Monday, June 30, 2008
The hospital was not equipped to deal with all the family members coming in to look for loved ones. Finally one of the attendants began taking polaroid pics of all the accident victims and posting them on the board. A simple solution to a major problem. Simplicity! what happened to that concept since the computer age?
I cried through both of these shows. So much tragedy in the world today. But many parts of the world have had wars for years and children have grownup in a war-torn world. Our American children have no idea what other parts of the world struggle through every day.
So I ponder this: If I went missing how long would it take for someone to notice I was missing?
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Now I can show you this cute little bear. I made this sweet creation using a pattern by fannie. My favorite part was that the bear is so easy to stuff.
She created this wonderful and very simple pattern. If you love
bears and creating your very own, her patterns are for sale in her etsy
store. Just click on her name above to learn all about her and Fan-C Bear.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
I wrapped her with batting and a plastic bag then wrapped her in muslin. I want to see if I can give the impression she is pregnant. This is my Native American She Warrior w/ Child. The pink organza underneath her may be used over the muslin. I might even paint symbols on the muslin bc it would show through.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I finished my amulet bag by adding a string of beads for the necklace. I am a procrastinator when it comes to hand anything. But I accomplished what I set out to do. This piece is done by hand. Hurray!!
Monday, June 23, 2008
My oldest son and a bunch of friends are headed to Lakeland, Florida where the healing revival is going on. He is very excited to see what God is doing.
I know God took care and protected my son during his car wreck and He will protect my son and friends heading to and from Virginia. Pray without ceasing. And like yesterday I choose to see God in all things.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
I love the colors in things God created. Yesterday I found this blue egg shell laying on the ground in my backyard. Of course, I had to take a pic bc I was drawn to the blue color. Even the decking color is an interesting background to the blue eggshell. Seeing!
Yesterday my hubby picked a magnolia bloom for me too. It is opening up today. I placed it on my kitchen counter and the smell is so lovely. What a great fragrance. Smelling!
I can hear outside my window the sound of a lawnmower. But my favorite sound outside my window is the chirping of birds as they begin to wake in the early morning hours. Yesterday around 3:30 when my dog was outside throwing up it was silent and still. Hearing!
When I awoke about an hour ago I looked in my frig and there on the top shelf was the macaroni salad my hubby had been craving. My DILs mom made it for my hubby, at his request. Last week he went over while she was next door and handed her a ten dollar bill. When she ask what that was for, he put in his request. She chuckled, and I am sure she was very honored that he desired to have some of her great food. Taste!
Yesterday during the middle of the day I went down to a neighbor's house to walk her two dogs bc she can't walk. She has been put into a wheel chair now. She has a bone disease. Even though it was hot and I was sweating while I walked each dog, I was so thanking God for the walk, the heat, the dogs, the great outdoors that I can enjoy when I want, just thanking Him for everything. The colors all around, the smells, the sounds, EVERYTHING!! I don't have to depend on someone else to get me where I need to go, but the dogs do and now my neighbor does. I wonder if there are companies that do "doggie rounds?" You know like traveling nurses.
I'm not taking anything for granted today. I am so thankful for all God has given me and even for things He has not given me. Things I don't even know about. Thanks Be To God!!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
As Easter approached, the Saturday before, the nurse's husband was leaving for a prayer breakfast but before leaving home he and his wife prayed together as they did many times. She also left to run errands but while out received a call that her hubby was in the hospital and had suffered a heart attack. Before she could get there he passed away. She was devastated and found it very hard to go back into their home where just hours earlier they had prayed together. As she walked in the door there on her table was a beautiful bouquet of flowers with a card attached. Who could possibly know she would need them at this moment. As she opened the card she realized it was from the teenager's parents thanking them again for being with their son.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Here is a pink silk fabric painted in grid with Shiva paintstiks. I really love the color and the grid. My favorite stencil was the ceramic tile I purchased for 5 cents. Amazing texture. I plan on doing more grids with more silk fabric.
Well I made it through another day of evening work. What's bad is when I get home at 11:15pm and have to unwind but know I need to hit the hay. But I can't bc I need to just sit in silence for a while. I get up in the morning an turn around to do it again. My doggie is really moping over this. But when I get home he is so-0-0 happy.
I was reading 1 Samuel 16:7 tonight
A little side note here accoring to David M. Garner "89 percent of women want to lose weight. The average woman weighs 140 pounds; the preferred weight is 125 pounds."
