Monday, December 17, 2012

Meet Eli Thomas

I've been spending the past month trying to finish projects that have been in the works for awhile. Most of the unfinished works are patterns that I bought because I thought they were too adorable to pass up. Patterns from other designers are interesting to make because I can learn a lot from them, and they also get the creative wheels in my head going. I recently finished up this handsome fellow, a snowman by Aunt Manny's Creations.  Other designer's patterns usually do not speak to me like my own designs do but this little guy did. Sadly, in light of the horrific tragedy that happened here in my state this past week, I can't seem to write his story. I have tried and tried but my heart is too heavy at this time. I felt I still needed to share him with everyone though. When I look at my winter buddy, he brings a smile to my face. Hopefully, he is able to do that for all of you. Smiles are definitely needed now more than ever.

♥♥ So I introduce you now to Eli Thomas.♥♥


♥ Peace ♥ Love ♥ Hope♥

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Dark Day in Connecticut

“There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.”

 -Mother Theresa

Prayers, love, and light for all the families in Newtown, Connecticut

Monday, December 10, 2012

Here Comes Santa Again!

If you go way back to the beginning when I first started this blog, I spoke about making a wooden Queen Anne doll. I took an online class in which I purchased a kit. I haven't finished the doll. In fact, I think I have been working on it for two years. The reason I haven't finished is because of the carving involved. The kit has the hands and body cut already in a basic square form but I have to take the knife and actually carve the little fingers and hands to make them look more round. The whole process intimidated me so much that I never could actually get myself to even make one cut! Now I understand how fear can be paralyzing.

I am proud to say that I have overcome my fear of the knife! I recently took a woodcarving class at the local high school through the Adult Education program. What a fun class! The instructor, John Bontatibus,  was so helpful and so encouraging. My other classmates were a fun mix of experienced and novice woodcarvers. Mr. Bontatibus started us off with a square like Santa form ( I wish I had taken a picture!!), very similar to the way my Queen Anne doll is cut. He also carved the face and eye area so I can't take credit for that but I can say that I did the rest. Here's Santa:

What do you think? He's a cutie, isn't he? Thanks to Mr. Bontatibus and Mr. Santa, I am looking forward to working on my Queen Anne after the holidays are over. I am quite confident that she won't sit around for another year.