Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring....

~Greetings and Warm Wishes ~
to all my blogging friends and stitching buddies....
I hope that this drive-by post finds you all well!

Do you ever feel like...
you meet  yourself coming and going? I do. Some days I don't know how I keep all my balls I'm juggling in the air. But when I sit and think about it, I do know. It is only by the grace of God. I am so blessed to be healthy and able. So blessed. I won't complain about being busy. But I am busy, dreadfully so. So much so that I'm going to be honest and say...I think I've had a panic attack (or four) lately. I've got long lists to do and push through and it seems like I'm a magnet and stuff keeps falling in my plate. But I'm going to get it all done and I'm going to do it with a smile on my face and peace in my heart...one way or another!

:)


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Lots has happened to our little family since we last were together...
My paternal grandmother - Frances Eleanor Epperson passed away at 95 years young with not a gray hair on her head. (and she didn't color her hair!) I spent every Sunday at my Grandma and Grandpa Epperson's house when I was growing up. I have very fond memories of her. I was her first grandchild and the only girl until her last grandchild was born 13 years later and was a girl too. 

She taught me many things in life, but the best was to be honest, stay busy, stand firm in your faith, be a good wife and mother and her favorite parting words - remember you are an Epperson. She was all those things and more. She made darn good fried chicken, persimmon pudding, strawberry icebox jam (that she always put on our ice cream) and out of this world caramel corn. She loved cats and I loved her. Rest in the arms of your savior Grandma. 

Grandma and Grandpa Epperson

~My Grandpa and Grandma Epperson on their wedding day~


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St. Patrick's Day came...
and I baked cookies for more practice! Katie helped me decorate them this time and I think we did a good job! We had fun!!

St. Paddy Day Cookies



Jacob was honored as a Panther Plus Award Winner which means he is recognized as a leader in the classroom. Way to go JAKE!

Jake Panther Plus Award


Spring Break had us going huntin'...
for a prom dress that is...here are the girls on Girls Day Out at the Cheesecake Factory, right before we bagged the dress!
I won't show a picture of Katie yet...but all I can say is: BEAUTIFUL!

Me and the girls


I finally *finished*...
my very first punch needle project. This is:


"My Black Hen"
by Teresa Kogut
and I just finished it into this door knob hanger this afternoon.My Black Hen Punch Needle

I used jute twine as the edging, after I made it into twisted cording...
My Black Hen Jute Edge

I added the sweet little black gingham bow :)
My Black Hen _ Teresa Kogut
and hung it on my NEW Pantry door!
My Black Hen on our pantry door

Yep! we had a pantry built in our kitchen...
we needed one 9 years ago, but better late than never!


all finished, but we are just waiting on the paint to cure :)



An exciting (for me) thing happened this month....
I was featured in a British Cross Stitch Magazine as a "Stitching Star" in the April Edition of 
"Cross Stitch Collection"! 
That made me smile, I've never been given the nod before from a public arena. 
~ Thank you Cross Stitch Collection Editors! ~

Magazine Shot


Whew...I'm exhausted writing about all this...
but I think (for the most part) I'm done with the "stuff" that has gone on in the last few weeks.
What's coming up?

Well Ian and Jacob...
are soon to have their Eagle Scout Court of Honor on May 3, 2015!
This is their "formal" Eagle Scout portrait that I took for their invitations and also for their large portrait that will be on display at their Court of Honor reception that I am hosting. 
~ I'm going to be completely honest here ~

I'm so proud of them I could bust.
I love them so and I know all parents adore their children so probably isn't a news flash or anything :)
I know they aren't the first kids to make Eagle Scout, certainly aren't the last. They aren't the best kids or the most talented or, etc. etc.
But they are my kids.
I've lived my whole adult life for them and my heart is so full with the blessings that they are to me that I just want to shout it to the world. I love them with my whole heart and I am so proud. 
My babies...

Ian and Jacob Eagle Scout Invitation

So with this looming on the horizon...
I have invitations to send (they are already made (by me) and ordered)
See all those badges? We bought them again and I am framing them (myself) for them as a gift for their accomplishment. That's on the list of "to do's"
make 300 cupcakes
make 300 iced decorated cookies (only one more "practice" coming up here at Easter)
make the decorations for the reception
make the food for the reception
I've got lists people...lots and lots of lists....

:)

Thank you for hanging with me! I've not had much stitching of my own to share. But I sure have been busy finishing for other people. If you are on Facebook look up my Finishing Service page where I update what I've been working on in my finishing studio. There have been lots of lovely stitches that people have stitched and I have finished. Or you can just look above in the Finishing Service tab above which links to my Flickr album. Gain some inspiration!

