Well this would’ve been nice to know about before Christmas…

… but better late than never! Wendy Tsao of Child’s Own Studio makes soft toys based on children’s drawings – “each one as unique as the child who drew it”. This is such a clever idea that obviously requires a lot of talent and skill. Can you imagine the look on a child’s face after receiving a soft toy that they themselves designed?

What a great concept! Go see more of Wendy’s work now, I bid you!

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“Saint Joan of Arc” by The Catholic Science Geek

I found this wonderful art over at The Catholic Science Geek’s blog. So, it turns out that not only is she a super-smart scientist chick; she’s one hell of an awesome artist! Sharpie pens and colored pencil… are you kidding me?! This depiction of St. Joan of Arc (Patron Saint of Badass, as the CSG refers to her) undoubtedly makes oils on canvas jealous. And her reflections on the valiant saint would seem appropriate for any era, but feel particularly pertinent in this age we face now. Great work, CSG, keep it up!

“Saint Joan of Arc” by The Catholic Science Geek

A thing of beauty

Even though the  Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux has passed, I wanted to share something my Czar-husband and I received from gracious blogger, Russ Rentler. Leading up to the feast day, Russ created a third class relic by touching a piece of clothe to a first class relic of St. Therese. He then placed a part of the clothe into a holy card of the Saint and laminated the card, so as to preserve the relic and keep it perfectly secure, forever a part of this beautiful presentation.

The fact that we received this relic is marvelous in and of itself, but I also wanted to note the beauty and care by which it came to us. Thank you, Russ, for aiding us in our devotion to this wonderful saint!

Prayer to St. Therese

O Lord, who hast said: “Unless you become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven;” grant us, we beseech thee, so to walk in the footsteps of thy blessed virgin Therese with a humble and single heart, that we may attain to everlasting rewards: who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

Cool stuff I wish I made…

So, someone actually went out and found all these lovely elements, put them together, and used a pretty nice camera to capture it all (sure, I know there was some photoshopping too). Unless you have some sort of strange aversion to Matrix-like interiors; this delicate grouping is pure sweetness! Wish it were mine..