Friday, December 2, 2016

The Stockings Were Hung...


I have a few Christmas stockings made and listed in my Honeysuckle Lane shop. I'm just not as prolific in my handwork right now, so the pickings are slim. When they're gone, they're gone.


These are lined and may be hung facing left or right.


I'm trying to use all the fabrics I have on hand instead of buying more... do you know how hard that is???

Oops! 😏 Sorry about the excessive nail holes in the wall. I took me three tries to get something hung right, even with measuring! I meant to photoshop those holes out, but forgot to do that. I normally have something over the holes, but removed it to display the stockings.




I used an old fringed damask towel for this one... it's old and worn, but I love it!


Visit my shop HERE to see what's still available.

Have a lovely, blessed day!
Lana

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Peppermint Candy Sticks


Nowadays, time seems to get away from me over and over. I make plans, but then those plans change... quite often. I thought I'd make certain things to offer you before Thanksgiving, but those things are nowhere to be found, other than in bits and pieces, still waiting to be brought together on my workroom table.


Instead, I found all these fabrics in a box and decided at the last minute to whip up some old fashioned Christmas decorations. I will have several Christmas stockings listed tomorrow afternoon. All are lined and have loops for hanging. Some are long and skinny, more colonial in style, and some have cuffs and are more traditional, and then there are a few one of a kind stockings, that won't be duplicated and are not sold in pairs.



Among the fabrics, I found some red stripe canvas ticking... perfect for old fashioned peppermint sticks! There are several bundles available. You may need a few to tuck here and there throughout your Christmas decor. While making these peppermint sticks, I thought of an old country store in my hometown. It's no longer operating as the store where you could buy feed for your horse, a twist of tobacco for your grandpa, a chunk of bologna for your dad, fabric, shoes, or stockings for your mom, and a piece or two of candy for yourself... but the building still stands.

photo from facebook

The exterior was made from large blocks of the local sandstone, while the interior was creaky wood floors, wooden counters and shelves overflowing, and there was an old stove with chairs nearby for all the men to sit and spit and tell tall tales.

I have no idea how long the store was there... I think at least as far back as the 40s or 50s, maybe earlier. I remember going there in the 70s when I was a little girl. And later, in the 80s when I was in high school, that's where my mom bought my sewing supplies for Home Economics class. I still have those scissors and used them to cut out these peppermint sticks and Christmas stockings.

Ahhh, nostalgic memories! :)

Tonight, I have the peppermint sticks listed. Tomorrow afternoon I will add the Christmas stockings.

View An Old Fashioned Christmas here.

Take care & God bless,
Lana 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Fragments ~ a folk angel collection


Hi everyone!
I finally managed some time to make a few folk angels. It's a small collection, but at least I'm getting some work done after a dry spell.



This collection is called Fragments. While working on these angels and sifting through all the pieces of antique and vintage trims and laces... sometimes very small fragments... I thought of a passage in the Bible where Jesus had fed several thousand people with 5 barley loaves and 2 small fishes. After everyone had eaten, Jesus told the disciples to "gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost." The fact that all those people were fed and there were even more leftovers that what they began with was a miracle in itself!


But for some reason what Jesus told them stayed with me. And I'll share with you what was going through my mind and heart while I worked with those fragments of laces and trims:



No matter how small or insignificant we may feel, or how broken or fragmented our lives seem to be, God loves us and wants to save us --- remember what Jesus said, "Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost." He wants to gather us up and create a work in us that is beautiful and everlasting. Isn't that an amazing love?




So, that is why this angel collection is called Fragments. Maybe in some way, one of these angels will remind you, that no matter how small you feel at times, you are important to Him. Or maybe you can share that story and an angel with someone else that needs to know.

Visit the Fragments
folk angel collection here.

Take care and God bless, 

Lana

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Seeing the Whole Picture



I wrote this over a year ago and somehow it got saved as a draft and was lost in the long line of posts. I just discovered it again, and I suppose, just maybe, it is meant to be shared now. :)


“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

This reminds me of my husband, who is a carpenter. Sometimes when I go to the work site, I can't even imagine what it's going to look like later... it looks like a mess to me... but Roger has a vision. He can see that gorgeous new home or that newly remodeled kitchen... he isn't looking at the mess... he sees the finished product and works toward that goal. And when it's finished... it's beautiful!

So remember, God may be knocking out walls or tearing off the roof... but He sees the whole picture, not just the mess. He's making something you could never imagine... something wonderful and for your benefit... all because of His love for you.

God is so good! Don't you agree?

Blessings,
Lana

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Petite Pumpkin Papercuttings


I forgot to come back the next day as promised, but better late than never I suppose!


A few of the pumpkin papercuttings have already sold, but there are three left from this first batch.



Two of them are on my Early Work Mercantile page and one may be found in my Honeysuckle Lane shop.

Each paper cutting was done by hand using simple utility scissors and stained, aged, and painted, parchment paper. Some of the papers were printed with copies of 18th century indentured servant letters. The slightly distressed frames are new and have an easel back. Glass covers the paper cutting. The artwork is about 2 3/4" x 1 3/4" and the frame is 5 3/4" x 4 3/4".



After I took photos of them, I realized they coordinate with some other things I've recently made. The pincushion and quilt are also available at Honeysuckle Lane.



Have you started decorating for fall yet? I guess I'd better get busy pulling some things out of boxes this week. Autumn seems to go by so fast and before you know it, everyone is decorating for winter and Christmas!

Have a blessed day!
Lana