Until next time...
may I be the first to wish you a most blessed Easter Sunday!
I am actually off work this year. Which is the first Easter Sunday I've been off since Ellie was a baby. So I am planning up a big shindig with the family! 
There WILL BE iced cookies so stay tuned :)

I'll be keeping my hands to work and my heart to God, just like always...
join me!
Love in Stitches,
Vonna xxxx








Monday, March 02, 2015

DIY Organization and some NEW Starts...


~ Greeting Friends and Warm Welcome!! ~ 

I hope each one of you is warm and well....
Indiana has recently been slammed by a lot of snow. We are bracing what could be a very LARGE nasty mess tomorrow (ice). But who knows?! It seems that winter predictions swing wildly and you don't know what is happening until you look out your window.

I bring to you today...
an idea that I have for organizing your stash. I have a lot of stash (hahaha!)
What about you?
:)
But today I'm talking about Over-dyed Threads stash. I have never had a good way to organize it until I saw an idea of storing scrapbook supplies on Pinterest in a similar way. I changed a couple of things and brain stormed and here we go! I'll let the pictures do the talking:

Supplies needed:
1

Cut off the top of the hanging file folder with a two inch piece left from the top:
2


Punch some holes:
(I did 1/4 inch from end; then 1 inch from punches from the end punches)
3


Alphabetize by using vinyl letters and key tags:
4

5

Sort your threads and alphabetize the load them up:
6


Hang them in your specified box!
7


Hmmm....I need Classic Colorworks "Calico Kitty". All I have to do is: turn my box to the side see where the "C's" are: 
8

and grab it out!
9

HOW easy is that?
So I did my whole over-dyed collection.
Simple.
Perfect.
Save money because you can instantly see what you have.
Threads stay neat.
No tangling!
Compact.
Saves space.
Go out. Do it. Today! Or really soon!
You'll thank yourself. 
and you'll love me ;)
hahaha!

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So I started a new BIG project....
 It's all done in sepia/ivory tones. I'm not going to tell you what it is because I think it will be fun for you to see the picture emerge. Here's a couple of evening's worth of stitching:
New Start

I recently finished a  punch needle project for a client...
and I loved how it turned out, so I started my first punch needle project.
It is:
"My Black Hen" by Teresa Kogut Designs
My Black Hen Punchneedle

and Sunday saw....
Miss March jumping out of my big 'ol ironstone bowl. Sadly I hadn't had a chance to purchase some Four Leaf clovers yet...but I am soon :)

March LHN Calendar Girl

Finally...
I leave you with an ink and pastel drawing of Rose Luck Pony by Miss Ellie :)
she's really getting good, I think!
Ellie's Pony Ink and Pastels

How about Nashville Needlework Market?!?!?!
What are your favorites?

I am so in love with:
"Fraktur Friends" by Shakesphere's Peddler

(photo copyright by Shakesphere's Peddler)

and also...
"Giving Thanks" by Little House Needleworks

(this is going to look GREAT under my finished and framed "Needleworker" from a couple of years ago in Nashville)
(photo copyright by: Little House Needleworks)

And everything from With Thy Needle and Thread...boy Brenda Hit it out of the ballpark!

Tomorrow is my LNS Market day...
barring any catastrophe with ice and snow, Mama is going to stitch all day and she's bringing her credit card! Watch out Fancy Works! ;)

Until next time...
I'll be keeping my hands to work and heart to God, while I treat my neighbor as myself just like always!

Love in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Cookie Escapades...

~ Greetings Friends ~
Today was THE day....the day that I decorated cookies for the very first time. Yesterday, I made the dough, I used my cookie idol's recipe which you can find here: Sweet Sugar Belle's Basic Sugar Cookie recipe.

Baking the cookies were not without some hardship...
my first batch spread... a lot. So, next batches I worked a lot more flour in and I paid attention to how it felt when I touched it. I looked for the the hints and tips Sweet Sugar Belle gave and the result was perfect cut sugar cookies. I let them "dry out" for 24 hours so that the butter would not leech into the cookies once decorated.

Today dawned...
and I hit the elliptical for my 30 minute date...(ugh!)
then I started in making the icing. Again I used my idol's recipe: Sweet Sugar Belle's Royal Icing Recipe

Making the icing was the easy part. Getting the correct consistency for piping, flooding and the 20-second icing (which in my research can be called 10-second 15-second, etc)...that is the tough part.
But I watched the Sweet Sugar Belle's YouTube videos over and over and I took the plunge! Actually, I have been watching and reading for the past 6 weeks. 

