Oh my. When I logged onto my blog I was shocked to see that it’s been a month since I was last here. I certainly didn’t mean to be gone so long. I’ve kept busy in my ARTHaven working on various projects. A couple of years ago I happened upon a blog of a woman who decorated wooden purses. She had many, many styles and they were all decorated so brightly and with various themes. I decided I’d give it a try. So I researched a couple ways to cover them, using paint, paper or material. I found some lovely material that would work.
I then remembered some paper I ordered and never used. First I had to find where I put it and finally, in a corner there it stood. The pictures aren’t the best – hard to hold rolled up paper and the camera!
These are all oriental papers. I make a copy of the paper and use that, saving the original for other projects. Paints used can be any type of craft paint. I did one purse in oriental paper – red, and forgot to take a picture of it. The next purse, still in progress, is the same type but by changing the paper can change the style of the purse in a flash.
I also worked on some decoupage, one of my favorite crafts to do. Sometimes just sitting and cutting out the little flowers can be so relaxing. This is a chest I’m making, just about finished. Wouldn’t it make a cute box on top of your dresser to hold your treasures?
Those are just a few things I’ve been working on. I’m also working on a board book, a book of memories for a very special person in my life.
And on a very sad note. July 4, 2010, my beautiful golden retriever, Barnabus, aka Barney, collapsed and died. The vet said it was a massive cardiac episode. Barney was only in my life for a short six years – but he made a big impression. He left a large hole and an empty spot for his companion, our female golden retriever Meggie MaGee.
We are currently going through the process of adopting a rescue dog through GRREAT – Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training – the local golden rescue in our area. We’ve been through the interview and home study and are just awaiting our letter of dogs that are available.
Gosh, now I know why I haven’t updated the blog – I’ve been busy! I worked on this card, which I thought turned out to be one of my most favorite cards – it is for my mother, who is very ill and is now in hospice. Dementia has taken over – how I’ve come to hate that word. She doesn’t remember many people at all and at times doesn’t even remember me.
That’s it. I’ve held you captive long enough. I have more but will make that another entry. Thank you for stopping by and gazing at the pieces I’ve made. I’d love to know that you were here.