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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

At Long Last~

Yes!  Here I am!  I'm still alive and still cutting paper!

Back in October, I had an itch to get all my user names/passwords organized and in one directory.  And that's exactly what I did!  Yepper!  I was going to be REALLY organized! 


And for those of you who really know me - I know you are rolling your eyes!

Somehow, I had managed to write the username/password for this blog in an entirely different section of the directory than where it should have been.  I searched, worried, tried to enter combinations of what I could remember of it, searched some more and spent way too much time looking for this information.  I perused through my directory thinking that maybe I wrote it on the wrong page (which is exactly what happened), but somehow managed to look right past it...oh dear, I hate to admit it...more than a couple times!

Short story shorter...I 'found' my password...TODAY!  I just happened to open my directory at the same time my phone rang.  During my phone conversation, I looked down at my directory and there it was!  I was speechless!!  I wanted to yell and jump for joy, but I couldn't until I got off the phone!  It's just crazy how things happen and I bet you can relate, right?!

Over the coming weeks, I will be updating my blog, posting papercuts that I have completed over the past seven months and tell you a little bit about them.

Now, I'm off to create a directory for my directory (just kidding!)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Hand-cut Paper Lace Tablecloth



While talking with my mommy one day, I offered to papercut anything for her...whatever she wanted.  Time passed and I would remind her that the offer still stood.  She assured me that she had not forgotten.  One day while we were chatting, she expressed that she would really like to have her special verses in a papercut, and that she preferred them to be in the order in which they were 'given' to her, not necessarily in their Biblical order.

My mind began racing!  How was I going to connect all the letters??  What was I going to use as a border??  Would there even be a border??  Would I need to create a background to help 'connect' all the letters??  I sketched, scribbled, erased, and scrapped so many design ideas it would make ones head spin.  I would lay awake, mapping it out over and over in my head.  After all, this was for MY mommy...and I was creating a Perfect Papercut just for her!  It HAD to be perfect!

The more I planned, the more it seemed that the design was being forced.  I let it rest for several weeks assuring my mommy that I did not give up.  There just had to be a way to make the papercut as special as the verses.  How could I possibly incorporate thoughts of love, commitment, family time, memories and togetherness that we all loved and cherished as a family into the border of this papercut?  I wrote lists upon lists of things we did as a family, places we visited, vacations we took, items we enjoyed, things we cherished.  And then...it hit me!  I sat straight up in bed and exclaimed, "The tablecloth!!"  You can just imagine my hubby's response to that in the middle of the night!

My mommy is beyond words with her special verses surrounded with the lace tablecloth that graced our table over the years signifying family, faith and especially LOVE!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Basket Market I -


Basket Market I
5" x 7" (unmounted)



I started and finished this papercut in one day.  This is a HUGE feat for me as I usually only papercut while the boys are sleeping.   However, when Hubby saw how close I was to completion, he decided to take the boys on a 'no girls allowed' nature hike which allowed me a few extra moments to finish it.  :)  

Thursday, May 30, 2013

April Showers papercut~


Inspirations for this 'April Showers' papercut came from one of our many 'mud puddle extravaganzas'!  It was raining, but not pouring when we decided the weather was perfect for heading out into the great outdoors to enjoy another beautiful moment of family fun.


When it rains, the boys L-O-V-E to put on old clothes to go mud puddle jumping!

Needless to say, there is always a fair amount of competition involved,
and, you guessed it, the one with the most mud wins!
Hubby and I have repeatedly agreed, 'where there is dirt...there is JOY'!

I find that so true and inspiring!
Sometimes we must jump in with both feet and experience the 'dirt'
in order to experience the fullness of joy!

Life is not always pretty, but happiness ALWAYS abounds!
Just look for it!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Memorial Day papercut~

This papercut was inspired as I strolled down memory lane pouring over many photos of my trip to Washington, D.C. years ago.  I remember being impressed with Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Washington Cathedral and its surrounding gardens.  It was a somber place and the rainy weather seemed to magnify my mood.  As I watched the soldier march relentlessly back and forth guarding the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, I could not help but think of all those graves which were marked with crosses on the meadows all around us.  Although they, too, were 'unknown' to me, I made a commitment to myself that day to treat those I knew with more understanding, respect, and dignity so as not to allow any of those 'unknowns' to have died in vain.


"Flags and Crosses"
3" x 6 1/4"

Ceremonies are important.
But our gratitude has to be more than visits to the troops
and once-a-year Memorial Day ceremonies.
We honor the dead best by treating the living well.
~Jennifer M. Granholm

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Unstable Stable~


I just love old barns!  While finishing this papercut, one of my little fellas commented, "Wow, momma!  That sure looks like an unstable stable!"


How about you?  Do you have a soft spot for barns like I do?

Monday, February 4, 2013

Elephant Skin~

Sometimes, when the going gets tough, ya' just gotta bite your lip and get your elephant skin on!

