Saturday, February 25, 2012

Following Your Heart

February is coming to a close already. The shortest and sweetest month is almost come and gone. Creating for the love month is so precious. Hearts, pink, red, lace, i love yous - so scrumptious. I didn't get done nearly the projects that I started, but that's ok. They will always be there waiting for me to visit them again and finish throughout the rest of the year.

I love hearts. Always have and I suspect I always will. I love shabby hearts with little touches of pink and lots of layers. The above little pretties were made just have hanging around the house this month. Might just have to leave them up until  mid-March since they are so charming.

February is also a month of sorrow for me. This year's February 19th marked the 3rd "Angel"versary for my Ellie. Letting go of her has been the most difficult thing I have had to do in my life and I suspect always will be. I talk of her often and will on my blog. It helps me. It keeps her memory alive. And I want to continue to share about her with others. Ellie's story touched so many lives and changed them forever and what a blessing it is for me to begin to see God's plan. I will never know His full intention, but I trust. And I pray. and I believe He never makes a mistake. I miss you Ellie. Sending smooches all the way to Heaven....

I am often inspired by this little girl that lives with Jesus now. All three of my children inspire me in different ways, but February seems to center around Ellie and how she speaks to me through her pictures and my memories. She loved art. Any kind. Painting was a fave of hers. Scrapbooking, collage, stamping. She would mix elements and glue them all down on a piece of paper and be so delighted with the end result. I often wonder what her artistic abilities would have brought forth if she was still with us...
I have been taking the SheArt workshop online by Christy Tomlinson and thought I would share my first SheArt girl with you. Ellie inspired this little piece and it was fun getting messy and learning about the fascinating world of mixed media. I can see this becoming something that I will do more and more. I would encourage any of you who want to try something new and dabble in a little mixed media to give Christy's class a whirl. She is funny, and great teacher and very easy to follow. Below you will see my little canvas that I collaged together to start building the background for my project. I chose book pages, an old playing card and just a few pieces of ephemera. This is such a fun part of the process....

This became this....

Layering paint, stamps, paper, glimmer mist, rubons, amazing that you can take a plain old canvas and create something so whimsical and fun. Of course, this is my first crack at this and I have a lot to learn. Be kind to me since this is a new process and oh so enjoyable. I like my little heartsy girl. She smiles at me and assures me to follow my heart, pursue my dreams and never give up.

What will you do today? Will you go where you little heart leads you? Follow your heart today and always sweet friends. You will not regret it.
Hugs and Kisses,

1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous! I love it! You inspire me to want to create!