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The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest ~ Sir Thomas Moore ~

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Gifts, in all shapes and sizes ...

Yesterday was a day of gifts.
A day of surprises and Thankfulness.

Two of my mixed media pieces are in the Winter 2013 Artist Spotlight pages of Somerset Studio Gallery.
I Heart this Earthly Life has been on my blog side panel for a while,  Fox Sparrow singing to my soul ♥
I've picked up many discarded books over the years, the majority have pages torn out and are scribbled in making them perfect for Art Journals.
One day, an idea for a painting came to me, but I had no canvas available.  Suddenly, I realized that the covers from these books made for an instant canvas!
You can paint directly on the paper. Depending on how old your book is, the paper may be thin, in which case you will not want to add a lot of water to your paints.  If you'd prefer, you can glue on a piece of watercolour paper.
Birds, especially Sparrows hold a special spot in my heart.

Also in Somerset Studio Gallery are some of my Dear Friend Mini Bags.
Our little picket fence enclosed country cottage front garden was created with the birds, butterflies and bugs in mind, is completely chemical free, and almost maintenance free, left to it's own doing.  Even the spent flowers look lovely to us, and we leave them as long as possible for the Yellow Finch to have one last feast on the Cosmos.
Since I love to send friends home with gifts (from the kitchen and garden) I make up little mini bags to hold the seeds.  Super easy, recycling brown paper shopping bags and adding a little watercolour painting and garden themed quote.
In the Winter 2013 issue of Sew Somerset, is my Power of Words Offerings Pouch.

Following a serious car accident, I turned to my books of quotes often, finding myself gravitating to the positive messages.  I began writing out favourite affirmation quotes and carrying them with me.  They found their way in my purse, my pocket, I had them tucked in the corners of mirrors around my home, and placed them on the dashboard of my car, reminding me to live life in the present.

I truly believe in the power of the written word which is where my idea for a little "offerings" pocket came about.  An expression of my belief that a few kind words speak volumes.
Made from a recycled pocket from jeans and 2 of the waist band loops, slip through a belt and fill with inspirational water coloured cards.
Share your cards freely ~ you never know who may need to read an uplifting message xo

Thank you so much to all those at Stampington who help make Artists dreams come true
Keep your hands open
and all the sands of the desert
can pass through them.
Close them
and all you can feel
is a bit of grit.
~Taisen Deshimary~


Monica said...

So wonderful, dear Deb. I'm delighted to see you in the magazines! Well done you. Those sparrows on the girls' shoulders are too cute for words!

Julie Marie said...

Oooh how exciting Deb!... I can't wait to find some of those magazines... you are so talented and I just adore your blog... xoxo Julie Marie

Mereknits said...

Deb, a big Congrats to you. Your ideas and artwork are so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your gift with us.

Deb said...

Thank you so much Meredith, Julie Marie & Monica ♥

Jeanne said...

How wonderful for you and congratulations. I love all you share........Blessings my sweet friend.
Love Jeanne

Unknown said...

Oh my! congratulations! That's my dream - to get published in a Somerset magazine! You do beautiful work!

Deb said...

Thank you Jeanne & Barb ♥ I really appreciate your kind comments!

homespun living said...

Congratulations Deb!--beautiful work...Deb

Gabriela Delworth - Instructional Designer said...

Hello Deb,

Congratulations on theses features!
I will certainly check them out.


Deb said...

Thank you Deb & Gabriela ♥

Georgianna said...

Congratulations, Deb, and so well deserved!

I love your Power of Words Offerings Pouch. What a brilliant idea. My sister has thousands of quotes she's collected over the years and I think she'd love something like this.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!


Deb said...

Thank you Georgianna, I love hearing about fellow Quote lovers! I hope your sister creates an offerings pouch to hold her favourite quotes in ♥

Monica said...

Hmmm... did I tell you how much I love your birds?

Kelly said...

YAY for you! I am so happy for you, you are a talented lady, my friend...and Stampington knows it!

It's such a good idea too...beautiful, practical and inspiring.