Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Getting Ready for Christmas

It was a rough Thanksgiving this year. There has been so much going on, so many new things for everyone to adjust to. I went all out with the decorating this year since my MIL has Alzheimer's and we honestly don't know just how long it will be before she doesn't remember any of this. Just knowing that makes it tough. My grandson is adjusting to his dad and mom both getting remarried this year. It is hard on a seven year old to understand it all. They all love him and I pray that all of our love will get him through. My brother is going through a divorce, so that is a little upsetting as well. I felt badly that he couldn't be with us for Thanksgiving but at least he will be here for Christmas.

So, since I was fortunate to have two of the grandchildren over the holiday we made some crafts. They love the studio and can spend an entire day there making everything from ATC cards to pictures and stories and many other things. I've also been working with them playing checkers and Monopoly and teaching them strategy and how to think ahead. It certainly helps sharpen their focus and their math abilities as well. Now if only I could pronounce and remember all those Pokemon characters in the game, we would be great! They didn't have Pokemon when I was growing up.

My grandson wanted a small tree for his room so we found this one that I had left over from when I used to put a small tree in every room of the house. We cut out paper ornaments on the Cricut and decorated it for the holidays. It is hard to tell but there are dinosaurs, tractors, bulldozers, snowflakes, and a bunch of miniature ornaments I found for him in the studio. He was so excited about his tree. I'm hoping it helps him to feel a little more "in the spirit" of the holiday. School is back in session and I already miss having him here. Funny how a measly 12 hours makes you miss someone so much.

I hope everyone had a blessed holiday.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Name this found treasure

I am always on the lookout for found objects of all sorts. Besides painting, beading, scrapbooking, card making, ATC card making and misc. other things; I love Altered Art. I take that which most people throw away and make them into something interesting. This is something I found that just spoke to me. Don't ask what it said, the memory fades way too easily. ;)

I know no clue what it is or how I will use it but for now, it will stare at me until the inspiration hits and I finally figure out what great work of art it will become. Of course, the thought of incorporating it into a crown crossed my mind. Who knows. Stay tuned, this may get interesting!

Have a sunny day!

Cats will be cats

This is the time of year that I decorate for Christmas. We have Thanksgiving dinner here for the family and everyone enjoys seeing the trees decorated. I'm only doing five trees this year.

Our cats are now just over a year old. They are being great so far but with cats, odd little things always go on.

Each of our cats has their own Windsor chair that they sleep in. One sleeps in the parlor, the other in the living room. Cricket is the most agile of the cats (the black and white cat) while Shadow tends to be a little pudgy and not quite as agile, but he has been practicing.

Today as I was putting the lights on the living room tree, Cricket refused to leave her chair. Shadow decided he was going to check out the lights but the only way there was by way of Cricket's chair. So, with his little "tight rope walking technique" he has been perfecting; he walked on the rungs of the back of the Windsor chair over top of Cricket just to see the lights. I've always wanted a picture of him doing that little trick so I used the camera that was handy to capture the shot. It didn't come out great, but you will at least get a glimpse of my little acrobat (he is all black so he is hard to see). He will never make it to Cirque du Soleil, but I love him just the same. His sister on the other hand was quite annoyed.

Have a sunny day!

Friday, November 12, 2010

The World Traveler

This is a custom piece of jewelry I made for a wonderful woman named Beverly. She fell in love with my "Dream" bracelet and wanted a version for herself with some of the same components. She brought me some beads and charms that meant a lot to her from her travels around the world that she wanted included in the bracelet. They truly dictated the theme and color for the bracelet. I know the beautiful brass color and cinnabar and ruby colored stones will look especially beautiful on her. When you look at this bracelet pay close attention to the face beads. They are glass beads with faces hand painted on the inside of them. There are Swarovski crystals all over the bracelet. A woman cannot have enough "bling".I am adding three photo charms to the bracelet but I never like to put someone else's photograph on my blog without asking. I hope you enjoy viewing "The World Traveler".

Thank you for viewing this masterpiece.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Memory Jar

During a recent visit to Northeast PA, I happened upon an antique shop whose name I will have to add later. He was very kind about letting me take pictures of several things. The one thing that intrigued me most was a concrete memory pot. I've seen them made of several materials and including a lot of different things but there was something different about this particular pot. I still can't put my finger on it but it seemed like something meant to settle their lives. I wouldn't be surprised if the person who discovered it, also happened to also find remains in it.

Anyway, here are the photos. Be sure to click on them to enlarge them for detail. I'm interested to hear other opinions. The price if you are interested, is $1100.00.