Some Projects

Part of the fun of making things is to share them, sell them, or give them away.  Since I am still in the discovery stage of all my projects (aka discovering if I can do them) and I don’t quite feel its the quite the time to sell them or give them away…I figured it would keep me motivated to share with you some of the projects I have been working on:

This is a little wooden sign I painted.  It says, “Just married” and has a cute little couple on it.  I don’t know why I made it because I’ve been married for two years, but maybe some newly engaged couple will enjoy this little sign one day.

This is just fabric.  But it is important because it is my FIRST EVER fabric purchase.  I have not sewn since 8th grade home economics but want to make this beauty into a table cloth, perhaps.
These are a couple cute little hair clips for babies or little girls.  I made them because I saw a sweet clip my neice had in her hair. Her mom said it was really expensive and I thought I could make it. So these are my attempts.  
 

More clips!!

This is my first ever watercolor painting!!!  I painted it on vacation with my mother-in-law. I don’t really know what to do with it now… 

This is an unfinished picture box (see my first finished on in the picture below).  It is a thick piece of pine that my step father helped cut and sand.  Then I stained it this green color.  I am fixing to paint a phrase across it and put a back on the hole in the middle to make it into a picture frame.  I have not yet decided on a phrase to paint.  I like these:
“I’ll love you, dear, I’ll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountains and the salmon sing in the street. – W.H. Auden”
Or
“I’ll carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart) I am never without it (anywhere I go you so my dear…) – e.e. cummings
Or
“I was born to catch dragons in their dens and pick flowers. To tell tales and laugh away the morning. To drift and dream like a lazy stream and walk barefoot across sunshine days. – James Kavanaugh
Or
“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches on the soul and sings the tune with ever knowing the words and never stops at all. – Emily Dickenson
Please tell me which one you like the best….I’d love feed back or if you have on that you think would be great.

This is the first picture box I tried.  It says, “There is never quite so lovely a view as when perched in a tree next to you.”  It is actually a phrase I made up because the picture in the frame is of my two dear friends, Emily and Abby, and was taken in our favorite tree on front campus at Wheaton College. 
SO, there you have it.  Those are some of my projects.  It is good for me to see that the progress I am making and that I am actually creating.  I went to Anthropologie today and was so inspired to keep going. So now I must!
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2 thoughts on “Some Projects

  1. Cates – I am so glad you are creating beautiful art — you are so stinkin’ talented!! (minus the stink part) Okay, I have to tell you – I love the picture boxes that you are working on – I first saw these at a store in Holland and wanted to buy it for Tony because I am almost started crying when i was looking at it — but it cost $250… So, I would totally buy one from you to have in our home! =) Love you and miss you… and thanks for sharing what you are up to.

  2. Cates….these are wonderful things…of course I am in love with the last picture:) It made my heart so happy to see you still keeping a picture of us dear friends near!! I love the clips!!! Those are wonderful!! As is the watercolor-but my daughter could not wear that in her hair:) You should open a shop on Etsy!! Trust me! Love you and hopefully we will talk or email some time soon! Loves you my little artistPS I KNEW you had it in you:)abs

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