Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Breaking the blog break for one day

October 10, 2017
22 years ago right now I was getting ready for brain surgery. How do you do that? Well, first they give you a little pill so you are not quite as nervous as you were when you walked through the hospital doors. Then you go to your room and wait. After a while someone comes in and cuts your very long hair off, and it hurts because she's pulling it hard and doesn't seem to care that it's a very traumatic thing for you to go through.

And then you're bald.
I remember sitting on the edge of my bed and just staring at the floor.

A few days before I was sitting on that bed, I had been holding our coat rack at home, and crying. "I just need a word from You, God. I'm scared. I don't want to leave my little boy and my husband."
Feeling desperate, alone.
In my head, ringing clear like a bell, "Read Psalm 118."

Ok. I gotta do it. Maybe I did hear Him....
It's a lovely psalm. But when I read verse 17, I knew it was for me, and I knew He had spoken to me.
"I shall not die, but declare the works of the Lord."

It was just what I needed, and He gave it to me a few days before I sat on that bed, waiting for my head to be cut in to.

Long story short- I should be dead. I ended up with a pulmonary embolism. A lot of people die from that.

I've told this lots of times-I'm sure people get sick of hearing it. But when it happens to you, it's kind of a big deal. Especially hearing from God.
So-you're alive and other people aren't. Why you?

You know, I don't think I've asked God that question.
I've just been glad to see my son grow up and get married and be happy. I've loved my husband all these years that were 'extras.'
And I know that I know that I know-God's Word is true, alive and He keeps it.
I don't try to explain Him, because I can't. What good would He be if I could?

And just think, you got to meet me and read my ramblings, my heartfelt words. You've loved my photos I think, and some of my art.
And I got the chance to love you.

Thank You, God....

Saturday, October 7, 2017


I'm taking some much needed time away from blogging.
I'm not sure when I'll return. Just wanted you to know I'll miss my blog friends...
God bless you.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Denim shirt is done

 It isn't as out of the box as I wanted it to be, but I did get the stitching in it that I wanted to.
 I love Michelle Palmer's "Flow Blue Garden" fabric. This is the only piece I have cut from my stash of her fabric.
 Well, kinda awkward....

 The pheasant is part of a panel that you cut and stuff to make a large pheasant. This was just part of the printed instructions on the panel.
 It's pink and red and yellow and orange outside here now. We have huge flocks of resident geese flying east and west, and north(!), because they are planning to stay around here for the winter.

 The brown flannel shirt is going to be next for decorating. I've gathered all the stuff I want to put on this shirt.
 A very old quilt part. You can see it's already been mended.

I hope by the end of this shirt adventure, I will be able to show some creative ways to decorate shirts. My best advice for anyone wanting to try this is to visit Pinterest and be inspired.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Painting &...

 I've been on a thrift shop binge lately. I've had all these goodies, waiting to use them making dolls, or embellish other projects. I don't want to get into doll-making at this time, so my thrift store ventures have been to buy old flannel shirts.

 I bought the blue one on the left on-line at Grandpa's Vintage Shop at Etsy. I knew before I hit the road that finding wonderful old blue flannel probably wouldn't be possible, so I bought that one on-line before I visited the thrift stores. I paid only a few bucks a shirt at the thrifts, and found beautiful browns, red, and blacks. (By the way, that blue shirt is gorgeous.)

 When Fall arrives, my heart turns to flannel.
 But I also nabbed this over-size denim shirt, and it's the first one I'm decorating with fabric scraps, embroidery, trims and Boro stitching, and lace. And lots of Boro stitching. I meant to research that before I did this post-so I could have it wrong. But you know what I mean-those lovely lines of running stitch embroidery, patches, prim stitching. Oh yum! I will research it-I promise....
I found these wonderful yo-yos that look like fried eggs at a place called "Found," in Ithaca. And the wonderful old fabric balls at the top of this post were purchased there too. The bigger yo-yos were given to me by a sweet friend....
I wish you could see my huge stash of lovely wonderfulness: bakelite buckles, all kinds of beads, antique fabric, trims, threads. My sources are online-Ebay, Esty. I love Tinsel Trading Company-I have to control myself when I look at that site-vintage millinery, metallic threads, flowers-ohhhh....I'm swooning.
I've been pinning at Pinterest to get inspired for this adventure. It will be something I can do while we watch old movies in the evening. I'll keep you updated. I have about a dozen shirts to do !!!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

painting 30, 30 in 30!!! Also, I'm published!

The Room
Debra Smith

 And here's the Haute Handbags magazine I have been published in! It hits the news stands October 1st. I was pleased to have a four page story!