Here are the results....

First Cookie Escapade - Copy


"Hot Lips"
Hot Lips - Copy

Hot Lips zoom - Copy


"My Little SweetHearts"
My Little Loves - Copy

My Little Hearts zoom - Copy


"Love Birds"
Love Birds - Copy

Love Bird Zoom - Copy



"Dutch Tulips"
Yellow Tulips - Copy

Yellow Tulips zoom - Copy

Now...
they aren't perfect. For instance my Love Birds...the accent piping is a little sloppy. On the Hot Lips, I didn't get a good disappearing lip line on the piped edge...but I did get a good seam line and highlights! Same goes on the SweetHearts, I didn't get a good disappearing piped line and my writing needs a little work. On the Dutch Tulips, I used the 20-second icing and I think it was too runny. The green was DEFINITELY too runny.

For a first try...
I'm pretty happy. I have St. Paddy's day coming up...that's gonna be another time to practice before I have to do it for real. 

All in all...
I'm really tickled with myself at how well these turned out. I never, in a million years, thought I'd get these to look even this good. Again, not perfect, but not bad for a first go around!

I learned A LOT of lessons today and I think that means my St. Paddy's cookies might just be a bit better than these! We will see :)

Until next time...
I'll be keeping my hands to work and my heart to God, while loving my neighbor as myself!
Join me!

Love in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx

Monday, February 09, 2015

My Valentine.....

~ Warm welcome to all my friends ~
I was overwhelmed with all the many comments and entries that was left on my 

"Be My Valentine"

post, that I must say, I felt as if I needed to make everyone a project envelope!


But....
 I'd need to hire a helper and get a bank loan for that, so instead I did the best thing I knew how and just went ahead and bought some more fabric and made two more Project Envelopes for a total of three...

So that means I have three Valentines and they are....


Linda
Ana R.
Sandi F.

I want to thank...
each and everyone of you for your kind comments, visits, friendship and the inspiration you all give to me! 

Thank you!

And until next time...
I'll be keeping my hands to work and heart to God
and...
loving my neighbors as myself!

Love in stitches,
Vonna xxxx


Friday, February 06, 2015

Won't you be....

~ My Valentine? ~



Comments on THIS post only....
will have their name put in my heart for a chance to have this project envelope to arrive at your doorstep by St. Valentine's Day if you promise to be my Valentine. 

Please don't advertise this giveaway...
as I want it to be for the people that actually visit my blog, read my words, comment
 (a little or a lot ~ it doesn't matter
and follow me. 

This is for you, from MY heart :)

Winner will be picked by random and announced Monday, February 9. You have until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 8 to enter.

Good Luck!

Love and Kisses,
Me


Goings on in my world...

~ Greetings Friends ~
and a warm welcome to my blog. I hope that you all are well and warm and fit as a fiddle!

Goings on in my world...
I seem to be a bit all over the charts this year! I can't get my act together stitching wise to be honest. Last year in January, February and March. I had it so together, stitching just what I had planned that I wanted to accomplish. This year...I can't get settled on anything! Oh, I've hopped on some band wagons. For instance: 
Photo Copyright: By The Bay Needleart

Have you heard about this? Well....if interested check HERE
This dings my bells and toots my whistles on so many levels that I couldn't resist. Have I placed a stitch yet? Of course not! To be fair however, I have 8 ornament models to stitch and finish by March 1, so that leaves very little time for personal stitching! That may be another reason I feel I'm not accomplishing anything :)

And last year I kicked myself a hundred times over for not jumping on the: Colonial Gatherings bandwagon. Paulette of Plum Street Samplers and Tanya of The Scarlett House are two designers that I really love and admire. Every single thing that came out last year in the Colonial Gatherings Club just did it for me. So this year - I SIGNED up and couldn't have been happier when I received this in the mail for the inaugural installment for 2015 by Plum Street Samplers: 
Photo Copyright: Plum Street Samplers

again, has any stitches been placed? YES! but I had to frog them because when I started it I was more interested in talking than stitching. Why, you ask? Well, because I was entertaining a long-time online friend, Carol author of: Linen Stitcher, in my home for a stitch-together! Carol is also an Indiana girl and we've been conversing for years via e-mail and she moved to Terre Haute, Indiana (just about 45 minutes away from Bloomington)  in the last few years, but was commuting heavily back and forth to her job. Now she's doing free-lance work inside her home and that means she can arrange her schedule a little more freely and we took advantage of that! I invited her to come over in January a couple of times, but weather didn't accommodate us

