Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Catching Up

Wow! Can't believe it's been so long since I've posted. Won't bore anyone with the whys and whatfores. Let's just say, I've been busy. Healing.

We're on school vacation and I'm breathing. I took pictures of my pages October thru February. I can't believe I'm actually caught up.

October's started slowly. I had the 3 stone leaves and thought it looked boring and needed some sparkle. You can't tell by the picture but the beads in the large leaf shine, the red veins match the red in one of the stones. It still wasn't enough so I just kept on going. A little here and a little there until I said - enough.

November's page took some time. I painted the pelltex a shiny black with acrylic paint. I remember someone else did that earlier and I liked it. Robin said go for it and of course, I didn't until now. I was going to do a cornacopia, then a turkey but as I thought about November, I thought about all our Veterans. My mom and dad were both vets and I thought it might be a nice way to pay tribute to them and all those who came before and after them. I started with the word Thanks. It looked stark and what am I thankful for? hum, I need an American Flag. Quick off to my mother's jewelry box. Yes, I have it and I haven't taken it over with my stuff. I still have my own. Anyway, I got a Bicentenniel flag '76. Ok, but what else. I remember seeing a bunch of my dad's stuff in a box of letters. I haven't read them but I think they are love letters from and to my mom and dad (to each other!). Anyway, I pulled out my dad's signias that he had collected. I wish I knew what they were for (that's another project). I put them on. I had some of the familiar pins that he wore on his uniform, the U.S. pin, the Engineer pin, the star. I found my mom's American Legion pin. So that's how that page came to be. It is by far the heaviest page!

December was a blur and to tell you the truth, I didn't want Santa or a tree or a stocking or anything like that. I thought how simple a gold star would be. I once again painted the peltex with acrylic paints and used gold triangle beads to go around the outside of the star. It really looks much better in person. A simple star can represent a whole lot of things for a whole lot of people. I just love the simplicity of it.

January's Page - Happy New Year! I thought I'd welcome in the baby new year with a bang of fireworks. It's going to be a wonderful year.

February's Page is of course a bunch of hearts. I started collecting hearts a little while ago and was planning on doing something totally different with them but they landed on the page. It's a happy hearts page.

I am so happy I am able to put these up to share with everyone. I have been taking sneak peaks now and again but haven't been commenting on any. I have LOVED what I've seen. What a talented group! I look forward to more from me and everyone else.

Hope all is well with you - Hugs from Heidi where the weather here in Connecticut can't make up it's mind if it's going to be winter or summer.


abeadlady said...

Your pages are lovely. I expecially like the November page. I was once married to an Army officer and I am intensely patriotic. How wonderful that you were able to do this page with very personal mementoes.

freebird said...

I think you did a great job. Your simple star is great for letting anyone to "have it their way". It's nice that you could honor your parents while thanking all the veterans in your November page. (When my dad died the neighbors all honored his being a veteran by putting up flags on all their houses. It was a wonderful feeling and sight). I haven't done February yet but it will be a heart page somehow too. Your leaf page was nice in that you made a big deal of one leaf and backed it up with minor leaves. I enjoyed the tour!

Barb said...

Some very nice pieces. I like the fact that they look so personal--they came from inside you. Nice work. :)

KV said...

I could swear I had left a comment here for you, Heidi, but in case it got lost in cyberspace I will say again that it is great to see you posting and your pages show just how much fun you had creating them!

Kathy V in NM

Robin said...

Bravo for getting these all posted!!!! My favorite is October, but they are all wonderful and authentic in their own way. You just say it like it is, don't you? I really appreciate the simplicity and the underlying depth of this work. Thanks for sharing! Robin A.

Robin said...

PS... I forgot to say how happy your heart piece makes me feel!