Saturday, September 28, 2013

Fall Fabric Owl

“A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more (s)he saw the less (s)he spoke; The less (s)he spoke the more (s)he heard; Why aren't we like that wise old bird?”

I haven't created any Fall decorations for a while, so this year, I decided to revamp some of the the things I already have on hand. I really love the work of Dana Engemann. Her patchwork creatures are just adorable and I got the inspiration for my little cutie from her.

 Everything I used came from what I already had. 
My favorite kind of project! 

 The wise "Miss Hootie" is made of pretty fall colored fabrics, 
vintage lace, doilies and other assorted embellies.

Her stand is a small brass candlestick found for .99 cents 
at Goodwill. I painted it and the base with copper and gold metallic 
paints. I arranged a small paper pumpkin, silk flowers and leaves
and an autumn spray on top of a vintage doily I bought this
summer while antiquing down South. 

Happy Fall Everyone!!!! 


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Summer Vacation Junk Journal 2013

We took a road trip down South this summer and I decided to make a vacation junk journal to hold our memories. We stopped at several places along the way so I wanted to be sure to have plenty of room for ticket stubs, brochures, and other items.

Love this ad. It reads, 
"Vacations are for Father but Mother makes the plans."

 Anyone else remember traveling this way?

I inserted photos of various roadside attractions along our way.
So sorry we missed the Stoogeum. Haha!

Quote from one of my favorite movies.

Celebrated the Fourth of July while we were
away so that's what these pages are for.

 Also celebrated my husband's birthday. :-)

Actually got to see this guy and got a shot of my 
boys standing under him. 

 Included this tag for journaling about 
the wrong turn we were certainly going to make. 
Yup. We did.

We took a ton of pictures so now I need to decide which ones will go in! Fun project and it was fun collecting our souvenirs and memorabilia. 


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Altered Paintbrush Swap

I participated in my first craft swap this month! This was a one on one swap and the project was an altered paintbrush. We had three themes to choose from: Vintage, Shabby Chic, and Halloween. My style is somewhere between Vintage and Shabby Chic, but I asked my partner to create something Shabby. My partner requested something Vintage so off to work I went!

We had to use an ordinary chip brush, 3"-4". After much searching, I finally found a 4" brush. Who knew they were so hard to find around here! Sheesh!

My partner gave me free reign as far as color choice. Starting out, I had no idea what colors to use but after a while, the color palette emerged: greens, browns, and yellows!

The brush went from this:

To this! 

I used some laces, beads, and flowers from my stash 
 as well as some cherry blossoms purchased at MB Treasurista
I dyed the flowers with various Adirondack Color Washes.
The pretty lady is an image found online. The "Beautiful" sentiment
was stamped on some vintage looking paper. 

It's hard to tell, but I used a floral mask (also from MB Treasurista
and modeling paste to give the handle some texture. 

Backside of the brush. I embossed the handle, then covered it
with gold embossing powder, again, to give it some texture. 
Lastly, I die cut a tag and included my information. 

This was a super fun swap and I look forward to many more! Check out all the very talented folks at Creating the Crafty Life. Blessings!


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Special Order Projects!

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the LORD." 
Colossians 3:23

A few weeks ago, I had two people ask, within days of each other, if I could create some special projects for which they would gladly pay. 

It was my first real experience at creating ''commissioned'' projects. Until now, anything I made for others has been given away. 

If you're a craftsperson, then you'll understand the joy of having someone actually pay for your work. You'll also understand the pressure of getting things ''just right'' and delivering on time. Although both projects were generally small, I labored over each, "as unto the LORD", wanting to make sure they met the expectations of my customers. I'm happy (and relieved) to report that both customers were satisfied with my work. Below are the finished results.

The first was a three dimensional easel card. This one is 6" x 6" and 
was created for someone who is a huge Wizard of Oz fan. 
I used Graphic 45's "Magic of Oz" paper, of course!

For the second project, I was asked to create a centerpiece for a boy's 1st birthday party and 
a keepsake box to hold cards and such. I actually got my Cricut out for this project. 
I used it to create the "Happy Birthday" sentiment. 

I learned a lot about myself as an artist/crafter while working on these. I found out what I like and what I don't like, how I handle the pressure of a deadline, and other valuable lessons. Not sure if I'll get more opportunities like this but, overall, I enjoyed and am thankful for the experience.


Monday, September 2, 2013

Lace and Fabric Collage Banner

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord
“He is my refuge and my fortress, 
my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 91:1-2

Some people find rest and comfort in the LORD in a quiet, secluded nook or simply by taking a walk, surrounded by the beauty of His creation, all the while meditating on the faithfulness of His promises and the security of His presence. 

I most often find that precious place at the quiet spot in which I work and create. It has become my ''prayer closet'', the place where I am most often prompted to ponder, petition, and pray.

These last several months, the verses above have sustained and carried me through some pretty painful moments of discouragement. And they have also inspired me to create the project below. 

Recently, I was blessed with a large stash of vintage crochet pieces that included a pretty long piece. I immediately saw it as a banner and so I created a lace and fabric wall hanging.

The banner measures approximately 16" tall and 7" wide. The piece was created with various bits and pieces of lace, doilies, cheese cloth, fabric flowers, paper, and metal. 

The image of the little girl, peaceful sitting on her swing, was found online. The music on the left is an old hymn entitled, "In the Secret of His Presence". Tucked behind the photo is a small piece of paper with the verses from Psalm 91.

This is project will be a continuous reminder of the 
unchanging character of God 
and of His great love and care. 

In the secret of His presence
How my soul delights to hide!
Oh, how precious are the lessons
Which I learn at Jesus' side!
Earthly cares can never vex me,
Neither trials lay me low;
For when Satan comes to tempt me,
To the secret place I go.