Friday, January 28, 2011

Photobooth Fun for Fundraisers

As described in my post yesterday, our daughter, Kasey K Photo, held a wonderful photobooth fundraiser at DDHS. We are so proud of the work she does, and the ways she also donates time to community causes!

Here are some photos of Kasey's photobooth and of Kasey in action...along with a couple of fun collages she took of some of my sisters and me. Fun time, great cause! Good job you!! xoxox

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Photo-Booth Style Fund Raiser to Support Mary's Room & DDHS Photo Club

This is pretty cool... Kasey K Photo is donating her skills, and photo props for a fund raiser to support Mary's Room, a non-profit organization which serves women who, despite economic distress, have decided to keep their babies. They provide maternity clothes, newborn and infant clothing, accessories, furniture and other needed items at no charge with an extra component thrown in… loving, caring compassion. Mary’s Room is staffed entirely by volunteer assistants, and stocked through the generosity of area individuals, churches and pro-life organizations. And also supporting the Delavan-Darien High School Photo Club.

The "photo-booth" was held tonite during the high school basketball games, and will also be held on Friday night, Jan. 28th during the basketball games at DDHS, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Costs for “Photo booth” Style photos: $5 for 2 people, $7 for 3 people, & $10 for 4 people. You may choose your variety of expressions & there will be an array of fun hats & silly props available to use for your series of photos.

The fundraising photos will be posted on ***FACEBOOK*** approximately 2 weeks after the event is held, on the group page “I support Kasey K Photo" for YOU to TAG yourself in!!! It can be your new facebook Profile Image or You may also save & print your photos at home if you would like.

Come on over to DDHS tomorrow and get YOUR fun photo taken! We plan on going there and doing it too!

Angel Baby Shrine

"...and a sword will pierce through your own soul also, so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed." Luke 2:35

The above scripture verse is spoken by Simeon to Mary when she and Joseph had brought Jesus to the temple after his birth to be blessed, dedicated and presented to the Lord. Simeon foretold to Mary (although Mary didn't realize it at the time)the anguish and pain she, as Jesus' mother would endure seeing her own son crucified, suffer and die and pierced through the side with a sword.

I can't imagine the kind of pain that Mary and others felt in having to see Jesus suffer so much before His death.

The pain of any parent in the loss of a child is great, horrible, and is the worst kind of heartache I've experienced. It does indeed pierce you to the soul!

So this is my finished shrine to the baby that was born way to early to survive, over 30 years ago, and to all those angel babies that are waiting to be reunited in heaven with their parents and loved ones too. I know I look forward to one day being reunited with my "angel".
Check out 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Reflector Gadget

Today, at Good Will, I had a stalker....

It wasn't something scary though, I myself have stalked another shopper at Good Will before too! *L* I see it happening often with others .... someone finds a really, cool, unique item, and you wish YOU had found the item first, and so, you follow that person to see if they intend to actually buy what they have in their cart, or if they are just thinking about it still, and may put it back on the shelf. I've listened in on conversations as I've stalked another shopper before, listening to hear if they might put the item back or not... and, I've been lucky to be able to grab it up almost before it's back on the shelf..*L* But, that doesn't happen often.

Today, I found this really cool candle holder/reflector, for only $3.99!! As I was walking up and down the aisle looking for more treasures, I could feel someone following me... and then, there he was, right in front of me, confronting me about the newly found treasure..."Are you serious about buying that?", he asked as he pointed to it in my cart. "If you are, I'd give you double the price for it", he said. I had to laugh, and shake my head NO. I told him I was excited to find it and for such a great price, and nope, I wouldn't sell it for even triple the price. *ha!* He shook his head and walked away disappointed.

I'm not sure what I'll do with this's pretty tall, about 20 inches tall. I want to use it in an assemblage, and not just use it for a candle holder...I love how it magnifies so much, and can't wait to find just the right thing to put on it. Pretty cool, eh? *S*

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Another Assemblage on the Workbench...

This one is something that is dear to my heart... it was going to be a shrine-like piece to our baby that is waiting for us in heaven. I had a miscarriage 30 years ago, and I often think of this child of ours, and what it might have been like if he/she had survived. But, time lessens the hurt, but not the memories or dreams of seeing my child again someday. So, here is what I've come up with so far... to me, it looks like a cupid angel right now...guess because it's close to Valentine's Day? *L* ... I created the wings from some feathers & thin leafy things while we were watching the Packer game this afternoon....

GO PACK GO!! On to the Super Bowl! hurrah!!

... still looking for a base and other things to add to my baby shrine... I like it so far. *S*


UPDATE - Monday night, Jan. 24th

I found a stand for my angel baby! ... still working on other things for it ... more to come....

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Unfinished Assemblage... Jonah and the Whale - a work in progress

I've been busy lately with bookkeeping for a couple of businesses, but here is something I am working on. I am thinking of adding some kind of barnacles, and am looking in my stash of stuff for some glass floater things and nets that I KNOW I have here somewhere in this mess of treasures..*L*

I am also thinking of some kind of background to mount this on... but here's a sneak peak so far...

