Monday, February 20, 2017

Mystery Solved... Thanks Mickie!

So, when Mickie (see comments from the Feb. 18th post)
suggested the mystery object in my new reliquary doll box 
was a wooden masher (pestle) from a cone shaped colander...

I "Googled" it and this is one of the images that came up!
Yay!!!  Thank you Mickie... 

And you are correct; the symbolism is perfect as well:

"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show us
that this all-surpassing power is from God and not us.  
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed;
perplexed, but not in despair."  
(2. Corinthians 4:7-8, NIV)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The New Reliquary... Revisited!

BEFORE...
I really have been working on this new reliquary doll!
Preoccupied with the idea of "transitions" and "rebirth"...
a chrysalis keeps coming to mind.

What better way to create a "chrysalis form" than our
old school-days favorite: paper maché over a balloon!
I decided to use mulberry papers, for added texture and interest
along with pieces of theatre gauze.

AFTER...
Dried... and a day later: a chrysalis!

TODAY...
I sculpted a paper clay head and have base-coated it
with soft black...

Found this very interesting "thing" today...
at the Cow-Town Farmer's Market, here in Woodstown.
The vender said he found it in his Cedarville, NJ barn (circa 1840)
and had absolutely no idea what it was used for.
(He was asking $4 for it... I offered $2 and came home with it)

I just knew it would fit perfectly in the contoured side tray
of the desk drawer reliquary... and it does! 



So... now my doll "in transition" needs a little body!
Thanks for stopping by... Daryle

Saturday, January 28, 2017

From Desk Drawer to Reliquary!

It immediately caught my eye yesterday, as Katie and I
were perusing around Art of Recycle in Ephrata, PA.

I'm thinking this is a vintage desk drawer... with an ink well,
 pencil/pen tray. What do you think?
It measures 8 by 16.5 inches... and the price was right!

It didn't "scream" at me... but immediately spoke to me, saying:
"Turn me on end, stand me up... stand me up!" 

And in that moment... Behold a reliquary, 
waiting to "house" a doll and a story!

And so... with a bit of sanctified imagination 
and some of the inspiration that Penny, from Art Journey 
(see my side-bar) just blogged about... 
I'm ready to begin working on a new doll!
Well... it's about time! (wink!)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Winter's Hold... A Light Touch!


While picking up fallen branches and trimming back rose bushes,
I couldn't help but notice some "stirrings" in our flower gardens!

Daffodils encroaching upon the ground ivy...

Lenten Rose revealing its new growth...

and even some of our Sedum was found...
sunning itself in the late morning light.

Winter's hold... it seems to be a light touch; for the moment!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

A New Year... Fresh Fallen Snow!

Our first measurable snowfall of the season...
A cardinal found the stash of seed I placed in the feeder,
before the snow started falling this morning.

Happy New Year Wishes and Blessings to you and yours!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve

Our tree is decorated... ready and waiting for the grandsons to arrive
(and their Mom & Dad too... wink!)
We've always had candles on our tree (that German heritage), 
and this year added red wooden beads and curly raffia.

Like many of your homes...
Every ornament on our tree has "a story"...
Above... ornaments our grandsons made.

The snowman is from our Vermont
"Kingdom Kraft" business days...
The pewter lamb from Danforth Pewters.

This snowman ornie was from our oldest daughter
and has become a favorite...

We made this wedding couple for our first tree...
Up in Amherst, Wisconsin... forty two years ago.

A Vermont handcrafter created this...
(it hangs next to a red bag full of coal!)

Another from our first Christmas...
filled with dried wildflowers we found
along the roadside in Amherst...

Our German "Putz" collection... now fills a wooden cabinet
during Christmas.  When we lived in Vermont, we would
visit the homes of others friends who also put up a putz...

The figures tell the "life of Christ" story... not just the Nativity.

Out fireplace mantle this year... (fake greens... Tsk! Tsk!)

Found this St. Nick at a thrift shop ($3.) in Vermont a few years ago...
He's  a little "grumpy"... but we love him!

Love, love, love the over-sized ears on this folk art angel!

And then our "sepia photo finish" tree...
Four generations of family photos that I processed
years ago with a "sepia" finish...

Grandma Cook (Koch)... our parents, our siblings, our children.

(Yup... that's our wedding photo and our daughter's above it!)

Three generations of "Fischer" girls... 
Grandma Lucille, Katie and our daughter, Naomi.
A flood of memories... 

And then there are the hand-carved wooden Saint Nicks...

made by Vermont artisans, the McAlister family


We're wishing you a Merry Christmas... Daryle & Katie

Monday, November 28, 2016

Thanksgiving Day...Just Enough Snow!

We spent four days over Thanksgiving in Vermont 
with Em and Chad... and their wonder-dog: Stella!

Along with our grandsons (Jon and Ryan pictured here), 
our daughter Naomi and son-in-law Steve... 
In a word: WONDERFUL!

Yup... just enough snow to spend Thanksgiving morning 
making a snowman and having snowball fights...

Jon and his "lying down" snowman... that he made in
one of uncle Chad and auntie Em's raised bed gardens. 

Pop-Pop just had to do an "oil painting" rendition
of this delightful creation... (a snowman-doll is next!

Blessings...