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Great Falls, Montana, United States
I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?

Friday, November 30, 2012

Country Roads & a Cowboy ~

We had such a wonderful drive home from my Dad's home, several weekend's ago.  We chose to go home via a different route than our usual one. It takes longer, but I relish the idea of taking in the vistas that this road offers.  So ~ I'm excited to share a few shots of some of our stops, and wonderful back-road views, beginning with the Graves Hotel, in Harlowtown, MT.
This is the Graves Hotel, in Harlowton, MT.  Built in 1909, out of standstone quarried at the site, by A.E. Graves.  It is three stories with a sweet corner turret and what a cool wrap-around veranda!  The views are pretty sweet, too... of the Crazy Mountains, and vast ranchlands.  It's a wild place, {weather-wise} ~ in the foothills of the Crazies! 
Oh, this could have been such a grand Bed and Breakfast, wouldn't it? I cannot even come close to imagining how much money it would take to restore... such a beautiful old building... it now appears to be mostly, and sadly, dilapidated.
Another quick stop to take in the views.  This is the Little Belt Mountain Range {above}.
And this is the Crazies, although the picture doesn't show the cragy and wild Crazy peaktops, which are commonly, almost always storming in one way or another in the late fall and winter months, even though it will be mostly just windy in the ranchlands, below.
My Cowboy Man's Hat.  Never fear, driving with a guy who likes to explore, and test the power of our Highlander's four-wheel drive!  {ahem}.    
The Crazy Mountains are some of the most crazy-wild, and very rugged, of the numerous mountain ranges in Montana.   We stopped briefly on the road, before it became too narrow for us to pull over.
Then, a country road detour!  Yeah, baby!  Let's go 'off-road"  {not really!}  We didn't get too adventurous, but it was fun to explore.  {I'm with the guy in the cowboy hat!} He can drive!

And our last stop, in a sweet little snow-covered meadow, before we go over the grade, in the Little Belts, toward what we call "King's Hill" {where the Showdown Ski Area is}, and on our way home.
I of course, couldn't wait to get out, and try and capture the pretty light and sparkles on the snow!
And you know I don't hesitate to get down low, actually on my tummy, in order to get this shot of the sagebrush with that sparkly, lovely, sooo-beautiful snow.  It's not that great of a picture, but it was fun trying!  And at least I now have a picture to base a sagebrush drawing on...
Soli Deo Gloria!  Have a FABULOUS weekend!
Joining up with STUDIO JRU and the SWEET JENNIFER.  Next week, I am participating in her: 
It's Christmas CRAFT time!!!   I've been asked to submit a project, and I'm really excited about it! 
Check it out next week... I 'betcha' there are some fabulous craft projects ~ I can't WAIT!!!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

From My Sketchbook ~ Narnia

The first Sunday of Advent approaches.  Our little country Church has chosen the theme for this Sunday: Hope.
If you have never seen the Narnia Chronicles in the movies, or read the books, I hope you will!  They are sweet, engaging, and incredibly creative!
And full of hope.
This is the theme of the message I am preparing, & giving this Sunday... 
 Perhaps you only know Jesus as a baby in the manger... 
But I pray you will know Him, more ~ 
as the God of Hope
The One who is Savior.  
Because that is really what Advent is about.  He came down from Heaven, born as a babe in the manger, 
so we could know Him better.  
That would be better ~ as in forever... and ever.  
Because that is what is meant by Life Everlasting.
Be born twice ~ you die once.
Be born only once, and you will die twice. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas Rose ~

Here's another finished project ~ a simple table runner ~ (for sale in my Etsy shop) from my leftover scraps of Christmas fabrics. 
For the quilting, I kept it simple.  There's basically an echoing, soft, rosey-type pattern, as it circles around the center of the rose-log cabin center.
And of course, you're probably tired of hearing me say it, but I use King Tut 40 wt cotton in white for the top thread, and matching white in the bobbin, using Masterpiece 50 wt cotton from Superior Threads.
And I stayed with the swirls for quilting the outside border fabric, as any detailed quilting wouldn't show much on this light fabric, unless I had chosen a bright red quilting thread, and in my mind, that would have served to distract from the cabin rose pattern.
And... {no surprise here!}  I finished it with Razzle Dazzle Thread in the outside edge in the binding 'stitch-in-the-ditch' style. {You KNOW how much I love my #39 clear embroidery-couching foot}  Well, I love couching of any kind. Except, well, I'm not much of a couch potato!!  

Have a great Wednesday!  And I {still} have some items to give away... just haven't had time to use them and prepare reviews.  Soon!  {I hope!}

Best to y'all!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas Placemats ~

Hi everyone!
UPDATE 11/27/12:  Joining what looks to be a wonderful Christmas Show at the Blog:  Quilting Tutorials... go check it out!  {Door Prizes... too!}
I got quite a few fabric Christmas projects done over this past, wonderful, long, weekend!  Sooooo nice to be home.
I only had four finished when I took the picture, but I have actually made six as I stuck it out! Yahoo!  And they are now listed in the etsy shop.

Making these placemats seemed to take a long, long time, but I just had to 'go with' what I thought was a grand idea!  I started it, so I needed to finish  {this year!}  I believe I spent about two hours on each of these. I think I've "over" the round placemat thingy in my head for awhile now! {Til Spring ~ maybe?!}
I cut the shapes with my sizzix cutter, using a poinsettia die.  I couldn't believe that I didn't have enough white buttons on had, but then again, I needed at least five for each so I had to go out to buy white buttons.  These are fused to Steam-A-Seam Lite, first, then stitched with just a simple, raw edge applique, via free motion quilting.
And of course, more swirls.  I'm getting a little tired of them, too...  but it's all good.  Especially since  my machine needs a tune-up, so I must part with it for awhile. {so glad I have my old girl ready to come to life ~ just like Frosty!} lol.  :)

Have a great week!
Soli Deo Gloria!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Pin GiveAway Winners ~

Hi there everyone!

