Sunday, August 22, 2010

My Third Son's First Papercut!...


Spike The Hedgehog...

Yesterday was a fun day. My third son, oddly enough, has bronchitis right now. In an effort to distract him from his sadness at not being able to go outside and play, I helped him do his first papercut. So, here it is! I love it!!

Oh, there is a story behind it. My mother-in-law could not sleep the other night, and our dogs were making an awful ruckus outside. She went to see what they were up to and discovered that they had gotten out and were running around everywhere. When she was preparing to return inside, her foot hit something spherical. Wondering she prodded at it with her foot and was confused about this "ball" at her feet. Then she realized... it was a rolled up hedgehog!!! So she grabbed a bucket and prodded it inside. Yesterday morning she told us about it. We had a live animal study, though a short one. He sure was cute. We observed his quills, his cute face, his defensive reactions (curling up in a ball and his unraveling), etc... and then I let him out into our garden. He sure did have a rather interesting smell- not necessarily a good one. :-) Did you know he will eat "insects, worms, centipedes, snails, mice, frogs, and snakes. As a hedgehog picks its way through the hedges it emits piglike grunts—thus, the hedgehog." Woohoo! My mother-in-law was perfectly willing to have him as a garden helper. ;-)

When I returned after letting him go, Luca, my third wanted to know more about him. When it was time to choose a topic, "Spike" won out over all other possible topics from which to create art. We named him "Spike", and we are hoping we can see him again sometime.

Four More Trades For Sille Six...


Once Upon A Very Good Day...


The Lighthouse...


The Poppy And The Bluebells...


The Sunset Watcher...

I mentioned in some recent posts that I agreed to do a very large trade with another ATC creator/artist. Here are four more of the ones I am trading with her. I have a few more to go.

Sille Six, Hope you aren't sick of me yet? :-)

Have a blessed day!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Book Review for: Anne Bradstreet by D.B. Kellogg...


Book Review for Anne Bradstreet by D.B. Kellogg

In an age where a woman was expected to be only a “good Christian, wife, and mother”, I was inspired by how Anne Bradstreet nurtured her family, blessed her husband, and cultivated her interest in sharing her faith, struggles, and life through poetry. She was a remarkable woman of great faith who relied on God in all of the challenges and circumstances of her life. Her poetry encouraged, blessed, and brought joy to others. This book expresses the events within Anne’s and other’s lives, and the parallel of those who do or don’t walk where God leads. It is clear how circumstances caused tremendous spiritual growth in Anne’s life as she surrendered to God’s will.

I related to many of her thoughts, desires, and doubts. Her imagery and thought processes were refreshing and enlightening. I was prodded to desire more spiritual growth, and I enjoyed the informative educational views of medicine, travel, and various other aspects of life at that time.

The detailed historical events frame Anne’s life in very poignant ways. They clarify life in the 1600’s. Each page is full of information, history, and details of Puritan life and known figures of the day. It’s amazing how things were then versus how life is now in 2010.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the roles of amazing women in history.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, August 6, 2010

August 6, 2010... ATC Of My Dog Toby...


Traded to Mariann Johansen Ellis...

This cut was based on a silly observance. My dog is a timid creature, cautious and selective in his companionship. We got him after he had been mistreated by someone else, and even though he was a small puppy when we got him, he never fully behaved as a puppy does. My brother-in-law found him and brought him to us. I tended to him the best he would let me, and he has improved so much. He is in his "teens" now, but recently had a puppy moment. He noticed a grasshopper trying vainly to escape notice just near his feet. He put his face near it, and when it got startled and hopped a bit out of the way, he got excited. It was like a call to "come out and play". He placed his front paws under his chin while leaving his hind legs in normal standing position, and mini hopped around it, as if answering the call to hop with joy, thought that was not the intention of the grasshopper. He nosed it, and when it jumped again, he excitedly hopped around, until the grasshopper got the best of him and escaped. It made such an impression on my mind. This traumatized dog has made tremendous headway. He has learned to enjoy simple things as a simple dog should, without fearing the little things like he used to. Big deal!

August 6, 2010... Guarding The Heart...


Nei Raggi Di Sole... In The Sun's Rays... (A card...)


May God Guard Your Growing Love... (this gift measures 8 1/2 high by 11 inches wide)

We have a wedding to go to this weekend for one of my husband's cousins. I have been brainstorming a wedding cut for a little while now, and this is what I came up with. I have never done one quite like this before: my own design of a profiled elegant couple. I am pleased with it, though still getting used to its finished look. I also did the card above it for my mother-in-law to give from herself.

