Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
pennies. I lov-v-v-e-e-e that Number. One blessing for each one of my sons. I received my VIP PSI pin today from Lyn
in Florida. I am wearing a dove charm, sea shell and fish charm. Since I wasn't born with
a silver spoon in my mouth, Lyn gave me dangling, silver feet. A sleek bikini and an inchie body.
I'll post the pic maybe later after I know Lyn has received her pin from me.
I also took my neighbor to visit the Creative Circle group. I have not been back since last year sometime. Alice would like to make a baby quilt for her first granddaughter who is scheduled to arrive into this world in two weeks. She wants to do a Noah's Ark quilt.
Remember I had a pic that was a secret. Well here it is revealed. My first trade as a hostess. FAT Flat Fiber dolls are being created to trade. Here are my little creations. I
love the angelina surfer boy. I used a rubber flower stamp, laid out angelina in a way the fibers would hang out after pressing the angelina on the stamp to give him wild, wild hair.(remember to place angelina between parchment or teflon pressing sheet).
His pants are made of textiva with stuff in between 2 pieces of textiva. I added a white button for his belly button. I just
My aunt Lethia lived there too. She was what they called back then an Ole' Maid. She never married. But she did collect lots of bottles, ornate bottles, beautiful colored bottles. They were everywhere in the living room along with her millions of doilies. Well it seemed like a million when you were just a child. Little Missy is a bottle design. She's a simple bottle with handles and a pointy top. I wish I had acquired some of those bottles. On today's market they would be worth lots of money. But I would not have sold them. Unfortunately, my cousin was given everything, including her home and property. Anyway, that's another story.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Catherine Matthews-Scanlon is giving away her new book Art from the Heart. Check out her website by clicking on her name above. You have a chance to win until Feb. 4th. It looks like a really great book.
Monday, January 28, 2008
FAT ATC BOOK Trade
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
This trade has restrictions and they are: must incorporate the 5 listed items into whatever you make:
red fabric, white button, paper, something gold and thread/yarn any color.
So I made a little booklet with three picture pages from my cruise to the Caribbean. I used my Scrapbook program to write words and expressions about doors: believe, No Closed Doors; gratitude, Door of Expression; and courage, Open Gateway. Each page has batting inside and on the back I used a stabilizer that I painted. The cover is red fabric painted with a splash of gold fabric paint on front and back. I attached Velcro inside for the fastener and added a pearl button on front like a door knob. I used rub-on letters to spell "Doorways" on the front. The pages were connected with a beautiful red braided ribbon that was extended to the front cover and a small paper bead was attached on it. I believe you could put your needles on the back pages through the batting in the center. So it is a useful booklet.
Day 28 - The God Who Never Forgets
We as human beings forget things, people, appointments, etc. But in Isaiah 49:15 God says, "I will not forget you." thank God He remembers me.
My hubby and I went to Cracker Barrel for dinner tonight. And this is an example of how he shows me He is thinking about me. I had selected the word "Prosperity" as the one little word for me this year. As soon as I walk through Cracker Barrel's door there is a wonderful display of angels and framed pictures. But on the very top of the shelf in a tiny basket are inspiration stones. The stone on the very top of the mix had the word "Prosperity" on it. Now He can't get much more personal in a little matter of one word for me. Or can He. He knows everything about me. He remembers every promise He has spoken to me and has not forgotten the moment, the hour, the day, the year they will be fulfilled.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Its funny, before I opened to this for the daily read, I was talking to a friend and she was sharing this entire chapter as hers for this new year 2008. God is amazing and comforting and confirming. He never ceases to amaze me. Not growing up with a father I consider it a great joy and delight to have finally discovered the God, Creator of the Universe as my Abba Father. More importantly not only call him "Father" but know I can come to him and cry out, laugh out loud, and express every part of me to Him and KNOW He still loves me.
Last night our middle son, the police officer, expressed his father/son relationship in a phone call to his dad. I become so fixed on watching it because I never had it and don't know what it looks like or feels like. He called to tell his dad how he did in court and get dads feedback. Did you know in the legal arena a biological father could cut a child off from his inheritance but if You have been adopted into a family you can never be cut off from the father's inheritance, no matter what.
At the risk of hopefully not having Lyn read my blog, I am posting this pic. We have a one-on-one trade to do a personal PSI for another member. Lyn shared a cute story about her life and a lizard. From there I took the liberty to expand on her PSI. The title of this pic - "What's That In The Water".
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
A Penny Measured In Weeks
What's better than a frozen popsicle? frozen coins, ok I might had to work for the coins this morning because they were frozen to the pavement but they were so worth it. Early morning sun rise and a light-dusting of snow on my dogwood trees. Captivating aren't they.
