Saturday, March 28, 2009

Another Year Has Passed.......

...and it feels moments ago that I was a small child....seconds ago that I became a wife and in a fleeting blink ... a mother. Where does time go?

As I think back on all those events in my life that took me down the path I walk today I think,"How Blessed I am!" Don't get me wrong I have had some sad and unhappy moments through the years but I have always considered those moments of growth. My belief that all happens for a reason and we grow in bad times and tend to be somewhat stagnet in good times. You know.....coasting along. Those moments helped me develop strength and endurance. They showed me that every moment of happiness and love is ever precious and should be treasured as a fine jewel...never to be replaced!

Remembering my young years I must smile as I can see that the dreams I had in those days long ago have since become the reality of my life.

Dreams of falling in love...
Dreams of getting married...
Dreams of a home and family...
Dreams of a career...
Dreams of watching my children grow into adults who follow their hearts and pursue their dreams.

I remember the birth of each of my sons....the joy and love that filled my heart beyond a capacity that I didn't even know I had. Their tiny faces, hands and feet moving in rhythm with my heart. As I held them closely and felt their hearts beat with mine I prayed for them to know that I loved them with a love greater than I could imagine.

Through the years they have shown me the meaning of life....They are what life is all about...They give me my eternity on earth.

My husband has always allowed me to pursue my dreams. As I enter these twilight years where my career will soon close and I will move to a time where I can spend my days playing in my art studio, my heart and soul is filled with smiles and overflowing with love.

Trust me....turning 62 is not an ending but new beginning...I am now counting not years but months until I can close my career days and begin the playing of my life. I feel as though I am nearing going full circle in, work...then back to play.

Thank you, my husband, sons, daughter-in-law, and grandsons for giving me joy, happiness and a wonderful life! You EACH fulfill my being!

Thank you, mom, for giving me life which I enjoy to the fullest!!!!

I LOVE all of you!!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

More Creations

Here are more creations for vendor night at ArtFest:

Each of these journals is a one-of-a-kind journal. A composition notebook that is easily replaceable once it has been completed fits in the reusable cover. There is a coordinated pen enclosed in the front pocket.

The first three journals are made from fiber fused fabrics that are one-of-a-kind designs using a fused technique where threads, yarns, fabrics and paper are bonded together to create fabric. They are trimmed with ribbons, stitching and artificial flowers to enhance the fused design.

The insides were constructed using a coordinated cotton fabric.

This journal was created from some fabric I discovered at a small fabric shop when I was on a fabric hunting excursion with a friend. I fell in love with it and have been looking for just the right use. A journal is perfect.

I invite you to stop by my booth on vender night to see these lovely designs.

Also, if you leave a comment on my blog you will be entered into the monthly drawing. See details in the upper right of my blog.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Creating in My studio....

....has been exciting these days as I am getting ready for ArtFest the first of April. Since Easter is just around the corner I have been decorating eggs to bring for vendor night. Here is a sneak peak:

These are a terrific gift for friend or loved one. When opened there is a special a message inside.

Messages include:

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul.
And sings the tune
Without the words,
And never stops at all.

Emily Dickenson (1830-1886)

For it was not into my ear you whispered,
But into my heart.
It was not my lips you kissed,
But my soul.

Judy Garland

A friend is someone
Who knows the song in your heart,
And sings it back to you
When you have forgotten the words.

Author Unknown

Shoot for the moon
For even if you miss,
You'll land among the stars.

Les Brown

They will be packaged and ready to give to that special someone.

Off to get the ribbons on the packaging......

Copyright 2009: Egg design and assemblage.
Marylin's Nouvelle Collection and Willow Brook Home Decor

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Unexpected Visitor

As I glanced out our kitchen window I saw a figure moving through the grass. I kept watching until I realized it was the fox that has taken residence in our woods. Hurrying to my studio I grabbed the camera and scurried to snap a picture of this very elusive creature.

He stopped and looked around as if he knew someone was watching him. Then he slowly ambled across the open area.

I was able to snap a couple of pictures before he disappeared behind the trees.

What a catching sight! His colors are beginning to become vibrant as they do for the spring and summer seasons.

Last week I saw him with his mate playing in the far area of the pasture. Hopefully, I will be able to capture a picture of them together.....perhaps with tiny kits in the spring.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

March Drawing Creation

Since Easter is in April this year I wanted to make the March prize an item that the winner could enjoy during the month of April. I knew it need to be something special so I began to search through my fabrics. I first thought a pale green floral would work then this lovely pink and white twall revealed itself. That's it!

I would make a basket then place some eggs and bits of candy in it. What a lovely table centerpiece this would make! Now I needed to create a pattern. I took a lid from the cabinet and traced a circle for the bottom of the basket. Then I measured the circumference to determine the amount of fabric needed for making the sides. I began stitching on the machine.

Once I had the sides and bottom stitched I made a handle.

As I looked through my drawer of various laces and trims I found this lovely lace to decorate the sides and a small string of tiny pearls to wrap around the handle. Then I made bows for each side where the handles connected to the basket.

Since eggs are always part of the Easter celebration I began creating eggs using some left over plastic eggs.

Here are the fruits of my labor:

After placing some angel hair grass in the basket I laid the eggs gently on the grass.

Now to complete the look I stitched a small fabric butterfly on the handle.

THIS is the prize for March! All you need to do is leave a comment on my blog. (Be sure to send me a separate private email with your contact information should you be the winner.)

Each time you visit and leave a comment your name is entered to win. Please only one comment per post.