For those who asked about the hard-to-see thing on our baptismal gown, yes, it's an embroidered cross. The gown isn't a family heirloom. My mother had it made for me by a lovely woman in Pennsylvania when we were expecting our first baby. I tried hard to find her website, but it is no longer on the web. She must have gone out of business. That's too bad, but I know Cheryl could easily whip one of these out for anyone who's looking for a special, hand embroidered christening dress.
A while back I mentioned doing a mini re-decorating of our bedroom, to make it more summery. It was red and beige and heavy before, and now it's blue and white in light cotton and linen (I love the casual wrinkles of linen). The room now feels cool and breezy and calm and we've been enjoying it all summer.
But the room needs some artwork. We have almost all religious artwork in the house, all of it traditional. So I want to fill the huge empty wall opposite our bed with something more contemporary - a large canvas of pale greys and blues and greens.
Given that we can't afford the several-thousand-dollar canvases we saw last weekend at a local art festival (and I probably wouldn't spend my money that way even if I could), I thought I'd give it a try myself on a small canvas.
Now, don't laugh. I admit it's not good art. OK, it's not even art. I see all the brush mistakes and I know I didn't coat it with gesso before painting. But for a first try it was certainly fun, and affordable! I'm thinking with a little more practice I should be able to achieve a canvas suitable for the bedroom. It will be much softer, and more gray than the turquoisey one above. I'll keep you posted on how it goes, so long as you don't ask me where I get these crazy ideas!
Last, but not least, the gratuitous baby picture: