I started cleaning out my art studio today.
Actually I went in, stared at everything for a while,
grabbed a stack of prints, and shut the door behind me as I left.
That room is going to be the death of me.
But, I did find unearth those prints, and they need to find a home!
There are just one or two of each color and design… they were $18 each a couple of years ago, but now they’re only $12! (If you want multiples, I can make them $10 each!) They’re printed on white Bristol board and packaged in protective cellophane sleeves.
Click here to see them!
One square inch.
That’s about the size of a postage stamp.
Or the diameter of a quarter.
And the size of these tiny papercut pumpkins!
I just finished setting these Postage Stamp Pumpkin Pendants in resin, and they’re in our shop! Available in Orange, Butternut, or White! Click on the image below to find them!
A little over three years ago, Hubby and I took adoption classes.
We were already open as a foster home, but hadn’t had any placements yet, and we were still unsure of which way would would go… foster care or straight up adoption… but we wanted to know all we could about both options, and be ready for whatever direction the Lord led us. And He led us to both fostering AND adoption!
In those classes, we learned so much. We had the opportunity to talk with other families stepping tentatively toward the same goal… to hear their stories, their concerns, their fears, and their deep convictions about caring for children, whether it was for a few days or for forever. We learned that there are so many kids that need a place to call home and people to call family. The need is so big and so great that it sometimes seems impossible to make a difference, just being one little family with an extra bedroom. But then we were told this story…
“While wandering a deserted beach at dawn, stagnant in my work, I saw a man in the distance bending and throwing as he walked the endless stretch toward me. As he came near, I could see that he was throwing starfish, abandoned on the sand by the tide, back into the sea. When he was close enough I asked him why he was working so hard at this strange task. He said that the sun would dry the starfish and they would die. I said to him that I thought he was foolish. There were thousands of starfish on miles and miles of beach. One man alone could never make a difference. He smiled as he picked up the next starfish. Hurling it far into the sea he said, “It makes a difference for this one.” I abandoned my writing and spent the morning throwing starfish.”
― Loren Eiseley
And now, three years later, we’re looking at the possibility of taking adoption classes a second time. Thinking about those starfish on the beach, and the handful of little people that have touched our lives in the past three years, inspired me to get out my scissors and start snipping.
Make a Difference Pendants are now available in our shop!
Some days, my only goal is to finish something.
Like ALL the dishes.
Or that last load of laundry.
Or some projects that have been sitting on my desk FOREVER.
With little people running about, work seems to
happen in fits and starts, but some days I actually
see something all the way through to the very end.
I just finished these two special papercuttings…
… and actually got them into frames.
It was fun to weave the realistic Jenny Wren
and daffodil into the folksy fraktur-style papercuts.
At this moment, the paper cuts are one-of-a-kind,
though I may have some prints made, or do another
papercut version of them at some point in the future.
(They always change slightly when I make a pattern.)
The originals are listed in my Etsy shop…
20% if you buy both… use the coupon code
when adding each one to the cart!
I’ve had a few quiet hours the past couple of days, and have been able to work on the “pretty” part of setting up the new blog and website. My paper cuttings are usually mounted on black, so seeing them on a white background is a little hard to get used to, but I do like the lighter feel that it gives to the site. The buttons might get shuffled around a bit as sections are added to the website. It was neat to be able to use actual papercuts to create them!
And it was fun to play with some paint again!
Note the close proximity of paint water to the coffee that I’m drinking.
Not a good idea.