Saturday, January 14, 2012

HANDMADE COPPER WORD IMAGES & WINTER

HELLO EVERYONE,

Winter has finally arrived 2 1/2 months late but it came with a fury. In my lifetime I have never seen Winter arrive so late.  Very strange indeed.  

Usually by now we have about 4 feet of snow on the ground but today we have about 4 inches of snow instead. I am very thankful for this.  Of course I am NO fan of Winter so I truly wish there was none. LOL  Give me warmth and sunshine any day. Hopefully Spring will arrive "Early" instead of late.  vbg  Below is a photo of our backyard with the snowy scene. 
For the last several days I have been recouping from a bad cold which has been no fun.  "Grumble, Grumble".  LOL  Sorry about this.  It has now been 6 days and I am feeling a whole lot better so I decide to share with you some of "My Sweetie's Creative Endeavors"!!  

Below are two "Copper Words Images" My Sweetie made for me back in the Autumn.  I used them on My Flower Pincushion which made it IMHO more special.  I like them so much I ask if he could make me some more in my favorite words.
Below are the results of My Sweetie's "Handmade with Love Copper Word Images".  

The process of making these wonderful copper words is very long.  First he made a "Jig" to hold the copper stripes in so they do not move while being stamped.   Then he Stamps the Letters on them with a hammer.  The copper is still sharp around the edges so he sands and files them smooth.

But the best part that I think really makes them special is he puts a patina on them that makes the words "glow" like a rainbow.  I truly love them.  The photo below does not do them justice.

Some of my favorite words are, "Kindred Spirits", "Kindness Matters", "Inspire", "Bliss", "Faith", "Love",  and then he made me my initials, "JG".  I can use them on my pieces of art I create. Thank you "My Sweetie" for making these words for me.  More words will be forthcoming soon.   What do you all think??? 

I am thinking we may start selling them.  Not really sure if there is a market for them or not?? What do you all think??


I started back stitching on my Pomegranate Table Rug.  I took an up close photo of some on my stitching. 

Some of the stitching I used so far are the "Drizzle Stitch" around the pink velvet buds. I used a Kreninik Metallic Fine #8 Braid in a Pale Pink. 

I used French Knots and beads in the center buds.   Around the edges of the center buds I used Silk Chenille in "Sophie's Strawberries Pink". I also used this same thread around the center slices. I really love this thread.  Back to stitching on this snowy day in Michigan.
I will leave you all with a wee poem I think means so much.  

OF ALL HAPPINESS......
OF  all Happinesses, the most charming is that of a Firm and Gentle Friendship. It sweetens all Our Cares, Dispels Our Sorrows, and Counsels us in all Extremities.

Till next time My Dear Blogging Friends, Please Take Care.  

Hugs Judy

16 comments:

Maureen said...

you had the snow and we had a heavy frost so the cold has come to us both - please don't send it over to us!!! love those copper words - they are great!!!

Sue said...

I am glad you are feeling better as it's no fun being sick.

You have more snow than we do. We only have about 2 inches and I actually love the snow. I'm wishing for more :D

Those copper tags are just gorgeous! What a wonderful touch to any item!

Radka said...

Your winter scene looks so pretty, although I am no fan of cold either, but fresh snow always looks so nice and clean. I hope you feel well soon :)

Nancy in MT said...

Beautiful snow pictures. The copper words are wonderful, think you should sell them. They would look awesome on any item.

Heather said...

Hi Judy... ah, snow, I know what that means... we have about 20 inches here... yes, I said 20 inches! I am sorry to hear you were "under the weather", but I am glad you are feeling better. The copper tags are very cute... have you or your Sweetie thought about trying to make them in different shapes, like hearts or tear drops... then you could put a little hole in the top, add a ring and they could be used as little pendants... just a thought... hugs!

shirley said...

Growing up I never knew snow was cold..I think I thought it was just fluffy stuff falling from the sky...what a shock when I did see my first snow.

Your scene is like a picture postcard. So glad winter arrived for you..how many times did you sing "let it snow let it snow:

I love your pomegranite embroidery it is very beautiful and the colours are gorgeous.

I adore the copper sayings your sweetie is a doll and a very clever one at that.

Miss 376 said...

What a wonderfully creative pair you are!
Glad you are feeling better, enjoy you stitching, the pomegranite looks stunning

DIAN said...

Goodness, the snow looks lovely but I cannot imagine living with it.

Hoping you are feeling well soon.

acorn hollow said...

such a wonderful post. I love your stitching and your copper words.
I do think there is a market for them.thanks for your sweet visit
Cathy

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Hi Judy
You are not that far north of me, so I was surprised that you usually get that much snow. I think we have Lake Michigan to thank. I for one, would be happy if I never saw another snow flake. My silly 16 year old grandson asks why we don't move.

I like your words. More so, I LOVE that your husband makes them for you. I think there is always a market for inspirational words and your little plates can be placed any where. I'd be interested.

Have a great Sunday. My snow is melting, Yay!!
xx, Carol

Linda said...

I am so sorry to hear you have been unwell Judy, and hope your recovery is complete by now. Love your winter scene!!

I also love your little copper tags that your husband has made for you. He is a real gem!! Your pink embroidery looks beautiful, those threads are gorgeous. Take care and stay warm.

Frances Leate said...

Your outdoor scene looks just like a picture postcard - I will think about it when the heat and humidity get to me. What a clever "sweetie" you have to make these lovely copper words - what about "Imagine". Take care.

Threads of Inspiration said...

Hi Judy! We are getting snow here right now and it is quite pretty. What wonderful copper words your husband made for you. They really are great! Susan

Magnolia Tea said...

Hi Judy! Great post, I love the snow picture. I know some folks don't appreciate it, but not me. Glad SOMEBODY is getting snow. We've only seen a flurry so far.

Those copper word tags are fabulous!
The rug is looking great, too.
Stay warm!

baukje said...

Hi Judy, here is FRance winter is also strange, yesterday we had a very small amount of snow for teh first time this winter, after some hours the snow already disappeared. Your table rug is beautiful lovely colorchoice; Your copper charms also are very nice. i don'ntknow if there is a market for selling these, I don't use them. Have a good sunday, hugs Baukje

Susan said...

If there's a way to attach them, I think crazy quilters would use them. No snow sounds great to me. It's been a warm winter in TN and they are telling me that means more mosquitoes this summer. You've at least had enough freezing that it might not mean that for you.

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