Sunday, June 24, 2018

Summertime Florals


Summertime Florals
6" x 6" x 1 1/2"
acrylic on canvas

$45 each

$7 shipping in the U.S. no matter how many you buy.
If outside the U.S., please email me for a shipping quote.

Email to place an order: lanamanis@gmail.com
I take PayPal or checks.

Thank you!
Lana

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Summertime Art


I have a few new items that I've painted over the last several weeks. I hope to have them listed by July 1st. Please check back then for an update and information on where to find them.

Take care and God bless,
Lana

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Prayers for Jolee


I never in a million years dreamed I would be writing a post like this. But I am, and I'm asking for your prayers. My little two-year-old granddaughter, Jolee, had a large brain tumor removed earlier this week. The biopsy confirmed that it was cancer, and chemo will begin when she has healed from the surgery.

Our family asks for your prayers...
for Jolee, for her mommy and daddy,
and for the doctors treating her.
We have faith that the Lord will see us through this and little JoJo will be a testament to His love and faithfulness.


Thank you so much for your prayers.
God bless, Lana


P.S. I apologize if I miss a comment. Blogger is not sending me notifications of like it used to do.



Friday, March 2, 2018

Antique and Vintage Books



Four shelves, three books deep, vintage and antique... I collect old books that will never be torn apart, but I have repurposed many old books that were falling apart during more than 10 years of wreath-making for my Simple Joys Paperie shop. That translated into thousands of pages, and many days and weeks of wrist and elbow injuries from repetitive use. I don't make the wreaths anymore, except for the occasional special request, and it's time to pare down extensively.



These books range in date from the late 1800s to the mid 1900s. A very few are as new as the 1970s. Although most could still be read, all could be used for decorative purposes.

If you'd like to see what's available, visit my shop blog... this is where I list things until I have time to add them to my Etsy shop.



Thanks for visiting!
Take care and God bless,
Lana

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Preacher's Daughter Collection



It didn't take me long to come up with a title for this collection, Preacher's Daughter. I was born a preacher's daughter. I don't know how soon, but I'm sure Mama and Daddy took me to church not many days after I was born. As far back as I can remember, going to church was part of my life.

Each time I sketch a church on a page, I think back to the old country churches we visited when I was a little girl. 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. He played the guitar and he and Mama sang together. They loved the Lord and wanted others to know of His goodness, mercy, and love.



I still attend a little country church. It's where my husband I were married more than thirty years ago. It's where our children grew up hearing the preached Word and learning more and more about Jesus. And now, with our little granddaughter, a third generation of our family will sing hymns and learn about God's love in the same country church.

Most of the pages used for this collection are from the actual song books we sang from in church. When the decades of use have frayed the covers and caused the spines to set the pages free, the books have been set aside and replaced with new ones. That's when I get them and the pages are born again, sharing their message with folks who want to give them a home.



These are the original pages from a 1951 book, not photocopies.
The art is original, sketched in ink and charcoal directly over the hymn.
The wood plaque is painted black and a matte finish is applied to the art and plaque.

Each plaque is approximately 8 3/4" x 11 1/2".
A sawtooth hanger is attached to the back for hanging.
Each listing will have the titles of the songs on the page, and the copyright year of the song, if shown.

If you'd like to purchase, please visit my little shop blog.

Take care and God bless,
Lana
(the preacher's daughter)

Monday, February 12, 2018

Something Simple & Nostalgic in the Making



I've got plans for a collection of country churches. They're simple ink and charcoal sketches on vintage hymn pages. They're nostalgic. And they're made from the heart. I do hope you like them.






I'll have them ready by the weekend.

Take care and God bless,
Lana

Thursday, February 8, 2018

2018 Love Token Collection, part 2


I made a few puzzle purse valentines last week and forgot to mention it here on my blog. So now there is only one available... good for me... not so good for you if you wanted more. You can see it here.

In the next few days, I hope to have three more love tokens in velvet frames. I have a few in my Simple Joys Paperie etsy shop.


Have a blessed weekend!
Lana

Saturday, January 27, 2018

2018 Love Token Collection, part 1


Perfect gifts for friendship, engagements, weddings, and anniversaries, these one-of-a-kind pieces are inspired by valentines of the 18th and 19th centuries.
I have hand-cut each piece so no two are alike.
 

They have been made from:
~ antique French documents from the 1800s to 1900,

~ parchment papers that I have stained, aged, painted with watercolors,
~ parchment papers which have been printed with copies of 18th century early American letters,
~ embossed, foil papers from my vintage & antique card and envelope collection,
~ and snippets of vintage letters or envelopes.



Please visit this link to shop the Valentine collection.


Take care,
Lana

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Valentines are coming...



I've gathered bits and pieces again, as I do each year... French letters and documents from the 1800s and the early 1900s, hand tinted and aged paper, and a stack of old, blue sheets of paper wrapped in brown paper... tattered and torn, ready to be brought out of the dark and loved again.

Valentines are coming.

Some of them will be made from old French ledger pages...
pressed and manipulated with the help of an antique ivory tool...


some from French documents with wonderful watermarks...


Things are coming together... woven hearts, hearts in hands, and more.
I hope to have the Valentines ready by February 1st, when they will be awaiting their time to be sent to someone you love.


Our family started the first month of the year with a 54th birthday, a 2nd birthday, a 44th wedding anniversary, and sadly, a death. If nothing else, those events in our lives have taught us to live more, and love more. Each and every moment that we are here is a blessing from God. Each and every moment that we are here, we have the opportunity to do good, and to love. Don't forget to love, share love, and share God's love.

Take care and God bless,
Lana