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Friday, February 5, 2016

My Brother's Special Gift!

Good Friday Morning Everyone,

I have taken some time off from crafting and painting to take care of some health issues I've been having and still have some ahead of me, but I took the time to make a special gift for my "only" brother's 55th birthday January 13th.

At, almost 5 years of age, I was blessed with my only brother...Jacob Richard Minchew...or as our Daddy called him "The Pattern" because he was One of a Kind....or as my sisters and I called him, Dickie. Even though our Dad was a lawyer, he was also a consummate outdoors man! He had been raised on a rural family farm in south Georgia, so, he instilled in each of us a love of the outdoors, and none of us took to that more than Dickie. By the time he was a young man, his knowledge of hunting, tracking, plants, woods was just amazing! Dickie could tell you almost anything you needed to know about the outdoors and this knowledge only grew into his adult life even more.

Also, like our Daddy, he has never liked the attention drawn to himself with birthday parties or gifts, but, when they were given, it was always appreciated in his own way. With his 55th birthday approaching, or as Dickie said at Christmas..."the double nickel"....I knew I wanted to make him something special but had know idea, until walking my dog just a few days after Christmas. I saw this stick laying in the edge of the woods and just stopped and look at it but didn't pick it up, until later that afternoon when Odawg and I passed by it again, and then I knew! I would make him my version of a Indian Spirit Stick and since it would be all about our family, I call it The Minchew Spirit Stick....lol!

I brought it back home and started work right then. I whittled all the bark off the stick and then just let my emotions take over. I painted both ends of the stick a beautiful blue which was our fathers favorite color. One end is wrapped in brown and red leather representing the colors of the woods. On one piece of the brown leather is tied a turquoise pendant which I had and loved and since my sister Kathy and I love turquoise, that represent us. On the red leather is tied a owl feather from my sister Rebecca which represent wisdom, which Dickie has for nature. In the middle on the knot of the branch I made a spiral from clay and painted it green with a red dot in the middle representing our Mother who gave us life. Both sides of the know are painted with spiraling black lines representing the Satilla River which has made an important part in our families lives. There are also white dots which represent the lives of our ancestors that have gone before us. At the bottom right of the branch is painted yellow dots which represent Dickie and his wife and two daughters......with red lines drawn from the daughters with green leaves which represents the life that will come from them. And, finally, there is gold wire with amber and rose quartz beads for peace. I know that my brother will find some place special to place this and know of the love we all have for him:

This gift may not be the fanciest or the brightest, but to me, for my brother, it is perfect!


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Two of my Favorite Christmas Signs!


I have been suffering from my Fibromyalgia and haven't posted or really worked on anything since my Pine Cone Christmas tree table toppers. As, I was going through my craft closet the other night looking for something, I ran across two signs from last year and decided to re-do them and spruce them up. One is my favorite Christmas and actually have a framed print of this one:

This has been one of my faves for along time! So, true also!

The other one is something we strive to do in our home during the holidays:

I just love the fun and silliness of both, and they make me smile!


Saturday, December 5, 2015

Pine Cone Table Top Christmas Trees!

Greetings Everyone....

I hope this first week in December has been a good one for you so far....I have been suffering horribly with my Fibromyalgia, but, today is much better. I, did however, work on one of my favorite holiday crafts this week. Here in South Georgia with have Pine trees everywhere! Of course, we all remember making Thanksgiving hand print turkeys when we were younger, but, several year ago, after looking at the hundreds of pine cones all over the yard, I did something different.

After, researching the correct way to prepare the pine cones for being inside, I made Pine Cone Christmas Trees! Collect the pine cones and place them in a metal pan in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on your oven. Then, grab a pair of glove and your glue gun and start forming the trees. Now, I do use a pair of cutters and trim off the sharp needles on the pine cones:

Now, comes the fun part....painting and decorating! I did not have any acrylic spray paint, so, using a regular paint brush and my regular acrylic paint I painted each tree. Then again using my glue gun I added little decorations from what i had on hand. The blue tree was made for my precious 81 year old neighbor, Ms. Flo, who hasn't had a tree in years.....and the green one I did for my daughter who recently ended a relationship and did not feel like putting up a big tree:

I have to say that they loved them, and, so do I.....my Fibro has prevented me from making anymore, but, I hope to before Christmas actually gets here.....so, if you have tons of pine cones in your yard, this is something easy and fun to make!


