Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Another important thing I am learning is to listen to God. The past several days I have been very impressed to continue in prayer for my oldest son. I knew in my spirit he was struggling and struggling big time. Last night he called me and we had a wonderful conversation about praising God no matter what. He led the conversation and I didn't say anything to him until the end. Seems he is in the same place where I am - Praising God in every situation. He shared some amazing answers to prayer for himself and others he has been encouraging. He told me the only way he has been staying on course and making it through was by soaking in the Word of God every night and studying God's Word. At 24 he has a tough bunch of guys he works with that speak vulgar about women and in very nasty, degrading ways. It's tough to stay pure and not fall into even laughing with the men in their course joking and jesting. His phone call was such an encouragement to me.
Beyond his prayer: God answered his desire to be a part of the praise team at church - Beyond what my son could ask or imagine - a phone call came to ask if he would be part of Sunday's praise team as a lead singer. Wow! double wow!
Friday, March 28, 2008
I heard Ted Broer speaking last night on the tv about his book Maximum Energy. He says there are 10 food items you should never eat. The ones I heard were diet soda, shell fish, lunch meats and margarine.
I know I need to eat more fruit and vegetables. And drink more WATER. Have you ever heard the saying, "Water, water everywhere and not enough to drink?" I heard the other day of a city experiencing prescription drugs in their drinking water. Now how do you think it got there?
Update: My friend's hubby was having mini-strokes in his brain. He must change his diet and lose weight. Gee that is what Broer was saying we need to do. Can it be that simple? Broer went on to say that cholesterol meds are killers and one should use natural ways to get it under control. He also mentioned if a child has used ritalin or another med for ADD they will not be allowed to join the military. Wonder what the gov't knows about this drug?
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
It is a beautiful card made with upholstery fabric and
embellished with a beautiful little rose in the corner. Lace has been
added to the top and bottom. The
back is just as beautiful. I believe it is decorative paper.
Yesterday was definitely a tea day with a friend for me. We spent time in prayer. God seems to be dealing with both of us about not allowing any negative thoughts to enter our minds let alone speaking them. She shared a book of stories called Prison To Praise and another book by the same author. I believe the author was Carruthers. Anyway I left there knowing what I need to concentrate on and wondering how God was going to bring it about. Hubby is struggling in some of the same areas I am and adjusting to the neighbors next door. We love all our children but sometimes boundaries must be drawn for all our sakes. Adjustments can be difficult or you can let God deal with them as you continue to pray them through.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Actually I fell asleep early Sunday night without eating I was so tired and feeling poorly. Now I am wide awake.
I will spend today in my little room cleaning it out - its my hubby's office actually. But I took it over sort of when I had to give up my room. I need to get in there and do taxes. So cleaning today is what I will be doing - although what I really want to do it play.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Here is my sample piece. I went whimsical with a monkey creation. I cut out a shape of a monkey head. I painted my pellon with neocolor
wax pastels. I didn't wait for it to dry, I just ironed it
until it was dry. Then I added fibery yarn, envelope clasps, a ribbon with word "Happy" on it, dropped two dots of lumiere paint for nose and sharpied the nostrils. Placed wonder under on top, pressed with iron, and last but not least covered it with a blue sheer fabric. The possibilities are endless. I wonder if Hailey would enjoy making one of these?
Sometimes I need to lighten up and not take life so seriously. Have fun and enjoy your life. Jesus paid the greatest price of all for us to enjoy our lives here and now.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Hailey from CA sent me the 2 monkey cards. Aren't they great. I love the embroidered "funny" monkey. Has he caught "U"? He sure got my attention. And the little embellished flower in its hair is adorable. Very nice extra added touch.
I love the edging she put around the monkeys in the cage to highlight them on this fabric. "Z"oo might want to visit the zoo and enjoy the animals, too. hahaha!
Thank you so much Hailey, you are a wonderful artist. Keep up the great work and I look forward to your next challenge.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
The tree was sent from Nj. The tree is foil or light metal with green beads for leaves, the butterflies move in different directions by placing a bead on top of the body. The piece is edged with decorative fibers/yarns. On the back she made a pocket and placed a squirrel playing card in it with a great poem. I love all the fibers on the card.
I will post more art work tomorrow from this Spring page collection.
So come back and sit a while, have a cup of tea and enjoy.
God is definitely bringing new growth and birth to my family spiritually and naturally. It's another time of stretching. The house next door is preceding on schedule. The bathroom will be finished today and my son will probably move in this weekend.
