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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?
Showing posts with label Rowan The Fighter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rowan The Fighter. Show all posts

Friday, August 31, 2012

Thou And Thou Only ~

A lyric from "Be Thou My Vision" ~ illustrated in mixed media.  This piece is 12x36?  Remember "Be Thou My vision from a week or so ago?  
Well, the lyrics I love... and I couldn't help but try my hand at another, larger canvas:
The first thing I did was to add the first layer, which were striped paper napkins, and modge podged on.  It wrinkles up, which makes for interesting texture.  I let it dry, {be patient} then continued with the addition of paint, stamps, rubons, perfect pearls, organza, a stencil pattern, and chip board letters.  {Whew!} A few accents with my black pen, and then a leftover butterfly.  Nice to get rid of the leftovers, right?
Chipboard letters glued, and then stamped and rubons added for extra visual interest~
The picture below shows the wonderful wrinkle texture {at least I think it's wonderful}.  I found these little silver nail-head looking scrapbook embellishments in my stash, so I used them all on the edge.  They almost remind me of furniture nailheads.

The heart is cut from organza, glued down with modge podge, and a bit of watered-down acrylic paint is added for some shading.  I doodled the swirls with my Wite-Out Pen ~ and more dabs of paint to soften.
I used two sprays; one is yellow from Dylusions, and then I used some glimmer mist in a light blue, and enhanced it further with some turquoise acrylic paint.  I also added black pen doodles over the stenciled area (the triangles)
Stamping all over in a random word pattern print to add a tad bit more texture...
Perfect Pearls adorn the edges of the heart~ and I added a bit of turquoise paint to take the shine down a bit.

I have so, so, dearly enjoyed rediscovering and using my 'older' scrapbooking supplies in this mixed media technique(s).  What I really think is super cool is how seamlessly they can transfer from fabric, to paper, to canvas.

Do you have a favorite method for mixed media, canvas, or fabric?  Or a technique?  I'd love to hear about it!

And...the BEST NEWS I'm so anxious to share with you all--- little Rowan Flaten has come home finally, and he is CANCER FREE!!!  Praising God for that miracle.  And this {I think} will be the piece I will donate for the Auction and Benefit for Rowan the end of September in Highwood.  I can only imagine how sweet it must be for that family to be home again ~ together.

Thank you Lord.  Thank you.  Have a great weekend!
Soli Deo Gloria~


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Update on Rowan ~

Caring Bridge update from June 22 by Melissa, Round Three:

"We are so thankful to be starting round three on schedule! I had a wonderful surprise during round two, I came to the hospital at 630am to find out that Rowan's ANC (the number that basically tells us his immune system function) had jumped from in the 70s to 304! This was a huge jump up in a 24 hr period. After round one, Rowan's count recovery phase took two weeks longer than it should have and the doctors told us to expect that his count recovery would continue to get longer with each round. At that point we were unsure of how long Rowans treatment course would last, by adding extra weeks at the end of each cycle a four month treatment plan turns into six or eight very quickly. So, the news that Rowan's counts were recovering after round two was a great!

Our drs now attribute Rowan's slow count recovery in round one to his extremely heavy tumor burden which basically means that he just had so much cancer everywhere. Another surprise was on our way at the end of round two. Most drs would have had us stay at the hospital until Rowan's ANC was firmly established above 500. The dr that was, on that day is a firm believer that being home is good medicine. Within hours we had discharge orders for Rowan! The discharge scramble began and we packed up the hospital while our wonderful great falls office manager found us 98 dollar tickets each to fly home. Our dr cleared us to fly commercially but the germ factor on the Airplane was very stressful. We scoured our seats with Sanitary wipes and watched anxiously for anyone who looked even a little bit sniffly. We also had a few TSA run ins with people wanting to pat Rowan down or open his sanitary medical supplies to bomb test them. All I can say is no one touched Rowan and no one was arrested but it was not pretty! All in all I think next time I would take the 14 hour drive with three kids.

Regardless, in a few hours we were looking out our home window at our beloved Highwood Mountains. It was paradise to be home. The mountains are green and lush and bursting with wild flowers. Thanks to our wonderful friends in Highwood, our crops look strong and healthy. The next week was spent soaking up each other as a family and treasuring time with friends. Every second is a priceless flashbulb memory. Rowan loved being home. He crawled Around the house like crazy following his sisters around. He started "talking" a lot more and cruising around furniture. He even put a little bit of chubbiness on his legs.

The week flew by. As I was packing to come back to the hospital I kept seeing the faces of friends we had seen and heard their words of encouragement in my mind. I carried those words and images with me as I held a crying Rowan (who had been fasting for six hours before his spinal procedure) as we walked back though the hospital doors. I heard your words of encouragement posted on caring bridge over and over in my head. All of your love and encouragement overflows in hugs to rowan, strength for these long days and love and patience for my girls.
I only wish we could show you all how much we appreciate you and how much you are helping us though this.

