Sarah Stetler Miller. Fine Art, Mixed Media, Fabric Art, Paper-crafts, Quilting, Child of God.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Top of the morning to you! It is before noon here so I guess it is still morning. Being an Irishwomen I enjoy this day, but I don't drink and corned beef is not my fave. We will have sauerkraut (cabbage) with our brats tonight. LOL

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

This gave me encouragement today.

Born Blind
by Ryan Duncan, Crosswalk.com Entertainment Editor
"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” – John 9:3
One of my favorite Bible stories appears in John 9, where Jesus heals a man born blind. Take a moment to read the following:
As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world." Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes. "Go," he told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam"(this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. – John 9:1-8 
Every time I read this, I can’t help but wonder what went through the mind of the blind man when he heard Jesus. All his life people have been telling him he’s cursed, that his blindness is punishment for some sin his family committed. Then, in a single moment, Christ turns his world around. Not only does he absolve him of guilt in front of the disciples, he announces that God is going to display his glory through a blind man’s life. Many people read this story and think it’s all about how Jesus healed his sight, but I believe it’s more about how Christ restored his soul.
Too often we Christians are like the Pharisees of old. We look at people, find something in their life that isn’t quite perfect, and make a note of how much they "need God." What we’re really saying is, "Look at how messed up this person is, you know it’s because they’ve turned away from God." Just like the disciples did. If you ever find yourself tempted to think that, beware. While the story of John 9 ends with one man receiving sight, it also ends with some who are still blind.           
“Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" "Who is he, sir?" the man asked. "Tell me so that I may believe in him." Jesus said, "You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you." Then the man said, "Lord, I believe," and he worshiped him. Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind." – John 9:35-39 
Intersecting Faith and Life: “The gospel declares that no matter how dutiful or prayerful we are, we can't save ourselves. What Jesus did was sufficient.” ~Brennan Manning

Friday, January 31, 2014

Organize

I had told myself in Dec. that I would clean out, purge and organize my studio the first of the year. Well, being the last day of January I started!! Yahoo. I makes me sort of nuts to have any kind of  disorganization especially in my studio. I have paintings in my head, art journaling rumbling around in there also that are waiting patiently to come to fruition. I have two vintage suitcases that I put my felt, and wool pieces into. The smaller one may hold my wool applique supplies in it. They are cute, and could be cuter if I re-lined them inside.Another project?? I own a new serger that needs a nice spot to hang out, so it will feel part of my family of machines. I will, notice the positive spin I started this sentence with? I will clean out the extra fabric in my closet. I have been collecting patterns and fabric to make/design some clothes for myself. Doing that would eliminate a large tote. Then I could fill it up with new fabric.That is how it is done isn't it? Use the old, get new fabric!! I am still quilting and did a new applique for Feb. you can see it here. It would make a cute card front with punches.
Happy February tomorrow!!

Monday, January 20, 2014

lunch

I had lunch with four of my friends today. We used to stamp together but had decided we all had so much "stuff" we would take a reprieve, but we missed having lunch together. It was a nice time and decent food. I have to admit I'm getting tired of the Longhorn restaurant. I have a wall hanging to show you. I it for made for January. It is blanket stitched applique, pieced and quilted. I already have a new one made for Feb. which I'll show you then. I hope the winds stop here asap. Over 60 mph winds play havoc with my roof! I have loose shingles all over my yard.
Stay warm everyone.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

I found you again!

I know this sounds stupid, but I lost my blog for a time. I know, I know how did I do that? Well, I don't know. But I have to switch browsers to get here. Dec. was a total blur for me....literally. I developed a cataract in my left eye due to the surgery I had last March for the hole in my eye. The first half of Dec. I was sick from trying a new RA drug, that I can't take now, I had a dermatology appointment that resulted in stitches for a benign bump, and a benign mole removed. Then I had eye surgery, then it was Christmas. I had to actually write an IOU letter  to my son and his wife for their main gift. After Christmas we moved my 90 year old Dad to an assisted living home. Now, I think I need a vacation. Happy New Year!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Time??

 Well, my friends Oct. is half over and you know what that means? The holidays will be here soon.
I have a favor to ask. My father will turn 90 on Nov. 3.and I want to have a ton of cards sent to him. He has Alzheimer's but loves to get mail. If you could send him a card I know you would make an old man very happy and I'd be so grateful.
His name and address:
James B. Kerr
2620 Holiday Ln. #106
Rapid City, SD 57702

Thanks so much!

Friday, August 30, 2013

I am alive

Well, I'm sure some of you may have thought I fell off the edge of the world. Surprise! I'm alive!
Since, I have been off all my RA medicine since Spring (because it lowered my immune system so much I was sick every six to seven weeks) my RA disease is progressing again. I have to make a decision whether I take the RA meds and get sick so often or to be in pain and fatigue with further joint damage. After my eye surgery in March, and being sick so much I just didn't do much, and then I found out that if I stay off the computer and social medias I could create during the times when I do feel better. So, I made a few quilts, wall hangings, pincushions,felt ornaments and working on my art journal. You know me I have many artistic ideas roaming around my head, but I don't have the energy to do everything,so I decided to use my energy on my art instead of being on the computer. I'm on now because I'm waiting for Dateline to start...and I have been thinking about everyone here.