:( 

Finally this week we got to get together in my home! Carol arrived safely and off we went gabbing and chatting and finally stitching away! Shortly before noon, I started heating up our lunch and we had just sat down to enjoy it when the phone rang and I saw it was the school. Of course - day of all days - Ellie was ill. Carol was so gracious and quickly gobbled her last two bites of lunch and packed up her stitching so that I could go and retrieve Ellie from school sporting a belly flu bug. Poor Carol didn't even get to enjoy the dessert of pound cake and some delicious (if I do say so myself) berry fruit salad. Next time Carol!

Carol showed up at my door with this stunner: 

Frindship Cupboard Hanger from Carol

Isn't it perfectly wonderful and cute as a button?! I love it! Carol said the saying is just how she feels about me...she feels like we are old friends since we have corresponded for so long, but in reality, we have just met :) So sweet! Thank you so very much Carol, I will treasure this always!

While Carol was visiting...
she brought some of her finely stitched pieces. Be still my heart, THREE Carriage House Samplings stockings. OMGosh! I have all the patterns for these, have I  placed a single stitch in any of them? NO! but after seeing her perfectly stitched stockings I think I may have to jump on that bandwagon! Lots of bandwagons I'm hitching my horses to....soon I'll have a train. Who am I kidding, my horses are dead from exhaustion my train is so loooooooong....

:)

Carol didn't leave still hungry without any dessert and gift-less though! I made a small selection of my project envelopes and she got to choose one to take home with her. She chose the one I thought she would too:
Peacocks in Paris

and I do believe she was quite charmed with it. Its an addiction these envelopes that are perfect to kit up a project and have ready to go at a moments notice. And when you pull them out, they catch people's eyes and they want to know all about them. Believe me, I get it all the time in doctor's offices, sport games, boy scout meetings...

Speaking of bandwagons...
I've jumped whole-heartedly and with much devotion into trying to become a sugar cookie decorator! I just spent an astronomical amount of money on tips and cutters and bags and gel colors and rolling pins...well you get the idea...with the hopes of making cookies that look like these:

This woman has the most gorgeous cookies. I've always adored intricately designed sugar cookies. In the next 4 years I will be the hostess (with the mostest) of many parties. The one coming up quickest is: my Boys Eagle Scout Court of Honor!!! Yes, both boys, Ian and Jacob, earned their Eagle Scout Awards after many, many hours of hard work and dedication. They are very young Eagle Scouts too...earning it right before their 15th birthday. Can a mother be more proud? No, not really. Here they are this year at Summer Camp:

So what a better way to celebrate than to have beautifully decorated sugar cookies on their food table at the reception? I have visions in my head folks...lets hope this spending spree spews forth gorgeous cookies! Am I foolish enough to believe that I will be able to produce such cookies the first time? 
GOOD GRACIOUS NO!!!

Thank the good Lord we have:
Valentines Day
President's Day
St. Patrick's Day
Easter...
all coming up for practice!

**I also will need to make sure that I do the elliptical every day to counter-act the practicing!**

I am sure you will be able to see my failure or success at my endeavors of iced cookies :)

Well I believe that I have bored you enough now!
Until next time...
WAIT! I have one more thing to say: 
(I know you are rubbing your face thinking: STOP, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP!)
but...
Just like I wrote on Christmas Day. The greatest thing, no matter what faith you prescribe or don't prescribe to, is: To love your neighbor as yourself. I've seen many examples in myself and many examples in others of not prescribing to this simple honest kindness to others. You know how I always end my blog posts before today, from here on, I'm ending them with an additional phrase to remind myself and to practice what I preach. Kindness...Love... remember it. This world needs it! and all too often lately in life, at the gas station, at the grocery store, on the road, on e-mail correspondence, on the news, on Facebook, in blogs....well everywhere.... I've seen all this hatred and hurt spewing forth. Be kind! Be loving! Use your words appropriately! I'm talking to ME and I'm talking to YOU! 

So until next time...
I'll be keeping my hands to work and heart to God while I love my neighbor as myself!
Join me!

Love in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx

Friday, January 30, 2015

Inspire Your Heart with Art...

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome Friends ~

Did you know that Saturday, January 31, 2015 is
"Inspire Your Heart with Art Day"

I was invited to write about how Art Inspires My Heart by Patience Brewster, an artist who specializes in ornaments and gifts.  