Rowan has had some vomiting with round three but so far we are keeping it at bay with a lot of heavy hitting anti-nausea drugs. He really is doing quite well so far. Round three is called intensification because he receives a much higher dose of two chemotherapy drugs. Our main concern right now is his g-tube site. It is very red and drs are concerned that it may be infected which could be very serious as Rowan's blood cell counts will be plummeting in the next few days. There is a chance it is just severely irritated and we are praying that is the case.

We found out today that Rowan has zero blasts in his bone marrow!!!!! He does have cells that are still carrying the inversion 16 marker but that is expected at this point.

We have been hoping to run into a couple that we has become friends with on the floor. Their little three year old was admitted about the same time as rowan and we have enjoyed their company and loved their little one. We got the tragic news today that little Riley passed away while we were home in Highwood. We saw them everyday on the floor and it seems so empty without hearing Riley going down to the playroom. We are grieving for them constantly. It is very hard to think of Riley not being next door to us and knowing that she is gone.

Life on the seven floor is so fragile, Rileys death touches so close to home that it is hard to process. It's so funny that even though we saw Riley's parents everyday we never knew their last names. We do know that we love them and we are praying for them."
From My Sketchbook

Thursday, June 21, 2012

With Love ~

Praying for Rowan and the Flaten Family today...

June 20th Update: "After over a week at home in Highwood, the Flatens have returned to Denver for Rowan to continue with his third round of chemotherapy. For this round, Rowan receives chemo for 8 days. His first day (today) has been a long one starting with a spinal chemo treatment at 8:00 this morning and it has involved a lot of waiting. He finally got a room at the hospital this evening around 7:00. Unfortunately Rowan is already feeling sick from the chemo and has thrown up. The girls are adjusting well and are excited to be back at preschool in Denver. Thank you for your continued prayers!"

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Hope Quilt for Rowan

The quilting is finished. 
I laid the quilt out on the studio floor and pinned it to the pieced minkee backing fabric.  It does not have batting in it, which means it won't be really heavy or bulky, but will remain pliable, soft and cuddly
In my opinion, using a walking foot and a ballpoint needle is the best way to piece the stretchy minkee fabrics together for the back.
As for thread, I chose a bright golden variegated yellow, in YLI Variations, a 100% polyester, 35 weight, in both top and bobbin for the free motion quilting, with a 90/14 Microtex needle.
 I began quilting it two days ago, and when I came downstairs the next morning, Nicki, our black kitty seemed to think it was really soft and cuddly too! Love her green eyes and those long, elegant white whiskers!
I want to mention here, it isn't the easiest way (or my most favorite) to free motion quilt a quilt with this minkee fabric on the back.  However,  I chose to do it as most everyone who has ever received a quilt in this combination loves it.  This is the first one I've made that is so large, and in which I attempted this type of free motion without a batting in the middle.    
I employed my straight stitch plate, and made sure to engage my safety function, by choosing the symbol to match the plate I put on the machine.  I didn't start it out this way, but quickly found out it was needed.  The straight stitch plate will help keep the stitching from being real wobbly looking, due to the nap and thickness of the minkee fabric.  On my machine, you can choose from three different stitch plates.  I choose the 0mm picture, for this machine.
I ended up using 3 new microtex needles, as they dull rather quickly with minkee fabric, and 8 bobbins later, and about 12 hours later, having used a full spool of thread, and more, I was done.
I deliberately left the quilting as loose and wide open with soft swirls, which also emulate the pattern in the blue border fabric.  I felt this type of quilting motif was the best choice, keeping this twin-sized quilt feeling soft and supple, and also because it would have taken three times longer to quilt it! The word "hope" is also quilted  in many places throughout. And since this was rather short notice, I needed to quilt it quickly. It needs to be displayed locally in Highwood and Ft. Benton communities by next week, so we can sell the raffle tickets for it.  Did you see my Quilt Raffle and Giveaway post?  Check it out here if you missed it!!

I stitched a yellow binding from a batik fabric.  I cut my binding 2.5" wide, and used a 3/8" for seam allowance, to allow it to be folded over the thick minkee fabric backing.  The binding will be hand stitched by my friend, Lisa, which she will do this weekend. Thanks so much Lisa!!
In HOPE.  
Thank you for supporting Rowan
(click his name to check the his webpage)
Thank you for your prayers.
Linking up with Studio JRU today!
Soli Deo Gloria

Monday, May 21, 2012

It's T I M E ~ Quilt Raffle for Rowan The Fighter

Meet "Yellow Brick Road" -- a twin size quilt top I made over ten years ago!  (Where does that t-i-m-e go?!)

I don't know why I didn't get it quilted ~ but I know  ... it was meant for such a time as this.
That time is NOW.  Time to get it out, unfolded, pressed, batted and quilted.  In hope for Rowan... in faith and prayers for healing for this little boy, Rowan, or as he is being known now as, "Rowan the Fighter."
Romans 4:18 teaches us about the faith of Abraham, where it says: "In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told..."
From My Sketchbook...
Time to Rally for Rowan!  And Raffle!  This twin-size quilt is part of a local effort, as community members; as the Body of Christ, as we all come together to help Rowan and his family through this time of medical, financial and prayer needs.
Rowan and his family live in a small farm and ranch community of Highwood, Montana, the home of less than 200 people (I'm guessing). 

