Monday, June 29, 2009

Home and Arting Again

1 Corinthians 13:13--"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

This is a commissioned piece I completed for a returning client. I'm so privileged to have someone like my works enough to buy them, much less commission a work from me. She requested neutrals, beiges and browns--some of my least favorite colors but that is the chance one makes when agreeing to make art for someone else. She did chose a beautiful photo, though, that makes the piece. With it I've used a piece of even-weave "dirty" linen, an old lace doily, ribbons, a strip of doll dress, a buttonhole placket from a vintage blouse, old buttons, a corner of a hankie, a mother-of-pearl one-holed rectanglular button and a pearl, cheese cloth, an old plastic buckle, a sprig of dried baby's breath tied with a piece of measuring tape and iridescent beads--all placed on a vintage book cover with leather corners and edge. The buyer asked that I use "Faith, Hope and Love" as the theme and I added the words cut from a vintage dictionary and glued them to the buttons. Click on the picture to see a close-up.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New Bracelet

Here's a new Cufflet I made late yesterday afternoon. I'm so inspired by Rebecca Sower's creations, how she puts things together and in a simple way, they work. I've added this to my Etsy store.
Today at Vacation Bible School we're learning that "God Does What He Says He'll Do." The story is about the final plague upon the Egyptians and how Pharoah's heart was so hardened that it took death of his first-born child to bring him around--for a little while. Then he went back to his old ways--but not for long. His time was coming, too.

So many times, I do things in my own power without even a thought about God. I'd save myself a lot of anguish if I'd go to Him first. I race around chasing my tail so much that I don't heed God's bidding to "Be still and know that I am God." Many times I don't even trust all His promises that He provides for us everyday. I'm always looking for more....Pitiful me. Why don't I truly believe that God keeps his promises?
Exodus 17:42--"The Lord kept his promise."

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


I'm realizing that somethings missing on yesterday's artwork. I'm going to give it a tweeking today and post the results tomorrow (if time permits). Until then I have this "Cufflet" I made at the end of last week that's going to my Etsy shop.

We have much needed rain today. Even though it is a detriment to VBS, it comes from our all-powerful God. Thank you, God, for the rain.

Exodus 7:17--"I will show you that I am the Lord."

Monday, June 15, 2009

Real Art Finally

I've finally made a "real" piece of art just because I wanted to do it. Ever since I picked up this rusty piece of metal whatever, I've been itching to make something-- but didn't know what. It all came together after a long nap (I had Vacation Bible School today). Since I was rested and unstressed, it seemed to just flow. Our Bible Point for today was "God Is With Us" through all the ups and downs. He's my shelter and my rock and I depend on him for everything. I call this "Shelter" but I'll have to live with this for a while before I put it up for sale.

Psalm 31:19-20--"In the shelter of your presence you hide them (those who take refuge in you).

I collaged a kid's canvas and made the back the front. I cover the wood with book binding material, a spine from a pamplet, sandpaper, old text margins, an image of bird eggs, string and cheese cloth. I edged the canvas with the gathered waists of a child's and a doll's dresses and old lace. A corner of an old hankie is the background. I hammered the metal piece with an old upholstery tack and used two more tacks on the top edge around which I tied two sheer ribbons. I added the word, "shelter" and its definition, feathers, lace, old towel edges and a Paper Whimsy photo.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Little Headband

I haven't done much art this week. It's been a full one getting ready for tomorrow's Vacation Bible School --purchasing, practicing and planning. Sometimes life doesn't lend itself to another p word--pleasure--and art is my pleasure. It's also work, for those of you who are not artisticly inclined. I have thoughts running through my head and notes on the page of art I'd like to do and don't have the time to do it. It's something like not having enough time to read, work puzzles, do handwork or quilt, write letters, play with the kids, make a new recipe, take a vacation, visit with friends--and the list goes on. Unfortunately, spending time with the Lord and his word also goes on the back burner. Life drastically changes when I spend time with the Almighty--for the good. I think I'll do that right now!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Friendship Journal

Proverbs 27:9--"The pleasantness of one's friend springs from his earnest counsel."

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Springtime c 1300

It's a beautiful day. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and I made some art--a small journal. I love this picture of the two friends and I used the title of an old English poem gleaned from an old brittle, falling-apart book of literature. I'm thinking these ladies are a little more contemporary than 1300, but it fit. Again, I love using old things on new works. Look closely and you can see the gathered part of a skirt I cut from a faded and well-worn child's dress. Don't gasp; it was torn and stained and worthless and wasn't old enough to be a relic. I'm grateful that God doesn't throw out the old and stained, aren't you?
2 Corinthians 5:17--"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is gone, the new has come."

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

New Necklace Idea

I made a bunch of these little flat marble things using old dictionary pictures and then didn't know what to do with them. Do you ever craft like that? I just got on a roll and they were fun to make and then...? So, I decided to adhere one to an old domino and add lace and buttons and there it is. I've made a few decorated hats, head bands and sunglasses to put in the shop for summer and they've gone pretty well. I just add vintage jewelry and flowers--no pics yet, I keep forgetting to take them. Hope your day goes well. and that you get to do the things you love to do today.
Psalm 118:24--"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

Monday, June 1, 2009

Home Again

I'm home again with a few projects in the making. We hit the ground running since visiting grandchildren. I played for a funeral today and have to take my husband for a routine procedure and a doctor's visit tomorrow. That pretty much shoots my day but I'm glad it's not worse. I praise God for what and who I have.