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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Good Morning - September 17, 2008

Good morning. I have been thinking about what I'd like to say today all week. I keep coming back to "change". I have been thinking of my life and all of the events that I have seen, some good and some horrible, like 911. I have walked down many roads that have had lots of curves and detours but the one constant, apart from my faith, has been art.

During my 58 years, as far back as I can remember, art has had a part in my life. I remember as a child my aunt gathering us kids together to make christmas bells from paper cups, tin foil (and it was tin foil back then) wire and jingle bells. She always had some sort of project for us. I always had crayons. My sisters and I would sit and draw and color for hours. One of the things we loved to do was make floor plans of witches houses, complete with furniture placement, spiders in the corners and bugs on the walls. I made my own paper dolls and their clothes. We had never heard of video games so we made our own game boards and pieces.

I am very happy that I grew up in an age where we were able and encouraged to use our imaginations. I have done a lot of different crafts, and used lots of mediums in my art over the years, but it has always been part of my life. Some of the things I have enjoyed the most are making porcelain dolls, and creating these tiny pieces of art known as ACEO's. Recently I learned how to needle felt, which I enjoy very much. I love the feel of the wool fiber in my hand - it is so soft, and how you can use a single little needle and turn it into a solid piece of felt and create an ACEO, a purse, a scarf - the possibilities are endless. The pictures below are two of the ACEO's I have created for halloween using this medium:

I hope you will come and visit my store at and while you are there you should put "dawg team" in your search, you will be treated with a wonderful array of fantastic art. I am a proud member of the Dawg Team. We are comprised of a lot of very talented artist. The work you will find by these ladies is done in all mediums and if after checking us out you want something created especially for you by one of our members send them a request in a convo, they will be happy to work with you.


Paper Moon Delights said...

It was wonderful to relive that moments with you as you were growing up thanks for sharing them with us, I love your new works that you have been exploring it seems like fun! :)

Marlene said...

Thanks Lisa. It is fun and you can sit and watch TV or visit and still needle felt. You have to watch the fingers though, the needles are very sharp.

tgfleet said...

Wonderfulpost Marlene! I always had so much fun creating stuff as a kid. My Mom and older sisters were very crafty and I always created my own crafts when they were busy with theirs. I have been through two generations of nieces and nephews and every fall and winter I had crafts for the first bunch to do at our family get togethers and now I have them for their kids. This group of little group looks forward to it so much. I have four great nieces who absolutely love making things- they are six and seven years old. So I hope it will be something that they will continue to do on their own one day.
At any rate- your post made me think of that and wonder if one day one of these little girls might tell a similar story.