I typically do not accept invitations such as these because (to be honest) this is my blog and I want it to be a representation of me, not a free advertisement for others. However in correspondence with Patience Brewster's daughter, Marietta, about this National Day of Art Inspiration, I felt that it did encompass me and my life, so I accepted the invitation graciously, and here we are ready to learn how Art Inspires My Heart!

:)

Art...
what is art? If you look up the word art in the dictionary the definition is: 
something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings
Well that's sort of rigid, isn't it. I agree imagination is typically always used. Skill? hmmm...maybe not so skillful in every step of the process I employ. Beautiful? well I've created some pretty bufugly things before. Expresses important ideas or feelings? well......I'm not trying to change the world when I create. So...I guess I cannot be considered an artist.

 Nope...
that's not right either. Let's just say that the art that I create is one that inspires me, inspires my family and if I'm lucky it inspires a whole lot of people from all over the world that I'm lucky to have come and visit me, encourage me, right here in my little corner of cyberspace. I sure know that when I visit other little corners of cyberspace, I sure do get inspired with the art they choose to create! 

I have been very blessed with a very active imagination....
I sometimes will not be able to sleep all night long (I'm not kidding!) thinking about how I'm going to finish something, how I'm going to decorate my house, what I'm going to stitch next, how many ornaments my poor tree will be able to hold before it falls over... 

In fact I have learned that...
I cannot look at Pinterest or Blogs (of any kind) before I go to bed, if I do...forget it, sleep will never come because I'm plotting, planning, creating in my mind.

A good example of this is...
Barn Quilts. Familiar with them? If not they are similar to this: 


I don't have a barn. But I'm going to have one of these quilts in my landscaping this year. Period. I've got it all planned out, two sleepless nights and a whole lot of research proves that! I know how I'm going to make it, where its going to go, patterns I'm using - well you get the idea. In fact, last night I realized I actually could have TWO barn quilts in my landscaping, one in the front of the house and one on the side (we live on a corner) so...visibility on three sides of our home. Barn Quilts...its happening at my house this spring. Period. My husband...he rolls his eyes, shakes his head and...endures

:)

So one way my heart is inspired with art...
 is through making things and decorating my home with my handmade items. How do I do this? Well I don't draw or sculpt, but I paint with needle and thread onto a canvas of linen and create treasures for my family to enjoy. Such as this little ornament that shall adorn our Christmas tree: 
Country Cottage Needleworks motif taken from Snow Sampler
This sweet ornament was created using a motif from:
"Snow Sampler"
I converted the DMC cottons into over-dyes from Classic Colorworks
I used colors that was in the same colorway as the DMC, but the varigation found in the overdyes makes the colors a little more interesting. 
I finished it into an ornament using rick-rack that I had hand-dyed myself to compliment the fabric I had on hand to finish it. I'm really pleased with how this all turned out.

As if you, my loyal blog friends, don't already know this fact: I love Christmas and I adore making ornaments for our tree! So that is another way my heart is inspired by art...through the finishing of my stitched pieces creatively to make the stitched piece shine to its utmost potential. I love to think up new ways to spotlight my stitching. 

My children got some of my creativity genes...
and I'd now like to share with you some of their creativity with art.

My eldest...Katie:

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When she was a little girl, used to color and draw and craft up a storm! As she's grown she hasn't had as much time as she did when she was a little girl, but at 17 years old and a junior in High School, she's got places to go and people to see and classes to study for! But there was a summer where I enrolled her in a summer camp art class at John Waldron Art Center and she made me a beautiful item that sits in my corner display case top and center:Katie's Clay Bird in Nest
Katie's Pottery "Bird in Nest"
Created just for me when she was 12 years old
Katie inspired my heart with her art!

My eldest twin boy...Ian:


isn't as crafty as some of my other kiddos but this year he needed to fill a slot in his class roster and chose to take Stained Glass. I was shocked to say the least, but then he came home with some really great projects that I have displayed in our windows. When the light shines through them, they make me smile! (today isn't such a lovely day...)

"Tulip Window Pane"Ian's Clear Glass Suncatcher

"Geometrical Stain Glass Window"
Ian's Geometrical Stain Glass Window

Ian's stained glass projects inspire my heart with art!



