Perfect Now

“The universe is, instant by instant, recreated anew. There is in truth no past, only a memory of the past. Blink your eyes, and the world you see next did not exist when you closed them. Therefore, the only appropriate state of the mind is surprise. The only appropriate state of the heart is joy. The sky you see now, you have never seen before. The perfect moment is now. Be glad of it.” ~Terry PratchettCloudy Water Leaf by OliveLoaf Design

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Adjusting Sails

Here is a completed paper mache sailing ship with fabric sails. Up-cycled cereal box, paper bags, newspaper & denim; string, dowels, glue, embroidery & acrylic paint. I will be making more of these. So inspiring to try new techniques as this is based on a pattern/design by my idol, artist Ann Wood. Having one of those weeks…wish it was life size so I could sail away.

Paper Mache Ship by OliveLoaf Design

“She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.” ~Elizabeth Edwards

Paper Mache Sailing Ship by OliveLoaf Design

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Fall Findings Wreath

Originally posted on OliveLoaf Design:

I saw this cool autumn wreath wreath how-to over at and I just had to give it a try.

Mr. D and I  go wandering into the forests around le homestead quite often and we collect all kinds of souvenirs from mother nature. I rounded up some of these findings and few other doo-dads, picked up a cheap vine-y, stick-wreath at a craft store and grabbed the glue gun…

Forest Findings by OliveLoaf Design

I had moss, tree bark, pine-cones, twisted sticks, dried hibiscus blooms, feathers, acorns, sweet gum seed pods, ribbons and twine…even an abandoned bird nest. Et viola!

fall findings wreath by oliveloaf design

It’s a pretty nifty seasonal wreath for your door or wherever – {but probably not meant for indoor use} Happy Fall Y’all!

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Port Bow View

I finally completed the paper mache sailing ship and took it to the lake for a photo shoot. Conditions were perfect for sailing and the jib & boom are strong. Although the little ship is just for display, I believe it was ready to head windward!. Here’s a sneaky peek of the port bow…and that’s all I can show you until it arrives to its home dock. ⚓

Sailboat by OliveLoaf Design

{Art & Photo: OliveLoaf Design}