Friday, December 28, 2007

Beading Basics

While visiting in California, I've had the opportunity to spend some 
time with my nephews and niece. One afternoon we gathered around 
the kitchen table and strung beads to make bracelets for their mom
and aunt. David (top) attempted to string tiny seashells, but later made
 a stunning red and silver bracelet. Zachary (bottom)became a bracelet-
making machine! He created four bracelets and a camouflage wristband
 for himself! They were totally immersed in their projects, as you can see!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas Blessings

My husband and I arrived in beautiful Santa Barbara last night to spend Christmas with my husband's family. Tonight our daughter Kate joined us. We will be celebrating Christmas with three other families and the holiday promises to be filled with conversation, children's laughter and the warmth of companionship. This is truly a blessing and we are so glad to be here.
Another little angel, this time a fabric and felt ornament, came out of a box of my Mom's things. She had it hanging up all year long, as she did many of my fabric creations.
I think of her and my Dad often during this season, but know that they are sending down their love and blessings especially during this festive time.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

A Surprise!

Two days ago, a package arrived in the mail and I was really perplexed as to who had sent it, since I didn't recognize the name on the return address.
As I debated on whether I should even open it, I suddenly remembered that I had won a prize in a giveaway on The Bunnies Bungalow, a blog by Debra K ! I was so delighted!
The box contained a lovely gold star dish, a star-shaped gold basket, two gift bags, a spool of ribbon and a lovely chocolate bar. The theme of stars and gold was wonderfully carried out and it amazed me that I had received such a thoughtful package from a complete stranger.
Debra, many thanks. It was a very bright moment in my holiday season and each item will be put to good use. I wish you and your family a wonderful, very happy Christmas!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Holly Angel

Here's the little paper angel from two entries back, this time done in fabric over felt with a painted face. Over the years I've made angels in many forms and always enjoy designing and embellishing them.
Lately I've been preparing for Christmas, decorating and buying gifts. Can't wait to spend time with family and especially my daughter. I'm hoping to have some good "hanging out" time with her and my husband. We'll be visiting some very dear relatives and I know we'll have a great time.
Knowing how antsy I get if I'm not working with my hands, I'm preparing some hand quilting to bring with me. We'll have plenty to do, but I'll bring some sewing and the old sketch pad for whatever ideas that happen along!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Holiday Card

I recently came across this card from a few years ago. The design elements are cut from fused fabric and mounted on a blank card. I love to use different patterns and textures to add richness to a picture.

I'm cooking up a "giveway" for my blog's first anniversary in January. I never realized when I began blogging how much I would enjoy it! It has given me a chance to record some of the work I've done over the past year, but the nicest part has been the great people I have met through our blogs. I am constantly amazed by the talented artists and writers whose work I otherwise would never have seen if it were not for links from other blogs. I'm also inspired by the work ethic I see in some people. Their constant flow of work and ideas makes me want to try out new techniques and produce more in 2008. I think that being open to new ways of self expression is what it's all about! Creativity is an important part of my life and I'm grateful to be able to share that with others

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Paper Angel

Here's a simple little angel, fashioned from parchment paper, a wooden ball and a circle of gold paper. I've used this pattern in various ways over the years, but love the stark simplicity of it done without frills, in natural colors. I'll show the same pattern with a totally different look in a future entry!

I was delighted to find out today that I was a winner in a give- away over at The Bunnies' Bungalow . This is a great blog, recommended to me by my blogging friend KJ over at Eye-Dyllic. KJ's blog is full of great quotations, vintage illustrations, and is always fun and interesting to read! You should check out both blogs - I'm sure you'll enjoy them!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Something New

Yesterday my husband gave me an early Christmas gift - the Apple MacBook on which I am writing this entry. I had an inkling that he had done this after he and my daughter went to the Apple store very early on the morning after Thanksgiving. Although they were getting a new laptop for Kate, I just had a funny feeling.....
The idea of learning something new (I had used only a PC before this) scared me no end, but my daughter assures me that I will be able to handle the new system and that she will give me personalized lessons when we get together at Christmas. How lucky am I !!
It did snow here last night and everything is white, punctuated by the remaining leaves in various shades of brown. It's a bit bleak outside, with a promise of more snow to come. A good day for getting some work done!!