Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Monday, October 24, 2011

~ SWAPPING WITH A FRIEND ~


My sweet friend Lori Rippey (of HomespunPrims by Lori) and I recently participated in a swap together and here is what she sent me!!


Isn’t it absolutely wonderful??? She knows I love to make birds and this fits in perfectly with my collection! I have an old chicken cage and in true “MAKE DO” fashion, I have created a display cupboard of sorts, complete with a little door that was just the perfect spot for my new rug!! The reds in the rug really “pop” when combined with the red of the game board!


Here is another view of more of my “cupboard” As you can see, I took an old black bench for some added height, and more display options, and used some wonderful red shutters to help cover up all that white wall! I live in a townhouse and am not allowed to paint, so this was my answer to that problem!!!


My base is an old scrub top table that I just love and again, has that wonderful red….can you tell that is one of my favorite colors?? This is in my entry way as you come in the front door and I pass it each time I go up and down the stairs! I just LOVE how the rug looks with it and seems like it has been there forever!!


Lori has become a very special friend to me and not only is she an Amazing Artist, but her kindness and generous spirit touches all who meet her! If you are friends with Lori, that is something you already know, and if you have not met her yet, please be sure and stop by her blog to meet her! You will be so happy you did!! She has some wonderful items on her picture trail and also does updates that you will not want to miss!!


Thank you dear Lori, for being such a blessing to me, for being a Kindred Spirit, and for your lovely gift, that I will treasure Always!!!


With a Thankful Heart~~

Julie

Monday, October 10, 2011

FROM CHAOS TO A CHORUS LINE!!!


This is the time of year when I seem to be at my creative best AND worst, due to the fact that I am the busiest! I am constantly inspired to create something new (my best) but in the process, I seem to leave CHAOS everywhere (my worst) a little pile here, a bigger pile there, piles and clutter EVERYWHERE!! Does this ring true for anyone else?? I’m sure I am not the only one who belongs to the CHAOS and CLUTTER Group!!

So what did all those piles of clutter become??

Let me introduce you to my “Chorus Line!”


I call them “Oil Can Cats” and “Kitties” and the inspiration for these came from a lovely pattern by Lori Brechlin that I have had for a long time, and from my collection of old oil cans that I have been collecting for just such a project! I love makedos as you know, and these cats and kitties just seemed to be perfect to mount to these old oil cans! I took them all down to New England Saltbox and have already sold several of them. They have also been added to my picture trail and will be the only ones I have as I ran out of oil cans for now! I hope you like them!! They just make me smile with their sweet expressions and I want to thank Lori for her wonderful pattern!

Another pile produced this…


A “SHOE MOUSE” from a sweet pattern by Pam Gracia that I have had so much fun with! This shoe was actually shown in an earlier post where I mentioned I might use it to put a mouse in! He has been adopted and is now living in his new home in Canada! I really hated to part with him but I have another shoe left so have plans to make another one soon!!

Yet another pile yielded these…..


I call this one “SUGAR BOWL MOUSE” and he lives in an old vintage sugar bowl, nestled in a bed of real flax, with his own acorn! He is actually going to share it with a hungry squirrel! Notice his long curly tail!


His brother is “CREAMER MOUSE” and guess what he lives in??? It is an old vintage creamer and he too has his own nest of flax, and also holds an acorn, but wants to trade it for some cheese!! Both of these were made using a sweet Kentucky Primitives pattern and one has stitched eyes while the others are glass beads, making them each unique!

I have really had fun creating these little characters from my hands and heart and ALL THOSE PILES of CHAOS and CLUTTER, and hope you have had fun seeing them!! If anyone is interested in joining the CHAOS AND CLUTTER Group that I mentioned earlier, it is open to ANYONE and once you join, it is a LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP!! The only requirement is…..ALWAYS HAVE FUN!!!

Wishing you…..CREATIVE CLUTTER~~

Julie