Ain't I a Woman

Ain't I a Woman
Pearl of Great Price


Words to Live by

There are many positive thoughts that I keep in mind as I go through life in general and specifically my weight loss/life change journey.  I made a scrapbook page highlighting a few.

embellishment cluster.  Be free, PEACE
Sentiments: Rest, revive, renew; Forgive freely; Love in Action; Experience the  moment                                       

Entered in  Word Art Wednesday Challenge #52

Submitted to the FB page Artful Weightloss.

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Dimensional muse head

Here is my version of the tab head muse Barb Owens showed in the Mining Your Muse class last week.  She showed us how to give the face some definition with a few stitches.  I learned some very interesting things.  I am really enjoying this class.

sewn, stuffed and colored face

After adding hair, butterfly and earrings.   My muse was demanding jewelry (LOL)  She is a FASHIONISTA!

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Painted Button Face

I have been watching Barb Owens USTREAM show for a while now.  It is called "Creating Faces", ironically in all these months I have watched Barb make many cool projects, but she never painted a face. (LOL)  In the Mining Your Muse class she taught us how to paint a face onto a fabric covered button.  It looked very involved.  Barb is a great teacher and her guidance made the project fun, and dare I say, easy. (LOL) 

Now being easy did not stop my face from coming out crazy!  I didn't have all the suggested colors of prisma pencils, but being an artist extraordinaire (tee hee hee) I made do with what I had.  I have to stop right here and do a station identification...HALLELUJAH!!!!  Thank you LORD for giving me all the supplies I need for this class.  I have done many crafts over the years and it is amazing what I can find in my stash.  I am most grateful to God and the human vessels He uses to pour into my life.  OK...I can write all day about the goodness of God.  Here is my button face:

Soooooo, uhhhh yeah...I NEED a shading class and lots of practice. (hahaha)

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BIG, big, BiG...did I say big...

Certain members of my family , me included, have been known to have large heads.  My surrogate brother even affectionately calls me "big head."  So when I made this fabric muse she ended up with a big head just like me (LOL).  Another project taught in Barb Owens "Mining Your Muse" class.  This is my version of the 'Artsy Fartsy' Muse that she demonstrated in class last week.

This noodle spiral is twice the size of what the instructor made.  (LOL)

I used burlap for her wild and crazy  hair 

This was my first time doing free motion stitching. Sentiment: Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5                                 

The entire muse is made from scraps(except for the felt).  I used a tape measure strap that broke off a bag for her arms.  I mean she is supposed to be artsy fartsy (LOL)

  Here is a close up of her colored staple fingers.

So, there you go!  I am BIG and so is she...ha ha ha  The scripture on her bib reminds me to let my gentle side show sometimes.

I love her, this was a fun project to make.  I am so enjoying the class.

This project was also entered in Word Art Wednesday challenge #51

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Dance Muse

I am taking an online class called Mining Your Muse, taught by Barb Owen.  I have been watching  her USTREAM  shows for a while now.  I love her voice and there is so much inspiration among the chat and the show.  I have met some great  people and wonderful artists online.  So, on the quest to find my creative mojo-MUSE, if you will, we made a map to go in our muse finding tool box.  The map resulted in this:


Today my muse is a ballet dancer.  My always in pain and heavy body will not permit me to be a dancer, but in my heart I am most graceful and will always be a dancer.  Who cares that I can only get on point in my aqua yoga class- in the pool I AM a ballerina. (lol) So, when life hands you lemons, make lemonade...I am a DRAMATIST...the next best thing to a dancer.  (LOL)  I made this muse along with Barb as she was giving instructions.  I can see all the crooked lines, jagged cuts, wonky body shapes, and glue seepage, but there are no mistakes in parer crafting!  I cannot wait to make another one, or even sew one.  Barb this is a great class, my heart is so full and my spirit is so inspired to just play.  Thanks for the push and the inspiration.

Dugan thinks he is my muse sitting here on the sheet of newsprint paper I put down on my office desk as my work surface. (lol)  He jumps on the desk like a cat.  He was really good during the class (went to sleep on my feet), but as soon as class was over he was anxious to get up on the desk.  Gotta luv 'em.


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Trying out the video feature on my camera/Craft room Tour

Here is a tour of my craft room. Most crafters probably have a dream for a state of the art room, tools and supplies. (LOL)  I do too, but I love my current craft room.  I am constantly reorganizing the space.  I love that it is a mix of items: from garage sales, second hand stores, estate giveaways and sales, that I made, that were RAK'd or found.  

I am so thankful for all the people who constantly pour into the classes for the children.  I am honored that folks are so willing to donate supplies.  I am truly in awe of God's awesomeness when I walk into my craft room.  I thank GOD for blessing me ( a person with very little disposable income) with a wonderful space and the opportunity to participate in these sometimes expensive artforms  (paper crafting, sewing, painting etc.)  I am also thankful for the chance to teach the youngsters and be a part of my community.  According to the federal government I am living below the poverty level, but according to GOD I am rich beyond measure.  I choose to believe God.  Thank you JESUS!!!!  My heart is so full.  OK enough of my teary eyed rant.  I hope you check out the video.

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Note pad folio

Where oh where can my scrapping mojo be?  In an attempt to find it I watched Shannon Green's video.  I decided to art along with the video so I hit the pause button  and dragged all my scrap supplies for this project into my office.  See my craft room/classroom and office are on opposite sides of the house.  I have a desktop computer in my office and I spend a great deal of time on the computer and NOT in my craft room creating.  I think when the technology gods bestow upon me a laptop the problem will be better and I can spend more time in the craft room(LOL).  I is what I made:

 Front view with the pen

pocket & front signature

back signature & pad holder pocket

back view

This project was really cool there was only about a 2 inch strip of trash paper and it did not take long to make.  I loved sewing/binding the book together.  It just felt good to create the project.  Thank you so much for the inspiration Shannon.  Although the paper is colorful it is begging for me to add flowers, lace and girly stuff, but I may not embellish it and give it to a guy.

2 sheets 12 x 12 doubled sided paper(TH)
2 signatures
1 piece of scrap paper
waxed linen thread

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