Come visit us at Hammondsport!

The angel wing is finished!  It measures slightly less than 5 feet long and was done with acrylics.  It’s sealed with acrylic.  It’s a one of a kind, that’s for sure.  You can come and see it displayed at the Hammondsport Summer Crafts Festival August 19-20!  We will have much, much more in the way of the electrified wood with the Lichtenburg Fractals.

Hammondsport Crafts Festival

Under His Wings, You Will Find Refuge

This wonderful piece of wood has been sitting in my shop,  just waiting for the right design and project.  I’ve sort of had an idea, but hadn’t gotten to it. Today is the day!

So when you see this piece, what do you think of?

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It’s over 5 feet long.  It has a burl on the bottom. Woodturners are quite fond of those! Craig says it’s a piece of white oak but it really is unique with being cut from the crotch of a tree.

So as I look at it, I think of an angel wing.  I drew an angel wing in my journaling bible, with watercolor pencils and ink, but I think I will go a bit different with colors, mainly white. So I sketched it out on the wood, then base coated it with an off white.

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Then one feather at a time…..

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And that’s where it ended today!  It’s actually very helpful to have the instant photos to
review my work. I will have the verse from Proverbs on there somewhere.  This would be a great piece for someone with cathedral ceilings or a big space to fill.  It will be lightly stained and sealed to protect it when it’s done.  Then the wing will really stand out! I believe I will be finishing this at the Wellsboro Laurel Festival this weekend in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania!  Stop and sit a while and visit!   I’m in my usual spot near the front of the park on the corner.  I will also have some of my new needle felt creations there as well.  Hope to see you there!

A blessed morning with a shepherdess!

I got to take the time this morning to visit with my neighbors at Glenfiddich Farm!  What a special treat!  The England’s raise sheep, specifically for spinning wool.  Kathy showed me her shop where she has many different types of yarns and roving wool and more!  She creates a lot of beautiful things with wool and her knit sweaters were amazing!   When I was on the show circuit, Kathy and company were also at some of the shows I participated in.  Mainly the fine art or fine craft events and the folk craft shows. I feel really blessed to have them as neighbors!  We really live in a beautiful area so Check out their farm and sheep in this video!

And on this trip, I was blessed to be able to purchase beautiful roving wool for my new art, needle felting and felted quilt banners.  I was able to get a lot of natural colors to create animals and much more!  Kathy is very knowledgeable and helpful!  I noted all the great colors and types,  she had bags of fleeces that hadn’t been cleaned or carded yet that were so beautiful!  Her husband takes great care of the sheep, and is a wonderful shepherd!  Kathy had bought several of my art signs in the past and it was cool to also see them on the walls of her house.

Maybe some of you remember when I used to create dolls,  many unique creations from fabric, paint, and fibers?  Some of my regular customers were sad when I stopped making them and went to painting only, Well loved creating all of them, the normal and the crazy moose, giraffes, elephants, porcupines, etc.   and I am really looking forward to trying my hand at it again.  Only this time it will be more refined and detailed.  I will be making them out of mainly all natural fibers and materials.

Also!    Gina M. and Laurie L.  guessed my new craft!    I will have a little something for you in a couple of weeks!    Have a blessed day!

 

Another Hint!

This last week, I have been busily gathering new tools and supplies for my new craft!  So I thought I would take a moment to give you all another hint or two.   One thing I can definitely tell you is it’s not wood!  Someone asked me about this video and guessed that I was going back to woodworking.  In this video, that many of you have already seen, is my husband’s craft.  He is into fine woodworking and wood turning. He’s very talented!  The table top he is making in the video is hemlock being electrocuted with a very high voltage of electricity. He can maneuver the electricity to go in a direction he wants it to, and he can also alter the amount or depth of the burn.   But that is his work! 🙂

So that is one category ruled out!  My art requires very few tools, and most are small.  So a tool that an artist doing the medium I will be working with looks something like this item below! Let me know if you can guess what I am going to be creating!

Colonial Needle Felting Needle Tool

I hope you all are having a blessed Memorial Day weekend and remembering your loved ones that fought for our country!   We all know that freedom is not free.  We spent the afternoon with my husband’s family and visited the cemetery and placed flowers on the graves of family members.  Thanks to Uncle Steve and Louise for all you do!   The flowers were beautiful and the memories we create are even more special!

An artist’s revival!

Do you ever feel like there is something new or different that you are supposed to be doing, and you just can’t seem to figure it out?  Being an artist for many years, I have encountered a few “dry spells” so to speak, but not like I have over the past couple of years.  It’s been a bit of a burnout to keep doing the art I have been doing for 20 years.

But through the inspiration of my mom, my sisters, and my husband,  I a moving into something brand new!  My mom is a quilter, my sister Mary is creative on many accounts, and my sister Kristi is an encourager,  My husband, is blunt but honest! LOL, so with all of that, I have found my new creative outlet!

