Tag: Crafts

sun on a painting

sun on a painting
from a thrift store
calls my attention
to look again

over time the picture
may fade a little
and change

become a new version
unique to this home

other days
the sun too bright
and long

I think things through
what can fade
what should stay
the same

December 2018

Ellen Grace Olinger

Tulip Watercolor is courtesy of Reusable Art.

new ideas

There is the feeling of some success in an area where we have some experience. Though usually we discover there is so much more to learn. So we stay humble, interested, growing.

I said to Karl that with the variety of arts and crafts shows I am watching, that information I am absorbing now may bear fruit later, even years later.

Today though I began a journal where I am drawing pictures that could become blog posts, quilts, paintings. A collage. Thought I’d begin with materials already in the house.

Mornings have one kind of energy, and afternoons another, for me. Many ways to use the time well.

When I was young, I took a sewing class. I painted, did needlework, and knit scarves. Good to learn again, and again.

Image: wpclipart

warmth on a cold day

warmth on a cold day
sweaters and blankets
from thrift stores

warmth on a cold day
books and poetry journals
on shelves and a new book
on the kitchen table
from yesterday’s mail

One of the nice aspects of blogging is that I’ve learned of books by poets that are not always sold in stores – and we only have a few bookstores in our area. I also have ordered books recommended by notes and reviews in poetry print journals. Time Of Singing and WestWard Quarterly are two examples. Both journals have published poems from my blogs, and I am grateful. All works together.

I no longer review books, yet am grateful every day for the books on my shelves and by my chair. It is nice to have interests – blogs and books – that I know can stay with me through the years. When I have not been able to read, my heart has been full.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Orange Flower Border is by Margaret Armstrong
and courtesy of Reusable Art.

the trees the light the sky

As wonderful as the colors of October are, I always feel blessed by November. I sit and read, as so often in my small study. How simple the view now. The trees the light the sky and words.

And as a creative note, I am enjoying Wisconsin Life, hosted by Angela Fitzgerald; along with other shows on PBS. So many good programs, about food, nature, arts and crafts.

Birch Tree Leaves is by Rex Vicat Cole and courtesy of Reusable Art.