Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
I finished this exchange yesterday. All 24 cards have been placed in the mail headed to destinations around the world. In midstream I changed the card process to whimsical. The last eight are colorful, whimsical and bordered. Playful kittens, playful children and playful butterflies draw you into fun and laughter. I hope they brighten the recipients day just a little bit and lightens the load of life when they are received after Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
In the meantime I decided the sooner I mailed this wallet back to its address the quicker the owner would be able to use his identification. I couldn't imagine in today's world how many hoops he would have to go through to get his identifications. I looked again and saw a card sticking out that said "student". Come to find out he was a law student at the local college. I gave the Dean of Students his student I.D. number and she emailed him. We arranged to take the wallet to the law school and leave it with the front desk. Amazingly enough the student did not know he had lost his wallet.
Later in the day another man called me with a similar name. He expressed a fear that I was running a scam. I relayed to him that I had surely found a wallet but it must belong to his son. Along with his reply "I only have a 15-year old daughter" came a name calling of "You must be a good samaritan." He seemed surprised to think someone would go to so much "trouble" to return a stranger's wallet. I realize we all have to be very cautious but always open to a blessing from a stranger. He then stated he lived in Maryland and his number was unlisted. I thought how funny - the lengths we all go to for privacy and to be left alone or not bothered but somewhere that information is just sitting waiting to be delivered into cyberspace to who-knows-where. I could have retorted back "well my number is unlisted and now you have it and my cell number, too." But that was not my focus. This reminded me of the story in the Bible about the good samaritan who not only bandaged up the wounded man left on the highway but made sure he had a warm place to stay until he passed through the area again. And he paid the man's debt in-full until he recovered. How many of us would be willing to do that today?
Monday, November 19, 2007
dye their tags. I confiscated my DH's left over 7/11 coffee, bought a small jar of instant coffee
and experimenting was off.
On one folder I placed granules of coffee and brushed the liquid coffee on. This created a stain with dots of coffee remaining. The granules left on were shiny. I like the effect. The second folder I placed in shaving cream with granules of coffee and drops of liquid coffee, then brushed the entire folder with liquid coffee. When I wiped the cream off the folder it left the folder feeling silky. This one is my favorite. While experimenting I had a dying bouquet of flowers my DH bought me last week so I flower pounded on one folder. Take advantage of a good thing when available. I'm reminded of the saying "Waste not, Want not."
The effects of flower pounding - colors of pink and green from leaves and roses and carnations.
I let them dry, cut them apart 2 1/2 by 4 1/2, shaped the corners, punched holes out of an extra piece and enforced my tag holes. On several tags I will create pockets by sewing up the sides with sturdy thread. This is Step 1 of "Tags". I am glad I could not find pre-made shipping tags at the store. I am excited about working on this project especially since I have truly started from scratch.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
She helped us fit the pattern to our bodies and decide on fabric and embellishments.
The buttons in the pic are loud pink and lime green plus bold red. The jacket is reversible and will have closures. I will display the finished jacket after my class on the 24th. Our teacher guarantees it will not be a UFO!!
While at the quilt store one of my friends purchased needle felting products and gave them to us as early Christmas presents and of course the challenge was given to produce a finished project. I think I will go small and try it on my postcards.
Another first for me will be an ATC (artist trading card). The FAT group ATC trade will be "angels." I have an idea rolling around in my head but now to get it on fabric and into a finished form. Don't we all like a challenge?
On a serious note I am still having a little problem working with my dominant hand. After fracturing the knuckle it has become difficult to have total movement like before the injury. I have two quilts for sisters I need to work on. My commitment level I must say is at "0". One is a snowball block and the other is Americana with a center panel. Sometimes you just have to dig those heels in to finish a project. I can truly say without a doubt I am having a terrible block even picking up either of the projects.
What's a girl to do? Consider it a challenge and just do it!! It reminds me of a small child taking nasty medicine in order to get the treat they so like. I will try to designate a block of time to work on them, then switch to a project that seems to be flowing. Maybe that will work. What's that saying: "inch by inch, little by little..."
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I am not sure why this topic is being discussed today. But one thing I do know is we can not expect the government to take care of all our needs. We must start today right where we are doing better to "save for that rainy day." I realize more and more every day that the principles God set in place for giving is the only foundation to be built upon. I don't want my sons on shaky ground or sinking sand. I want their investments to be "kingdom" made and their choices to be long-term eternal goals.
This little guy "Make My Day" is my piggy bank where I put all my found coins. It is very deep and not as shallow as one might think looking at it. Especially since it is not very big. But I can shake those coins right to the very bottom and back of the piggy bank and put more in when you think another coin is just not going to fit. He has been filled to the brim twice and I am working on the third time. It is a pleasure to give this money to a charity and make a small difference for someone in my part of the world.
What are you spending your life on? What are you investing in that will last beyond a lifetime?
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
That is not the case of one such painter. While in Barbados last year my DH and I took a safari excursion around the island. As we entered a steep, twisting turn going up a little roadway looking right into our jeep was this rock formation on the edge of the road. It was so close you could reach out and touch it. I say "looking" because this was not just any group of rocks jutting out at you. A grand artist had painted a lion's head on the rocks. He followed the contours of the rock and highlighted certain areas of the lion. I loved the vegetation on top and how it enhanced the lion's mane.
This postcard is of the pic I took on that day. I added the yarn to accent the mane and give it a little more dimension.
Of course I would be remiss if I didn't add this little side note. The greatest artist ever - The Creator of the Universe. I am fascinated that he would ask one man, Adam, to give names to all the creatures he was seeing for the first time. Wonder why he called this a "lion?"
