybe I'm stretching it just a little to suit me but I'm certain that I don't give enough to others. There's a special joy in giving things to others and I was touched by my friends' generosity and thoughtfulness in their giving to me.