This has been a busy week but a fun one. Lots of good things happening. I enjoyed talking about my passion to the ladies of the Batavia Women's Club. We had a great time together.
My youngest daughter had a birthday which means a family party and cake!
I got to work in the studio all week and life doesn't get much better than that. I have still been working on a love theme
for the Junk Salvation show.
for the Junk Salvation show.
and for my etsy shop...
you will find the garlands and wire hearts there also.
I used some vintage wire, beads and crystals to make the hearts.
Love is... theme is not only for February, I also used it as my theme to speak for the Batavia Women's Club which you can read on my other blog here...Art through God
And if that wasn't enough to top off my week, a package came from my dear friend Lisa McIlvain of Tarnished and Tattered came in the mail.
Lisa was one of my first blogging buddies, I hadn't started blogging very long and I met Lisa. Her artwork sent me to the moon, I loved everything she did. We have such similar tastes in our artwork... our color palette, our medium and techniques. She has been an inspiration to so many and I am proud to call her friend.
Now, Lisa and I have never met... only through blogging but miles don't seem to matter in blogland and I am so ever grateful for all the friendships the Lord has blessed me with via my blog. It seems I have met so many beautiful women from Texas that I need to visit there again soon.
Now back to my package...
Lisa and I did a swap, one of my stars (which I neglected to take pictures of) and whatever she wanted to send me. I got the better end of this deal!
Three packages in this box wrapped in pattern paper with picture tags. A lovely handmade card and hand written note of friendship that brought tears.
The first gift I unwrapped was a memory bag, hand woven by Lisa. She wove beautiful textural elements into the bag and topped it with fur and embellished it with wonderful found objects. Inside the bag was a New Testament (just like one I had as a child, I might add) and a rosary with a heart added.
The second package was this wonderful box sprinkled with buttons and beautiful surprises inside. Little tidbits of art goodness.
A cool metal cone blinged up filled with mop buttons.
A fabulous large crystal button and a silver art palette with cherubs.
Beautiful lace samples with the labels... I love the old labels
Now that would have been plenty... but when I opened this package up my heart jumped!
I have been wanting one of these forever but they are hard to find. The large albums I have but not the small ones.
She made this beautiful Friendship Art Journal for me, such a treasure... I could hardly believe it.
It has so many beautiful elements on it, I love every detail from the curved glass on the front to the woven buttons and printers block charm she has hanging on the binding.
Inside is a beautiful image that I loved so much I copied it from her blog months ago and had it in my files. I used it on my art journals I did for Valentines and had forgotten where I got the image from. It actually has one of her family members in the picture. (sorry Lisa, for using it without your permission) From now on I will mark the source of my photo's better.
Inside is page after page of wonderful images and room for me to add my own touches
Isn't the lace beautiful she used... so generous with her good stuff!!!
I am nuts over this leather patina on the back of the album...
Aren't the details lovely
A beautiful page of friendship
A friendship I will always treasure and thank the Lord for each and every time I look at my beautiful book and think of Lisa.
A most talented and giving friend.
Thank you, Darl'in.