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...

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!!...

forpetessakepottery fun!

Off to the Races…Derby is just around the corner, and so is a new-found friend and fellow Etsy artist, Susan A native Kentuckian, she has lived in Louisville all her life, married her high school sweetheart, settled down and lived happily ever after… and so the story goes, but there is more behind this talented gal. She started out working in retail after studying art in college, loving the pace and excitement of it all, but with the long hours and dedication, her inner artist fell asleep. A few years later while pregnant, and working 60 hours a week at Christmas retail, she set about decorating her dream nursery by painting a humpty dumpty mural…and those creative yearnings started to come alive again. She had the baby and went back to retail work, but after 10 months found herself without a babysitter. She took the jump, left the long hours of retail and joined the longer, but rewarding hours of being a stay at home mom! With their new financial leap of faith, lots of debt, and her at home with their son, she started painting to make extra money on side. It began with making gifts, then when her son was 2-3 years old, she began painting murals. When he began kindergarten, she did first craft fair…and by the time he was in third grade she was full time! With her current thriving business,  she reflected on having been able to savor her son’s childhood, getting to do what she loved, stay at home & be married to best friend! God gave only gave her one child, but He gave her the right...

fouronefive Designs

I recently discovered the fabulously talented Diana and her etsy shop, fouronefive Designs and wanted to share. We met via etsy  and I was blown away when she truly exemplified grace under pressure.  Her attitude and responses were faith in action…and I wanted to learn more about her and her story. A great phone conversation turned into over an hour of fun, laughter and shared faith. and so it began:   “I began my family at a very young 20 years of age as a single mom and found myself working so hard to create a family for myself and my daughter, but I knew something was missing. I was struggling to make it on my own, and God surely was laughing a little waiting for ME to get out of the way!” Two years into single parenthood, she rounded the corner one day to come face to face with her Highschool sweetheart, and her world changed right then and there. Three weeks later they were married But her love story doesn’t stop there…three became four as daughter number 2 was born, and Diana had the dream of becoming a stay at home mom, catching those memorable moments she missed in the early days with her oldest. With newly found time on her hands, picked up her grandmothers sewing machine and taught herself to sew, having lots of fun & being creative. With this, the first inkling of selling her wares came when an aunt encouraged her to open an etsy shop. Still trying to find her niche, she had an idea for a sign in the house, but couldn’t...