Buckle Up Buttercup

When my children hop in the car they are greeted with “Buckle up Buttercup” That was ringing in my head as the old button bin spilled out with several different types of buckles for creating art and listing in the Etsy shop The mother of pearl glistened with a beautiful purity and I paused The rusty metal on the miniature clips only enhanced their beauty and my mind wandered to how we can be made beautiful with our scars and hard roads Today two young children in our community lost their mother to a long hard-fought battle with cancer and my heart cries out with questions The reply I hear in God’s whisper is strap in for the ride He is in the drivers seat and knows the joys and tears and fears and dangers in the roads ahead  Buckle up...

Handmade by Rosalie on ETSY

The world of Etsy has introduced me to so many new friends, including this wonderful woman, Erin Bailey! She and her husband met while attending Texas A&M University. The small world of College Station began a whirlwind of family and moving, due to her husband’s career with the railroad. San Antonio, Dallas, Alexandria …. Then two became three, then four with the addition of two wonderful boys Her sweet boys, Clint 4, & Bryce, 2 , must be some of her wonderful inspiration for her art, such as this site chore chart!  Her career began with working in non profit, and then after her baby arrived, she made that big tradition to being a Stay at home mom! This was never a position she had pictured, for her days in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M  had left her career-oriented until she had her first child. A wonderful tradition dating back to 1876, the Corps only had a small percentage women. Her attention to detail and perfectionist leanings were only enhanced by the military atmosphere… little did she know they were going to be part of her artistic achievements too! Her husband encouraged her and she began a little at a time… She is not sure where the path is going,  but feels her natural ability was being nudged by God.  She has such a passion, a heart,  for trying to better the world, and hopes that this creating is bettering the world, helping people. One project at a time, one more celebration of a birth or a marriage, and the message will become clearer. She loves doing custom...

Country Roads

Take Me home Country Roads My father studied and completed his PhD at WVU in Morgantown. I remember steep treks, fast snowy sleigh rides and trees that seemed taller than life. But what sticks with me are the many, many rounds of this song sung by my dad… Almost heaven, West Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains Shenandoah River – Life is old there Older than the trees Younger than the mountains Growin’ like a breeze Country Roads, take me home To the place I belong West Virginia, mountain momma Take me home, country roads All my memories gathered ’round her Miner’s lady, stranger to blue water Dark and dusty, painted on the sky Misty taste of moonshine Teardrops in my eye Country Roads, take me home To the place I belong West Virginia, mountain momma Take me home, country roads I hear her voice In the mornin’ hour she calls me The radio reminds me of my home far away And drivin’ down the road I get a feelin’ That I should have been home yesterday, yesterday Country Roads, take me home To the place I belong West Virginia, mountain momma Take me home, country roads Country Roads, take me home To the place I belong West Virginia, mountain momma Take me home, country roads Take me home, now country roads Take me home, now country...

Words for Me & My Friends

  Finding myself the proud owner of several vintage scrabble games, I pondered what creative idea I could do…obviously, I could challenge all my family members to a giant scrabble round robin (the 1986 version of Words with friends!) But maybe, just maybe, there might be a way to use the game boards for superior scrabble domination preparation, also known as… “WORD OF THE DAY” (said with echoes and a guy flying over it with a flapping cape)  SO the flying cape won! I grabbed some 16″ MDF blocks I had in the studio and started base coating them, one red, one bright blue. Pulling a stencil from the lot stacked on my shelf, I quickly stenciled a pattern in one shade deeper around the edge. Perfection is not the goal, for so little will be seen, so just let the brush & paint fly (you know, like that cape!) I then grabbed the boards, and liberally applied glue to the backs, pressing down centered on the board. A first coat of chalkboard paint was applied freehand to the board, followed by two more coats for great coverage. For a good finish, I added two coats of Decoart’s Americana satin varnish all over the board and the edges Out came the carpet tacks as decoration and a little extra staying power for the board, then distressed all over lightly …added a hanger (and a secret-flying-word-learning cape) Happy & I know it, so I clapped my hands and hung it up for lots of fun! Stay tuned for the next post to see what I did with the box top!!...