Monday, 28 November 2016

Household - Seasoned with Love

In the 80s there was a type of needlework that was very popular with lots of kits to buy called crewel.  I really loved doing these kits and did so many that I had to stop after running out of walls.  One of my favourite kits was the kitchen one called Kiss the Cook.  The patterns inside were for both a man and woman although with the supplies in the kit you could only make one or the other.  Eventually my Kiss the Cook was beyond cleaning and had to be recycled.

Searching on the internet yielded a picture of the kit that was good enough to trace onto wood.  I used a special tip to give the illusion of curly hair and coloured with acrylic paint the exact same as the original.  This piece will be definitely offered on my future Esty shop with the ability to order and put your own name below Kiss the Cook. 

Until next time.

Friday, 25 November 2016

The Saints - St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

I had no idea of the history of this saint.  I also was working on the faces of people as I burn and shade with them. 

St. Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620-1700) was born in France to a large middle class Christian family. At the age of 20, after a religious experience, she dedicated her life to God through the Virgin Mary and joined an aposolate which taught underprivileged children. When she was 32 the Governor of Fort Ville-Marie (now Montreal, Canada), visited Marguerite's town and invited her to be a missionary in the New World as a lay teacher, instructing the children of the colonists and the Native Americans. She agreed and made the long ocean journey. Envisioning the importance of the family in establishing New France, Marguerite mentored young ladies and prepared them for marriage and family life as pioneer women. She signed as a witness on the marriage certificates of many early settlers. As a result of these activities she was affectionately called “the Mother of the Colony.” She also worked to build the first church and the first school, as well as founded the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal, which is an active religious order to this day. For her great apostolic and missionary activity she is considered the co-foundress of Montreal. She is also the first woman saint of the Catholic Church in Canada. Her feast day is January 12.

When I add my Etsy shop I hope to have enough of collection to do saints as requested.  They would be original and no two would be exactly alike. 

Until next time.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

The Saints - St. Hildegard von Bingen

St, Hildegard was another saint that I wanted to do as there is a lot of mis-history about her.  Especially by those who want to make her seem supressed and unable to reach her full potential and yet she was name the 4th woman doctor of the Church.  Here is a brief bio -

 St. Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179) was born to a large and noble German family. She began to have mystical visions at the age of three which continued throughout her life. Her parents, promising her to the service of God, sent her to be educated at the Benedictine Abbey by an anchoress when she was about eight years of age. At the age of fourteen she became a consecrated nun attached to the Abbey, where she lived a quiet life of prayer for many years. At the age of 38, after the anchoress' death, she was chosen as the new leader of a growing group of nuns. Hildegard led a remarkable and unusual life for a woman of her day. She was an avid composer of sacred music and liturgy, in addition to poems and plays. She also wrote heavily on theology, natural medicine, and natural science. At the age of 42, at the command of God, Hildegard began writing down what she saw in her visions. Her works were widely read, even by the Pope, and leaders around the world sought her council. Her fame as a mystic and prophetess grew, earning her the name "Sibyl of the Rhine." More nuns flocked to join her, causing Hildegard to establish a new monastery at Rupertsberg. She wrote proficiently on the harmony of created nature and man's need to live in balance with it, especially in virtue, morality, and the love of God, which led Pope Benedict XVI to declare her the fourth female Doctor of the Church in 2012 alongside Teresa of Avila, Catherine of Siena, and Thérèse of Lisieux.  Because her works were far ahead of her time she is regarded as a historical phenomenon. Hildegard of Bingen is considered the founder of scientific natural history in Germany. Her feast day is September 17th.

Until next time