Rowan was diagnosed with a rapid onset of Acute Myeloid leukemia (AML) on April 17, 2012, . The cancer is in his bones, lungs, spinal fluid, the fluid around his brain and most of his other internal organs. At this time his heart shows to be one of the only things still cancer free.Rowan is undergoing chemotherapy treatment at the Colorado Children's Hospital in Denver.  Rowan's family is clinging to their faith and HOPE in GOD during this difficult time and as their little boy bravely fights the battle.  See updates about Rowan posted on Rowan's Facebook page  
For those of you who purchase raffle tickets from me, I am offering the prizes detailed below, from which I will choose FIVE names. 

Prize #2: Two Embroidery CD's; one is fun summer patterns, and the other is a beautiful alphabet.

 Prize #3: An Amy Butler Bag I made including two bag patterns:

Prize #4: An OESD CD of Embroidery Expressions Spring Collection of 22 designs:
Prize #5: A collection of three patterns; table runners, pillow and wall hanging. 

And... you never know... I may add another prize (or two) depending on the response!

Here are the Details:  

1.  Only those who buy raffle tickets are eligible for this giveaway.  Tickets are $3.00 each, or 4 for $10.00. No amount is too small...To enter the raffle and the MarveLes Giveaway, please write your check (no cash, please), to "Rowan the Fighter"  and send it to me: Leslie McNeil at 2805 6th Ave No, Great Falls, MT  59401.  In order for you to be entered into the raffle on time, I must receive your check by JUNE 25, 2012.
2. I will fill out the raffle ticket for you, and promise to get it in the raffle drawing for you, too.

3.  The drawing for the "Yellow Brick Road" Quilt for Rowan will happen at the Highwood  Community 100-year celebration on JUNE 30th.
4.  I will post the winner of the Quilt Raffle, as well as winners of ALL of the "MarveLes" Prizes on July 1st, or as soon thereafter as possible.

5.  If you prefer not participate in the raffle or the giveaway, you may also donate directly by sending your check to Rowan Flaten at P.O. Box 7, Highwood, MT  59450.

And most importantly, won't you pray for this child and his family? And THANK YOU!

"Thank you Lord for the gift of precious baby Rowan.  We thank you his sweet smile, for his family, friends, and all those who love him, and for the sweet moments you've given all of them, in caring for him, loving him, and praying for him.  We ask in confidence, and hope, that the Doctors and all those who care for Rowan have your wisdom, and we ask for a miracle in healing for this sweet child.  May his Mom and Dad and all their family have the strength they need to meet each new day as they turn their hearts towards you. We ask it in your Son's precious name, Jesus.  Amen."
From my Sketchbook...
"One day at a time sweet Jesus
That's all I'm askin' of you
Just give me the strength
to do every day what I have to do."
Soli Deo Gloria!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Soul Blossom No. 3 ~

Soul Blossom No 3 ~  for some goofy reason, typing that just reminds me of the song "She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain When She Comes!" We used to love to sing that song!
And this is the flower center, using more Liquid Pearls dimensional paint.  I like this flower center the best ~ so far!
I wanted to change up the petal shape, just for fun.  Of course, this has caused other ideas to pop into my head.  Perhaps some other shapes, too.  Stars, anyone?  A giant heart?  Maybe a personalized name, word or letter?  Oh my... 'she's comin' round the bend' and I'm not talkin' about a train, but I am a whistlin' ideas round in my head!
I'm going to give this Soul Blossom No. 3" away ---  as part of the Quilt Raffle for "Rowan The Fighter" too.

What do you think?  Would you like to win one of these? I'm hoping so...

And... I am going to add in several other items I've made, too, as well some 'brand new' embroidery cd's never opened... items from the shop...  As I gather my thoughts, and think about the whole project, I get more excited!  I hope you are too!

Stay tuned... details coming over the weekend for Rowan's Quilt Raffle and Giveaway! 
Blessings ~

Monday, May 14, 2012

Beautiful Spring Fling

We had such a fun weekend celebrating family, puppy love, and garden seeds... and perfect 75 degree weather with bright sunshine and a very light breeze.  Perfect! 
Georgia had a great time playing with AJ!

 And thanks to my sweet husband, we got our garden boxes filled with new garden soil, and all ready for planting.  And then had a grand time planting beets, carrots, peas, and herbs.  We're going to get some tomato plants and onions, planted soon. 

 And just a few flowers ~ although their fate will most definitely be in the *mouth* of a black and white puppy in her terrible two's!
No sewing for three whole days for me!  It was good to take a break.  I have several new things started, including a twin-size quilt I've made and will quilt *soon* as a fund raiser-raffle for little  "Rowan The Fighter." a ten-month old baby boy who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. 

I will have details posted about this quilt and Rowan, later this week.  In conjunction with the raffle, I'm going to have a special give-a-way of one of my quilted items for those who buy raffle tickets on the quilt! Please come back later this week and check it out! 

Love and blessings ~ have a great week!
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