Monday, March 21, 2011

A Crown of Splendor

The Hebrew believed that a long life was a sign of God's blessing; therefore, gray hair and old age were good. :) While young people glory in their strength, (which they should), old people can rejoice in their years of experience and practical wisdom. Gray hair is not a sign of disgrace to be covered over (guilty here); it IS a crown of splendor.

I look at this photo of this elderly woman and wonder about her. Was she wise? Was she Godly? I would like to think so.

I used an old wooden pant hanger for this collage. I roughly painted the metal part. Double click any photos for a better look. I cut to fit and sewed a lace collar around the hanger and then wrapped creamy velvet roses around the top of the collar.

The wooden part of the hanger, I used gel medium to glue a piece of crocheted lace. Then glued on some pearls and the cameo brooch.

The older I get, the more I like this scripture. ;)


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This definition was copied out of an old 1936 dictionary.I just couldn't bring myself to cutting up the old book. But copying it turned out just fine. Then I distressed it a little more with some distressing ink.

I like cameos. I thought it went well with the one above. I bought it at a store called "Trash to Treasure". They are planning on expanding the store. When they are finished, I will take you on a photo tour of it.


This watch belonged to my Mother. She wore it as a necklace. It had a really pretty filigree cover over the face of it. I took it off. Took the guts out and put this photo of a young girl. This could be what the elderly woman might have looked like in her youth. I glued pearls all around the outside of it and then added a cross and another little pearl. Of course.
I don't remember where I got this photo. If any of you know, please let me know. I do like to give people credit where credit is due. The background fabric is from Liz at Lululiz in Lalaland. She has a shop (Lululiz in Vintageland) that you can click on if you visit her blog. She has wonderful things for sale! The fabric is very old and just beautiful.
I really enjoyed making this collage. It was challenging using a photo of someone that wasn't so beautiful anymore. Maybe her grandchildren would beg to differ with me. I bet she was beautiful on the inside.
Thank you for visiting and please let me know what you think of my "Righteous" collage. And as you deal with older people, please treat them with respect. I have met quite a few that are very wise.
Have a wonderful week, friends.
Blessings,
Sonya

54 comments:

Wanda said...

Oh, I love it!

And that verse haunts me. I think of it every time I go to the salon to cover my gray. Sure wish I had the courage to let it go natural.

Robin said...

Sonya, this is a beautiful piece! I absolutely love the wooden hanger and how you added lace and pearls to it, and that collar is another beautiful addition. The woman and the saying are also so thought provoking and those cameos.....I love them! Absolutely wonderful piece.

Hugs,
Robin

Kasia said...

Hey Sonya!
That is just beautiful! Funny, I started a collage on a hanger a while ago,,, but I cant seem to finish it -,- The watch is stunning, I love the words of wisdom and insight... Its very important in life, and its important to teach our children that. Thank you for sharing this, a person does not get old until he stops being positive, a gray head is like a changing of a hat.

have a great day then,

sweet violets said...

Oh Sonya....this is just beautiful, what a lovely tribute.....so very sweet!!! I stopped covering my gray more than 20 years ago, and have never regretted it, it is my crowning glory.....hugs....cleo

Barbara Jean said...

Sonya,
What a beautiful post, and lovely treasure you have made.
Such a sweet way to bring mementos together to enjoy.

blessings
barbara jean

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, Sonya, this piece is a stunner! I LOVE it and its meaning is incredible--You are a woman with so much heart AND blessed with beautiful God-given talent.
XO

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Sonya,
what a gorgeous piece - love it!!
A true work of art.Thanks for sharing.
Have a wonderful day.
Hugs,
Marie

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Sonya, what a beautiful collage you have created with such a wonderful message. I so agree that we should embrace our age -- okay, maybe not the aches and pains, but certainly our appearance as it changes over the years. Best wishes and blessings you for a beautiful day. :) Tammy

Pink Princess said...

That is so lovely and I adore the watch idea. I have my grandmomma's old watch...it doesn't work anymore but I just don[t want to throw it away ofcourse. Maybe I will use it in this way.....with a picture of grandmomma in it. Thank you. I love this.

Hugs from Marian

Tina @ TinyBear said...

It´s a beautiful piece Sonya. Love how you have used your mothers old watch.
Have a wonderful day
xo Tina

The English Romantic said...

Hi Sonya,
I'm sure there is a right time to let the grey shine through. I keep thinking about it.
Beautiful collage, I love it!
Hugs, Angela.

Valerie said...

This is beautiful!
I love the lace collar and watch.
The fabric is lovely.

Have a wonderful day.
Valerie

Fabric Art said...

Sonya your collage is gorgeous, love that you used your mothers old watch,and I love the word on it.
Anni

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

This really is so beautiful!What a Blessing that you used your mothers old watch. So glad that I found your blog.

Candy C said...

Sonya...this fabric collage is absolutely beautiful! I am totally in love with it! I love the verse and how you built the entire collage around it. It is such a work of art!

Kelly_Deal said...

Beautiful!

Rebecca said...

Sonya~ Beautiful again my friend. Love the collage...you are amazing! I especially love the verse!

Now...since you stopped by and left a congrats comment for my giveaway winner I've entered your name into a 2nd chance drawing for some of my Easter Cards! :)

Love to you OH TALENTED ONE~

xoRebecca

Vicki said...

Sonya this is a beautiful piece. I love knowing your thought process. I see her in a whole new light.

peggy aplSEEDS said...

this is so beautiful and i fully agree with the thought behind it. i love the details you have put in, specially the watch/neclace that belonged to your mom. precious!

Terri said...

You did such a lovely job on this art piece. I too often look at vintage images and wonder who they were, what their life was like. I really love the watch and how you altered it.
Hugs,
Terri

Kathy said...

I love this - it is marvelous. It is wonderful to celebrate those who've reached these senior years - such a beautiful collage and so very creative,
well done,
Kathy

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Hi Sonya,

This is just beautiful. I love the way you distressed the copied version. You've done it so well.

In fact, you've done it *All* so well. Gorgeous!

sarahx

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Sonya,
I hope you're having a great day...and wow, how I love this beautiful piece! And it looks so perfect with your blog background too.
XO

Miss Sandy said...

Gorgeous! And the message behind the creation is so inspiring. I have so missed visiting, I am just starting to make the rounds again. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Lululiz said...

I really love what you have done with the little watch, it turned out so beautifully. Gorgeous collage.

Doni said...

Hi Sonya! SO glad you linked up with me at
http://faithgracecrafts.blogspot.com
for my Pearls and Lace Thursday party! Your collage is a perfect addition to the whole day! You did a great job with that little lady, and you gave me another reason to not color my hair...but let it continue to go grey naturally...but it's sooooo hard!!! Kind of like letting it grow out...
Anyway, the special additions and attention to detail on your work are especially endearing. Lovely job!
Blessings, Doni

Nancy Maxwell James said...

Sonya
what a gorgeous piece and heart felt tribute. I love the verse and all the beautiful details in your piece! amazing work!

Rebecca said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Sonya... Just had to stop in again and view your beautiful creations!

Love to you~

Rebecca

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

That is a fabulous verse! Love it. And your little hanging is beautiful.
Happy PS!

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Sonya,
I just popped over to say "hi" and it was so good to hear from you...We just came back from a festival-again! and their food is so good and so is the music--lots of fun!!!
XO

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Your collage is beautiful, Sonya! What a great idea to use such a pant hanger.
Have a lovely Sunday!
Hugs,
Julia

Jan said...

absolutely beautiful!

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