Thursday, December 31, 2009

I am looking forward to the new year. I was born in 1955 so I will be 55 in a few weeks.   Somehow that seems to have a special meaning for me.  My favorite thrift store gives a 25% senior discount at that age.... yea!  2009 has been challenging and a year of CHANGE no doubt.  Not the change I would choose but I have to say my heart has been filled with so much gratitude for all that my life is blessed with.  Our business has come to a halt, due to the economy, and my husband has struggled with depression and feelings of worthlessness.  Men are so identified with how they provide for their families.  I, on the other hand, have had none-stop work this year and have been burning the candle at both ends.  I have a wonderful home, filled with memories and lovelies, that we may need to sell this upcoming year.  We sit on a beautiful location at the north end of Flathead Lake.   I have loved watching the ever-changing water as she reflects the beauty of the sky.  I am so thankful to have been  fortunate to raise my children in  a setting that most people see on a postcard.  I feel a twinge of sadness but at the same time such excitement to see the direction God will lead me in.  Because, as I look back through my ever changing life, one thing remains constant....the faithfulness of Gods care for me.  I HOPE your new year leads you to a greater understanding of Gods love for you through Jesus Christ.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Alex was the cow  in the nativity play at his pre-school.  It was the best .  The costumes were so cute and simple.  The kids learned six songs with signs.  I think the teacher is amazing to get these little kids to learn so much and they were all having fun.  In one song they were given bells to ring and a little girl angel was hitting the boy angel next to her with every jingle.  It was so funny!   I am loving the Gramma phaze of my stress just fun!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Star of Wonder

O Star of wonder, star of night

Star with royal beauty bright

Westward leading, still proceeding

Guide us to thy Perfect Light

I came across this antique silk quilt a few years ago.  It is entirely hand stitched with tiny black stitches.  I have not seen this pattern (on the order of the pineapple pattern) but each block looks like a star of Davit so I cut it apart and made them into Christmas ornaments.   They measure about 12 inches across.  I hand stitched antique tinsel garland around the edge.
Because the silk is so fragile I had to make a
large opening in the back to turn it.  This I closed
with vintage mother of pearl buttons.  Then I
stiffened the back to keep the shape .

Sunday, December 6, 2009

My grandsons were over for the weekend.  I was busy on the computer while they were watching a video.  I turned around to see what they were up to and they had stacked themselves on the couch...this was a precious rare moment and I had a fully charged battery  on my camera.  I was so happy to get one picture where none of them had a goofy face (though I love those, too).   34 years ago when we were looking forward to their dads first Christmas I couldn't have imagined I would be getting these guys to enjoy future Christmas with.  My cup runneth over. 

Monday, November 30, 2009

This angel was made  from an antique newel post and stands 51" tall. I enjoyed the process more because I know her new owner and felt free to add a few elements that I knew she would appreciate.  She has layers upon layer of paint as I searched for her color. She tried on pink and green and a yellow green and black......  I wanted to draw attention to her lovely shape by painting her parts different colors but only made her look like she belonged in a circus.  She wasn't pleased.  Finally after hours of painting and looking and standing with much toe tapping I found her color and she began to smile.  She has gone to the most beautiful home where she will be loved and will spend her life watching over her family of giant dogs, Great Danes and Newfoundlands, and various other creatures and humans who come and go.  She can look out over a beautiful lake in the wooded foothills of the Rockies when she isn't busy keeping an eye on Lea.  Lea will keep her busy, as she is always going here and there and trying this and that, and wears her heart on the outside. 
Psalm 91
9 If you make the Most High your dwelling

even the LORD, who is my refuge-
10 then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


I took a tutorial from Jane DesRosier (Gritty Arts Studio) to learn how to make this tiny doll.  Her teaching style is so fun and relaxed.    She is only 6 inches tall.

Jane is one of the many people I find myself thankful for this season of Thanksgiving.  I have learned a lot from her about art, but more  importantly, I have learned more about trusting God.  Jane has been transparent about some things in her life that most of us struggle with but keep hidden in our hearts closet.  I have watched her grow through things faster than anyone I have known.   She wears her faith where everyone can see and Glorifies God with her artwork, often including scripture in it.  She has been through many changes and outright battles since I have come to know her but has remained on the narrow road.   Always generous and encouraging. 

I have to mention the snowman head is in a tiny vintage Japan childs tea cup....2"wide...did I tell you that Jane taught me to sculpt with paper clay....I am loving it!

