Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Character bird embroidery with Edelweiss flower

This is a rough sketch of one of my designs with a very old wood Edelweiss flower necklace my grandmother gave me.

  My grandmother is a folk artist that didn't know that she even had a talent for wood carving until she was 80 years old. Her best work came in her late eighties were she was featured in the newspaper along with her amazing wood carvings.

Some of her work consisted of eagles, animals, her faith (she really likes the pope) and many other beautiful pieces.
This inspiring lady will be 99 years old this November!

The Edelweiss flower is considered a symbol of bravery because it is so difficult to obtain one due to the fact that they grow in high, craggy areas where it is dangerous to climb. The flower itself is a symbol of purity and virtue.

There is a lot to learn from this little steadfast flower. Daring, courage and noble purity is the true meaning of this flower. Although there are other meanings... firm, strong, brave, steadfast, hopeful and uncompromising. "A true soldier".

Pretty amazing for a flower huh!

 Admirable little flower that can be crushed by the snow one moment and then appear pure white with soft "wool like" petals.
 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;  and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;  and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 2-peter 1:5-8

I am really sorry for the song suck in your head right now. :)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace this Christmas!

  This is a commission from a client who wanted to give someone some encouragement this Christmas. Jesus is the hope of the world born in a manger, walked among us on this earth, suffered and died for our sins and rose again. Christmas is hope because God loved us so much that he would send his son his only son.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.~John 3:17

Have a Merry Christmas!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.~ Romans 15:13