Salvaged, I'd like you to know three things. The first is that I loved this theme and was shocked when it caused me to create a deeply moving piece. That piece is far from finished. It needs more love and nurturing so I will be sharing it in the Mini-monthly but I just wanted to thank you for inspiring me to create from the center of my heart. The second thing to know is that some folks wrote because they were unable to finish or they simply didn't like what they tried - however they did try so a big applause for them - and all of them are excited to see what will be unveiled today. Finally, I'd like to thank you for inspiring us all.
Now, I proudly present Bones of the Earth ....or your rocks....
"My studio AND my basement storage are full of branches, rocks, dried flowers, sea shells, pressed flowers and leaves, you name it …. I’m always picking up nature’s bounty and bringing it home because “I’m going to do something with it some day.” Here’s some of those bits and pieces along with bits and pieces of my handmade paper and other trinkets," said Felicia.
"This week's theme struck a particular chord with me, as I'm dealing with family issues.," said Amanda. "I let this journal's stark, vulnerable images speak for themselves. In quiet honesty and humility, possibilities emerge. Sometimes in our lowest moments--when the heart is laid bare--unexpected growth can come."
"Whenever I hear “bones” I immediately think of this fabric. I have a ton of it…it is one of my favorites! When I first came across it, I thought it was just pretty. Then I noticed the skulls and I loved it even more! So, that is the literal part of this," said Giraffelabel. "Next, I love aprons, and I love the idea of using a man’s tie on an apron...like wearing a tie to work. This tie happens to be a vintage one that I found in my father's closet. And, lastly, at the end of the day, aren’t the women of the world the frame that gives the home strength, the foundation of families…the bones of the earth?!"
"Sometimes backstories aren't so important. Sometimes they are. I need to tell this one," begins Maureen. "In 1991 my husband's dad died. He was the only father I remember loving. In 1993, my husband, myself, and our three children moved near his mother, into a house she bought. She was also "my" mother, since mine died long long ago. My children all matured here, left home, found mates. My mother-in-law later gave us our house as our inheritance. Then my husband left me, giving me the house as part of the settlement. I live here alone now, struggling to grow joy. The rock is from a creek bed my husband's brother fashioned, then later dismantled. The paints were my father-in-law's. My mother-in-law died a couple weeks ago and her memorial is this coming Sunday. I'm not sure how I'll get through the memorial, among many family members I'm no longer connected to. But I know that early Sunday morning, as near to dawn as I can manage, I will place this Rainbow Rock in my front yard, as my personal remembrance of my "other mother," proclaiming my home's welcome to the world."
Dia de los Muertos: found ceramic mask, stainless steel, acrylic yarn
Holy Stone, Earthmamma! : hol(e)y stone, brass
Of Shark & Sea: fossilized bone, brass
Pear of the Sea: fossilized bone, copper
If Sharks Could Fly: fossilized bone, brass
The Black & the Gold: fossilized bone, brass
Steph, creator of A Paper Buffet, created this gorgeous card.
"I really loved this week's theme! said Steph. "The theme "You're my Rock" immediately made me think of friendship and the friends I have made throughout my life. The truest friends are with you in times of happiness and in times of sadness, and that is what inspired this card. I found a quote sticker and immediately this card came into mind. The quote reads "We have been friends together in sunshine and in shade"- Caroline Sheridan Norton. I wanted to capture the brightness of the sun and the darkness of the shade, so I used patterened paper which came in yellow and grey/black. I think the contrast suits the quote, but keeps uniformity as it's the same pattern. This is the second card in my Friendship series that will be added to my Etsy store over the next few weeks."
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