It is important that we count our blessings every day and not just around Thanksgiving time. Life gets busy, obligations get in the way and sometimes we lose sight of what's really important. As long as we can give and receive love, we are kind and understanding with one another, and we can joyfully give of ourselves and our gifts freely into the world, to me, those are the blessings that will be returned and then multiplied in our own daily lives. Wow, this has gotten WAY too deep for a tile posting :) Sorry. Please allow me to continue:
To honor that, here is a "Blessings" trivet/tile I created with a Thanksgiving theme in mind. Thanksgiving is, and always has been, my favorite holiday. Maybe it's yours too. Imagine bringing this tile to someones home as a way of saying thank you for all you do and have done for me in my life. Thank you for all the wonderful meals you've cooked and all the ways you've been a true blessing in my life. What could be better or kinder than that? Now, can you pass the pie?
If you saw my previous tile posting, you now know that I'm now adding a few videos to some of my bloggings. These videos are still in the very rough stages of production and it's painfully obvious, they're not scripted. I suppose the more I do, the better they'll get. In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy and be somewhat entertained by these little snippets of "how-to" videos.
This specific tile was ordered so it could be brought as a hostess gift for Thanksgiving dinner. Because each tile is totally hand painted, as hard as I try to duplicate the original design, each one winds up with their own unique personality and style, making them a totally one of a kind custom piece. I think that is a blessing onto itself :)
Once the background is totally dry, I continue layering the detail. Let's start with dessert first, shall we?
I apologize for the glare in the upcoming photos. It's getting dark outside and I have to now rely on overhead lighting to complete my work for the evening.
Let there be light you say? How about we add some candles to this tile, that ought to work..once they're lit!
The good thing about this lighting is that now you can really see the gold burnishing of the background. It really gives this tile a nice warm glow, don't you think?
It's all about the detail and this tile isn't finished quite yet. Using a long haired script brush, my favorite part of any tile is the outlining of the detail. Someday soon I'll show you how I do that on video too (once I have a tripod to help me out). To me the outlining really makes a piece "pop" with definition.
And the completed piece:
After completion, each tile receives a heat safe mat seal coat and the back is then painted to coordinate with the design. Felt or plastic "feet" are then attached to protect your table and counter tops if you should choose to use your tile as an actual working trivet.
Just for you to reference, here are the two tiles next to each other. The one on the left is the original, the one on the right is the one I showed you here.
Another blessing is that my tiles keep improving the more I do them. Practice makes..."better". I've happily come to realize that "perfect" is an unobtainable illusion and this realization has been one of the biggest blessings I could hope for in my life!
I hope you've enjoyed your visit here and that maybe I've inspired you in someway. What are the blessings you hold most dear to your heart? I'd love to hear, if you'd like to share. Who knows who you'll inspire?