Saturday, November 29, 2008

To thine own self...

"To thine own self be true". I don't know why, but sayings like this stay in my mind....I have so many sayings and quotes stuck in my head . But sometimes, I don't even understand the phrases or quotes or prose that is stuck in my head. It just gets in there and then.....sometimes.....every now and then, I get it. I understand or at least, I come to some understanding that is right for me.
This one.....("To thine Own Self Be True") is a quote from Hamlet/Shakespeare. After doing some research, I discovered that my understanding for this phrase is not exactly what was meant in the famous prose. See more about that here.
My interpretation of this phrase is that I need to remain true to myself. It reminds me not to get distracted so easily in my art interests or anything else for that matter. It reminds me that I love bright colors and messing with glue and as many mediums as possible to create a wonderful and funky piece of art. Being true to myself reminds me that just because I can make something that someone else has created does not mean I will enjoy making it. Do you get what I'm trying to say?
So, since that has been running around in my mind with all the other crazy things that run around in there......I was inspired to create this mixed media piece. This is more of what I love and the message is clear.....TRUTH. Oh, and I have to mention that this is an encaustic piece. I used beeswax on the collage pieces and the last layer of the entire piece.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Christmas Decorations

I think I mentioned I already did the Christmas decorations since Cody will only get to be here for Thanksgiving and not Christmas. I kind of did a blue/silver winter type tree. It is different for me as I usually do a traditional type. Cody arrived Monday evening and we have enjoyed him so much. He leaves on Saturday. We celebrate Thanksgiving with the big family gathering over at my Aunt Peggy's house. I'm hoping that we will all get to go to a movie later today as well. FUN! Yes, I will take my know that!

Hubby and I were out cleaning around the pond yesterday and I noticed the fairies have already put out their Christmas decor. It's like they knew that Cody was coming. I think that was sweet if that was the case! Anyway, you all have a wonderful day, hopefully filled with family, friends, food and naps-and THANKFUL THOUGHTS.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Nubian Queen Lola's Cajun Kitchen

OK, I know.....I promised some Christmas decor photos but this is much more interesting. So....hubby calls me into the living room this evening to see something on television.....(he always does that and I'm always slightly bothered but glad when I see what it is he wants to show me on tv). He was watching "Texas Country Reporter" which is a wonderful little show that comes on every weekend. It is a kind of documentary by of unique individuals and places in Texas.
One of the stories tonight, was about a lady named Lola Stephens who has a little cajun kitchen in Austin, Texas called "Nubian Queen".

SO might say. But her story is so awesome. She is truly a one woman show. She is the cook, the waitress, the cashier, and the dishwasher at her little kitchen. But that is not the most impressive part of her story. While she is serving her patrons at the front door, she is feeding the homeless out the back door of her restaurant. She even closes on Sunday....."to feed the homeless". She is such a humble but strong woman! She is a firm believer in Luke 6:38 which reads, "Give and it will be given to you." Here is a video of her talking that will give you more of an idea about what kind of woman she is.

I don't know, I can't possibly tell it in a way that would move you the way the Texas Country Reporter story moved me. But, you might take a look at the links provided. I think she is a modern day saint like Mother Teresa who says....."We can do no great things.....only small things with great love".

Felt Bird Ornaments

So far, I have made three of these little felt birds. This one is "cranberry" colored felt with a grey heart/wing. I embroidered the word "peace" on the wing. I learned to do the blanket stich for these birds. I have also made a pink and a cream colored one. All available in my shop on Etsy of course.
This weekend, I am finishing up my holiday decorating. I already have the tree up and several other decorations because Cody is coming home for Thanksgiving and not Christmas. So, I wanted it to be festive for him. Also, my sisters are coming from New Mexico! My mom is coming and so many others! Yay! I'm so excited for Thanksgiving this year. Can you tell? What are you doing this weekend? I know several people who are getting their Christmas decorations out and starting the process.
I hope to post some pics tonight or tomorrow to show my Christmas spirit gone Crazy! Hugs and happy weekend.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Spool Knitting Kit

I have been working on this little spool knitting kit for a few weeks and was finally able to list it today on Etsy. Do you know about spool knitting? It is a type of weaving/knitting (also called corking) that has been around for hundreds of years. It was a great way to get children interested in knitting. I learned about it when I was very young.
Our teacher taught us how to make the knitters from an empty spool and some nails. I recently learned that there were all kinds of ornamental type knitters and they did not all look like spools.

Take a look at this flickr group with all the pictures and collections of old spool knitters.

Anyway, my kit is available in my Etsy shop. Come and have a look.

Now, in reference to Renea "Pocket Full of Pretty's" funny pics about the dogs looking out the window and tearing up their owners blinds, etc. Here is the view from the inside at my house.
We seem to have the same problem with Sebastian. He is always propping himself up on his elbows (do dogs have elbows?) and looking out the window. He has torn up many sets of blinds and the window is alway filthy with his nose and paw prints. But, he looks so cute when I come home and he is looking out the window at me.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Pink Art

I know that pink is not in my usual pallet, but, I wanted to do something different...something pink for some reason. I guess I thought that would be as far away from my usual colors as I could get. Something new and different.
What a fru fru girl she is with her pink poodle! She is sooooooo not me! But, I love her. Hmmmm, she reminds me of someone......a friend of mine........I wonder who........???? I completed this piece last night and will post it on my etsy in a moment.
Meanwhile, I had a great day. I got up very early to drive to Odessa for the American Heart Walk that I was the leader of for my work place. We had a great turn out and lots of donations. I enjoyed the dancing/aerobic warm up. It was very hip hoppy and zuma like. I wanna take a class like that. FUN!

Husband traveled with me so he could geocache in Odessa while I walked. Then he and I went to Johnny Carino's for lunch. We drove back to Big Spring (all this before noon) and I dropped him off at the house, picked up the daughter and off to my Aunt Peggy's to see my Mom who had come to town. Also got to visit with several family members who I have not seen in awhile. It was great. Here is a pic of Heather with her great grandma...

I hope you all are having a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Paper Flowers and Fabric Flowers

Well, I'm kind of in a creative funk again. I hate it when this happens! I'm so glad that next weekend I am going to Fredricksberg, TX again to the trade days. I know it will inspire me in all kinds of directions. Meanwhile, while I am trying to get my groove back........I have been making a lot of little short term projects in the paper department. I made this little posey pin from faux vintage post/letters etc papers from the scrapbooking department. I actually wore it yesterday on my jacket.

Then I spotted this book on Fabric Flowers by Elizabeth Helene Searle at the fabric store and I had to get it. I used her instructions to make this first fabric flower. I want to try several of her other flowers instructions. Now, what will I do with them? Who knows? Does it really matter if I am enjoying myself? Probably everyone will get fabric or paper flowers for Christmas! Heehee

Have a great day.