My youngest twin boy....Jacob:


used to sit for hours and draw and draw! I have a beautiful Nativity Story Book that was made by Jacob when he was just a little boy. His pictures portraying the birth of Jesus are beautiful and I enjoy pulling it out and looking at it every Christmas season. But when Jacob was in Second Grade he won Youth Art Month for his school and his work was displayed in a month long showing at the Indiana University Art Museum! Jacob's Second Grade experience wasn't so joyful. He had a lot of learning problems and sadly he and his teacher just didn't "jive". In his Third Grade year he was diagnosed with a learning disability and things really didn't even out until he was in Seventh Grade. Those handful of years and the struggles that we faced as a family was made better by allowing Jacob to create. I sent him to art classes for drawing and cartoon creating at John Waldron. To focus on something outside of the classroom was a blessing to Jacob, as he had a lot of negativity at school. So between Art, Karate and Boy Scouts we got Jacob through some tough times. When he was chosen as artist for the second grade representing his school...that was the most jubilant wonderful thing that could have happened. Here is his wax and watercolor painting:

Jacob's Swim With the Dolphins
"Swim with the Dolphins" 
a self portrait by Jacob Pfeiffer

Jacob inspires my heart with his spirit, but he also inspires my heart with his art!



Bringing up the rear of the Pfeiffer clan is....Miss Ellie:

Out of all four of my children, Miss Ellie is the most creative by far. She is constantly creating. Her venue of choice is drawing. She watches You Tube videos of drawing techniques all the time, she checks out drawing books at our local library, she saves her allowance to purchase drawing books, she is drawing, drawing, drawing! 
Last year, following in her brother's footsteps, she also won artist for her school and her art work was on display at the Indiana University Art Museum the entire month of March. Here is her winning submission:
Ellie's At The Circus
"A Day at the Circus"

I have been the recipient of many lovely handmade gifts from all of my children, but Ellie has made the most gifts. When she was in first grade she made me this lovely plate...I love how I am pencil thin and tall and my hair has that perfect curled and flyaway look that I always strive for :)
Ellie's Family Plate

Last year at Christmas she made me a pinch pot for my scissors that was glazed and fired to match my stitching chair (arm visible in picture)!
Ellie's Scissors Pinch Pot


Like I said before, Ellie is always practicing her drawing...
Here is a picture I snapped this morning of her toy box with her write-on/wipe-off board on top with this gorgeous Mermaid. Look at that tail detail!

Ellie's Mermaid

I'll admit.....
sometimes I get tired of picking up papers scattered all over the floor....but an artist has to have their creative times at a moment's notice! She's really trying hard to learn how to draw portraits...can you tell?
Ellie's Art

Last night...
 I was gifted this self portrait of Ellie walking home from school. See the house and the sidewalk? Ellie has a doggie sock-hat that has button eyes and muzzle with bows on the ears and long braids that come down the side and ends in puppy dog paws. I love the detail of that hat, not to mention the gorgeous shirt detail and the skirt that she's wearing.Ellie Walking Home From School

Ellie is just 9 years old...and her art inspires my heart!

You know what other kind of art inspires my heart?
The art of my creator...I look out my window and whether I see sunshine with big cottony clouds billowing by, pouring rain with slashing lightening, silently falling snow powdering the ground, angry churning clouds heralding an upcoming storm, blooming spring flowers dotting the greening grass or the world painted in colors of autumn leaves...no matter what the season or time of day or night...my heart is inspired by the art of Mother Nature!

I also am lucky...
 to live in a college town and have access to beautiful art in museums. 
I've already mentioned the: Indiana University Art Museum
but also in my city of Bloomington, Indiana we have a second art museum that showcases art of primitive and past peoples found in the study or archaeology at: Mather's Museum Of World Cultures. In fact Bloomington is home to many artists and there are many artist colonies in the surrounding counties. The famous artist T.C. Steele was born in Owen County and his adult home (that he shared with his wife) is in Brown County, Indiana. Brown County is just a quick 20-25 minute drive from my doorstep. In fact, Brown County is a well known artist colony and highly visited during the autumn season because of its scenic rolling hills and beautiful fall foilage. Learn about it here: Brown County, Indiana . 

Just north of Bloomington is Indianapolis, Indiana and it is home to some very wonderful museums of art:
and the Eiteljorg Museum of Art which is the countries leading museum of Western art.

I am surrounded by art....and it inspires my heart!

So there you go....
Saturday, January 31, 2015 = Inspire Your Heart with Art Day!
A fabulous day to think about art, what it does for your heart and what you can do to inspire your heart with the art that surrounds you and what you can create to inspire your heart with art!

Until next time...
I'll be keeping my hands to work and heart to God, just like always, inspiring my heart with some art!

Love in stitches,
Vonna  xxxx