Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Everyday folks and short stories

We have ample evidence that the Lord is able to guide. The promises cover every imaginable situation. All we need to do is to take the hand he stretches out. 
~Elisabeth Elliot 

I have written before that my grandmother is a folk artist.  I mean the true "old school type" ripped pants from the carvings that she worked on her lap.  She is a wood carver, a craft that she didn't even pick up until she was in her eighties. I remember visiting her one year with a few other relatives and was very inspired by her pep and independence even now that she is 99. 

Her amazing carvings were on her shelves, buffalos, eagles, the pope, some were painted bright colors.  At the end of our visit my grandmother handed everyone a carving of her choice to match their personalizes and what she fancied.  One by one she gave a fish, a cow, colorful folk people, the anticipation was killing me!  I noticed a cute little dachshund on the shelf that I would have liked, but I knew she definitely wouldn't give me an eagle!:)  I was more curious I suppose, of how she saw me since I only got to see her once or twice a year growing up.

I was the last one and she turned to me and hands me this necklace.  She did not carve this so I was perplexed.  The necklace was given to her by someone else in Poland when she was younger. It has two sides, one side with an edelweiss flower and the other side a painted folk design.

Edelweiss flower

When wearing this humble wood piece I cant help but feel the history and sense of roots of an humble folk artist of a time long ago.

I wonder what projects they worked on , churches, buildings, mantles, perhaps just brightening the world around them.  Although I wont ever know the whole story I can still feel the richness of their quiet life of working with their hands and creating a more beautiful place to live.


If the person that made this humble necklace only knew it would end up in America some day with me. In a place of glitter and glamor, and that I would find it quite the treasure. 

✯ My little shop announcement

Etsy is making a few changes for the small shops that only take PayPal. So I am moving my shop to my website bannerandsail.com. The website contact will be bannerandsail@hotmail.com. They will officially turn off my shop May 17th, so I can accept all orders through Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/bannerandsail?ref=hdr_shop_menu until the 17th of May.

I am not ending my shop or doing artwork!

I am still working on the transition right now, but I thought I would let you all know first!

I am sad to leave Etsy! I have made some wonderful friends and worked with some wonderful clients from around the world that challenged me to do better and never settle for less than excellence. I have had my art on the front page a few times and many pieces have had the proceeds go to charity (World Vision) for trafficking, hunger, and disasters such as the Napal earthquake. 

 I'm a self taught embroidery folk artist for over 20 years and have carried my work in shops long before Etsy. This was an very unexpected move and I thank you for your understanding. With 1610  admirers a five star rating☆☆☆☆☆, I have been  an Etsy seller for 5 yrs.(it seems longer)

Please expect good things out of me!:)

Ordinary butterflies

I like narrative storytelling as being part of a tradition,
a folk tradition.
~Bruce Springsteen

Folk art is made by untrained ordinary people, brightening their world with vibrate colors with paintings, embroidery and all kinds of craftsmanship.

Passion flower

So creatives create, with no need for a "blaze of glory", they just do because its in them to build, create, make the world a more beautiful place and bring some joy and maybe a little entertainment to go along with it. Brightening someone's day that may need little uplifting and encouragement.;)

It is my choice to care deeply about others.
No kindness is too small to be important -
the smile to the bank teller,
the sincere "thank you" for all kindnesses received,
the reassuring hand on the shoulder of a loved one or friend.
There is compassion in selfless generosity,
but there is also compassion in heartfelt empathy.
~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Folk art bird

As for me...
More volunteer work
More art
Hopefully more growth
Perseverance in faith
Always stories
Always creating
More love and friendship
More hope

Little match girl

Either we are adrift in chaos or we are individuals, created, loved, upheld and placed purposefully, exactly where we are. Can you believe that? Can you trust God for that? ~Elisabeth Elliot

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,  so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

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