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Pray Without Ceasing And Praise God!

Pray Without Ceasing And Praise God! 0

This is why we are here!

Design by Artist Kelly J has her name on the back.

The original drawing is above.

Scribble embroidery below.

Title and artist name on back seen above. Tagging on these works is now including a logo of sorts on the minor end of the towel. I want the artist name to stay with the art...plus, I just like having something to look at on the other end!

Link to Praise God Towel

Contact information for Artist Kelly J's:


Meet Artist Kelly J and see our Fancy Dancer Embroidery DO-OVER

Meet Artist Kelly J and see our Fancy Dancer Embroidery DO-OVER 1

"My name is Kelly J and I create my Art as I experience life and tell it's story.
My Art is my ministry, so any profit I make is used to help others in their time of need. I am Haudenosaunee by heritage and like to add some of that into my art pieces. I believe life should be lived with Kindness in our heart and a love for all life. I also love to create art with mankind and animals together."
Make a poster, sing a little and dance around! You're blessed!

Make a poster, sing a little and dance around! You're blessed! 0

It's a good day to just be happy! This was my first thought this morning. Then Neil had this song playing by David Crowder:

 And I remembered that happy little squirrel from a minion poster:

 And of course this Artist Kelly J piece:

And there you have it!

It's a good day to just be happy. So sing a little and dance around; you're BLESSED!

Shoelaces first, needle later

Shoelaces first, needle later 0

There used to be heavy cardboard pictures with colorful pictures of animals and holes around the image; a shoelace was worked through the holes to outline the image. This is one of my earliest childhood memories. Mom folding clothes beside me, teaching. Shoelaces first, needle later.


Here is something you can do with no special equipment at all. Needle, thread, scissors, fabric, hoop, pencil, paper, window with sunlight.  (Of course, these things were staples of the house when I grew up. Chuckle.)

Here, a design by Artist Kelly J, was printed onto a piece of paper. I think this is on her facebook ColoringBook page for you to use, too! Or you can draw your own design! (Internet and printers are staples of your growing up!)


Trace the design lighly onto your fabric with a pencil. Holding it up against a window helps.

Stretch the fabric in the hoop and embroider by hand! There are many videos on embroidering by hand online with step by step instructions. Basically, you are drawing on fabric using needle and thread.

This piece would be considered redwork, named for the line drawings embroidered in years past using red thread. It can be used to decorate fabric for use in sewing household items or to decorate clothing you already have. Mine will be a towel that can be machine washed and dried. Your choice of stitches will determine the use of the item; some stitches are just for looking at; others are tough as nails. Lots of learning there!

Learn one, do one, teach one!

Shoelaces first, needle later.

Back home

Back home 0

Yesterday we were visited by a most magnificent creature. And this morning I feel that I am back home after being gone for a very long time.

My step-daughter surprised my husband Neil Murphy and I with a visit yesterday....and we are glad. We talked, had ice cream, peaches and kool aid. Took a drive to see the hay fields. Talked and talked. Ate supper and were sad to say good-bye. Perfect and too short all at once.

This morning I took my coffee outside and enjoyed the world. It has been a long time. You just never know what is going to happen every day when you get up.  The Lord works in mysterious ways.

Praise God! artwork by Artist Kelly J; the other words are mine.

Let's paint a towel!

Let's paint a towel! 0


In this video a cotton twill towel cutter (towel in the making) has already been free-motion embroidered with a line drawing of Artist Kelly J's Fancy Dancer. She has a free Coloringbook page on facebook.  Using thin acrylic house paint,  the dry towel is painted. Let it dry, really well, at least a whole 24 hrs. I sometimes wait 2-3 days. Heat set with your iron on the back; no steam. Careful; don't scorch it!  Machine wash and dry with like colors.

Enjoy your towel!