.Jesus said,.... do you truly love me? then Feed My Sheep
If we know Jesus, we possess manna that will never run out,
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
The title I wrote in my journal - What I Gained In Letting Go
Excess Baggage - 12 tags "Letting Go - Stop"
1 - food eat healthy
2 - thoughts - "I can for I can't", "I did it", "I am for I'm nobody"
3 - weight - appearance
4 - attitude - hatred, anger, love, joy
5 - feelings - impressions, vain imaginations
6 - clothes - clean out closet
7 - fabric - share
8 - books, magazines - put them in order
9 - negative words,gossip
10 - money - use it wisely, give
11 - stuff in home - pack rat
12 - misc. - things I'm shown daily to let go of
My tags don't look very pretty or fancy with great embellishments. But I think I will try to give myself room to fail or to experiment. That's ok? right?!?!
By the way, on my walk this morning I found 4 coins, 2 pennies and 2 dimes. God keeps reminding me of His promise to me.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
When God displayed Himself before Isaiah it was a glorious sight. I love the part where it says, "the train of his robe filled the temple" and the seraphim sang "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty" (Isa. 6: 1,3) Now that is one song I can't imagine what it sounded like but I would love to have heard it. When I imagine the train I imagine it full of people rejoicing before the Lord Almighty. We each know God in so many different ways and God is known by so many names.
Isaiah's revelation of God was so amazing he cried out "Woe to me!" I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, The Lord Almighty." (Isaiah 6:5) Then what happened next with the seraph touching Isaiah's lips with a coal from the altar of The Lord must have been awesome and yet an awakening in Isaiah, I can't even imagine.
There have been several times in my life when I felt the touch of God so personal and close in my life I thought I would explode. One such encounter was in making a quilt totally for a stranger. When I had finished delivering that quilt to the family I knew there was a God who was involved, not only involved in my artistic ability, but desiring to see me fulfill what He had put in me. The scripture verse woven into the border of that quilt was the same verse the mother had pasted all over her home standing for a promise about her daughter. I had never met her nor talked to her about anything in her life. Now that sent shivers up my spine in an awesome Holy way. That God would know me and desire for me to know Him in a more personal way was, well, it was a love I had longed to have satisfied in me about Him since I was a child.
I love this quilt and it has a place of honor in my living room where it hangs. I love the yellow and pale pink colors. The flowers were appliqued. Yesterday I really began to look at the quilt and I can see if I had hung the squares on a design wall there would have been major changes where the blocks were positioned. I guess my classes are paying off and I am learning visual appeal and continuity.
Here is a close up of one of the flower blocks. It is a thistle, a weed by everyone's standards. But I don't consider it a weed or useless. I know they are blown by the wind and propagate everywhere and are considered a nuisance. But I have seen gorgeous butterflies on them. You know I don't want to be blown by everything that comes along . I want to be useful and beautiful in the Lord's sight, even if there are some that would consider me a nuisance, I know there is a loving, kind God who thinks otherwise. The butterfly is one of my personal symbols. It represents new beginnings, change, beauty and delicacy. It's a world traveler.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
TANGRAM & ZENTANGLE ART
Here is a tangram swan I sketched. The previous art page bled through with color. I wonder if I can do a folded-paper
or fabric procedure with the swan. I love how the doodle design turned out. Tangrams used: 5 triangles, 1 square and a parallelogram (I believe).
I guess math does have a purpose after all.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
I must say this whole study at one time was very hard for me to understand. Its the story of the ten virgins and their preparing and waiting for the bridegroom to come get them. Long ago in Jewish tradition the couple was bethrothed to one another through a formal public declaration at least a year before the completion of marriage. They were considered "married" but could not consummate the marriage until the Father gave the ok to his son that the son had made everything ready for his bride. He had to have their home move-in ready.
The bride's responsibility was to prepare herself by staying pure and getting her dowry ready for her husband. The bride never knew when the husband would come and get her. But usually it occurred at night. No one knew the day or the hour except the Father. The Father was the only one who could give the seal of approval. Then the groom would steal away with his attendants, unannounced and "capture" his bride.
Well, five of the virgins became careless and lackadaisical. Their oil began to get low and at the last minute they decided to go buy more. But the hour was late and the stores were closed. The bridegroom came and only five virgins were ready to meet the bridegroom.
The question is which five will we be like when Jesus returns to get his bride? Will we be ready even in the midnight hour with our lamps full of oil. Or will we grow weary of waiting and begin to look for other things to take the place of the love of the bridegroom?
I wish some of the ways of old were honored today. The respect shown a Father was amazing. He truly was the head of the home. So much has changed since that time. Our world has gotten so far away from God's design of marriage. It makes me very sad. When my sons were being homeschooled that is one thing I taught them. The design of old for a couple to be wed. Not all the things stuck that they were taught. But one principle did for my middle son, who will be married in April. He went to his dad for permission to marry and advice. Then to her father to ask permission to marry his daughter.