This is the top of my "women of courage" quilt. I have done a block of the month for the last year and just finished the top. I have to put on the border and then quilt it. It is really big compared to the other quilts I have made. You should see the back where you can see all the little pieces that went into some of these blocks.
Happy Labor Day!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sorry

Hi bloggers,
I'm sorry I have been gone so much. I was sick again, and I got a new computer with Windows 8 which makes me not want to get on-line much. Now, since I'm off all my RA medicines (because I have been sick so much) My RA is kicking my butt. Wow, it is such an effort to get out of bed and stay out of bed and aspirin is just not cutting it for my joint pain.I work a little bit on some quilting and stop, then do a little something else and then stop. I think you get the idea. I hope all you mom's had a great Mother's Day.
It has gotten so hot here I had to turn on the AC yesterday and the allergens in the air are terrible. Stay inside and do art!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Fabric covered Easter eggs

I covered paper mache' eggs with strips of fabric and lots of Mod Podge. I then found out I'm allergic to Mod Podge....bummer. I guess I'll ware gloves and a mask next time. Since, I am doing art journals I use that medium and acrylic paint. I hope everyone had a blessed Easter and Passover.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Have a Blessed Good Friday

Thank the Lord for what He did for us.

Fabric carrots

I have some Boyd's hares and I thought they needed some carrots. These were easy peasy to make.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Lil' Twister Cross quilt

I started this project before my eye surgery and finished it after. I should tell you it gave me fits, I had to rip out so many times I considered giving it up.
It looks like I need to block it.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Monster tooth fairy pillow

I made this for my grandson, as he is losing teeth left and right.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

table runners

I made these for St. Patrick's day.

I kept the one on the bottom for myself.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I am heads up again!

After nine very long painful days, I was given the okay to lift my head today. My Dr. said I'm healing very well. God is so good, and thank you for all your prayer and kind thoughts. I can still see the bubble in my eye, but I was assured it will disappear. It is really sort of hard looking through it, but at least I can raise my head again! Happy first day of Spring and happy heads up day for me!!!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

In two hours

I just wanted to say I'll be MIA for a couple of weeks. I have my eye surgery in a couple of hours. Stay creative!
Hugs,

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Change your clocks

Don't forget to change your clocks tonight ahead 1 hour.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Easter Card

This is another card I made at Peggy's on Monday.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Birthday Card

I made this at Peggy's yesterday. I added a crinkle seam binding. Love the colors.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Happy March 1

I know this sounds cliche' but does this year seem to be going by quickly? Anyway have a happy creative day.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Brave Girl Club

I think I told you about some on-line classes I was taking? Brave Girls Club is a group/ class in mixed media, art journaling and restoring one's soul. So far it is really good, I may have to play catch up once I'm able to move my head after the surgery. I have little brown lunch bags for my "truth" cards. I have mostly gesso-ed my journals to prepare them for collage, paint and stamping. I have been collecting ephemera for a long time for doing this type of art. If you have seen any mixed ,media you probably saw lots of "she-art" with girls with wings and their heads tilted, or some are just sort of spooky... I think. My ideas are more "sunny" in nature and hopefully more positive. Photos to come when I finally get to work on it again.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Eye Surgery

Well, I have been blessed most of my life with good sight. I only needed funky reading glasses for close up work or reading for the past 20 years. When I turned 60 I had to go to a progressive lens for every day. I bought the funkiest glasses I could find. I bought dark tortoise shell round glasses...think "like" Harry Potter, even though I've never read or watched Harry. It was nice to not have to go looking for a pair of my reading glasses whenever I needed them,and I had them all over the house. In January I started having trouble with my vision. I couldn't believe my eyes had gotten so bad just from Oct. I called my ophthalmologist and then they finally had me come in for a looksey. I have a torn/hole in my left retina that has to be fixed. So, on March 12 I have surgery. But get this, afterward for two weeks I have to keep my head down and lay on my stomach to sleep!! I asked them if this treatment was left over from the 18th century? It seems I will have a gas bubble implanted in my eye to push against the repaired hole. It needs to push against the hole, and will just dissipate by itself. I'm honestly sort of disturbed about this, since I have RA and Fibro and I'm not too excited about having more pain in my life from sleeping in an awkward position, or looking down for 2 weeks. I could use some prayer if you are so inclined? I believe it will be much better than going blind in that eye.I have confidence in God to take care of my every need, but extra prayer is always a good thing.
Thanks and blessings to you.

Friday, February 22, 2013

eye surgery

Hi ya'll I just found out the trouble I have been having with my eye is a hole in my retina. I'll have to have eye surgery that will fix it...I hope. I have to confess that it makes me a little nervous about having my eye cut up. I guess it is better than going blind in that eye.
I hope the recovery time will not be long because I have a few projects that need to be completed.
Thanks,

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I'm caught up on my BOM

If you didn't know "BOM" stands for block of the month. I'm doing the Women of Courage quilt. I make two blocks each month until Aug.
I have up-loaded my blocks so far.







Thanks for looking.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine Table Runner





I made my kids some Valentine table runners, mine is the red and white runner.