Spring Nest Place Card Holders

Remember these big acorn caps I used for my hot air balloon basket?

They are from the Burr Oak tree and are American’s Largest Acorn.

I still have a lot of them and thought they might make cute place card holders.

We are fortunate to have some Burr Oak trees near our house, but you can buy some here.

I stuffed the caps with some preserved sheet moss…

Using this awesome air dry clay, I rolled some bird’s eggs…

When you cut the sheet moss, little bits of dried brown moss falls from the bottom…

I just rolled the eggs around (before they dried) in the bits to ‘speckle’ them…

These little photo pins are from Tim Holz and were perfect for slipping in a name tag and sticking down into the moss…

Wouldn’t these be cute for a spring tea or luncheon? My daughter’s already making party plans.





Valentine Mini Canvas With Quiver and Arrows

This girl is a blogger in the making and no mistake.

My daughter recently started a notebook entitled “Blue, Purple, and Scarlett” in which she is compiling ideas for my blog.

Is that cool or what? Guess I can sit back and relax now that I have a project manager.

She showed me one of her ideas and ‘suggested’ I make it right away.

She drew a tiny quiver full of arrows with the words:  be brave.

That’s my girl. 

I took a mini canvas and covered it with Fiber Paste and sprinkled it with glitter just like I did with my other Mini Canvases.

A small piece of tea-dyed muslin was soaked in fabric stiffener and wrapped around a glue stick.

When it was dry it formed the base for the miniature quiver.

For the arrows, tiny arrowheads and…whatever the things are on the other ends… were made from paper clay and stuck onto the ends of toothpicks.

Red paint!

A few stitches to hold the quiver together.

A heart of paper clay stamped with handwriting.

More red paint!

The words were printed out using “Courier New” font.

The quiver was filled up with tiny arrows and one arrow was glued at the bottom.

This one’s for you sweet girl.  I Love You!   ~ Mom


More Mini Canvases with Fiber Paste and Paper Clay

Just like my last mini canvases I covered these with fiber paste.  This time I also sprinkled them with sparkly fine glitter while they were still wet and set painted dried grape stems on top.

My kids are so funny! Every time they finish up a bunch of grapes they smile big and ask, “You want these stems, Mom?”

Of course I do!

I also swirled a spot of blue paint, and I mean a tiny spot, into the wet paste to give it the softest hint of blue.

Then I sculpted a little blue bird from paper clay and painted it the same soft blue when it was dry.   Then I glued it on so that it looks as if it’s perched on a snowy branch…

I added on words cut from book text and brushed some of the paste over the edges.

Here’s a winged heart about to take off in flight (or that’s the look I was going for anyway).



Thank you so much for visiting my blog.  Creating things is a much needed outlet for me right now, but it’s even more enjoyable when people come to visit!

Up next…my daughter finally talked me into creating a Valentine’s tree.  More to come!

“The Symbol of St. Patrick”

Here’s my piece that I contributed to the HCBC Art Exhibit entitled “Three in One.”  I took a few pictures (not very good ones, unfortunately) while I was making it…

First I formed the leaves and stem of the shamrock, and the decorative braids out of paper clay.  It is lightweight, fast-drying, and very easy to work with.

I painted them with several layers of green acrylic paint, mixed with glaze.

Then I painted the background with acrylics on a piece of 12″x12″ canvas board. 

Next, I aged a piece of scripture about Christ’s baptism (from Matthew).   I chose this passage because all three persons of the Godhead are present in the scene: the Son is being baptized, the Father’s voice is heard, and the Holy Spirit descends as a dove. I mounted it with dimensional tape, along with a gold coin I had.  The man on the horse represents St. Patrick riding to preach the gospel.

I finished painting the shamrock pieces and braids and glued them onto the board.

At this point, I decided it needed more green overall, so I added the green borders to the top and bottom.

I found some pretty beaded ivory ribbon, and then braided some different fibers to create a colorful band to pair with it.  They were stretched and glued on top of the green borders.

Finally, I bought a shadow box frame at Hobby Lobby to put the piece in.



 The Symbol of St. Patrick

Mixed-Media in a shadow-box frame.

Artist’s Interpretation:

 Holding up a shamrock, St. Patrick is said to have asked his hearers, “Is it one leaf or three?”

They would reply, “It is both one leaf, and three.”

“So it is with God,” he explained.

The hand-sculpted shamrock is paired with an aged piece of text from Christ’s baptism (Matthew 3:15-17) which mentions the presence of all three persons of the Godhead.

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