Where is your focus? How do you spend your time? Are you satisfied? How are you feeding the unhealthy desires? What is the point of your life? Myth: "If I could lose ten pounds, then I'd be satisfied." NOT!!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
My oldest called me today. He shared the sweetest story and of course I cried. A family in his church has kind of adopted him as he puts it "on this side of the river." They invited him over on Father's Day so he wouldn't be alone. He wasn't able to come home bc he had to sing at church. Here's his story"
"Mom, Kelly's mom and dad are just like you and dad. I told them you guys would have to meet. When Kelly and his family lived in a different home they had children that began to crawl under their fence and play in their backyard. As it continued Kelly's parents realized the children were not being taken care of properly. Long story short they decided rather than let social services take them and separate these 7 brothers and sisters, they would ask to adopt them all to keep them together. They already had 4 children of their own and wondered how God would take care of all of them.
They have been on Oprah and several other shows sharing their story. What I personally love is that this "white" family adopted 7 African American children back in the day when racial tension was high. Well really what has changed - i think the tension is still just as high in some areas of our country. It doesn't matter what color of skin you have a child needs love, nurturing, encouragement and a place to call home.
On tv I saw a clip from a Summit called http://www.christianalliancefororphans.org/about.php Their intent is share about adoption. It sounded like a great idea, even if you can't adopt maybe you could relieve foster parents one night to give them a break.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Here are a few pics of examples I did using Shiva Paintstiks. I love the idea of using paper with cut/torn edge to look like moutains. My first one was on black fabric blending colors with a toothbrush or stencil brush. I want to try a freezer paper snowflake and a grid with masking tape.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
As hot as it was two days ago, I went outside to sit and enjoy the sunshine in the shade. But my sweet doggie lay right down in the grass with full sun. He didn't last there for very long. His little tongue began to hang out and he started panting. So we went back inside. He will stay with me where ever I go for as long as I am there. I think he's squinting bc the suns in his eyes. lol.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
I wish I could get the true blue color of the embroidery thread.
Friday, June 13, 2008
I am discharging on black fabric and velvet using bleach. I used all kinds of stamps, but here is a cherry stamp on the velvet using the liquid bleach. To stop the discharge you can use anti-chlor or vinegar/water.
I had to post two more pics of my "Out of The Blue" trade. One is the little denim pocket holders for encouragement tags and the other is the side of the box. You can see where I glued the hand-dyed yarn on the side to keep the lid up. I really enjoyed working on this project.
I have been really busy cleaning my room again. It doesn't take long for me to rip through my stuff and actually it looks like a cyclone came through and whipped everything around. I am rearranging the room again too. I'm making room for an elliptical glider for my hubby to work out on that way it will be less impact on his knees and back yet he can get a workout. I hope it will fit where I have made the room.
Confident to Reach For the Stars and The Courage To Influence
Thursday, June 12, 2008
FAT is having a trade called "Out of the Blue" and this is the Altoids box I did for the trade. I missed Leilani's Altoids tin book trade so I had to do one. This little box has 3 faces in/on it. I love the fabric I used for the top. It reminds me of a famous artist's painting. At present can't remember the artist's name. I padded the top before trimming it out in hand-dyed fiber. When I opened the lid up it fell all the way back and I didn't like that. So I glued some of the fiber on the side attached it to the lid, now it stays half-way open. On the inside lid I placed jewels and made another blue face centered in the middle of my flower.
I had a piece of denim I had played with trying to fold, it turned into a 2 pocket holder. My little tags inside say "Be Glad", "Happy" and "Love". Then I made another little happy flower with a yellow sunshine face in the center. I edged around the bottom sides with more hand-dyed yarns. I even covered the bottom with more of the top fabric for a perfect finish. I used a calligraphy marker on the top in blue to write the words "Out of the blue came Sunshine."
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
Sunday, June 08, 2008
This is an unusual "book" I am making in a workshop. I am enjoying this bc it is different. Krissie was gracious enough to oblige us in doing this AB workshop. Its amazing what AB artists can do with a page. I am using a beautiful old calendar I kept. Nothing wasted here. The yellow is duct tape. What do you think of the bottom? I just loved this dog pic bc it looks like my chocolate lab. There is a book name for this but I won't post it yet. It will be a surprise. I haven't ask Krissie how she came up with this unusual name.
What do you see out my front dining room window? Can you see the bird on the feeder? My hubby loves all the birds that congregate in our yard to feed and bathe. And here is where my doggie sits too, but he never barks at them, even though they are right outside the window. He just watches them and I believe enjoys them as much as we do.
