Velvet Fruit…Really?

I must confess…I have a new love! And you really wont believe what it is…but you have to come closer, because I don’t want to say it too loudly… …so here it goes…softly in a whisper…like ‘on velvet’   Velvet fruit! Really! These beautiful little vintage ornaments turned my favorite pop of color decorating accessory are everywhere! I move them from a bowl…to an urn…to a cloche…I can’t get enough of there little peachy fuzzy color pop!!   The best part is I discovered enough to share! I put up my own velvet fruit stand listing in the Etsy shop!...

Hands of Clay

I have started a new ministry at our church for teen girls, using art as our missional medium. Our last meeting was a different, more reflective get together. This means that while we weren’t slinging paint, we were still elbow-deep in creativity…just in a sitting position. It was Palm Sunday, and a time to reflect…a time to mold and shape just what the week ahead held for our faith…in fact it held the very basis of Christianity…of why we believe. there is something so calming about squishing clay between your fingers…molding and shaping until something appears…smooshing down, pressing , rolling…all to retry again ┬áIt made me reflect upon what I am being shaped into…how I can be pressed down to smooth rough edges, or reshaped in a different way, and how I resist…not wanting to move in the direction I am being molded. As the girls were read the Easter Story, I hoped that the action of the clay would cause the same reflection I was experiencing…Of the cross, of our path, of becoming beautiful in the Potter’s hands. Do you want to feel the clay squishing between your fingers…want to gather your kiddos into the kitchen and laugh and play in the mess? Tell them the stories of how they are being molded…how their actions and decisions mold those around them…how life is good, and fun, and hard…but good change is always possible… Dive in…Here is the easiest air dry clay recipe using goodies around the house: (makes about 2 pounds – the recipe can be halved). 2 cups baking soda 1 cup cornstarch 1.5 cups cold water...