Thursday, March 2, 2017

Soul Searching

 As we enter the season of Lent, I am doing a bit of soul searching. Why am I writing this blog? I tell myself it is to "connect with other crafters;" but in reality it is to see if I can gather a following. It's about affirmation of my abilities. It's about acceptance. Inspired by the teachings of Brother Lawrence, during lent I will not post here on The Underground blog. I will still craft but with reflection on the purpose. If I feel the joy and peace, as did Brother Lawrence, I will either take the blog down or take it in a different direction.

To help me stay focused, each week of Lent I will make an inspirational flag to hang in my kitchen to remind me of what I am seeking.

As winter gives way to spring and the earth comes to life with new growth, may you experience new growth in your creativity.

Sunday, February 26, 2017


When I was invited to participate in a Facebook prayer flag project, of course I said yes! The objective was to promote positive thoughts in today’s stressful environment; thus The Positive Prayer Flag Swap. The basic instructions were to make the traditional 8X5-inch prayer flags from the Prayer Flag Project. We were asked to be non-political and avoid religious statements. The rest was left to our imagination and creativity. So I got out fabric, buttons, burlap, paint and such. I fired up the Silhouette Portrait and printer. And did I ever have fun! I mailed these 12 flags which will be swapped with flags from other crafters/artists throughout the country.

I love using prayer flags as a way to try different techniques and products. (Culling my collection of fabric, buttons, ribbon and lace is a bonus.) Here are my favorites from the batch I mailed.
Applique using Silhouette Portrait

Painted fabric, stamping
Coloring book page scanned and printed, quote printed on fabric
Painted fabric, stamping

I have been making prayer flags for about five years. Sometimes they are for family or friends that are ill or bereaved, sometimes they are for celebrations of new homes, jobs, or babies, and sometimes they are for life changing events like graduations, marriage or retirement. I most often make a card with a photo of the flag which I send to the person for whom I am saying a prayer.
I love watching them sway in the breeze. 

As you can see, some have been hanging in the outdoors for quite a while and some are new additions.

Can’t wait to see the creativity in the flags I receive from the swap!