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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?
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Friday, April 19, 2013

Born Again {My New} Crosses ~ {and giveaway!}

hi friends ~

oh gosh... i am so soooo glad it's the weekend already!!  woot!

today i'm excited to show you how i recently decided to change things up a bit! i went through all the quilts i've had for sale in the etsy shop, and decided there were a few things that needed 'new life! '  so i cut 'em up!

don't get me wrong ~ i loved these quilts!  they were fun to make, and i learned so much from just the actual making of them. but it  was time.  and i didn't even hesitate ~ i was that sure it would be exciting... and a great adventure to "see beyond" and see them become new life! {yay}

some were cut up into crosses.  these are sized at 2.5" x 5.5" approximately.  perfect little bookmarks.  i've posted about them before, and you may have seen them if you've been reading the blog for awhile.  but this time it was even more special.  and i just loved how they turned out!!!

if you have a minute to see what these quilts looked like, check out the picture below.  or you can see my original post about this little paper/journal quilt {here}.

"Joy" {comes in the morning}  Yes!  It does!

i made a few hearts from this quilt, too. i'll show the hearts in a future post. it was a dramatic change and... soooo fun. 

... dug through some of my jars of ribbons and embellishments, and found this special little embroidered rose trim.  it was given to me in a big old vintage hat box that someone found at a garage sale, and gave to meisn't it sweet?  i thought it was a perfect home for it!

these are all newly listed in my shop!  {two or more you get a discount}.  let me know what you think?
i've got some new ones on my cutting table... and i'm going to give one of them away.  leave a comment on today's post.  winner announced one week from today {on this blog}.  i'd love to send one to YOU!!!

and! {another one to be given away on studio jru's blog today too!}

quite the 'new life' change, don't you think?  love the freedom i have to make that kind of change.  and...

i'm so glad i said yes!   

you can win one of the crosses, as well as a little journal quilt i made from some paper fabric i made, which is being offered by jennifer at the STUDIO JRU blogcheck out all the details at studio jru today!!!

blessings~and have a great weekend~!  I can't wait!!
soli deo gloria! 
and linking up here... playdates at the wellspring
beautiful blog!

thanking the Lord for all the good things He has done for me... and for us!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Dr. Suess & a new watercolor card

hi everyone!

gosh...  what can i say?  i'm always finding a way to doodle somehow... making cards, playing in color, adding texture, lettering, stitching, stamping, and a bit of glitter...
... is just a little slice of art heaven for this girl!

 and then add a bit of dr. suess wisdom and there you have it... fun, whimsy, and a card all wrapped up in one small package!
any chance to put them all together is a super good time for me. what is it you do that gives you a little slice of heaven in your life, or artwork, or doodling? 

speaking of a little slice of {blogger} heaven ~ it's "in the studio" today with studio jru ~ and i'll be linking up, there too, today ~ i encourage you to join up!  it's a great group of artists, and so... so very much more. 

thankful for the blessings ~
and blessings on your weekend!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Terri's Garden ~ Part 1 ~ GiveAway reminder!

Hi everyone ~ wow it's been quite the week!  Thank you for all of your kind remarks on our "Great Adventure" { a love story!}  God is so good ~ all the time.

The little quilt piece below is one I've been trying to finish. Not done yet!  {but I am really lovin' the process of playing with it} ~ this is one of Terri Stegmiller's stencil - flowers.

And... printmaking!

And... Lots n lots of gelli prints, layered with stamping,doodles and more of Margaret's stencils and thermofax screens! Messy messy good!

Catchup with you on Sunday for the drawing for Margaret's stencils.  Have you commented for an entry my giveaway post for a couple of Margaret's gorgeous stencils, yet? {posted last Sunday!}

In the Studio... at Studio JRU today, and many others!  Join up!  Come check it out!

We're on the road tomorrow to go to the Bobcat-Grizzly girl's basketball game in Bozeman. {Go Lady Bobcats!}

Have a great weekend!
Soli deo Gloria!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Our Love Story ~

Hi there sweet readers ~

Today, I invite you to read a love story.  It's a personal one. A journey of a million heart miles... to unending joy.

While healing, faith, and hope are all woven in and through this story, it's not unusual.  Because this story was written by an awesome God.   {and still is!} 

Come ~ I hope you'll take a few minutes to read it.