I'm thinking of calling this "Ninevah or Bust"... *lol*...still looking up the Hebrew translation letters for this.


Update ... I used this in a Prayer Experience in August 2011 ... here is the display of the finished piece...

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Gun Sales Soar - New Gun Control Measures

It appears that a lot of people in Arizona, and other States are buying up more guns since the tragic shootings last weekend in Tuscon. Some say it's because they are afraid their gun rights will soon be taken away, others say it's because people are scared and want to protect themselves.

Maybe places will start having gun boxes, in case of emergency, like they now have fire alarm boxes for emergencies?

Except, some measures will be enforced, like you'll have to be 21 years of age in order to break the glass. *sarcastic sigh*

Friday, January 14, 2011

Pressing Issues - Assemblage Installation

I found this old steam iron, and wooden ironing board, and with the headlines and issues facing us all lately, I thought they went together.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Kaleidoscope Jesus - the Hippie Years...

The word "kaleidoscope" is derived from the Ancient Greek καλ(ός) (beauty, beautiful), είδο(ς) (form, shape) and -σκόπιο (tool for examination) – hence the definition; "observer of beautiful forms."

This is a light-hearted assemblage of Jesus as seen through the eyes of the "hippie generation", and examined through one facet of a kaleidoscope view.

At the top is a stain glass kaleidoscope. Inside the paisley papered box is "hippie Jesus" and his dog. Jesus' message of love and peace are found in the poster on the wall, and on the peace symbol he wears. The poster is nailed to the wall with 3 nails, similar to what may have been used in crucifixions. Other symbolic items featured: against the wall behind Jesus - a cross; An old bible leans against a wooden chalice; A key (to the kingdom, perhaps?) lies in front of the bible. A rooster stands in the background, perhaps the cock that crowed three times the day Peter denied Jesus? On the side walls are a sand dollar with a star shape, and on the opposite wall, a dove descends - symbolic of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus was known to be a bit of a rebel, this kind of reminds me of what may have been considered his rebel side when he was in his early 20's or so. I also thought of calling this "Jesus' First Apartment" ...*lol*...but opted for the above title instead.

Anyway, like a kaleidoscope has many different views as it's turned, this is one different view of Jesus that I had fun putting together.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

More Sunday Stuff.... The Delights of Matrimony & a Packer WIN!!

Finally, I've completed an assemblage box.... while watching a nailbiter Packer WIN!!

Yay Packers!! Great game!!

.... And yay me! ... for finally getting some art done!

This one is titled after the caption that is written on the bottom of the porcelain statue that is in it... "The Delights of Matrimony".

It was indeed a GREAT Sunday!!

Grandson Jake's Hockey Game...

It was a fun filled Sunday!

After early Church, John and I headed over to Beloit to watch our grandson, Jake's hockey game. Jake was recently voted as captain of his team, he's a real go-getter, and it's fun to watch him skate and play so well!! We're proud of him, and the other grandsons (Josh and Jeff) too.... "rink-rats" as some call the other kids who come along with parents to watch their sibblings games too... often they just like to hangout with each other and play while the game is going on.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Some great GoodWill hunting....

Since I had to make a trip into the Milwaukee area today to pick up the newsletter, I just, of course, HAD to stop at several Good Will stores along the way too! I was blessed to receive many Good Will Gift Cards for Christmas gifts, and they were burning a hole in my pocket..*L*

Here are a few new treasures I found.... now to get the time to make things with them!! Maybe this weekend?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Some Epiphany "Stars"....

Today is Epiphany... The term epiphany means "to show", "to make known" or "to reveal." In Western churches, it remembers the coming of the wise men (aka the three kings), who followed the star, bringing gifts to visit the Christ child.

Epiphany has theological significance as a teaching tool in the church. The Wise Men or Magi who brought gifts to the infant Jesus were the first Gentiles to acknowledge Jesus as "King" and so were the first to "show" or "reveal" Jesus to a wider world as the incarnate Christ. This act of worship by the Magi, which corresponded to Simeon's blessing that this child Jesus would be "a light for revelation to the Gentiles" (Luke 2:32), was one of the first indications that Jesus came for all people, of all nations, of all races, and that the work of God in the world would not be limited to only a few.

So, tonight, we had an Epiphany Feast of Lights service with the Sunday School kids singing and signing several songs, followed by a party for all.

The kids did a GREAT job and had fun too!!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Church Renovations Continue....

It's been awhile since I posted some photos from the major renovations happening at the church we attend, and where I work. We had a small tour of the work that has been done thus far after Church today. The web of scaffolding is now gone from the Nave of the Church, the decorative painting on the ceilings and around the windows are done too.

The new side entryway is coming along nicely too and matches the front entryway pretty well!

They've taken more out of the kitchen...

Still a whole lot to complete, the chapel, flooring all over, the offices, sunday school rooms, elevator, parish hall, and more... I highly doubt we'll be moved back in there before March 1st (more like the end of March probably)?

I started packing up some of my office things, and youth ministry things about a year ago already....It's been a looooooooong year of getting packed up, moved out, and waiting to get back in. Can't wait until it's all completed, and maybe we can get back to normal?...whatever normal is?! *lol*