Snow days…

This week my little part of the world was blanketed with a layer of ice and snow. We were lucky, (although not everyone might feel that way) that we only ended up with about 8 inches of the white, fluffy stuff instead of the predicted 14!  Although the temperatures were in the single digits with wind chills that felt like -11 degrees, I have to say that the pristine, snow-covered ground was incredibly beautiful to look at! The way it sparkled and glittered when the sun shone on it was magnificent and made me remember what I loved about winter.
But for those of you who yearn for the warmth of the summer sun and the smell of gentle, salty ocean breezes, I have created this pretty, pastel keepsake box. It’s hand-cut and pieced beach-themed design brings back the warm days and it is just the right size to hold all the treasures that you might collect that will remind you of those summer days!

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Zippers Galore…….

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Recently I inherited a tin full of zippers. They are of varying lengths and colors. Some are new and in their original vintage packages, while others have been used and were most likely salvaged and were being saved to be recycled into a new garment, long before recycling and being “green” was the “in” thing to do. Most of the zippers have metal teeth, while others were made with what was at that time a modern material, nylon. Seeing this glorious rainbow of colors and textures got my creative juices flowing and I knew that I just had to re-purpose this wonderful treasure. After Googling “What to make with old zippers?” I found some tutorials on how to make zipper flowers and then I got to work. I think that they turned out beautiful and I can’t wait to use them in my next project!

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A New Year, A New Word….

If you are like me, and I’m sure millions of others, you probably have a difficult time keeping the resolutions that you so determinedly make for the New Year. Well… two years ago I read a wonderful book by Debbie Macomber, One Perfect Word, that gave me the solution for that dilemma. Instead of making resolutions that I clearly knew wouldn’t last past the first snow of the year, the idea is that you prayerfully choose a word that encompasses whatever you want to focus on for the upcoming year.
It sounded like such a great idea that would not only be fun, but totally doable. For once no failures here! So I got busy and prayed and before long God gave me the word “Trust”. It seemed like such a simple word, but little did I know how much our family would go through during that year, and how much I would cling to that word to see me through each day. So when December finally rolled around I was anxious and ready to find out what my new word would be.
“Trust” just seemed to scream out to me yet again. I wasn’t anxious to embrace that word again as it had turned out to not be such a simple word after all, but obviously I was a slow learner and there was more that God needed/wanted to teach me.
2013 turned out to be the most difficult year that I have ever experienced, but through each and every trial and heartache I could clearly see God’s hand. I trusted and He safely brought me through each and every crisis.
This year I am so excited that I have been given a new word, “Create”. I even found this beautiful pendant from this fun Etsy shop,  http://www.etsy.com/shop/RiverwalkDesigns  that will allow me to keep my word on my heart all year.

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Although I really want to believe that “Create” means that I am going to be able to spend all my time this year creating my art, I am not naive enough to overlook the fact that the word create has more than one meaning. By the end of 2014 I know that I will have discovered that there are many different ways and things to “Create”!  I will try to post weekly…life permitting, and share my “creations”.
Welcome to my blog and thank you for joining me on this journey of CREATING!!