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

New Jewelry and Purses!


Well, on this Tuesday evening here in South Georgia, it is getting kinda chilly! I actually pulled out the Uggs this morning to wear....with all the metal in my lower legs, having them on feels wonderful!

So, with the holidays coming...sooner than I thought....I decided to make some jewelry.....hand wrapped wire pendants and earrings. All the females in my family know they can expect handmade jewelry or some other craft as gifts. I'm still learning wire wrapping and it does take a toll on my hands, but, I think I'm getting the hang of it:

Yes, I love turquoise, so, when I can find any good pieces of any color, I usually try and purchase them. I just adore the little Buddha pendants!

Turquoise Peace signs....red cabochons.....cute little Buddhas.....and natural stones in the mix! Now, I also finished 2 purse which are made from these gorgeous turquoise place mats. I embellished one with hand rolled cloth rosettes and the other with a beautiful cloisonne pendant:

I'm also going to start work tomorrow on my adorable bohemian cloth bracelets tomorrow.....so, I hope every one has a great tonight and tomorrow!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Imagine.....A World with No Hate!

Happy Wednesday everyone,

So, yes, another vintage painted window....sometimes I get on a kick and just can't stop myself. With all of the horrible new items there have been lately, I started thinking about all the children that are affected by all of these atrocious incidents. As humans, when we are born, we are not born hating. Hate is a taught behavior, that we learn by watching the adults around us. I just felt compelled to paint a painting from a child's perspective of love and acceptance of everyone, and this is what I came up with:

The wording around the edges of the painting is....Imagine if you can...Love and respect....Feel with a child's heart....believe with a child's brain...Imagine, if you can!

I still have to add the screws and chain to this piece, so it can be hung, and still not sure whether I want to sell it or gift it....but, I hope you enjoy it.


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Snowman on old window.

Happy Thursday,

I love old windows and I love painting on them when I get a chance to score some at a good price, and what better price than FREE, right! A month or so ago, my Mom, found a couple at a yard sale and got two of them for a great price....and, then being the Best Mom that she is, brought them to me! Yippee!

They have both been sitting there since she brought them to me, as I had just to much planning for my trip to Virginia...so, I finally pulled on out. I decided on a snowman motif and it turned out really cute, and, am happy to say, that it has already sold:

I added two eye hooks and a chain across the top for easy hanging. I also sprayed the front and back with acrylic sealant so it could be hung inside or out. My friend that bought it seemed very please with the results. What do y'all think?


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Easy and Delish Chicken pot Pie!

Happy Tuesday!

Hey Y'all, as we say down in South Georgia....it has been a while since I posted! Well, let me catch you up...first, there was a sinus infection....then after that subsided, I was planning hectically for my trip to Virginia to attend my nephew's wedding....and, FLYING for the first time in 40 years...yes, I did say, 40 years!!! Then back home, finishing a painting, after, you know, washing all the clothes for the trip!! Whew.....finally, I am able to settle back down and get into the mood of making crafts for the upcoming holidays!

So, today, even though it has been hot...muggy....and, "they" say we are finally getting some of that rain that is coming up from Texas, i wanted something warm and comfy to eat. After, opening and closing the freezer and fridge and cabinets many times thinking that each time, something that wasn't there before, will be now...hehe....do you ever do that? I decided to make a quick and easy chicken pot pie....taking already grilled, skinless, chicken strips and a bag of mixed veggies and some chicken broth and throwing it all in a saucepan. I let that all cook together for about 15 minutes...added some fresh rosemary, salt, pepper, and a smidgen of thyme...I then added a small amount of corn starch mixed with water to the mixture and let that thicken, then turned on warm while I was making the batter.

I took about 2 cups of Bisquik and added some milk and about a 1/4 of a cup of melted butter to the mixture. I spooned the chicken mixture into my glass pan and then topped the entire surface with small spoonfuls of the batter. I cooked it on 350 until the Bisquick topping started turning lightly brown. i then melted a 1/4 stick of butter and pored on top. When the topping was brown I took out of oven....and, If I say so myself it was DELISH!

The rain is falling and I already have my pj's on sitting in the recliner enjoying this warm and easy meal. Blessings to each of you and I hope to post soon again!