Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
My girl is growing up about as fast as that ball is speeding down the lane. Each year brings more independence and a little more distance from me. Sometimes I want to stop it and other times I want to rush it along.
Regardless I realize that the moving ball is out of my hands. At least for now, my job as a parent is to cover the gutters when I can and help her hit as many pins as possible. All too soon she'll be on her own.
Friday, December 21, 2007
I made it clear to Cara that it would be her call when we went in for a Christmas "trim" yesterday afternoon. I could tell Cara was deep in thought on the drive to the hair salon, however the minute we entered her mind was made up. She decided she was ready to donate her hair to another child.
With a quick snip, Cara was holding years in her hand. She knew it was worth it. After all It's just long hair to her, but the world to a child suffering from hair loss. Her hair measured just over 10 inches which is the minimum required by Locks of Love.
Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. They meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses LOL provides helps to restore self-esteem and confidence to children, enabling them to face the world and their peers.
We mailed the hair off today. I'm proud of Cara for the special gift she has given this Christmas. A gift that really matters. No fancy paper or ribbon needed.
Locks of Love donor information can be found by clicking here.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
To start, I purchased primed 4" x 4" canvases with a 1-3/8" depth.
Now I think I need to go bake some cookies. I'm having withdrawal.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Above, as well as in the first painting way above, I've incorporated a base of papers, fabrics and old sheet music. I enjoyed visiting a different era while painting these gals.
On a side note, I am ready to throw my camera in the Ohio river. I need to go now and compose a letter to Santa. Surely Santa will understand my frustration and get an elf to build a better one for me. I've been nice this year...
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
These are so simple to make. I'm including the recipe I use below.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Nicholas was born during the third century in the village of Patara. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to the those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships. Some of the popular symbols of Christmas started here:
Christmas stockings by the fireplace. And the stockings were hung by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there, goes the oft repeated Christmas rhyme. In the story of Nicholas rescuing the poor maidens from being sold into slavery, the gold dowry money, tossed in through the window, is said to have landed in stockings left to dry before the fire.
Orange or tangerine in the toe of filled Christmas stockings. The gold Nicholas threw to provide the dowry money is often shown as gold balls. These are symbolized by oranges or even apples. So the orange in the toe of the stocking is a reminder of Nicholas' gift.
Candy Canes. These are really candy croziers (bishops staffs), one of St. Nicholas' symbols. All bishops carry staffs, hooked at the top like a shepherd's crook, showing they are the shepherds who care for, or tend, their people.
Gift-giving in secret, during the night. Stockings are filled while children are sleeping. Nicholas did his gift giving secretly, under cover of darkness. He didn't want to be seen and recognized as he wanted those he helped to give thanks to God.
Seasonal concern for the needy.
St. Nicholas gave gifts to those in greatest need—the young and the most vulnerable. Christmas gifts and baskets given to those in need, along with other seasonal contributions to charity, reflect St. Nicholas' unselfish concern for others. He never wanted or expected anything in return.
The challenge in my house is to work on keeping the focus on the true meaning of Christmas, so especially today, St. Nick's our man. For anyone with kids in need of a Christmas commercialism break, here's a link to some cute St. Nick activities.
Happy December 6th!
Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
star-shaped cookie cutter or star stencil
3. Roughly cut out the patterns with scissors.
4. Adhere the paper patterns to scrap pieces of pine wood using spray adhesive.
7. Remove the paper from the wood star shapes.
8. Sand the edges with 150-grit sandpaper.
9. Remove any traces of spray adhesive and wood shavings by cleaning each piece with mineral spirits.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
The rings inside the tree are so intriguing. I'm not sure how accurate the tree year per tree ring is, but regardless those rings reveal an interesting message. Each year of our lives is a circle full of experiences built on the past year and so forth that forms who we are today. More rings makes for older, hopefully wiser and definitely more interesting.
My eight year old daughter counts the rings in an attempt to learn more about the seasons this tree has seen. We're thrilled that it will be celebrating this Christmas at home with us. Enjoy your circles.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I'm including it here all big and printable as my Thanksgiving day gift to you. Click on the image and save to your desktop and print from there. Encourage the older kids to make checklists of their own. Then everybody will be ready at dinner time with their cheat sheets when family members start asking that inevitable question. Have fun and have a very happy Thanksgiving if I don't make it back here before then!
Monday, November 19, 2007
It's nice to see my pieces in a new space especially a space as charming as this one. I have had art in galleries and storefronts in the past, but went on a several year hiatus of sorts. I'm still deciding on ways to "package" my art. For now, I'm happy that pieces of me are hanging around.
The pieces to right are two of my Soul Folks. The top is titled "Inner Child". This Soul Folk's message is, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." -Pablo Picasso. The piece below it is titled "Artist at Heart". His message is, "He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist." -St. Francis of Assisi.
The art hanging over those cute, cute purses (the more I stare at them the more I want) is titled "The Wedding Cup." I incorporated a photo of my great grandparents on their wedding day along with a favorite quote by Ogden Nash. "To keep your marriage brimming, with love from the wedding cup, whenever you're wrong, admit it, whenever you're right, shut up." Funny and true and so, so, SO hard for me to do especially the "shutting up" part.
I talked about the 50s housewife "Enough About Me" a few posts ago. The piece below it is titled "Mixing It Up". That's me in the 1970s. I had a great time incorporating some of my mom's recipes as a layer and attaching an old estate sale spoon to the side. The thing about these collage pieces is that they are layer upon layer so they can best be appreciated in person. You can't see those details here.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
The Downtowner honored the chicken. (11-8-07)
My apologies if you're here in January (or even next week) and these links expire. Hopefully, I'll have new things to chat about by then.