I've started painting again... churches for now... and I hope to eventually paint barns with fields of lavender. I want to do several for the Lavender Festival in June next year.
I love the randomness of it all and the unexpected textures and colors that come from palette knife painting.
I think I have mentioned why I love old churches before, but here's why:
Daddy was a country preacher, pastored several churches during his
lifetime, and held many revivals in the rural areas of middle and east
Tennessee where we lived. My church paintings are inspired by
all the little country churches I attended as a child... and still attend as an adult today.
I couldn't help sneaking my glass glittered sheep into a few photos.
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!
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
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.
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.