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart
lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
                                    Proverbs 3:5-6

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Thy leaves are so unchanging;

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

Thy leaves are so unchanging;

Not only green when summer's here,

But also when 'tis cold and drear.

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

Thy leaves are so unchanging!

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

Much pleasure thou can'st give me;

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

Much pleasure thou can'st give me;

How often has the Christmas tree

Afforded me the greatest glee!

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

Much pleasure thou can'st give me.

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

Thy candles shine so brightly!

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

Thy candles shine so brightly!

From base to summit, gay and bright,

There's only splendor for the sight.

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

Thy candles shine so brightly!

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

How richly God has decked thee!

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

How richly God has decked thee!

Thou bidst us true and faithful be,

And trust in God unchangingly.

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

How richly God has decked thee! !"

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Monday, November 2, 2009

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Finally my mystery balls are finished. ( posted a couple of months ago) They are loaded with vintage surprises. Some are on ice cream sundae glasses and others are bobbling around on old rusty bedsprings. Their hats are made from old woolen trousers and are decorated with various vintage finds that include mercury glass beads and balls, tiny bottle brush trees, metal tinsel garland and covered in glass glitter and mica flakes.. They are all ready to go to Hoopers Christmas Show. Like all dolls they each have their own personality. I have to give credit to The Primitive Nook for the pattern. I took her creativity and added my own flare...

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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Happy Birthday Susan

.   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.   Galatians 5:22-23

This little sweetie is a birthday present for a friend of mine. She is only 9" tall to the top of her tiny pom pom on the top of her hat. Her old bottle is only 1.5" in diameter. So nice to make something just for FUN

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Monday, October 26, 2009

 I was recently  brought to rememberance of a woman who impacted my childhood. Her name was Mary Ann Freeman. Every summer she would come to teach the childrens church at the Normal (yes that is the name of the town ) Holiness Campmeeting. She was an evangelist. She was so vibrant, a regular pied piper. She had all of the noisy instruments from sticks to tamborines and cymbols.  It was so fun to rummage through her big  leather suitcase for our favorite instrument of praise and then march around the open sanctuary making a JOYFUL noise. Before the childrens meeting she would go out and pick up kids in her car. Note, this was before seat belts. Her car would be packed full of noisy children wiggling and laughing. I was camping with my family on the grounds but she would take me out with her on these forays. When the car was bursting at the seams with kids she would stuff me between herself and the door. Oh, I felt special when MaryAnn was in town. Once she took me shopping and purchased a store bought dress for me. It was about 50 years ago but I can still remember...  how beautiful and oh the joy! Thanks Mary Ann for making one little girl feel so special.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

I had a great time at the annual fund raiser/ arts & crafts show, for the Conrad Mansion. I finished this antique newel post angel just in time and she sold right away. In fact I only had one box of stuff to bring home. It was a success and I am going to  have to get busy because the show I was planning on doing ( I just stuck the Mansion show in for fun) is in two weeks and I don't have much left. Which is a blessing.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Old worn out things make me feel all happy.  I love tiny old baby shoes that are so worn that you know many different feet have worn them over the years.  This one I filled with old bottle brush trees and some vintage tinsel garland.

Here is my little snow girl... I love this time of year when it is cloudy and wet and cold because I can sit down and create.  When it is beautiful and the sun is shining I cannot keep myself on task inside.

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

Mother Teresa

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Michael, my youngest son, took this picture last year but I had not noticed how beautiful it was.  This is the dawn of a new day.

I was given the gift, from a dear friend, of a Tres Dias. It was a beautiful and life transforming event.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Autumn is in the air today. The morning air was crisp and I feel inspired to get some work done for the shows I have coming up. Yea, Christmas...Santas and snowmen , angels and sparkle, sparkle, sparkle.
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Saturday, September 26, 2009

This is where I went today...I am having a hard time working when creation is calling me out to play.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Mothers day

a few years ago two of my adult children (Zach and  Windy) got together and sang this song to me for a mothers day surprise. I was so overcome that I couldn't speak.


There are places i'll remember

All my life though some have changed

Some forever not for better

Some have gone and some remain

All these places have their moments

With lovers and friends i still can recall

Some are dead and some are living

In my life i've loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers

There is no one compares with you

And these memories lose their meaning

When i think of love as something new

Though i know i'll never lose affection

For people and things that went before

I know i'll often stop and think about them

In my life i love you more

Though i know i'll never lose affection

For people and things that went before

I know i'll often stop and think about them

In my life i love you more

In my life i love you more

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Lock me in my Studio!

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