Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Elves Run Amuck!

Some new additions to Sherry's Cabin will be for sale in my Etsy Store!  I've been working on some of my larger Santas to take to our local Chicken Farm Art Center in November, but I decided I needed a few smaller items to take, as well.  I decided, in one of my irrational moments, that I would create a series of Misfit Elves straight from the North Pole.  Yes, I know... you have always thought that each and every elf at the North Pole was perfectly fit for his/her job.  That's because they keep quiet about these guys!  Wilford Brumbles, the head elf, has been shuffling them from job to job for years and has been looking for other places of employment to suggest to them.  Dear old Santa has a big heart, though, and he's kept these guys around (and out of sight to the general public). 

My goal is to sculpt an elf a week!  Last week Ernie came to life -

This week - Norman popped out of some crevice of my brain!  He's awaiting paint tonight!

Hmmmm...what color hat should Norman have?  Dear fella has sorted coal for years....

Psalm 27:8 
When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Santa, Santa, Everywhere a Santa

In my previous post dedicated to my friend, I stated God was good, and, indeed, He is!  So, my question is - is He in my craftroom?  Is He in your art studio, your kitchen?  Or, does He stay in your neat little church box?  God reigns in every room of my house, and, yes, He is in my craftroom.  How does that work?  God is our Creator.  Take one hour away from the city, the "busy" of life, and look around at His handiwork.  His creativity and diversity is mind-boggling.  Genisis 1:27 says So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  I was made in his image.  I have a spirit of creativity.  God has given me the desire to create, and He blesses me to be able to do so.
Now how does being a Santa artist play out in God's kingdom?  It plays just fine because I know who gets the glory, whose birth I celebrate at Christmas, and who my Savior is.  Santa, on the other hand, is a nice little fella that makes people smile and carries a persona of a warm heart.  In everything I do, I am committed to work for God, and He allows me to enjoy sculpting in my craftroom.  If my artwork brings joy to someone, if I can give it away to make someone smile, or if I can give God the glory when I talk to others about it, then my art has served its purpose. 

Here is my latest finished Santa -

He stands 41 inches tall.  I really like the way he turned out. 

 I also started a new smaller Santa yesterday, and his head is cooling as I type.  Here he was on his way to the oven -

Good Night all!

God is So Good- Even in the Valleys

As I sit in my craftroom waiting while my latest sculpt is in the oven, I stopped to post a final photo of the Santa I was finishing.  I will get to that, but I had a few things on my heart to share first.  I lost a very dear friend this past week, Lara Garza.  She had battled a long, long illness and had never really been "healthy" since cancer treatments three years ago.  We had done a lot of praying together, and the last time we prayed, she had prayed for her family, to return home from the hospital and be with them again, and for healing.  God knew her body was failing on this Earth, but he let her return home for a month, see family, spend time with them, and love them.   I know there will be those who say she didn't get her healing, but she did - not on our terms, of course, but on God's.  He had put a peace in her heart and a joy that she said she'd not felt before.  She knew Christ as her Savior, and now she is whole - healed and in His presence.  My heart goes out to the family and friends who have lost so much.  I also rejoice in knowing my friend will be waiting for me to join her some day.

I think I'll wait on posting my art, and let these thoughts stand alone.