All of life is a preparation for all of Eternity.
MY EXPERIMENTAL ART PIECE
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
And then there is the story of the lion and the mouse. To the mouse the lion was his giant, but in time of desperation and pain the lion needed someone to help him out. His deliverer became the mouse. The mouse had to overcome his fear of the giant in order to become a giant himself. What do we measure our giants by: sight, pain, memories, imagination, or someone else's "evil report". What are we waiting on - let's conquer our giants today. With God All Things Are Possible!!
early 1700s until about 1860. Women, men and children were employed in the
industry. They even used prisoners and orphans to make buttons. The
industry justified the use of such workers as a time to teach people a
The button's names describe their patterns: crosswheel, bird's eye, basket, mite and knob. as stated in 50 Heirloom Buttons To Make by Nancy Nehring.
Posture yourself to conquer. What's that old saying, "Fake'em out". You may be shaking in your boots but your giant can't see that. Stand tall, for you have been given the land.
The Dorset Button trade is finishing out as I mail my buttons to five traders around the world. I actually added beads to most of them, so this pic is not what they finally looked like. But then most of the things we fear and conquer usually never looks like what we thought it would, or it's never accomplished the way we thought it would be either.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
or Button, Button, Who's Got the Button
Day 12 - The God Who Knows All
Through my high school English classes I fell in love with the King James version of the Bible.
Monday, January 07, 2008
I realized I have found a coin everyday for this
New Year. I really love this little mint box I found. And its in "mint" condition. Haha! LOL
Isn't it the cutest little thing. And see here is another penny. I don't always post when I find one but rest assured ususally I find my lost coin when I walk.
I am working on another Zentangle I want to try to make into a quilt. More on that another day.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Ask for whatever you want me to give you? 2Chronicles 1:7
I decided to try my hand at a zentangle today. I didn't use the tiles they recommend just the technique. I placed it on a card to my youngest son's girlfriend. There is a hidden message in it: can you find me? I kept working toward the outer perimeter to resemble a light bulb. I practiced with both of my hands writing with a Sakura micron .01 archival pigma pen. They use the word "string" for lines and "tangle" for patterns. Zentangle was created by Rick and Maria Roberts as a meditative, artistic experience. They say zentangles are a great writing exercise for artists and lettering artists.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Psalm 91:1 says "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."
A new poem postcard exchange in FAT. We could use a poem we composed or use a favorite poet's poem. I wrote this poem, "I Watched", the last week in December 2007. I had bought textiva and wanted to experiment with this new product. So I laid two sheets down and ironed it together, then placed ribbon and my poem in between another sheet of textiva and ironed it to the first two sheets. I also hole punched the little hands out and enclosed them in it too. Its a very simple card with a powerful punch in words. Keep your dreams alive no matter what anyone else may say or think. They are your dreams not theirs. "Cr8 in 2008" is the FAT motto. Don't give up, keep looking to the maker of Heaven and Earth.
Friday, January 04, 2008
As I took my morning walk with my dog I noticed a large rv parked at a local motel. On the side of the vehicle was printed "One In Four" http://www.nomorerape.org/. I came home reflecting on that rv and the words "no more rape". The group of men http://www.oneinfourusa.org/ travel to college campuses and educate people about attacks against women on campuses across the country.
Don't you think it odd my Bible study was on this very thing?
Celebrate Your Creative Self - Day 1
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
I wanted to see what the word "detour" showed if I searched the web. I found the band Detour and this wonderful new songwriter/singer named Kristyna Myles singing with Chris DeBurgh and here. He is a very popular singer in Germany and their song was "The Raging Storm". Click on her highlighted name and give it a listen. You won't be disappointed. "Here" is her song called "My Lord". Her praise to the Lord of Lords.
This is the kind of detour God leads you on if you are willing to follow. I will share this site with my oldest son, who loves writing music. It will give him hope to continue to follow his dreams.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Jesus spoke of love, radical love - loving your enemy, not just your neighbor.
God tells us "Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult but with blessing because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 1Peter3:9
I want that blessing!!
My little sketch is of a dancing angel. She rejoices over you and me. She is "wired" to dance for joy for all. Some of you may have put on your dancing shoes and rung in the New Year last night. But hey! let's all put on our dancing shoes this new day and dance before the Lord like David did in the Old Testament.
Come on!! free yourself from the old stuff, shake off all the garbage hanging on, no one is watching you there in the safety of your home. Just do a radical dance for Jesus. He loves it when we rejoice because of Him. Do the dew dance, the early morning java dance, it's better than a cup of coffee. Caffeine in the feet, it's so sweet. Lightens your load and makes you laugh. No one sees but Him. So celebrate the New Year He has begun, join in the fun.