My hubby's job is definitely stretching him as there is one person who is vulgar and directs his cursing at my hubby. There seems to always be one that destroys the team concept.
And we will be meeting with the county agencies over a new entrance change in our subdivision and a few other issues. My husband has banded together our little neighborhood to have a voice in the final outcome. He is pretty exhausted from dealing with it after working all day but he keeps moving forward. He never ceases to amaze me. God that is! Yesterday while sitting on my deck enjoying the sun He began to speak to my heart about some issues. Of course I wept to think when I stopped and listened for Him, He actually gave me direction. He has given me one word to pray for each member of my family. So to see how He will move and answer prayer is exciting.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Can you imagine The Bible says that our weddings are to represent how Christ loves His Bride, the Church.
My hubby didn't want to go but afterwards his heart was so touched, just like mine. He cried and so did I. It gave us fresh and new hope to strengthen our marriage; to love one another like Christ loved the church and to be devoted to God and our relationship first then to others.
Every child desires within them to have their father's blessing. I can truly say this bride and groom received that and so much more. On a heavier note it made me sad for millions of children who grow up every day not knowing their father, even when he does live in the home. What have we as a society done to the family that God designed?
Sunday, March 16, 2008
It's 1:37am on Sunday morning - Palm Sunday. Saturday my oldest son came up to be fitted for his tux for his brother's wedding. He shared the neatest story with me. He and some friends were out eating on Friday night after his church life group met. While seated in a booth, several "older" (40's) ladies came by and sat at booth behind them. He said you could tell they had been at the bar too long. They were obnoxious and cursing and talking loud. One of the ladies overheard his friend ask the other friend if he were interested in dating anyone. She jumped into the conversation and said she had a beautiful daughter. My son turned around and asked her if she really wanted to know what they were discussing. He began to share about the life group meeting and what Christ was doing in their lives. The drunk woman expressed that she was a youth group leader in a nearby city. My son looked at her and ask if he could share something with her. He told her she needed to be an example to the youth. At which she responded she was. He said well you were not a very good example as you were sitting down. You were cursing and being obnoxious. At which she explained they had been to a friends bachelorette party. Like that was suppose to excuse her behavior. But her friends at this time nodded their heads in agreement with my son about making a drunken scene. My son went on to say to her, "You prejudged me and my friends bc we have tattoos and long hair, but after I have shared about how God is working in our lives you freely say you would allow one of us to date your daughter."
She had judged them by their outward appearance, but who were the white-washed sepulchures in this case talked about in the Bible. I cant' imagine what she shared with the youth in her charge at her church. Personally I hope she does a little soul searching and repents for her actions. None of us are perfect but we must continue to search ourselves for clean hands and a pure heart.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
I am also learning other things. And one of them is this make sure you always credit from whence your help comes. My help comes from the Lord.
I added a credit to my OLW Prosperity pic in upper right hand corner of my blog.
The beautiful heart was made by a Surface Design member, Debby Leonard. I never thought much about placing the heart along with my inspiration stones in this pic and stating it was made by her. But through the Holy Spirit's nudging I feel I need to do that. I would not want anyone thinking I made the heart. False advertisement is not good!!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Yesterday I left a comment on my friend, Fannie's blog. She sent me a hug back in the way of a sweet comment. She is always encouraging people in so many ways.
Here are my first stamps I ordered from Stampin' Up. I wanted to make up a few "Heart Hug" cards for FAT. When someone needs encouraging I will have some ready to mail out. Being ahead of the game in some cases goes a long way.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
My DIL-to-be loves the daisy. So that will be the main flower for
their wedding. Dharma showed a pic of a past doll trade on FAT . I loved the dolls shape so I created a wedding doll for my DIL. I took a pic of one of her daisies, printed it on fabric, added stabilizer and did thread work around the petals. Then I took a pic of her and added it in the center of the flower. She had bought several different fabrics for me to make her a table runner. I chose the "Our Wedding" fabric and made the body and added lace around the edge. She is not finished as I want to add angel wings to her. I love it so far. I gave it to my DIL at her bridal shower on her gift bag. The ladies loved her.
Another project I am working on is a business card/signature card for myself. I want to be able to attach a card to my trades when I mail them out, plus I would like to be able to have a great card to give out to people about my art. The card shown is a pic I took of a sunset, manipulated in Scrapbook Prgm, accented with a pink background. I have a pic I took of a dove sitting on my fence that I want to find in my 8000 pics on computer and use that for my main background on my cards. Will see if I can track it down.
Included in this pic are two stones. I purchased these at Cracker Barrel last night.
