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During the holiday season is when artists get creative in making gifts and sharing their traditions.  One of my traditio...
03/12/2023

During the holiday season is when artists get creative in making gifts and sharing their traditions. One of my traditions at Christmas is the Christmas Spider on the tree. I make and add a new spider every so often to our tree. This year it is a beautiful creation.

The Story of the Christmas Spider

Long ago, in a forest clearing not far from a small village, an old woman lived alone. She had few possessions - a straw-stuffed mattress to sleep on, an earthenware pot for cooking, and a rough-hewn table and bench where she ate and worked. But she did not think of herself as poor, for she owned a fine steel needle and she earned her living with it.
That winter the snow fell early and long. Soon it was too deep for the woman to walk all the way to the village. That had never happened before. So each day she ate a little and embroidered a little and ventured into the forest for fallen branches to burn.
When Christmas Eve came, the snow was still very deep. Cold and hungry, the woman went to look for wood and found the broken-off top of a large pine tree lying green and beautiful in the snow. "A Christmas tree!" she exclaimed.
The tree filled the cabin with its wonderful scent. But it also made her sad, for it reminded her that she could not celebrate the holy day in the candle-filled wooden church in the village.
"This tree is as bare and empty as my cooking pot," she thought. "I am too poor even to decorate it."
With a heavy heart, the woman climbed into bed. The spiders listened as she said her prayers.
That night the wind blew and sleet drummed against the wooden walls of the cabin. The woman slept, but the spiders stayed up spinning.
When dawn came through the shutters, the old woman awoke to see her little tree transformed. Gossamer strands looping from branch to branch caught the light and shimmered like silver strands on the tree. Her heart lightened as she admired the decorations the spiders had spun. How could she be sad amidst such beauty?
A jingling startled her. The ice storm had formed a crust hard enough to support a sleigh, and the villagers had remembered her. They bustled in food, blankets and provisions for the winter for her.
"How horrid it must have been for you," said a villager, "snow-bound out here all alone."
But the old woman smiled. "My spiders kept me company," she said. "Look at their lovely gift."
The villagers gazed in awe at the sparkling tree.
When winter returned with gentle snows, she brought a small pine tree into her cabin. The aroma stirred memories of the glittering decorations the spiders had given her the year before. "This year," she thought, "I shall honor them for their kindness."
On the last market day before Christmas, when she had sold her blouses and bought her week's provisions, she kept a few coins to purchase some colored glass beads.
That evening she made decorations by stringing the beads on pieces of straw and anchoring them to walnut shells: eight shimmering legs radiating from each round hump. She hung the nut-shell spiders on the tree in tribute to the busy creatures who had woven magic and hope into her Christmas the year before.
She also gave decorations to the villagers as thanks for their thoughtfulness. They, too, hung the nutshell spiders on their trees. And to this day, the children of the village make jeweled spiders from pipe cleaners and beads to decorate their Christmas trees.
That is why we put tinsel or angel hair on our tree and every tree should have a Christmas spider in its branches.

There is a lost art in this holiday season.....sending Christmas cards. Every year I looked forward to see all the beaut...
02/12/2023

There is a lost art in this holiday season.....sending Christmas cards. Every year I looked forward to see all the beautiful cards and who they came from.....now I wait to see who even sends one. I have not stopped this tradition, but don't send as many as I used to in the past. Now it is limited to family and closest friends because I've lost the addresses of everyone else. I may not be able to send presents to everyone I want to....but a Christmas card is a 'present' that says "I'm thinking of you this Christmas" and a way to show people you care. I would like to see more Christmas cards shared and sent. Make them, buy them at Dollar Tree, buy them from local artists....but share them this year to give hope.

I now have a webpage with Watauga Valley Art League....the artwork is for show only.....not for sale.
08/09/2022

I now have a webpage with Watauga Valley Art League....the artwork is for show only.....not for sale.

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These are pieces of artwork I have done recently. They are not available as they are 9X12 painted canvas or specialty ph...
03/05/2020

These are pieces of artwork I have done recently. They are not available as they are 9X12 painted canvas or specialty photos. Just sharing to inspire.

15/12/2019
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This page is my "photo album" - a compilation of my art for trade with other artists. I have ATC's (Artist Trading Cards), Gift Tags, Paintings, Textile creations, etc. If you see one you like and would like to trade for (trade for like items preferably)....then comment under the picture or private message me.
I decided this is easier to keep track of than a photo album in each group to which I belong.

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This page is for my Zentangle, ATC (Artist Trading Cards), gift tags and other artwork to be traded in other groups. This is my photo album.

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