Over the past few months, we have been dealing with head colds, coughs, fevers, flu, absences, tardiness, and weariness.  We are tired and tired of it.  All this nastiness seems to have zapped all energy and ambition we have to complete anything no matter how minor the task.  However, over the past two weeks, we are thankfully feeling better and think we are finally on the mend.  (fingers crossed)


All of that...prompted this papercut of elephant skin.  Yes!  Elephant skin!  Sometimes you just have to put one foot in front of the other, hold your chin up, and keep plugging away!

How about you?  Got elephant skin?  :)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

One of our Montana mountain views~


I love living in Montana!  Inspiring!

I love inclement weather no matter the season!  Exciting!


I double-love snow!!  Deep powder!

I love the views we have of the great outdoors!  Calming...

and THIS is 'just' one of the many views enjoyed.

Winter!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Sweet Ryan~

This little fella is amazing in so many ways.  With kind eyes and a big heart, he brings so much love, happiness and joy to our family.  Smitten!  

Friday, July 13, 2012

Thistle~

I'm not quite sure why I kept pushing this papercut to the back of the desk, but earlier this week I decided to pull it out and finish it.  I like the way the sharpness of the thistle is offset by the soft blur of the foliage in the background.  So, what do you think?  Do you like it, or would have preferred to see the thistle papercut without the background 'noise'?  

Friday, June 29, 2012

Marblehead Lighthouse~

I always feel a boost of inspiration each time I see my papercuts being displayed and enjoyed.  This original was created and gifted to my parents in 2005, and is based on one of my mommy's photos of Marblehead Lighthouse on Lake Erie.  This lighthouse has always been a place of special significance to them over the years.

Trips to the lake were usually spontaneous.  Daddy-o would propose that maybe they should go see if there was any water in the lake.  Mommy was quick to respond and off they'd go.  Love was ALWAYS in the air regardless of their surroundings.  One had no doubt the love and devotion they held for each other.  They were best friends.  They could communicated volumes in one simple look or gesture.  They held hands.  They were sweethearts.

With the loss of Daddy-o, spontaneous trips to the lake are few and far between.  The water in the lake still shimmers, just not as bright.  The waves still lap the shoreline, just not as joyful.  And while the lighthouse still stands, its glory and splendor has somehow become a memorial to the life they once enjoyed, their love that never failed, and memories that will be forever cherished.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Two Nails~

I felt a huge sense of accomplishment when I finished cutting this piece.  It has taken me a little over a month to complete it as I only work on papercuts while the boys are napping.  This photo was taken shortly after this achievement thus, it is shown here unmounted, and without a defined border.  The actual papercut will ultimately measure 18"x24".

Friday, April 20, 2012

Barn Wood Papercut

Here is a glimpse of how far along I am on my barn wood papercut.  Many hours up to this point with a few more to go.  I can't wait to see the finished piece which will measure 18x24!


Check out this up-close photo which highlights the detail in a portion of the papercut. 


So, tell me a bit about you.  What hobbies do you find relaxing?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Barn Cupola~

Yepper!  I'm one of 'THOSE' people...I love barns!  There is just something about old barns that's magnetic.  Perhaps it is the way they stand open in a welcoming manner, or the warmth and color of aged wood.  Maybe it's for their rustic charm, or the coolness of the interior.  Or, heaven forbid!...the smell of livestock! (Really...I don't mind that smell...then again...I like the smell of skunks!)

All in all, I believe my love for barns lies in the fact that they provide a resting place.  A shelter in the time of storm.  A safe haven for relaxation and solitude. 

How about you?  Are you a 'barn' person?  What is it that attracts you?

Monday, February 20, 2012

GTO~


What is it about old cars that seems to captivate ones attention?  Could it be the nostalgia of simpler times gone by?  Could it be the classic lines or the 'attitude' these cars seems to emanate?  I'm not certain what it is about old cars that speaks to me, but when they are near I am in awe.

Every year our downtown hosts a River Rod Run, and our little town becomes heavily populated with Classics from all over the country.  There are hot rods worth thousands, hot rods that are still a work in progress, and hot rods that make one wonder how it ever made it to the event.  But one thing is for sure, there is no doubt what event is taking place.  The weekend kicks off with an open car show in the park by the river allowing the owners to show off their prized possession while photographers busy themselves under the mid-day sun.  The weekend closes with an hour long, well-attended parade thru the streets of downtown.  The engines roar, shake, rattle, and purr while bystanders applaud and cameras flash.  It is a great time for bringing parts of our community together. 

Perhaps someday hubby and I will have time to restore a hot rod of our very own.  It never hurts to dream.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Spunky's Eyes~

Meet Spunky.  Spunky lives in the Keystone State, and from what I gather he is a good little fella.  He provides much entertainment for his wonderful, loving humans.  I haven't had the pleasure of meeting this dear, little dog in person, but I just couldn't resist the eyes when I saw his photo posted on Facebook.  With permission, I got busy and did my best at creating a paper likeness.  So, how did I do?  Doesn't he look like a sweet little dog?   