My first three inspirations stones went to my son as I stated in another post.
The words on these "Receive" and "Celebrate". I felt very impressed to get "receive". I am not doing very good in receiving and even worse in acknowledging a "thank you". Usually I don't have a problem in doing that. So a gentle reminder must be needed.
"Celebrate" I felt impressed to purchase bc I want to spend more time celebrating my relationship with Christ, family and friends. To be more joyous for all I have and to acknowledge outwardly to my hubby especially I feel it something I need desperately to work on.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Here are my Spring pages finished just in time. I need to go to FAT and post them. They are different on the front and back. I can't wait to get pages from other traders and make them into a small fiber book.
The pink one is a web of threadwork I did in my workshop for Artist's Circle. I added a FAT bead to look like a cocoon wrapped on the spider web.
The second one reminds me of an ole' tv show - Please Don't Eat the Daisies. Unfortunately, on the other side the monkey decided to eat them. I added a great fiber yarn to its edges. And last but not least, I needle-felted daisies, found a cute yellow duck and sat him on top of another bead I made. The reverse side is a heart I made with stabilizer and added an inchie with a heart. Its very simple. I hope my partners will like the pages they receive.
I had to take my dog, Bear into the vet for minor surgery. But you know I am feeling bluesy bc he is such a companion. He will be there all day, but I get to pick him up after 5pm. The fee for a minor surgery is the price of a semester of college with books included. How does a person pay for a pet in this day and age. Take out a small loan!!
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 09, 2008
I loved walking with my lab in the rain. Well,
Saturday, March 08, 2008
I really feel in my heart the need to spend quite a bit of time in deep prayer for a while. I know He dispatches angels to take care of us. I believe that with all my heart. He has sent me back to what He spoke to a while back. "You have not because you ask not." Again, I pray, "Lead me Lord to ask and not ask amiss."
I continue to be drawn to Barbara's site and to pull her music list and listen to it. Last night I told my husband I had a song for him and wanted him to know how much I love and appreciate him. That song "No Place That Far" by Westlife. My hubby after listening to it said "Let our oldest son listen to it." Wow, he loved it enough to want our son to hear it.
Thank you Barbara, for out of your loss, suffering and pain you share with so many others. May God bless you today and always and your wonderful, beautiful daughters.
Friday, March 07, 2008
I picked up paint chips from the store and wanted to use them for layouts. Does any background color appeal to you with the hearts?
This morning I awoke and did this workshop experiment for Artist Circle. We were to use solvy, cords, fabric, sewing machine and of course our creative minds. So I made two threadwork hearts; one with a piece of dryer sheet attached by threadwork to the all threadwork heart . I think I may make it into a FPC or ATC. I want to try more bc I still have not included the cord/yarn yet. Now I am in my element/zone.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
She is a fabulous creation full of fiber, a beautiful bead head and beaded legs with wire arms. I received her from Kathy S. Her fiber hair is gorgeous and kind of looks like mine when I get up
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Beryl Taylor. Our first week is using water-soluble solvy, thread, fabric and cording. I forgot to put on yarn and fabric. So that gives me an excuse to try this experiment again.
Haha! You know I don't need an excuse to try it again.
This was suppose to be 3 leaves. I forgot to continue my threads out to another point of thread work. And the pink
circle, my first attempt at a NA mandala. It reminds me of the crocheted coasters in my grandmothers living room along with all the crocheted furniture covers.
Monday, March 03, 2008
Sunday, March 02, 2008
I had my second ArtQuiltStudy Workshop. Today we discussed color, perspective and borders.
Which are warm colors? Which are cool colors? Primary, secondary and tertiary colors. I need a color wheel? Oh my!! We played with paint chips. Now that I have picked a theme its off to my first attempt at a 9x12 quilt.
Saturday, March 01, 2008
I thought this video would be so cute to add for today's post. I captured this little squirrel trying to irritate a bird that was sitting nearby I guess what he thought to be all his territory. The video was taken through my dining room window.
Today is another busy day. My quilt guild meeting is this morning. And then its home again to continue painting on my son's new home next door. After we finish his home I told him I think his dad and I will trade them homes. I'm only kidding!!
Last night I realized how much the workshops and trades on FAT are helping me to develop my techniques, expand my knowledge base on art, and increase my self-esteem. The greatest benefit out of this is the friendships being forged. Thank again to Nj for FAT and all the trade partners I have had in the past. Oh yeah, the trade I am hosting will close on March 4, my middle son's birthday. Now that will prove to be interesting. But I am learning time management too.