Saturday, December 25, 2010

Putz Christmas Houses

May your home be blessed and full of joy!
I wanted to send joy and a personal blessing to my family members' homes.
My husband and I  actually got into this project and finished one of my goals this Christmas! I wanted to make a whole village of Putz Christmas Houses.  These were gifted to family.

I even made a sculpey angel to go along with the set for my Mom, an avid doll collector.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

New work - "But I wanted a Pony"

  But I Wanted a Pony"
©Original by Janie Mills
26" x 30" acrylic on unmounted canvas scoured for vintage effect.  This precious little girl was painted from a early 1900's photo of a special family friend, now deceased. She was quite a character! I hope you are pleased, Jennie. (Jennie Gauntt)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

New work - "Moonlight Dewdrops"

With heavy thoughts for our oceans, I have begun a Madonna series. 
This Madonna is the keeper of the pearls. Arabic legend says that pearls were formed when dewdrops filled with moonlight fell into the ocean and were swallowed by oysters.
Click here to see more images and purchasing information.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

New work-"Angel Unaware"

  ©"Angel Unaware"

It is pure joy that I offer another original-11" x 14" Acrylic/Oil Painting on stretched canvas of a cemetery sculpture.
Go to gallery for purchase.

Don't look for obscure formulas or mystery in my work. It is pure joy that I offer you. Look at my sculptures until you see them. Those closest to God have seen them." 
  Brancusi on Seeing his art -

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Favorite Blog Post

 Seth, over at The Altered Page, is hosting his annual "Buried Treasure" collaboration 


I submitted One of my favorite blog posts as a celebration of my upcoming 36th wedding anniversary!

Originally Posted on Saturday, February 23, 2008

Leaving a gift of fragrance

Almost every morning of our 34 years of marriage, I have awakened to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Alongside the pot awaits a tiny china cup and saucer. Not a travel mug, never a hefty mug, nor, heaven- forbid, a plastic cup. Instead, patiently waiting for me to awaken, is a beautifully hand-painted, heirloom cup*. It’s just a cup, a simple gesture, a daily, unconditional token.

Most of the time, it's the simple joys that make my heart full.
“How delightful is your love! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice!” Solomon 4:9-11
*Pictured above: Nannie's (My husband's great grandmama) china- in all it's glory-with it's chips and stains. We do not save it for special days, we use it to make every day special. We do not store it up in safe-keeping, for, we only have today.

Original painting © by Janie Mills -"Leaving a gift of Fragrance" acrylic on canvas      

Monday, July 12, 2010

Old is New, yet again

I just returned from visiting my parents in West  Texas. I had not traveled the "back roads" in many years.

I was struck by the change in the landscape through the years of my absence.  While I am well aware that Texas windmills have become few and far between, and that this old method of utilizing wind for power was left behind to rust - leaving snaggle-tooth skeletons, I didn't expect this .

I expected a few wind turbines, but there were miles and miles of fields - filled with rows and rows- as far as the eye could see.  I guess, sometimes returning to the old ways work after all!

Here's another old method - Texas Oil Wells - I just had to post these since people always ask me if we, Texans, have oil wells in our back yards.  Well, yes, some actually do!

Do you have photos of other old methods - made new?  Send them here to post.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

New wire forms

Check out this link: Sacred Art Supplies  for New products added:

                 New Wire Hat Stands- 
  Fun for showing off those hand knitted or vintage hats!

         New Wire Easels-
Show off your creative works!

New wire Basket-
         Great for a paint organizer!
New wire Baby Carriage-
New wire Stork - 
        Fun for Baby  Showers !

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Vintage Holy Card

With the warmth of the divine rays, I cultivate in my heart the great virtue of humility. Bouasse Jeune

Monday, June 14, 2010

Loot from the Gem and Jewelry Show

I came home with a heavy tote bag full from the International Gem and Jewelry Show here in Houston. Never mind that I had all the same supplies in my studio back in Wisconsin that hasn't been shipped to me yet.  So, I had no choice.  I had to go buy all the same supplies! Right?  I couldn't wait to sort all the beautiful strings of glistening crystals, the smooth pearls, the sheets of copper, and just whack something- anything- with my new ball peen hammer.  Yes, I have all kinds of fun tools back at the house.  But.....  I am tired of waiting for them. A girl can never have too many (duplicate) tools!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

2010 Galveston Sandcastle Competition

Here's a little peek at last weekend's annual Sandcastle Competition sponsored by The American Institution of Architects.  My husband's office competed by presenting "Alice in Galveston land".  While we went to participate in the work, we actually participated in drinking and visiting. 
Did I mention it was H-O-T !!!  I told you it would take awhile to acclimate!  That's my excuse for not working - and I'm sticking to it!

Of course, while we were there I had to get a few shots.

Then I had to do a little Photoshop play! 
Would you like for me to demonstrate in a tutorial as to how to get this effect?  
                   "Look for Beauty in all things"  

Friday, June 4, 2010


Janie Mills - "Sacred Art Images"
(formerly "Nest")
has now re-opened
here in Texas.

"The humble and the little ones"
I can never be far from my Nest!!

I have been busy finding new vendors and working on new designs. 
New items have been added, new sections have been designed, and there will be new items added regularly.
Now available

Coming soon 
 New Tote Bags, New Journals, New Nichos, New Pillows, more Tutorials and many, many more!!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Thank God for AirConditioning!

Fast Forward. 
Just a few months ago I was waking up in our bed in Wisconsin,

walking out on the 2nd floor balcony for coffee and admiring our acre in the country and seeing this:

And, then, just a few months earlier,  breathing in  this  scene from the same balcony:

Now, Fast Forward,  my husband's work has taken us back to our home state of Texas.  Since we have not been able to sell our home in Wi.,we are now living in TWO places!

At this writing, we are living in Houston - the coastal region of Texas  and it's HOT!

So now, I wake up to look out our warehouse loft to see this:

This scene is from INSIDE the loft. Inside, meaning... inside with air conditioning! This is gonna take awhile to re-acclimate! Even more importantly, HOW do I manage going from a studio of 1,200 sq. ft. to an entire loft that's only 900 sq. ft.  This is gonna be interesting!

Anybody out there willing to give advice as to how to squeeze your work into a tiny space?  I know you are out there!