One of my new year's resolutions was to learn to make jewelry.
I'm not sure if it really counts that I am basically stringing beads onto elastic jewelry cording, but I am going to count it as such anyway. A year or so ago, I put an all call out to my Catholic friends to see if anyone had any medals lying around. My incredibly beautiful, talented friend, Sue, sent me a Ziploc bag full!
(Side note: Sue is one of the many people in my life who I would LOVE to spend more time with, because she is rich with wisdom and talent, not to mention she is an incredible, peaceful kind of mother. But alas, since I don't get to spend time with her here on Earth, I am hoping I can sit beside her in Heaven.)
I love this piece. The center piece, a cross, is not flashy or shiny, but simple and lightweight. Also, the necklace is made up of 40 black beads. In between each black bead, there is a small, shiny, silver tube. It reminds me that so much of our lives we are in a struggle with evil, but if we keep centered on Christ, that we can make it to the bright and shiny days, even if they are short-lived.
Another of my resolutions was to learn how to paint with oils. Seeing as though we are halfway into the year, and time isn't standing still for me, I bought gouache paints and have started teaching myself. Gouache is not as involved as oils, which require turpentine, linseed oil, etc. However, the problemo is that I don't really have a vision when I see an empty canvas.
Give me a sewing machine and some inspiring fabric and I am off to the races, but this painting thing is a bit more of a stretch. I guess 3D is more my speed... alas, I will not give up. My first painting- still in progress- is of a vintage VW van. Meh.. it's just ok. I love the colors, and I do love the windshield wipers which look like eyes peering to the side, but the design is a bit rigid.
|Vintage VW van (in progress)|
I'll keep working 'til I find that relaxed style of my own.