There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends.
I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.
~ Jane Austen

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Altered Art Gift Tags

I worked in the defense contracting business for 28 years supporting military programs.
My worked consisted of a lot of travel both US and International supporting these programs. My responsibilities included financial review and analysis of government contracts and program requirements. I really loved the challenge of reviewing existing cost data and new projected costs based on the program requirements. Did I mention that one of the programs I supported was the USN F/A-18 program?

When I was diagnosed with Lupus...my fatigue and pain was so unbearable. It took about 10 years of doctor appointments to finally get a diagnosis. So why am I telling you this story you ask? Well, going from being very busy and active with a wonderful job to doing nothing but staying home and sleeping...looking at my four walls...day time TV sucks...I needed to find an outlet for me. Something to do at home that would allow me to create and still be able to rest when needed. That is how I started with altered art. This allowed me to use the vintage finds that I had been collecting for years not knowing what the heck I was going to use this stuff for in the future. Maybe God does have a plan and works that plan on you when you aren't even aware of it. Well, needless to say I had lots of vintage lace, fabrics, and buttons.

So today I returned to my roots of altered art making some handmade gift tags. I just listed these lovelies in my Etsy shop.

Wishing you a wonderful and creative day!
Hugs, Sharon

8 comments:

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

And these are real beauties. I was like you, I thought when I lost my job because of RA I was done. But now I know it was all in Gods plan for me. I may not get to have what I want, but I always seem to have what I need. And that is all he promised.
Hugs and have a great day!
Pat

Tracy said...

They are beautiful, Sharon! You do such lovely work. :)

Creative Breathing said...

Sharon, Thank you for sharing your story with us. I love the idea of your previous work. All that orderliness required! I can see that side of you in your work. It is so beautifully thought out and structured with balance in mind. The two go hand in hand I think! No dull four walls for you my friend! Elizabeth

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi Sharon,
WOW that was some job you had!!!
I should read up on Lupus as I don't know much about it.
Your tags are awesome!!! You have so much talent!
Warmly,
Deb :)

Shirley said...

I really like your tags. They say that God only gives us what we can handle and he is there when we need him most. Take care.

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

I am wishing you a beautiful day tomorrow. I hope you feel well and other able to create. You have a very beautiful gift. You are using it for the Glory of our Lord. Your creations bring sunshine and happiness to so many as well as your sweet and giving heart.....smiles...m.

VintageCrafter said...

You are so very talented! I love all of your wonderful tags. Do you ship to Canada?
Creativity is such a gift :)
You are so inspiring...Keep on crafting those amazing pieces of altered art!
*smiles*
Carol

Barbara Jean said...

Love what you are doing with the lace and all.

beautiful. blessings

barbara jean