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Glorious Garland~


Garland, garland!  We have had the same garland for our tree far too long! 

This year we decided to decorate for Christmas using paper.  When we brought our tree home my mind was busy thinking of all the inventive ways we could decorate it...paper bulbs, paper snowflakes, paper wreaths, paper everything...but what about paper garland?  

I immediately began thinking of making paper chains.  It would be fun to get the boys involved in gluing all the strips of paper end to end.  But it just seemed so ordinary...so expected.

What would happen if we made the links flat like discs and somehow connected them side by side.  We busied ourselves and had one glorious mess of circles.  They were EVERYWHERE!!  Yes, many of them were sacrificed for the make believe snowstorm created by 'Thing 1' and 'Thing 2', and although I wouldn't really categorize that as a Winter Wonderland, it certainly helped provide some entertainment to a monotonous task.

And that is how our paper garland came to be.  It is made of hundreds of paper circles all connected together...873 of them to be exact!  Then again, who's counting? 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Western Boot with Spur~


I created this piece for a new series in the works, and just finished it this past week.  It is hand cut from a single sheet of black paper.  The papercut measures 16"x 18".

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Decorating for Christmas using PAPER~

What better way to decorate for Christmas on a budget than with PAPER! 

With our boys still being little, and already having had a fair amount of snow outside, I decided we would do a Winter Wonderland theme.  I had visions of an elaborate snow village complete with lights in each window and lit lampposts.  However, after having a nightmare about it that night, I decided a simpler version that was kid-friendly and interactive would be just fine.  There will be time for detail as they grow, but for now, simplicity matters. 


I was surprised with their level of seriousness in building our little village and their willingness to help has been, at times, a bit daunting.  I just love the enthusiasm they exude with each new building.  Their excitement and sweet chatter just adds so much joy to the project making it easier to practice patience along our little Christmas journey of decorating.

At this point, our village spans five wonderful feet of pure imagination with eight buildings and eighteen trees complete.  The boys have been busy pretending they are living in the village and running in and out of doors, climbing the trees, and shouting from the windows.  We still need to add some mountains, clouds, snow, and a snowman, but for now they are pleased as punch.

Uh oh!  I had better scoot.  It looks like someone is cutting some 'snow' this very minute!  

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Riley's Watermelon Moment~

This fella is very particuliar in everything he does.  He is such an amazing little guy.  He is full of joy, has a big heart and is willing to share...everything except for his watermelon. So much joy!  Melting heart!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sandy Cove, Maryland~


Although I have yet to be to the northeast coast, I just couldn't resist cutting this dock when a friend posted her photo.  With permission, I busied myself in sketching and cutting.  It seemed to consume my 'free time' (read: nap time for the little guys), and within a couple of days it was finished.  Working with the reflection on the dock so it appeared believable was exasperating at times, but then that is also one of the elements that fuels my artistic drive.  I just love the nitty-gritty details...the more, the merrier!  I had finished the cutting in record time and was prepared to post it for sale when...my dear hubby caught a glimpse of it.  Gasp!

This piece of fine art has stopped in its tracks!  My hubby is my number one fan and he is just awe struck with this particular piece.  I framed it beautifully and hung it above his bed stand.  I'm thinking he will continue to be my number one fan!  Don't you? 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Daisies~


I love daisies for their simplicity.  They are such cheerful flowers.  I cut this piece based on a snapshot of some daisies that once added a spot of loveliness in my garden.    

Friday, July 8, 2011

Java Time~


Little can compare to a great cup of coffee! 

This 8"x20" cutting is destined for an Ohio home where it will hang above Deb's doorway in her coffee-themed kitchen.  She will be greeted after each long, stressful workday with a special cup of java.  So, grab a cup, pull up a chair!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Make a Joyful Noise~

Music touches each of us in different ways.  This cutting was inspired as I perused through my late father's high school portfolio of choir music.  Dad just loved music and he enjoyed singing!  I can remember him being a member of a men's barber-shop style quartet.  He was thrilled to be a part of that group and they sounded so good in acapella.  His foot would rapidly tap to the beat, and most times he would sing simply to make a joyful noise.  Speaking of making a joyful noise, I remember him finding the polka radio station on Sunday mornings and playing it loudly while gyrating around the kitchen simply to irritate my mother.  Even with her best 'disgust' face on, one knew she was still enjoying antics.  Music and memories...gotta love it!  

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Butterfly Notecard~

I don't do good at being bored.  It's just not my style, and I find it severely self-insulting.

Recently, I underwent emergency open appendectomy which came immediately on the heels of a broken nose, a severe case of food poisoning, and our daughters wedding!  When the doctor advised me to 'take it easy' for the next couple of weeks, I heard...'cut more paper'.

So, when I was unable to locate a note card to pen a thank you to a dear friend, I decided to make my own.  About an hour and a couple cups of tea later...here it is!

Perhaps I should cut a series of them.