Well, the celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday may be over, but I'm still so very excited about this time of year.  And stuffed Thank-FULL! {that would be the tummy and the heart!}  Just like good ol turkey dressing in the turk!!
 My hands have been busy, making these frameable watercolor Christmas cards to send out for Christmas, and it's been so fun to add the glitter and microbeads!  I love it!  
 And I've added a couple into my Etsy store {fyi!}
And as much as I dread the commercialism of the Christmas season, now upon us, I do love this time of year as well. 

So let the bells ring ~ 
may your heart be light ~
Thank you once again, for all you fun and kind comments!  It's PURE JOY! 
So... courtesy of my husband,
the winners of the pin give-a-way are commenters 
#4 and #12.
{Who would that be?  Hmm...let me look them up... }
Please contact me with your addys so I can get them in the mail to you!
ROBBIE {the snowflake} and MARSHA! {the rose} pins
Soli Deo Gloria Girls!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving ~ from my Sketchbook

  ~Giving Thanks~
I am thankful to God for YOU, dear reader, friend, comrade, and Sister.
You are in my prayers.
You are part of my thankfulness this holiday of Thanksgiving.
I am thankful that we can create art, take pictures, explore the wonders that God gave us, "In the beginning; "... God created the heavens and the earth." {Gen 1:1} 
You see, it's really all about Him.  An attitude of gratitude, but also an act of worship.  Thankfulness.  Recognizing, in Whom, from Whom, all this is possible.
Brian and I not only wish you a grateful Thanksgiving, but we stop and pause.  To worship Him, to give HIM thanks.  To remember that ALL WE HAVE has been provided through His Hands.  And we are grateful.  
We give thanks, and remember that we have Thanksgiving, not to celebrate family.  Although we certainly do.  Not to eat well ~ because we have always had more, way more ~ than we need. 
We stop to be thankful to our great I AM. He is the One who has been, who is, and who will forever be, our Savior, Provider; the one and only Living God.
We hear a lot about “worship”—but what is it exactly?  
{Max Lucado}
Worship is when you’re aware that what you’ve been given is far greater than what you can give.  

Worship is the awareness that were it not for God’s touch, you’d still be hobbling and hurting, bitter and broken.  

Worship is the “thank you” that refuses to be silenced.

Oh we’ve tried to make a science out of worship.  We can’t do that any more than we can “sell love” or negotiate peace.”   
Worship is a voluntary act of gratitude offered by the saved to the Savior, by the healed to the Healer, and by the delivered to the Deliverer.

If you and I can go days without feeling an urge to say “thank you” to the One who saved, healed, and delivered us, then we’d do well to remember 
what He did!

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.  
2 Corinthians 4:15”

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pin It ~ GiveAway!

GiveAway #1:  A square pin; 'merlot' colored, velvet is gorgeous, with a silver highlight~ embossed with a snowflake stamp ~ free motion quilting on the snowflake, with a little silver bead washer, and then to finish: fibers twisted around the edge, and free motion zig zag, adding in a bit more bling, and a pin to the back. 

GiveAway #2: Round fiber pin with red organza flower on black sateen, which has been embellished with free motion stitching with colorful threads, and angelina, finished with a red-pink fiber trim, and a pin on the back.
If you like either of these, just leave a comment to be in the drawing!  {or perhaps it could be a Christmas gift...}
Soli Deo Gloria!
EnJOY your day ~ I gotta get to sewing!
In His Hands,

Monday, November 19, 2012

Christmas Cards for My Dad ~ {and winner}

My Dad celebrated his 80th Birthday this past weekend, and we travelled to Billings to help him celebrate with other family members. Only three of Dad's kids could make the party, but this is the picture of us:
Dad, Grandson Adam (my youngest), my brother Ken, Me, my brother Rob

I wanted to make him something I thought he might use, so I made a half-dozen Christmas cards. It's the only thing I could think of that I think he would enjoy, and use.  Especially since he's a watercolor artist himself.
 But I had to figure out to make them into actual mailing cards, as I watercolored these using a 6x6" watercolor paper pad I had purchased earlier this summer.  So I checked out Michaels Crafts, to find some kind of cardstock/envelope package that would make them into cards. They had nothing to fit, so I purchased a pack of plain brown ones, and had to cut the paintings to fit.

 So it worked out okay... I guess.  I do really like the square look, but no one seems to make cards that size, so ... we'll punt, as they say!

 I added a bit of glitter with my silver gelly roll pen.  This is a very subtle look, but I like it.  I also added spatters of watercolor, and the sketchy watercolor frame to each print.  I almost love doing that more than making the trees!  So here's some close-up shots, so you can see that pretty glittery-glow...

The inspiration for these came from a class I recently took, from Christy Tomlinson's website, by artist Junelle Jacobsen.  I enjoyed it so much!   

We had such a wonderful time with  Dad and family~lots of laughs, and some story-telling videos of their time growing up on the homestead!  {so funny ~ at least to us!} Good times!  Unfortunately someone messed up {that would be me} and FORGOT her camera!  These are taken from the ipad... Thanks Uncle Dave!
And the winner of the Christmas Mug Rug is commenter #12... drawn by my sweet husband.  And that would be... Jennifer!  Congratulations!  THANK YOU EVERYONE!  I have MORE to give away... some things I have made, but also some from other artists!  Come on back, ya hear?!
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