While I have created many signs and painting over the years, I find that it has become monotonous and boring,  When I started with signs, no one was doing them. Technology has become so accessible for people, most don’t have to buy signs, they can make them easily with a font and a printer! So why spend the money at a show?  Yes, most of my designs were unique and detailed but it doesn’t really matter in this day and age.  Simple signs are cheap and easily copied.

This last week, my breakthrough came at me, all in one day!  Things I had prayed for and about, happened all at once!  People came into play last week, ideas popped into my head, and I have totally redesigned my booth with a new vision, last Tuesday morning!   I had prayed for a long time and never seemed to figure it out.

My husband told me that I needed to do something new with my current designs and updating them. He said I needed a fresh new look.  Little did he realize, that was the kick I needed.  Though truthfully I think he was a little afraid since I went a totally new direction!!  However, he gave me a great gift with that comment, and he also purchased some new supplies and everything I needed to get started!

Then I spoke with my mom, she is a great inspiration with her talent.  She was very encouraging!  She sent me some information to get me started as well.  So with family and friends helping me out, next year, you will see what I am working on! It is not common, and some pieces will be very original and unique!  I can’t wait to show you and will keep you all updated so stay tuned!  I will provide little hints as I go along!

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A Work in Progress

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As I looked through the wood scraps at a lumber yard, I am amazed at what the world throws away and thinks useless.  Like this scrap of maple.  My husband took note of the interesting shape of the wood, it’s color and the grain, even though it was very rough. It was destined to be used as a scrap for the fire.

But he could see something in it that the normal eye cannot.  A piece of art.  Even though it was rough and ugly, he could see beyond the exterior.  I said that if he could bring out it’s beauty, I could paint something that would give it a purpose and bring joy to someone who wanted to share it.

So he put this board through a refining process so that I could turn it into a work of art.  He sanded and trimmed, and brought out the unique grain and texture that no one else could see.  It had amazing color when he polished it.  This piece really had to go through a process for it to get to my art studio and receive the gift of art.  So that it could be used in someone’s home to be a blessing to all who enter there.

I the same way, we can see how God works in our lives.  He picks us out of the heap, the pile ready for burning.  He takes us in and he refines us if we are willing.  Many times we go through loss and suffering.  We have our rough edges sanded off and trimmed.  Sometimes we go through this process with difficulty and other times it’s easy. But go through it, we must.    We get polished so that we can be used for the special gifts God wants to place in us.  Just like the art added to this piece.  We find our purpose and then can be used to bring glory to Him!

So truly, we are all a work in progress, brought out of the fire, and given purpose by the Lord!   Alleluia!!

New Ideas going forward!

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I am so excited to be getting back to doing new artwork!  God has given me some new ideas and new plans.  I would love to get the thoughts of all of my friends and followers!   My original website has been redone,  www.lauriesherrell.com   I am also adding a possible second site through Kingdom which will be http://www.heaventohand.com and will keep you informed.

I am also considering adding downloadable files for you so that you can get my artwork and print it for yourselves.  This would be very nice for note cards and smaller pieces. Of couse they would be offered at a discounted price!

What do you all think of t-shirts, totes, mugs and other items with my art on them?

What about coupons?

And would you still like me to reconsider going to some shows?

Lastly…..what do you all recommend that I do to help my website and my site on etsy that I don’t offer?

Any comments and ideas are appreciated!

You can comment here or email me at  lauriesherrell@hotmail.com

I’m looking forward to hearing from all of you!

 

 

 

 

The Dragonslayer

Sometimes in life it just feels like you come up against so many overwhelming dragons!  I am talking about all those problems and battles that seem to never end.  Just when you think you’ve won the battle, here comes another dragon!    In order to slay a dragon, you first must be fearless….

But being fearless is not so easy as it sounds!  The Word tells us that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love and a sound mind.  2 Timothy 1:7.

So obviously, God is not responsible, so who is it that causes us to be afraid or to worry?  It’s that old dragon, the devil.  Because he knows that we cannot be effective for the Kingdom of God if we are set back with concerns and worries of this world.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2.  We have to renew our minds daily, in prayer and reading the Word! Otherwise we do not have the weapons we need to defeat the enemy!

We defeat the dragons by putting on the whole armor of God!

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. From Ephesians Chapter 6:10-12. 

The enemy is always trying to find an in road to defeat us, and many times it’s in the little details, in our thoughts, where it creeps in.  One negative thought is not even acceptable.  It makes a crack in the wall of our defense!

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. I Peter 5:8.

Does a the roaring of a lion actually harm you?  No!  But he makes a lot of noise trying to scare us.  Trying to make a way to bring us in to submission so he can devour us!