I am so honored to have been asked.  It was a sweet {and challenging}  journey down memory lane to write out this story.  Even sweeter to know His love story is written in our hearts; Brian's and mine, together. To think, remember, and be so very, very, grateful.  And {more} Amazed at the One who holds us in the palm of His Hand.  I pray you will be blessed by it.

Drawing in Paper 53 App {1-11-13 by LAM}

My blogging friend, and wonderful artist, Jennifer, from Studio JRU has it published on her blog today.  
Thank you Jennifer, for your love, encouragement and boundless patience.
Psalm 37:3-7
"Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.  Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this; He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and patiently for him..."  

Soli Deo Gloria

Friday, February 15, 2013

Genuine Love ~

Good Day to you all!

I've been taking a break from sewing and computerland for a few days; feels good!  Sooooo happy for a three-day weekend, I am!  So... taking a gander at some of my photographs, I thought I would show you this little canvas...

A few months ago, we studied the Book of Romans, and it was a wonderful study.  In that study, we learned we get our English word "sincere" from the Greek word  "sinceros" ~ which means "without wax." Interesting.

Huh?  Wait! How do we get from sincere to 'without wax?'

Studying  further, we learned when potters made their pots, sometimes they cracked during the firing or curing process.  To cover up the crack, the potter would add dye to a wax that matched the pot's color, and then sell the flawed pot to an unsuspecting buyer.  When the cracked pot was used over the fire, the wax melted, the pot would leak, and of course, it was worthless.  That is why, in the letters to the Romans, Paul is instructing those new Christians - "be sure that your love is sincere... genuine... unobstructed... pure and whole!"

In other words - let your love be 'without wax.'  This was terminology the people of that time knew well, and a great visual for them in understanding what Paul meant. 

The particular verse in Romans Ch. 12:8 says  "let love be sincere" or "let love be genuine."   No cracks ~ no dyes ~ no false love!  Hmmm. 
 It is with this verse in mind, that I created this mixed media canvas to reflect my artistic interpretation of that verse.
 I understand better. {still learning!}  And this verse has fresh, new meaning as it comes alive to me knowing more about how it was spoken.  And... to live it out.

Ahhh ~ Genuine Love.  

The kind that is rock solid. Vibrant, and joyful.  A love worth giving.  No cracks.
The kind that is based upon the rock that is our archedos - greek for "anchor"  {another word I learned in Hebrews} and for Jesus.
I used crackle effect paint on this piece, not simply just for artsy texture, but for added meaning in the significance of this verse.
So... what does genuine love look like?  It looks like this to me, at least in part.

In the middle of the night... when the couple across the street are in a hateful argument that keeps me from sleeping, I get to pray for them... in love.  Not because I want to sleep {which of course I do} but because this is an example of the love Jesus showed us.

What about the guy speeding through the school zone ahead of me, cutting off traffic... he {or she} needs our prayers, not my arrogant, hurtling thoughts & insults, or how about this one:  "where is a cop when you need one?"  Been there.  Done that.  Yes I have.

We need the love of Jesus when we are at our worst, not at our best.  His love isn't for just the 'feel good' times ~ it's rock-solid ~ for ALL TIMES and ALL people in our life.  In the middle of the night... or busy, rushed mornings, to the high noon of the day.  

If there are people falling through the cracks of my love... then what {and who's} love am I relying on?  The answer: My own.  Ahhhh... cracks abound. I'm barely good enough on my best day... but Christ is solid, rock-steady, and overflowing, every day, all day, 24/7. 

This study revealed to me that our human love can be just like that cracked pot.  "putting on a happy face" or being in a "good mood" doesn't really cut the mustard.  It's not authentic, or true...  it's superficial and false-looking; it may look good on the outside, but it won't hold water and it can't take the heat on the toughest days... but Christ's love... never fails!

Be genuine!  Let's not let our love look like a cheap, cracked pot. 

I looking forward to the encouragement {and love} I see on the In the Studio link up with Jennifer today on STUDIO JRU.  It's a loving, and encouraging group.  Won't you consider it?  Come on ~ jump in and link up!  You will be so welcome.  

Soli Deo Gloria! 

Friday, February 8, 2013

New Crosses ~

Good day, readers~thanks for sharing a bit of your time on a good {and glad} Friday! 

