Sunday, December 13, 2015

What Do You Do, When You Get THAT Invitation ? Hastypearl

What Do You Do When You Get THAT Invitation ? 

That's a leading question, right?
I didn't specify, if it was a Bad invitation or a Good one, did I?
Well, I am happy to say that it was recently for me, a Good one.
A Very Good one!

I have happily and only recently met local San Antonio artists, 
Michelle, because of an Encaustics class that I took from her, 
and Lyn, 
because she opened one of the encaustics mornings, for Michelle. 

We also had a Very Happy incident, 
where I was able to connect them,
 with a sudden opening to teach at a Texas Art Workshop.
That was one of those meant to be moments that made at least 4 of us smile, 
and I'm pretty certain that their students smiled, as well.

Anyway, back to my original question!

I happened to be looking through Lyn Belisle's 2015 Workshop schedule, 
where she has the dates linked back to pertinent info.
I found this one date...December 12, 
that didn't have a link.
I FB messaged her inquiring, 
and her response really surprised me....she replied...

I signed You UP !

The first thing that I thought was ....AWESOME !

Not, hmmm...I wonder if I have that date available?
Not, I wonder what she will be doing?

I just thought....AWESOME!

I figured if it was snake handling or something TOOOO risky, 
I could decline.
Otherwise, it didn't matter WHAT she was going to be doing, 
I knew I was in.

Further explanation arrived and I learned that it wasn't just going to be Lyn, 
it was also going to be Michelle!

WHAT???? :)

Turns out, 
they had scheduled some time together in Lyn's beautiful studio, 
to work on some ideas of things that they had been tossing around.

I and two other ladies, were invited to be guinea pigs of sorts, 
and I couldn't have been more thrilled!

So, I guess you have deduced by now, that to the invitation, I said,


The following are a few pics of some of their Mixed Media Art pieces and 
some of the things that we played around doing.

It couldn't have been any MORE WONDER FULL !












Someone once told me, 
that in any area of your life, 
you should find/seek out people that you admire, 
and simply, do what they do.

For me, its been fun to see how many times that its really been instead...
Laura, watch and see, how you are being GIFTED with connections, 
of people that you admire.

 Its easy to attribute it to Gods hand in my life.

Who else could I trust more? :) 

These two singly, have More Amazing Talent imaginable,
but together, they are a powerfully, compatible Force !

I'm Fine, with having two new people in my life, to Admire :)

Its at times like this that I always think of,

Luke 6:38
Give, and it will be given to you.
They will pour into your lap a good measure-
pressed down,
shaken together, 
and running over.
For by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you in return.

Boy Michelle and Lyn, 
was I given a Good Measure :)

I'm so glad that you stopped by to visit!
I hope that you are enjoying these Wonder-Full days....


Friday, December 4, 2015

It's Friday !! Lets Play a Game :) Hastypearl

It's Friday !! 

Lets Play a Game :)


Welcome to my SCentral Texas Garden !

We've all worked hard this week, so lets keep it lite.

One of these plants below, is definitely something that you DO NOT WANT to touch !

Ask your family to help you if you need to.

Write the number of the plant that you think it is in the comments box below, 
or comment on hastypearls FB, and see if you can get it right.

These are pictures that I took today, while on a walk with our dogs, on our property.

The foliage looks more like it should be mid November, but as you know, its is December 4th.

Can't wait to see what you think.

I will let you know the "DON'T TOUCH ME" plant, in my next posting :)

Have fun !
















There you go.

Regardless of where you live, you stand a VERY GOOD chance of getting this right :)

I'll see you on the flip side !

Laura aka hastypearl

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Follow up posting with answer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

....if you guessed image #3 and #9 were plants that you Do Not Want To Touch, 
then you would be right.
Beautifully colored in reds in the fall and early winter...

For those of us that live in SCentral Texas, this is good old 
Toxicodendron Radicans,
commonly called, Poison Ivy 
Leaflets Three, Let It Be!

Looks like I have some removing to be done !
Thanks for playing along :) Laura  

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Let Heaven and Nature Sing ! Mixed Media Angels Hastypearl

Let Heaven and Nature Sing !

Mixed Media Angels

I don't know when I made my first Mixed Media Angel.
I know that after the first, I wanted to make more !

Angels have such great symbolism, 
and we sing about them a lot, during the holidays.
The Bible discusses them often, 
in both the Old and the New Testament.

Nehemiah 9 : 6

"You are the Lord, You Alone.
You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens,
with all of their host,
the earth and all that is on it,
the seas and all that is in them;
and you preserve all of them;
and the host of heaven worships You.

Angels are powerful, but never meant to be worshiped.
They always point back to their Creator.

They have many duties and some are Created to be our Guardians. 

Artists have attempted to paint and draw them, 
but I love to use my imagination and Engineer them 
out of my collections of Vintage Finds.

I realized, that I have quite a few in my Hastypearl Etsy shop right now, 
and thought that you might enjoy seeing some of them :)

~$90. ~

This little Angel, is very elegant and pure.
I used favorite stone, and some silver leaf.
There is a bit of bridal trim and rusty bits.
Her crown has an Owl on it symbolizing, Wisdom.

I often find tools on my Vintage Hunts.
This one was perfect suggesting a body !

I built her on an amazing Wooden Vintage Plinth,
 that I found at an old Texas estate.


~ $120. ~

This next Angel, may be one of my most complicated, yet.
I bought a "lot" of Vintage Clock Dome glass.
I wanted to simulate something of an old snow globe, 
only interpreted My way :)

Instead of snow, I filled the "globe" with lots of Vintage Pieces.
When you shake it...with care of course, 
the pieces are free to settle anywhere they fall.

