Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Whimsey Wednesday

Are you mad for color?
Does brilliance send your senses reeling?
Is gazing on vibrant hues like water to a thirsty soul?

Hi! My name is Judy Goddard and I designed and painted this cane because I am mad for color!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

IA Weekly Challenge: Wedding

I met a lovely lady at the Sugarloaf Craft Festival in Somerset, NJ, in March. Her son is being married this Saturday. She was using a cane as she walked around and looked at all the lovely items offered for sale.

She particularly enjoyed looking at my canes and when I learned about the upcoming wedding I offered to make her a cane to match her "mother of the groom" gown.

The gown is floor length, deep navy blue and is covered with crystal beads cascading down in garlands of flowers and vining leaves.

I knew she wanted something that reflected the design on the gown, but not as "much", something that she would be proud of on the day and be able to use afterward as well.

I mailed it to her a couple of weeks ago and, according to her, I got it

"Just right!"

And THAT is my delight!!

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Monday, April 25, 2011

The Nautical Cane

This is my second nautical themed cane. A friend from church asked me to design for his dad for Christmas. And this one was designed for a lady in town who met me at a craft show. Since I've always lived within 10 miles of the beach I guess I should have thought sooner of sea related designs. Sometimes my independant artist streak, not wanting to do what everyone else is doing, get in my way!

So, now I've listed one in my shop, Leaning on the Promises
Price; $50.00 ships anywhere in the USA

Friday, April 22, 2011

IA Weekly Challenge: Angels

Christmas, several years ago. I based it on a felt wall hanging I made for my church back in the 1980s.

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Today I paint a bridal shower card!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Here Comes......

Well, here he is. The Easter gorilla has been caught, yet again, by the sunrise on Easter morning and he still hasn't finished his rounds!

It's hard work, you know, being the Easter gorilla! Who can blame him for taking a few minutes here and there to rest his feet and have just a little snack?

So, if, when you go and hunt for the Easter eggs he's hidden for you, you'll probably find a couple that are a little cracked. He's prone to be all thumbs. And if your chocolate bunny is missing an ear, you'll know the Easter gorilla has been there!

But remember! It's Easter! And the Son has risen!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Meet My Godmother

This is my Godmother. She's not the one I was given when I was christened as a baby. That was Aunt Louise, who was a lovely person, I'm sure, although I don't really know because I never really knew her.
Joan Santomenna is the mother God gave me when I was 14 years old. My dearly loved Mommy was sick all of my life and really incapable of taking proper care of me as I entered adolescence.

I came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ in Joan and Rol's livingroom. She guided me around, and sometimes through, the pitfalls of teenage life. And at the center of every conversation was Jesus. The answer to every question was the Lord. Every situation, every dilemma was brought before the throne of God. That's not to say that I was always prepared, or that life always flowed and there were never any waves. But she always reminded me to turn to the Lord with any problem.

Two years ago Joan treated her husband, my beloved Rol, to a cruise through the Panama Canal. Having been through a difficult health situation, she asked me to paint a cane for her to use on the voyage.

Everyone who saw it commented and before I knew it friends were asking me to make canes for them! Thus was born;

Leaning On The Promises, hand painted puzzle canes.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Angel Faces Charity Auction begins May 1st.

I am a member of a club of wonderful artists in a team called Inspiration Avenue.

We are a small and faithful band dedicated each to her own artistic vision, as well as to helping to nurture and promote the art of the others in our team.

Last year Inspiration Avenue held a charity auction for Angel Faces, a non profit orginization that helps young women whose faces have been disfigured. Our second charity auction begins on May 1, 2011. Members of Inspiration Avenue are donating items from their Etsy shops.

My shop,
Leaning on the Promises, is donating this puzzle cane.

Beginning May 1st, you can visit Inspiration Avenue and place bids on items through May 7, at noon.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

IA: Roald Dahl

Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but, didn't Willie Wonka sport a fine walking stick? I'm pretty sure he did!

Wouldn't he have loved one of mine?!?

Fortunately for you, you can get one!

my Etsy shop and pick out the one that suits you. Or contact me and I'll make you the cane of your dreams!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Whimsey Wednesday: Aunt and Uncle Beast's 60th Anniversary

Aunt and Uncle Beast are neither beasts, nor are they our aunt and uncle. They are, in fact, the parents of a high school friend. When I was newly married we became friends with Walter and Marlyn and when I became pregnant we asked them what they would like our children to call them. Marlyn piped right up with, "Aunt and Uncle Beast!"

Aunt Beast is a character in the Madelyn L'Engle book, "A Wrinkle in Time." She was an alien on a distant planet who had many arms and was covered in soft, warm, brown fur.

One year, for Christmas, I did a cross stitch picture of Aunt Beast, (this time a crocodile) and Uncle Beast, (this time a brown furry beaveresque animal). They have treasured it.

So, when we were invited to help celebrate their 60th wedding aniversary I knew just what to do! No gifts were permitted but who could argue with a card?


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Manchester Township, New Jersey, United States
My nane is Judy and I've been a christian for more than 3/4 of my life. I believe in redemption through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, that God, the Spirit lives in me and gives me the power to do His will and to live a joyful life. I have a Godly husband, a grown son and daughter. I live on a farm with 3 goats, 2 chickens, 2 horses, a cat, a dog and a python. I am an artist and a singer. I was a full time stay at home mom, the hardest job you'll ever love! I have two handmade shops on Etsy. Leaning on the Promises (Hand Painted Walking Canes) and Beaver Creek Pottery and an Etsy shop for selling Vintage and Antiques. Jersey Pine Pickers I post about my relationship with God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, about the things He teaches me, delights me with and how He uses me.