Today, I'm sharing some new items I've made and listed in the shop {and a special}.  It's so much fun to see how the fabric changes when it's cut up and made into a specific shape. This is fabric I dyed, and then embellished.  I added dimensional paint, foiling, stencils, paint and thread!  This is surely one of my favorite 'artistic' expressions.
I've made these crosses, in two sizes.  One is large, to be hung on a wall, and the other, a small bookmark.  Both are in my shop!

Each one gets a little ribbon hanger, and a heart to secure it on the back.
Available in my Etsy shop as well as some new heart bookmarks... and a sale!
In celebrating the season of Lent and Easter celebration.  I'm offering a 20% discount if you are a blog reader.  Code: BLOG20. And ~ this discount applies to EVERY ITEM in the Etsy shop... good until Easter is over!  And similar to those commercials {from a long time ago}... like the cadbury egg... "when Easter's gone... so are they!" 

Hope you also stop by STUDIO JRU.  Beautiful love stories... beautiful art!  I've been working on my love story, which Jennifer will publish sometime this month.  Perhaps you'd like to check them out?  Sweet... sweet stories of inspiring love.  Stories only God could write.  AND... Fellowship Fridays!  EnJOY!  Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great weekend

And new listings of hearts, too. Just in time for Valentine's Day.  Same discount applies, too!
Soli Deo Gloria!

Friday, January 25, 2013

From My Studio ~ City Lights ~

Good Friday Morning everyone!

Today I want to show a new piece I designed last weekend.  I'm calling it "City Lights." The base fabric is, once again, my stash of aqua "grunge" fabric from Basic Grey for Moda.  It came together almost by accident, as I was cleaning up in the studio. As I was folding up fabrics, I began to think about how some of them really were quite intriguing against this aqua color...

I dropped what I was doing {go figure}, and didn't even take time to fuse these scraps to fusible.  I just decided to go for it, and audition those scraps, cutting them into narrow strips, and it started to look like a cityscape to me.  It kind of started with the grey and white print, which reminded me of a skyscraper... and then I saw the lime green modular batik print, and it looked like windows... and then other, more geographical prints, as well as the flowered ones.  When the flowered ones are cut up, they resemble foilage, trees, and greenery, against a backdrop of blue sky, or buildings, or well... your imagination!  And they are even more interesting in little slices...
I pinned each strip, and then began to stitch them down with the white thread.  While I was doing that, I knew it 'needed more' and I thought how cool it would be to add a bit of silver Razzle, you know, like the sunlight streaming down on the shiny skyscraper buildings and reflecting?  And of course, why stop at just one?  I added lime green, and aqua Razzle Dazzle or YLI Candlelight threads to further add sparkle and shine.
The picture above is the best rendering of true color of the piece.  Good light in the winter can be elusive in our house.  The picture below shows it hung on our living room wall, which faces the south, but it was a cloudy day outside, so there was not much light.  I'm sad that the sparkles and colors don't both really show off, but hopefully, you get the idea.
It was designed it to be hung horizontally, and I wanted the left side edge to have the feeling of kind of 'falling away' into the distance as you leave the city {at least that is what I was going for}. I used two different fabrics for the binding, too, and deliberately placed the blue one on the curvy left edge.
And I also hung it vertically, to see how looked.  I prefer it horizontally I think.  The next day the sun came into the house, but it kind of washes it out, but you can see how it will really sparkle and shine for real!
My Bernina 830 has a walking foot built into it; it's called the 'dual feed' and it just flips down from the back of the machine, and attaches to any dual feed foot.  {these are marked as "D" feet in case you ever want to know}. I used my patchwork foot #37D for all the straight rows in white thread.
Rows upon rows of straight stitching, unevenly spaced apart, and parallel to each other.  Right up my alley. haha.  And the fabrics are fraying a little bit too... which also appeals to me.  If I do another one, though I may take some time and fuse, as it's less hassle than pins.
See that little slice of text print above?  That's leftover from my stencil printing.  {cool!} And yes... I'm still lovin' that lime green and turquoise together.  I deliberately left the green top thread on my machine as I couched the aqua thread down, using the Bernina #39 foot.  I just really dig that contrast.

I hope you're looking forward to a nice weekend.  Terri's Blog Hop has sure been fun, huh!  I can't wait to see what Vicki has to show us today!  There's been such fabulous ideas for using them, you're bound to find something that will surely appeal!  

Thanks for stopping by; it's been a great week!
JOINING my sweet blogger friend Jennifer at Studio JRU for her Friday "In the Studio!"
Soli Deo Gloria! 
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