I thought since it has been close to a year since I updated this blog I would post some of the pictures I painted since April 2009 these were all done in 2009. I have few that I am finishing and done since January and will up date with these again soon. I promise or hope. Hope all are well and enjoy the work I have done.
I have update Knitting 2 and watercolors.
These are the lastest watercolors from the past three months of classes:
Boat at Low Tide
Plum trees in bloom on HipPocket Street Peachtree City
Rose in Full Bloom
Hope you enjoy!
With the quickly changing world around us many are fearful and scared for our futures.
This devotion looks at God’s promises to us.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
Susan Orman writes in one of her best selling financial books a story about a man selling patriots. She writes that she was on vacation once in Key West when she saw a man selling patriots. She noticed that the patriots all where standing on their perches and they were not tethered or their wings clipped. They could easily fly away. This really surprised her. She went and said to the man that the birds must really love him very much because not one wanted to fly away. The man told her no that is not why they stay. He said they stay because he had trained them to think that they are safe on their perches and it is fear that makes them stay and not fly to freedom.
I think that many times we are the same way. We hold on to our perches of financial security, tradition, our intelligence, our skills, and cultural beliefs. We are believing that God can care for us but that it is better if we do it ourselves. We don’t go for the spiritual freedom that God offers us through his promises.
Jesus tells us in John 8:36: “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”.
And in 2 Corinthians 3:17 “The Lord is the spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom”
I know it is difficult sometimes to really let go of our perches. I know I hold on to mine over and over again. I am then reminded about the old Indian myth that whatever poisons is found in the forest that God puts an antidote within arms reach. You have to look around and see what God has provided around you to counteract the poison. In the real world there are all types of poisons around us but God does put in arms reach the antidote. He will never fail to give us a way out or the strength through the situation.
In Beth Moore’s study: “Daniel” she talks about three different scenarios when people of God face a fiery trail:
Scenario A: We can be delivered from the fire.
The Dividend is that our faith is built
Scenario B: We can be delivered through the fire.
The Dividend is that our faith is refined
Scenario C: We can be delivered by the fire into the arms of God
The Divided is that our faith is perfected.
God always gives us the Strength to stay with him.
Isaiah 41:10 says:
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Philippians 4:13 we are reminded:
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
In these troubling times as I seek safety from the stock market or am poisoned by the world of material gain, and the times I hold so very tightly to my perch. I try to remember that God has put in arms reach of me the antidotes to my fears.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand Firm, then and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” Galatians 5:1
I am all finished with Alaina’s Coat it is sooooo cute. Even Paul thinks it great. What a easy pattern and very simple felting. (Karen you need to make this for your girls!)
My latest project has been trying to create a form to felt a size 2T coat for Alaina, but I knew I would have a hard time felting it to size. The coat is for next year so after talking with Emily Ann we figured she will be about a 2T by then. The pattern is by Nani called “Ella & The Legume”. It is so cute I saw it done in pastel colors at Knitch in Atlanta and just had to get the yarn and pattern to make her one. (If you are going to get the pattern look also on line @ Deep South Fibers there is a correction to the pattern there.)
The thought I would share with you the project because it was easy fun and very useful when felting or even knitting.
Making forms all came about because my daughter Tracy was mentioning that when I knitted her a sweater she has to much extra fabric under her arms. I thought about this problem and did not know how I could work without trying it on her or having a form. Trying it on her with her living Michigan and I in Georgia seemed a bit difficult. However, a dress form was not out of the question. I did not want to buy a form they cost so much so that left me to exploring making one. I found a great book called “Custom Knits” by Wendy Bernard. She suggests making a form for you with the help of a friend out of duck tape. This worked really great and was an easy and fast way to solve the problem.
Making a form for Alaina like this presented two problems. One she is not a size 2T yet and the second and biggest problem was I would never duck tape a little person. She would hate it and never sit still and I would be the Nana that traumatized her at a very early stage!!!!! So with that said I started to think about what could be done.
Several years ago I made Santa Clauses out of children’s clothing. They were really cute and I enjoyed making them. I thought maybe I could do that. The next problem would be that they would be all wet during the felting process. Whether during the drying or spot steaming process, they would become damp and limp. Then I thought I could water proof them.
1. Paper Mache ……..not waterproof again. Nope!
2. Plaster of Paris……not waterproof again!!! Nope.
3. Water proof the above…..HHHHHmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
4. Why brother with all the mess just waterproof the fabric of the outfit!!!!!!!!
5. But how??????????
6. Buy spray waterproof like the kind for boots and stuff………….too much money
7. what makes cloth waterproof……………..Enamel Paint
So I did I spray painted the outfit with enamel paint and water proof she became. The following are pictures and explanations of the process I used to create Alaina 2T:
First step was going to a thrift shop to buy cheap 2T long sleeve top and pants.
Then you need to make the form:
I closed the arms with fabric circles to give room for the wrists of the coat. I stuffed the top and the began to work on the bottom.
I made the same type of circles for the legs and sewed them to the opening. This insured that the legs were round and not pulled together. Stuffing the legs came next but I wanted them to be weighted so they could stand if I wanted.
I put the stone weights you use for flowers in vases in a plastic bag to keep them together and placed them in the legs. I then stuff the legs tight and began to attach the top to the bottom.
After I stuffed the top and bottom tightly I then attached the two together. I whipped stitched them all the way around.
I can either stand the form up or put it on a hanger in the neck of the top. Depending on now heavy the garment you are felting, will depend on which way you will want to put the form.
Standing on it’s own!
I put a paper tube from wrapping paper down the back like a spine. This helped me be able to handle the form when I was spraying the paint. I left it in while it stood to dry and will cut it down later so there is room for the hanger too. I painted the form green because that is the color I had on hand. It also made me think of Michigan State. Go Green Go White. But I think I would have rather had the white. I would pick a color you like and go for it! make sure you get all the spots. Under the arms around the legs around the neck. You want it water proof so it doesn’t go limp or mold while drying.
I think it came out rather well. I am just about finish knitting the coat just a front ruffle. I will be felting it next week and will make sure to share the finished project and the coat drying on the form.
Good Luck putting your form together. Let me know how it goes!
These are the new watercolor that were done since January 2009.
Again I can’t say enough about how wonderful my teacher Judy is. You can see her work @ JudyPaint!
I just love and enjoy my classes and my two classes mates. Each have such wonderful talents! Thanks Karin and Linda for you encouragement, support, and friendship!