Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Keith and Elizabeth's Wedding

 In April, Joe and I went to Tuscola to be part of a wedding. 
Our friends, Keith and Elizabeth were beginning their new life together. 
It is an incredible and very Godly love story.
 We were blessed by them to get to stay at this beautiful cabin 
at Gateway GetaWay. Very peaceful! 
Several years ago I met Jennifer Jones, a prophetic artist.
 This retreat is owned by her sister, Carla. It's a small world.
I think this room was decorated just for me!!!
This was the spectacular view from the dining area.
We could see for miles. 
The dusting of red in the distance - Poppies!!! 
I grabbed my camera and Joe grabbed his walking stick
in case of snakes.
 The wind was blowing something fierce! But I was having a blast!
Amazingly, there was a only a little breeze during the rehearsal.
The night before the wedding - thunderstorms, wind, and rain.
What a surprise in West Texas.
 The wedding day was clear but windy. 
Setting the tables for the reception was a bit challenging but so fun.
I don't have pictures of that. Sorry!
 The location of the wedding was beautiful and the wind behaved. 
Keith and Elizabeth asked me to dance for their glorious celebration.
 I danced to "Love Came Down" by Brian Johnson. 
What an honor!!!
When I got back to my studio, I pulled out my photos
and remembered and painted...

Thank you, Lord, for good friends, for new friends,
for Christian "innkeepers", and for displaying Your splendor
all around us. Open my eyes to see even more of You!
I love you, Lord!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Dragonfly Made with Ceiling Fan Blades and An Old Table Leg

 It has been so long since I have been here and so much has happened 
that I was almost overwhelmed trying to think about where to start. 
So, I am just going to jump in. 

In March I made a dragonfly for my daughter-in-law's birthday.
I thought I would share with you the process, just in case you want to give this a try.
The backdoor neighbor was throwing away his ceiling fan. 
So I asked, "Can I have that?"
 Kitty-No helped me disassemble it. We removed all the hardware.
She loves to get right in the middle of any project I am working on.

Then, a trip to my favorite junk store to find a discarded table leg.
I spray painted it bright yellow. After the paint dried I distressed it with a bit of sanding
The blades were black but I felt like
they needed a little somethin', somethin'! Ah, lace!
 I salvaged a piece from a very worn out tablecloth and
taped it to the blade. I only used that one piece of lace 
and positioned it "just so", painted one wing with a "misty spray",
painted the other wing, then reversed the lace for the wings on the
other side and repeated the process.
The tricky part was attaching the wings. I forgot to take pictures of that.
I wasn't trying to leave out this step. I laid the wings out (right side down)
and glued a 1" x 2" piece of wood to the center back of the wings.
When the glue dried, I turned the whole thing over and attached the wings to 
the 1X2 with small screws. I added 2 eye screws for hanging.
The reason I used 2, (1) to hang it an angle and (2) West Texas winds.

I added a wire antenna and some eyes. Note: the two holes 
you see here are not the eyes. That is where the table hardware was removed.
Then, using larger screws, the whole wing assembly was attached to the table leg.
 For the eyes I used chair leg tips. Use your imagination on that.

So, a broken ceiling fan, one old discarded table leg, 
an old tattered and torn piece of lace, and some time and
some love and I have a new creation to bless Nikki with.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: 
The old has gone, 
the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17

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