Thoughts about Easter

(Topics: Grief and Anxiety, mental health, Easter/Religion, cemeteries) Hi Friends, The other day, I spent the day with Charlie. I have been feeling really, really sad and overwhelmed lately. Sometimes, when I’m feeling heavy, it’s very hard for me to figure out why – and knowing why makes it easier for me to either live

Designing a Church Website: Thoughts from a “younger” person

Designing a Church Website Thoughts from a “younger” person Who is this “younger” person? I say “younger” because I’m no longer in my twenties… but I’m generally still within the age group that a lot of churches say they want to attract to their church. These are some thoughts and suggestions I have, based on

Beautiful Chapel Decorations

(Topic: Religious symbols, fabric crafting, design) Dear Friends, Remember a few months ago, I did a series of posts about a set of three banners, including a follow-up post? In the follow-up, I had pictures of some banners that inspired me. I don’t remember if I said, but they were in the Valparaiso University Chapel.

Church Banner Triptych Set

Hi Friends! Now that you’ve seen the 3 banners for church develop individually, I’d like to explain a little more about the inspirations, and also tell you some of the hidden secrets! A stained glass window at church, with some of the symbols of Rocco: Hat, dog, staff. One of the inspirations was too look

Church Banner – St. Andrew

Sketch for St. Andrew banner Hi Friends, This banner was fun but oh, so much harder to put onto fabric what I had in my head!!! As you can see in the sketch above, St. Andrew (a fisherman) is being represented in a nautical way, with a large fish in the center. To begin with,

Church Banner – St. Rocco

Banner plan sketch detail. Hi Friends, The second banner I worked on for church represents St. Rocco. Unlike the St. James, who I already posted about, and St. Andrew (yet to come), Rocco was alive in the 1300s, and this means that part of my research could be in medieval manuscripts! Fun! In fact, this

Church Banner – St. James

Hi Friends, Last year, our parish priest requested that I make a three-banner set for the church, representing 3 saints that are important to that church. Based on when he asked me and how soon he wanted them ready for display, I agreed to try to have them finished by the saint’s day for each