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Salt Faith Challenge blog has a new challenge entitled
"From the Hymnbook"
This week I reminisced with one of my sons about a song his Papa always sung his way. He made up words to Amazing Grace as he went along and I would say "Dad you are singing the song wrong." He would do his big belly laugh and keep on singing.
On the quilt to the right the small military picture is of my dad, who was killed in a car accident when I was three. In the faded leaf the
word "two" represents "A Tribute to two Dads". One for a dad I never knew and two to my father-n-law, who I always referred to as "Dad." Both of my dads served in the Armed Forces. Tomorrow is Veteran's Day and this is to honor them.
I transferred my dad's military information onto fabric paper by running it through my copier. Then I ripped the pieces into four labels, left the edges unfinished and blended them into the painted fabric background with Caran d"Ache Neocolor II wax pastels. I adhered them to the background with Steam-a-Seam2.
The leaf outline is made with purple metallic variegated thread, then lined with the maze design. I used the same thread on the words "A" and "Grace". The mirrored leaf was made while the original leaf was wet. I folded the piece onto its self and transferred the image to the other side. The white letters "A Tribute two Dads" were from the Simply Stated alphabets package. The side border was copied from my mother's family Bible and blended into the piece also.
This was a great project that seemed to just flow together as soon as I saw the artistic projects on SaltFaithChallenge blog. I love their challenges. It is helping me to be spontaneous and free-flowing with my creativity.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Purple Rain-Sassy Thing is still living in the 70's. She is one cool but tough granny. Everybody loves to see her come visit them. She is always stirring up the household with her creative ideas. Don't you just love it!!
Side Note: Another deadline: I must forward my last Program insert for my guild to the Newsletter person today. In April 2008 Karen Combs will come to do a program on illusion.
Then I will be totally free from Program duties and the new chairperson will take over. Actually she is already working on some great ideas and I am looking forward to participating in them.
Friday, November 09, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
My experiment with rust succeeded in failure. This means I did try to use vinegar, water, found rusty objects and muslin in my experiment. It failed to produce what I wanted but succeeded in the fact that I tried it. In some places where the rusty objects touched the fabric there were markings left. But in other places where it touched there was nothing. Maybe there was not enough vinegar, oxygen or water to produce the results I wanted. I will try this again.
I continued to "fix" my experiment by adding Caran wax pastels to 4 blocks of the fabric. I believe that would be called "doctoring" the results. LOL! I am learning not to give up but proceed on. Also, I used this opportunity to try different camera settings. Interesting enough the night light settings, where I could see nothing in my lens, were the ones that turned out the best. Off to the lab for me.
On a side note a neighbor suggested I use moth balls in my flower beds to deter cats from experimenting in my yard. Besides my dog goes crazy when he sees them in his yard. Off to the store we go for those.
There is a verse in the NT that speaks of not laying up treasures on earth, where rust and moth can corrupt, but lay them up in heaven where they are safe from corruption. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. St.Matthew 6:19-21. I am beginning to understand this after experimenting with my rust.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
It's difficult to put your work out there for others to critique especially if they don't know what you were thinking when you did the piece. Or they can't feel the piece the way you did while creating it. Truly I am realizing it is very difficult to see the real beauty of a piece of art unless you have it in hand, so to speak. As I receive trade items in the mail after viewing them on line I am very aware of their true beauty and craftsmanship.
Thank you to all the artists and craftsman who bare your soul through art. What a privilege to receive a piece of your art; for in your releasing it I am receiving a part of your very soul. Gifting me with your art is not something I take lightly.
A side note: I returned from voting early this morning. Walking outside into the parking lot I looked down and what should I find; no not pennies; but nickels, 3 to be exact. I showed my DH then I had another great laugh with God. One nickel, one blessing for each of my sons. What a glorious, rainy day!!
Monday, November 05, 2007
Yesterday was another day of being directed to pick up certain items. I did not go looking for any specific thing but the items on this post are what I found. The first item I came upon was the rusty blade. It is corroded and nasty looking by most people's standards but I was very excited to find this object. Continuing my walk; only a short distance I found the tennis bracelet with 28 little hearts and diamonds. I can't imagine how someone lost it, its in excellent shape. But right away a thought came to mind: "what a contrast in the two items". As soon as that thought popped into my head I heard the Lord speak to me quickly, "looks are deceiving, don't be fooled by what you see". I placed the items in my pocket and continued on.
Toward the end of the walk I found 7 pennies laying together. Now I was really excited! I began to laugh. I thanked God for having the angels drop the pennies down to me. He was reminding me of a promise He had made to me long ago. And I'm sure the pennies were left behind by a human soul not angels. But my friend who always says they are dropped by angels will be excited to hear I found 7. The number seven represents "completion".
I guess they were a burden to carry in someone else's pocket. They probably considered them to be useless too. What can a bunch of pennies buy? Nothing! But a bunch of pennies found over many days and months add up. I will give them to one of my favorite charities. I am sure I have over a hundred dollars.
According to the New Webster's Dictionary and Thesaurus the definition of "contrast" as a noun is "a striking difference; a comparison to show their relative excellence." The funny thing is I also had my DH buy me the Nov./Dec. issue of "Cloth, Paper, Scissors" magazine. When I returned home I sat down to read my magazine and on the cover was the title for p66; an article titled "7 recipes for Rust." I am sure it is just coincidence that I found 7 pennies along with this article on 7 recipes for rust. No Way!! The article's inside title says "in rust we trust, faux or real, rust appeals." What a pun on the saying placed on coins "In God We Trust". Can you guess where I am headed with my artistic experimentation?