Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Let’s Face It…


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Let’s face it, there are times when we all need this message- keep calm and quilt on! Do you find that quilting and art projects help you to be more peace-filled? I’m a firm believer that creative endeavors are therapy of the finest kind. This mixed-media girlie is another new project I made under the instruction of artist Bonnie VanDenHandel at She Scrapbooks. I’ve been wanting to draw faces, and this was just the right opportunity. Since we are our own worst critics, I won’t point out the mistakes in this project- you can spot them I’m sure. But overall, I’m pleased with how this turned out, and I like the message. I’ve had many opportunities lately to “keep calm” as we just traveled to NY to help our daughter move here to Florida. Long story short, our smoke-spewing truck, our horse trailer intended to bring the contents of her apartment, and her two cats are still up north in NY and PA. We are in Florida with a UHaul, a tow dolly and her car, her, all the belongings, and her dog. The kitties hid themselves and showed themselves to the neighbor when we were already gone. She's caring for them and the rent is paid until the end of the month. So there is more to be resolved with another trip north to retrieve everything. And there have been many blessings amid the challenges. So that’s my current saga, and why I feel quilting and crafting are such a gift in my life. They truly do help keep me calm. But on with the show….




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This is Bonnie’s class sample. She’s a trained artist, and I just love her work. We began with a burlap canvas and built layers up on it. Pretty, pretty.



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Here’s teacher Bonnie herself. You can see a bit of this wonderful shop behind her. It’s hard to keep the credit card in my purse when I’m in here!


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This is the canvas we began with. You can see that Bonnie’s sample was a little different with the text background.


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We got to work with paint, stamps and more to build our projects.


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There were two of us in the class, and this is my classmate Lori’s girl. She moved the flowers around on the project several times so that her girl was, at first, a heavenly angel and later gone Hawaii. The class name is Chicky Chicks. I think they’re actually Cheeky Chicks. Hope you enjoy seeing them. Will have to see how often I can post until we get things more settled. But I'll be back. Oh yes, and after the dust settles, I get to go on a quilting retreat! Won't that be just what's needed to put my head back on straight?



6 comments:

Susan said...

You take such fun classes! Love this.

sonja said...

on the faces, just keep making them.you can only improve and find your style eventually! theses are sweet.

it is true for me 2 that when things get crazy around us, art, painting, quilting seams to help calm us. it centers me for sure. when we were in the chaos of downsizing, i worked on some house block pillow tops(portable) so that i could center myself during stressful times, Dr. waiting room,and such.
the retreat will be very good therapy as well!

Robbie said...

WOW! I'm impressed!!! I can't draw stick men...your canvas is wonderful!!!! How cool!! And yes, our art work can calm us down...we have so many decisions to make while working it can take our mind off our problems. Look forward to the completion of your 'saga'!! Safe trip..

1CardCreator said...

Wow, you all made beautiful pieces! Glad you are getting your DD settled in, it must be such a joy to have her home, I envy you! ~Diane

The Inside Stori said...

Gosh this looks like so much fun.......

Createology said...

Nancy your canvas is beautiful! I adore taking classes and spending artful time with others. Yes, we do agree that making things (sewing or crafting or otherwise) does calm us and keep us happy. Thank you for always visiting and commenting on my blog. Creative Artful Bliss Dear...