I put faces on both sides, so it is as pretty from the back as it is the front !

Her body, is a wood finial, 
that I bought at the estate of a retired Clock Repairman.
That estate will rank in my top 5, for a very long time.

I don't have an instruction book when I make my Angels.
They are very labor intensive.
Every step has to be thought through and figured out before I drill or glue.
If not, I often cant undo it !

I bought another "lot" of Vintage Mother Of Pearl Chinese Game Tokens.
Only One, had a hole drilled through it.
The hanger on this angel was a perfect place to use it.
The tiny details hand inscribed in this Token, are so beautiful.

My Mother taught me from a young age, to look for details.
She pointed out tiny tucks and lace and buttons on garments.
I still look for the details, to this day.

No piece is too small to save.
I waited for a Long Time, 
to use this tiny piece of Victorian Lace.
It is very old and is exquisite.

The Renaissance Angel below, 
had its beginning from a flat furniture finial.
I found a rusty metal strap and thought it would make perfect wings!

~ $78. ~

I hand coiled tiny wires, for her radiating halo.
Her necklace is made from seating a found moth in a resin filled bezel.
I have a whole drawer, 
dedicated to Natural Wonders
 that are also waiting to be used, on just the right piece.

Angels cover a lot of ground, 
so I thought I would help this one along by giving it a wheel.

Scripture describing some Angels...

Ezekiel 1:16

The appearance of the wheels and their workmanship was like sparkling beryl, 
and all four of them had the same form, 
their appearance and workmanship 
being as if one wheel were within another.  

Trying to imagine that is Fantastic!


Finally, this Angel was part of a challenge by an artist friend.
Her suggestion...See if you can use a spoon in your piece.
I had a number of wooden spoons in my kitchen, 
so I used them in different ways.
I love how this one turned out.

~ $80. ~

Gold Leaf and Clock parts make for great Details.

Again, Garnets.
The very tiny buttons are quite old.

She can be hung anywhere by the attached beaded loop.
She could hang from a Christmas tree, in a child's room or on a book shelf.

She has no powers...shes just vintage parts, 
but she can remind you of the legions of Guardians, 
that surround you !


'Tis the Season to think of such things !

Gifting and the Messages that come with them, are important.

I love gifting Handmade Things.
They seem to last longer and have the added Bonus, 
that someone's Hands and Hearts have touched them.

Please stop by Hastypearl Etsy
to see additional images of these Angels 
and other Angels that I have listed.

These wont be the last that I make...I promise :)

Thanks for stopping by.
Best...Laura aka hastypearl 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Point Away From Face And Other People ! Hastypearl

Point Away From Face And Other People !

Well, the Season is upon us.
Every family has its rhythms.  
We, love to have people in our home every chance that we can.

I'm a very casual hostess.
I mean, I love pretty things, 
but, I'm just as happy to serve you tamales and the humble pinto beans, as anything.
There is something very comforting about 
non pretentiousness.

Last night, we were blessed to host my husbands side of the family.
Following a terrible personal loss this year, 
Thanksgiving and Christmas, 
are the first round of special Seasonal Days, without her.

It was important to me, 
to find time to honor their mother 
and our Aunt Barbara, 
but I hoped that we would also find our way to some 
childhood reminiscing and laughter.
I'm glad to say that we were successful :)

I greeted them wearing my handmade, 
" I Had My Colonoscopy", button.

Hey, we get our "I Voted" stickers, 
and we give kids buttons for everything, 
so why can't we adults get a pat on the back for accomplishments, as well?

It wasn't long, before the stories and laughter were full on!

My BIL said he couldn't remember when he had laughed as much.
Everyone brings just the perfect thing to a group like that.
I am so Thankful to be a part of this one :) 

Christmas is the perfect backdrop for my newly listed 
Mixed Media Collage Angels on Hastypearl Etsy.

I believe that I made 13 of them.

Every One is unique !

~ $ 54. and $62. ~ 

We didn't have much time to decorate, 
but we got out a few special pieces of Christmas Decor.
There is a Chance, that our Granddaughter will be here for Christmas, 
so we will take special care to decorate :)

I thought that my little Etsy Hastypearl Vintage Putz Houses
 looked perfect on this narrow upper ledge on our sideboard.

These are quite special !

They are much more detailed than many of the Putz Houses that I have seen.

~ $24. each ~




My husband decided to do a little cooking and went to the store for some ingredients.
I asked him to pick up some Party Crackers/Poppers, if he could find them.

Well, he was successful !

The Angels and Chandelier are so much better for the use of those at our table :)
Can you see the streamers?

One of our family members has led a bit of a  sheltered life ;) 
with a mother that was sure to keep her safe, 
needed a little education firing her Party Cracker.

I found one of these instruction pieces, 
lodged in one of my table centerpieces this morning.

On behalf of Cindy, 

I have enlarged it, so that you will all be prepared at your next party.

And there is an instruction for You too, 
inquisitive Michael.
It says... 
Not to be Dismantled ;)




Its a busy time of the year for Everyone!

There are so many Activities, that we can sometimes miss the Special Moments.

I try to whisper a Thanks to the One,
 that allows me to live the most Wonderful life.
We aren't in danger of "using up", all of our Thank You's we can use Them Liberally.

Take time All Day Everyday, 
and you will find Many Things to be Thankful for :)

As Always, I'm so glad that you stopped by.

Each listing has 5 pictures and I love telling a story about each vintage part and heirloom art.  
Now, you know how beautiful they will look in your setting.

~ Best...Laura