Friday, July 4, 2014

Always on My Mind, Forever in My Heart

It's been a busy few days of making angels in 3 colors, sewing (mostly ironing) bags and cosmetic cases and bagging and tagging everything in anticipation of opening my Etsy Shop. I have been listing away and hope to have it open sometime next week. It is a lot of work taking photos and writing about each item!

Trying to keep my space organized is getting difficult so I thought if I could just get everything bagged, I could easily put similar items in marked bins. At the moment my dining room looks like an angel factory and a tote bag boutique, but I hope to do a little organizing before going to bed tonight.

I mentioned in my last post that these angels would make a lovely, heartfelt expression of sympathy and in recent days I have a couple of friends who have suffered the loss of loved ones. So I decided to make a couple of special angels especially for them.

I like the look of mixed media and I would love to delve into it more. Mixing various textures of papers, fabrics, fibers, stamping, painting and stitching is very intriguing to me for sure.  I would have preferred to use stamps and ink for the words on the wings but I don't have a large supply of stamps. (Add stamps and ink to my list of things to buy) So I printed the words out in script font on linen paper and cut them individually before attaching the words to the angels wings. I really like the way it turned out.

After I placed her in a bag of shredded white paper I sprinkled some kraft paper confetti stars around the angel. I used a paper punch to make the stars.

She looks rather angelic in her little white crinkled paper and star filled cellophane bag. In a couple of days, she and another little angel will be sent off with the important task of delivering our messages of sympathy to some special people and to let them know we share in their sadness.

I hope everyone is having a nice 4th of July weekend so far. Here in NH it has been raining and cloudy all day. My husband and daughter marched in a parade a couple of towns away in their Revolutionary War Era kits. (I dare not call them costumes as I get corrected by my husband and daughter every time I slip up) Tomorrow they have a reenactment in Vermont--a busy weekend for them and a peaceful, quiet (I'm smiling) weekend for me!

Today and always, we remember those who courageously fought for our freedoms and for those still serving and in harms way--Always on our minds, forever in our hearts.

I will leave you with one of my favorite Celtic Women songs: it is just beautiful--music, lyrics and all. Enjoy! 

                                                                         O America