So next time you worry or fear, go to the Word, which your sword, cast out your fear and give it to God, for He cares for you!  I Peter 5:7.

Now go and slay those dragons!

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Keeping it simple!

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Over the past couple of years, and being a part of different churches, a big question came to me, is once saved always saved truth? Or can you lose your salvation?  These are the arguments of men.

I took a bit of time to pray and ask for wisdom in this.  We all know what the scriptures say,  That salvation is a gift, not earned but freely given.  Even probably the most popular scripture says, “Whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16.  So yes, once you believe, you are saved.

But because the Word also says in Mark Chapter 4:

The Parable of the Sower

Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”

10 When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. 11 He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables12 so that,

“‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving,
    and ever hearing but never understanding;
otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!’[a]

13 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? 14 The farmer sows the word. 15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy.17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. 20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”

So I ask, were the first groups really saved?  Or did they believe and were saved,  and then because they quit believing due to the cares of life, did they lose what they once had?  Or did they ever have salvation?  Because they never had any fruit, were they really saved?   The thief on the cross had no fruit, and yet he was saved!

I think the first ones, who heard it, just didn’t accept it and didn’t really care, even though they thought on what was given. The second heard the word and were excited but didn’t really believe.  The seeds actually never took root and grew.   The third group did take root and believed what was told to them,  They accepted Christ but things in life, that Satan through at them, caused them to doubt.  Here is the question, were they really, truly believers?  Because really believing means that you get through the hard times with Christ, you have to have faith!  And as a true believer, your faith grows when you go through trials and come out on the other side. Your faith in Christ is your belief that he does exist and that he does care for you.  If you don’t believe it, then you are not saved.  One cannot be saved without God’s grace and faith (believing).  We can see here how the devil works against us to try and destroy our faith with the cares of this world. But His word also says:

It also says: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—Ephesians 2:8.

And then:

 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  James 1:2-4.

The third group really believed and did bear fruit, so the next question is, are we bearing fruit!?    Once we believe, it is our faith that helps us bear good fruit.  Because if we believe in him, then we will desire what God’s will is for us.  It will be what separates us from the lost,  that people will see by our faith and good works that Jesus is Lord.  A sign of the christian believer is just that.  So the seeds that started up and then wilted, did not grow their faith in the hard trials of life but ended up losing faith instead.

And then there was the thief on the cross, he had a changed heart!  He was repentant of his life as he had no good works, only bad.  And yet he was saved at the last hour of his life!  Thank God we don’t get to heaven by works!  Yet if we are allowed to continue, we must grow in our faith.

Hebrew 11 gives a good example of what people did out of faith when they believed in God.  So I believe that our works matter, in the sense that it shows who we are and who we believe in.  So for those of us who live on, it is not just about our salvation itself.  We will not be judged by the law but by our faith we have become righteous in Christ.  But we will have to give an account of what we have said and what we have done.  Will we still be saved?  Yes because we believed and had faith.  But will we be honored before God?

So in prayer over this question of once saved always saved, Jesus spoke to my heart this morning and asked me if I believed.  I said of course Lord!  And he said to me, that I was then saved.  Now he said, “Go and feed my sheep!”   Don’t worry about your salvation or DOCTRINES.  But live a life that will show Me to the world!  Do what is honorable, good and true.  Then people will know you are my servant!

Men want to make it difficult but  isn’t it great to know that Jesus keeps it SIMPLE for us!!!!!!

John 21:15-17

The Big Wide Valley

10261694_10152416668675030_598690708_nDo you ever feel like you’ve been on the mountain, enjoying life, everything is great!  And then when you least expect it, you are in a valley, or a low point.  What happened to that great feeling that you hoped would never end?

It’s a lot like being in a well lit room and then walking in a dark closet!  The light was so bright, and then you can’t see your hand in front of your face!

Well life is like that for a lot of us.  But I know he is with us through everything.  His light does shine in the darkness if we seek it.  And that is the key!  To not give up, to not quit, even in what seems like  a darkness that will never end.  Even in the wilderness, the Hebrew children had great times of singing and dancing.  But it was also a time to grow and learn.  They were a small nation compared to those around them.  But God taught them much in the wilderness, to separate themselves from evil, to conquer their circumstances.  But most of all, to have faith and believe in the one who created them. Then they were allowed to enter the promised land.

So when I feel that life is crumbling around me, that things have not gone like the did on the mountain,  I remember God’s grace, his mercy and love. I am learning how to conquer my own selfishness and becoming what God wants me to be.  Then I will be at my best.  And I will not forget him when I get back to the mountain. When things were great, I didn’t pay attention to Him as much as I do in the Valley.  Maybe the Valley isn’t so bad after all!

 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.   Phillipians 4:13.