It is a worthy thing to pray that God guards and protects a growing love as there are many things that we know can destroy this sacred union. I am reminded of a verse in Proverbs, chapter 4, verse 23 which says, "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life." Whatever challenges one may come across our ways in life, may they only draw us closer together and strengthen our resolve to fight for our mates and the love God intended between a husband and wife!

Roberto e Nicoletta, possa Dio vi benedica questo giorno speciale!!

Roberto and Nicoletta, may God bless your special day!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

July 2010... More Combo Papercuts (Collage and Papercutwork)...


Day Of The Lotus Flower...


Longing... (My favorite one so far... I took an image I found of an advertisement of a poster for Madame Butterfly, cut out the lady and part of the surrounding house framework. I then built a papercut around her form. Originally she was looking out on a wooded spot to where a bird was in a nest. I cut that out and formed the image you see. I am really happy with it.)


Two more trades to Sille Six for our very large trade...

July 2010... "Tiaras And Tophats" Birthday Party, Crafts, and Initial Cuts...


E is for Elise...


I is for Isabella...

See my post on our family blog for complete details on the party...

Here are some crafts that I did for the party.

The theme was the combination of two children's books: Fancy Nancy and Gigi: God's Little Princess. All I can say is that this party was great fun! The joy was in the details. Like what? Sprinkles over bananas and apples to make them look fancy and bright. Butterfly wings created from sparkly material rubber banded or pinned on clothing with pipe cleaner handles created to attach them to little hands (So forming the wings). Tiara and shield crafts. Tissue paper corsages, and netted flowers to wrap in the hair. There were even heart shaped balloons and rainbow colored yarn to string to them. And, of course there was lots of play time in the park where the party was held.

These things are still being used even these days after the party. They are enjoying them so. Simple, but effective for stimulating the imagination and making pretty little girls feel like they are going to a ball. Yay!

Thank you for inviting us! What a sweet memory!! My kids had a blast!

Creative Crafty Time: Collaging with cloth and anything else and other stuff, too.

This is the design down the front of the skirt dress. I took green pipe cleaners and formed a vine. I filled in with leaves from an old bouquet of blue roses that someone gave me when Luca was born. I took some old paper roses and water colored them in pink and purple. I then took a butterfly from an old shirt and watercolored it yellow. I then glued on the wings of a discarded and broken butterfly that normally is in flower arrangements. I love it!


I hung ribbons off the shoulder, and to decorate the front I took an already formed ribbon bow for presents and glued on a large button I have saved for a while.


Apron made from discarded purple umbrella, an old sash I have held onto for years, and lots of ribbon. The wide pink ribbons were from when Miranda was born. Seemed fitting to use them for this special purpose. I love to wear this apron myself. I used it to brighten up the dark of the dress itself. The dark dress was an old skirt someone had passed onto me. It had a bleach mark and was put into my craft box. I knew it would come to good use! The apron covered the bleach spot so nicely, too. :-)


Center purple flower and the two green leaves are made from rolled pipe cleaners. The gold edges are cardboard covered with gold present ribbon. All were hot glued in place.


Copper tiara, worked and wound around itself into the form of a tiara.


Tophat created by using cardboard circle with center cut out, glued to black posterboard on both sides. Center cut out again. Rolled long length of black posterboard to create tall part and stapled. Bottom edge was wripped about every inch and a half and stapled and glued down to hold to rim. Feathers added for detail. The top is open.


Sword made from a piece of wood from an old shutter. Wrapped in aluminum foil, then taped down with clear tape. Handle was also taped to prevent any possibility of splinters. Name of child was written on paper then placed on handle before taping.





Luca in his tophat...



Miranda in her homemade princess dress... Good thing she is the only girl. I could not see doing that for four girls. hahahah.... Took me a day and a half to complete all of the crafty things for the party. I loved it, but it was a long process. Thank you to my family for their support of my crazy creative splurges. :-)

July 2010... My Husband's Birthday...


Titled, "A Blessing Unto You, My Love"

My dear, Anthony-

My heart is full of words... I am so proud of you. My prayer for you, and us, is:

"The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26

May the Lord bless your birth-day, and may He take this year and overwhelm you in His love. May He fill you with joy and hope to overlowring and speak clearly to you of His will. May He bless you in amazing ways. Happy Birthday, My Love!

"For I know the plans I have for you" says the Lord, "plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

Always, C

July 2010... My Sons' First Papercuts...


Antonio's First Papercut...


Giosaia's First Papercut...

My two oldest boys have had an interest in learning how to do papercuts, and so I undertook coaching them in making a birthday card for Nonna, their grandmother here in Italy.

Both approached the project very differently, but I think that they did wonderfully for their first trys. They would both like to do more. It was an interesting experience: educational, bonding, and fun. Nice!!