Saturday, June 07, 2008
It's time to play!!
Friday, June 06, 2008
Here is one finished piece. It really is much more defined in the colors and brighter. No matter how many pics I took with my camera I could not capture the real look of the piece. I am surprised with what I did bc color is a real struggle for me.
Now here is a favorite color - orange. I mixed red and yellow with a little pink. Using a sponge brush I worked the paint out to the edges. Then I wrote words on the wet fabric with white fabric paints. This piece makes me so joyful. I can't help but smile when I look at the colors.
What color are you seeing in right now? Is it true colors represent and evoke certain feelings?
I love this quote by Louise L. Hay "The thoughts we think and the words we speak create our experiences." One chapter in her book titled "Success" says "Every experience is a Success". I think I will begin to look at experiences more that way than whether or not they are a failure. A failure is just another opportunity to learn. "Everything I touch is a success," is a great affirmation to keep before us.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Noel sent me the beautiful winged button fairy. I just didn't know how to make one. So after looking at hers, I attempted one. I found these old buttons from my grandmother's stash. I forgot these were something my mother gave me from her mother. So even the fairy face is a button. The wings are yoyos. I left the wire extended bc i am going to add some beads. This one isn't for trade bc its not really constructed very good. If I keep fiddling with it maybe I can complete a few for the FAT trade.
My oldest son text messaged me this morning to say, "thinkin bout you this morn...want you to know how much i love you, your an amazing mom i love you so much." He's so thoughtful. Made my day no matter what else may come.
With that said I hope you know you are loved even more than that by our Heavenly Father.
my hubby called to say he loved me and to tease me about our going on a cruise in December. He calls me everyday to tell me how much he loves me. I am spoiled!!
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Brown Baggin It
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
I 've been playing with faces and pendants. FAT was having a tp jewelry trade but I couldn't finish a piece good enough to show and trade. So i am posting one i finished last night. i need to perfect it but i enjoyed working on it. i added filling inside, added decorative stitching on the front, a little rub-0n butterfly with the words "flit, flit" and my partial face. I love that i can use parts of the face not all of it. who said you have to use the entire mold. the pendant is one piece folded in a way to close with the little loop at the top. i'll keep working to perfect them. i also like the white face, although i did add clear glitter paint with a touch of orange on the lips.
A friend sent me the book "nice girls don't change the world" by lynne hybels. It starts out with "I want to tell you about someone I used to know very well. She was a nice girl; obedient, polite, socially acceptable. A bit to reticent, some might say, but so very pleasing, nonetheless A really nice girl." How many of us know the "nice girl" for lack of really saying anything about that person? How many of us see ourselves as that "nice girl." I love this little story lynne tells of herself and her fears.
Along with each phase of our lives fear can come in and take over if we let it. Many times the uncertainty of life overrides the Truth of God's Word. But His Word says "I have given you a spirit of love, and of power, and of a sound mind." I also like the verse in Joshua, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for I am the Lord your God and I will be with you wherever you go." I can't tell you how many times I have stood on that verse. Lynne Hybels says it took her turning 50 to realize life is short, and if she didn't start living it, she might never have the chance. She would now be willing to live her life and be willing to have failure. She watched her friend run the Chicago Marathon and as a runner passed her by, she noticed the words on her t-shirt: the front read "Done Watching" and on the back it said, "Doing". Isn't that where we all want to be? Doing what we love, our passion deep within us?!!
An interesting statement she made was this "You know what some of us fear more than anything else? Each other. Other women's success stories." So I say today,
Monday, June 02, 2008
She is perched in my flower pot full of pens and pencils. I am going to try an sketch her for some of my art work. In this pic she is sitting in her little purple nest of tulle. I should name her. What to name her?
Sunday, June 01, 2008
silly me, i just had to post these while they were in progress. i so love the colors, they are refreshing. the last one has not been finished. the little pearl beads are going to work their way around the head and down the ATC following the pink cording. i will work on it later today. i started back on "making pearls" and for some reason this time i am getting so much more out of doing it. i guess my brain has been short-circuiting. anyway, i will begin another new workshop on monday with beryl taylor's book.
can't wait to see where we go with it!! i also have an AB book in my head that i am actually drafting and sketching out. something i never do, but feel i need to do templates and work the kinks out before using paper, fabric and other things. But then again maybe a "failed" attempt would be good bc they never are botches, just another expression to be used at a later date. nothing wasted.
I keep wondering how that looks. To God it looks totally different than what the world sees bc He sees it filtered through His Son, Jesus. Thank God for that!!