Thursday, March 31, 2011

~Blessed~

Hello friends, I thought I would share another collage I made for the show. The show isn't until the 16th of April. Which is a good thing as I am still very sick! Mother's day will be here before we know it, so I thought I would make a few collages pertaining to Mother and child. I have a soft spot for mother and child images. I can't remember where I found this picture. But I thought it went perfectly with the soft gray color in the fabric and lace.
I put the word "blessed" on the collage, because I'm sure that is what this mother is feeling as her daughter is reaching up as if to give her a kiss. I know I would.
Heart-shaped mother-of-pearl buttons that have a soft gray hue.
There are sequins and rhinestones placed throughout.


This rhinestone and pearl brooch is just beautiful. I attached it to the black clip.
This is the back of the collage. Do you recognize this fabric? It's another piece from Liz at Lululiz at Lalaland. It's my last piece, Liz! Just kidding. I ordered some more from her! I just love it. She got it from France and brought it to her house in England and then sent to my house. It's been around! If fabric could talk! This collage has a book cover on the inside of it. So it's quite stiff. Double click on the photo so you can see close up on the fabric.
Thank you for visiting. I would love to hear what you are working on right now. Or even if you're not! ;)



Have a blessed weekend. I hope all of you are well.


Blessings and hugs,

Sonya


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Sweet Thank You~

Do you know Marie @ Lost Bird Studio? Well, I do! And if you haven't met her...you need to! She is a very sweet and talented lady! And generous! She was one of my giveaway winners and she sent me a "thank you" in the mail. All the way from Germany! Do you want to see what's inside the envelope? Follow me...

This is one side of the card.
The front of the card. I just love birds, don't you?
Sorry this photo turned on me. Can you see my initials? :) I love the feather.
Front side of the little tag...
...and the back side.

This was the wrapping paper. Isn't it great?! Such beautiful penmanship. See the date up at the left hand side? It says 1882!
This quilted burgundy suede pouch was on the inside of the wrapper.
The front of the pouch. Such a beautiful heart (Marie's). ;)
What's inside?
A lacey pouch with a pretty pink posie tucked inside of a ribbon. Can you see the paper clip with the little clock on the top of it? Isn't that the cutest thing you've ever seen? And look another sweet tag.
What's inside the lacey pouch? Lets see...
A BEAUTIFUL cross necklace! And the beads are red...my favorite color!
I told you she was sweet, didn't I? Now go see her and tell her!

From the bottom of my heart, dear friend. Your gift is wonderful and I will treasure it always.


I had the best time with this giveaway. And have met so many sweet new friends. I really mean that. Sharing the same interests and developing kindred spirits. And appreciating each others gifts and talents. Thank you, Lord for this blessing. And thank all of you who care enough to visit and leave encouraging comments.


God bless you~

Sonya


Sunday, March 27, 2011

See what Happens?

Friends, this is what happens when it rains all the time! You get rusty flowers! Just kidding...but it IS raining an awful lot! This piece is a little different than what I normally do. I had the rusty pieces sitting in a sewing drawer for the longest time. You know when you see something and you think, I could use this for something. Then you buy it and it sits... for a long, long time? And if you don't buy it- later on it comes to mind and you wish you would have bought it? That is me- all the time! Drives me nuts. The background is a 8X10 framed canvas. I mod podged some pieces of music paper and other pieces. Double click and you can see it better. Then I white washed it with gesso. And then cherry stain. Printed out the words and then stained them with distressed ink. Then mod podged them on the canvas and the rusty heart.
I love this rusty heart! I'm not sure what it was for, but I love it. It's quite heavy. And about 3 inches across. The center was hollow so I glued one of the many fabulous buttons that I bought from the store, "Indulge". See one of my previous post called "Indulge" and you can read about my awesome deal! I thought this button looked like the center of a flower, don't you? I thought the petals were kind of shaped like hearts too. That was the deciding factor for my heart leaves.
I really like this grassy looking piece of trim that I bought from "Flights of Fancy". I could have used green but hey, this flower hasn't been watered in awhile! Heehee.
I love these rusted hearts.
I took this picture at about 5 O' clock this evening. Not a good time to get a really good picture but the clouds were out ALL day and there was finally a tiny smidgen of sun and I took advantage of it. But it looks too bright now. Oh yeah, the sun on this piece is a rusty washer and the streaks are rusty wire.


I pray that you all have a fabulous week. And thanks for visiting a leaving wonderful comments! And I changed the stipulations on becoming a follower if you want to do so and haven't yet. It should be a lot easier. I didn't realize that I had some restrictions- not anymore. :)


Blessings to you all~


Sonya



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

Sunday, March 20, 2011

YIPPEE! I WON!

I am SO excited... I can't even sit still! See this piece of art called "Wander"? I just WON it! Have you met Cindy Adkins at Whimsical Musings? Well, you need to! She is the one that created this piece! AND. I. WON. IT! She is very sweet and talented and always acknowledging other people. Cindy is a wonderful artist that was just published in Creating Vintage Charm. So please go over and meet her and congratulate her. I just feel really blessed right now and am so thankful for blog land! I have truly met some wonderful people. I pray that your day, friends, is as blessed as mine has been.
Thank you for stopping by and celebrating with me!
Blessings to you all,
Sonya

Saturday, March 19, 2011

INDULGE!!


Hello friends! I thought I would share with you another place I like to shop! My daughter, grandson and I went here a couple days ago. The place is called, Indulge. The perfect name for it too. It's located in Springfield. This is an almost 10,000 sq. foot building full of wonderful things! This first photo is of their cafe. They serve sandwiches, yummy soups and wonderful desserts. And their coffee is the best!

I don't know what this thingamajig is, but I think it's so cool!




One of the owner's vendors makes this kind of stuff. They had a table (that I didn't take a picture of):( was so cool the top rotated like a lazy susan and looked kind of like this one.


They had tons of chandeliers hanging everywhere! I loved them all!


Aren't these vintage chicks the cutest?




These chicks look like they are wearing their party hats.


Here's a picture of the wrong side of the other 4 chicks! Sorry about that! They all had feathers in their hats.








Isn't she cute?



I thought her feet were cute too.




AND...look at this! All these bags of buttons! There are 37 baggies of buttons!


Each baggie was priced $3 each. And Montana (the lady that owns the store) gave all 37 bags of buttons for...$10!! Can you hear me squealing?! How could I pass them up? They are beautiful buttons too!


I bought this sifter. Now that I have it, I am thinking that it is too shiny. Don't you think?


I put a plant in it for right now.


I have a thing for flashcards. I love the images.


Of course, I found hardware that I just had to have. They just need a little rust. ;)



A pretty runner that I will cut up and use for my collages.



And last but not least a frog. Great for place cards or any kind of cards for that matter.



I had such a good time finding these goodies and can't wait to use them for my crafts. Thank you for visiting. Next time I go to Indulge again, I will take a bunch of pictures of the antiques they have there. They are also going to be opening a spa. Gosh, antiques, food AND a spa. What more would you want? I think I could live there. :)


God bless you all and Happy Spring!


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