Friday, November 23, 2007

Traditions in the Ukraine

New Art Trading Card for a swap on one of my yahoo groups.
We were to chose a "Christmas around the world tradition" and create a card ..I chose the Ukraine and Love the meaning of the Holy Supper. Read on for a little history lesson!
"Sviata Vechera OR "Holy Supper" is the central tradition of the beautiful Christmas Eve celebrations in Ukrainian homes. The dinner table sometimes has a few wisps of hay on the embroidered table cloth as a reminder of the manger in Bethlehem.
When the children see the first Star in the eastern evening sky, which symbolizes the trek of the Three Wise Men, the Sviata Vechera may begin. In farming communities the head of the household now brings in a sheaf of wheat called the didukh which represents the importance of the ancient and rich wheat crops of Ukraine, the staff of life through the centuries. Didukh means literally "grandfather spirit" so it symbolizes the family's ancestors. In city homes a few stalks of golden wheat in a vase are often used to decorate the table. A prayer is said and the father says the traditional Christmas greeting, "Khristos rodyvsya!" which translated is Christ is born!, which is answered by the family with "Slavite Yoho!" which translated is Let Us Glorify Him!.AMEN!!!!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Charming Lady

This is a charm I just finished for the innovative charm swap over at "The Latest Trend" yahoo group..she has five sisters and they are all going airmail tomorrow! I stamped the image with staz-on and colored it in with alcohol inks, attached a stone, and dangling charms,and coated it with glaze, it was stamped on a pearl disc.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Away from it all

It is so nice to have time to actually sit and compose a thought while still in my jammies and no work to do! That must mean I am away from it all.... and I the Mtns for a long weekend and a wedding! It has been a full fall so far but I plan on taking creative time to post some new work this the charm challenge I am doing for one of my yahoo groups. So watch for creativity any day now.... Cathee (recluse for a day)

Sunday, September 2, 2007

I finished and sent out my altered board book for
a yahoo group swap and must say it was hard to part with.... except.... I received a wonderful one in the mail from Katie Turner! Swapping is so fun! Gets us out of the ole "can't let go" mode. We give, we receive... I love it. Swap till you drop I say! Posted are pics of my book " The Art Princess Diary"............................

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Tulip monoprint paper quilt

This was done using the same technique as the bird quilt..I like this the best!!Any opinions out there??

monoprint quilt squares

This is for a swap on Art Techniques yahoo Group but since it was such a learning experience for me,I decided to post the instructions. The idea comes from the may/june issue of cloth, paper, scissors in an article by Kelli Perkins. Kudos to Kelli!
Step one:Brayer printers ink on to a piece of heavy plastic.( If you do not have printers ink,stazon will work)
Step two: Lay a piece of regular computer paper down and using light pressure pencil in your drawing.Flip the sheet over and you have your monoprint(one of a kind!) the images get lighter the more you do.
Step three: Begin to add paper pieces to your monoprint, I chose to do more of an applique look,cutting my pieces rather than using torn pieces.
Step four and five: Add Paper pieces to the background and finish with paint,stamps etc...

Your monoprint paper quilt is ready to be added to muslin and finshed with machine stiching! Final image coming soon! This was enough for one days work!!

Monday, July 16, 2007

I have been gathering my muse on vacation and have many new things to work on! Especially love the new issue of cloth, paper ,scissors! WOW will post my art as soon as it is born!...

These pics were taken up on the lake in sc where I have been vacating! Peaceful and fun family times !!

Monday, June 25, 2007

I was tagged to by Charleen.."" to reveal 7 things about myself..hmm!.
1.I married my highschool sweetheart (Tony) and still am in love as ever!
2.I am the only girl in the family, I have four brothers.
3.I love reality shows!! I confess!
4. I have been through 4 hurricanes yuck.
5.I do not like mean people! Who does?
6.I admire anyone who is taking care of a family member..been there and it is tough.
7. the most important fact about me is I honestly do "Love God with all of my heart, mind, and soul" and am in awe that He unconditionally loves me!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Purple ATC for yahoo SWAP

This is the hardest challenge I have had in a while, since purple and I do not see eye to eye, however I caught the expression of what I feel purple is.......... a hazy passion. I am exhausted from my purple adventure and am in a purple haze. (it is easier for me to use purple in a sentance than to create with it!).

Monday, June 18, 2007

Tonight I actually created my little wood nymph..or as I like to call her monday's muse. She was in my head as I sat out in my backyard admiring the beauty God had given me this evening and she had to be created. Alas three hours later that is all I have gotten done tonight. But how creative is doing the laundry after all~! Praise God for the muse He sends! She is created on a 4 x2.5 hard board

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Ignoring the voice in my head today that said
"you are going to make a mess in your clean studio"
sprout and I decided to
abandon all caution and have
some fun, we actually created a card for a friend and
even started on a board book. As you see, sprout
enjoyed getting out all of the fibers.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Today at my Alzheimer's group I posed the question "what is your best memory of your father", one answer was that "he loved his children and that was all". That is the picture I have of my Heavenly Father, no matter what I have done He has loved me today. It is enough. Today I will relax in the arms of my "Father" God and remember as His child I am accepted.
Another fine evening here on the Island, the rain has come and gone and left cool breezes in the air, even the girls can enjoy the sea air at the screen door. Tonight is the night I shall attempt to create, perhaps using the cool colors of summer...we shall see what happens! Later......

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Today it is raining and creating a temporary fog on creativity in our house, even sophie is exhausted from hunting her muse. Perhaps tomorrow we shall find it.Also posted a pic of some dominos that were created in the fall for a show..they were made using staz on pad and alcohol inks.The alcohol inks were applied with a very small brush a bit at a time.