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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.

He's God. And I'm not.

He's God. And I'm not. 0

testimony towel design idea from Neil..................


Artist Kelly J, you're up!

Artist Kelly J, you're up! 0

 Our featured artist for May is Artist Kelly J and here are just a few items from her extensive collection of art. She came to our attention in recent months through her ColoringBook page on facebook. She has many charming line drawings there for you to print and color. We were able to find her and get permission to bring you some of her work as part of our art-on-the-counter project.

Artist Kelly J is an artist, philanthropist, story teller and has a testimony:

  "My passion in life is anything that is on the good road. My theme for my art is Gentle Kindness wrapped in Love. I sketch what captures my heart and then tell it's story. My Artist Kelly J Blog is where I share all of my work and links. I have been creating since 2005 and have done many works, and am slowly adding them to my blog and pages." 

Please visit Artist Kelly J here:  https://artist2kellyj.blogspot.com/


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