Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I have cleaned out my room again, this time scraps of paper and junk mail I thought I might use in my art. You can only keep so much until it becomes a nuisance. I have been working on my MMSD cling wrap card and vase. The vase turned out to be this beautiful pale pink. I just love it and I am not a pink person. I love how the napkin has pieces hanging out from the torn pieces. I have never used my quilting bar to do grids but there is a first for everything. I like the grid pattern. I have some words in white paint scattered throughout the sides of the vase. This is an unusual shape. I accidentally cut mine short, it s/b 13" tall but mine is 11". Oh well the technique and process didn't change. I even used pink lining.
And since I don't like to waste anything for my card corners I used the cut-offs from the vase. It doesn't look bad at all. I cut the circle out with the cutter I bought the other day. At least the thing will cut plain paper. It half-way cut the cling wrap fabric. So I can't complain.
On to more important topics: hubby went to chiropractor today and the results on xray will be back on Friday. I believe one side of his hip is higher. Not sure what else. But no tumors or anything like that showing he said. He even took some kind of measurement with his legs/feet to see his stance. He is definitely compensating for the pain. I'm so glad his mind is relieved some bc I believe he thought is was a tumor or such.
I looked at the time and it is 1:11 am. So will close for now to get a little shut-eye.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
There is this little pamphlet my naturopathic gave me titled "Daily Spirit Blessing - With the Blessings of Your Father and The Names Of God". Day 3 which I was reading yesterday was "I bless you with life-giving relationships". I know that all that read my blog are life-givers. And to you all I say, "God Bless Them Today In a Very Real Way - Answer a Deep Request of Their Hearts". and the Day 3 blessing In the Name of God was - "I bless you in the name of Jeohovah-Rophe, your healer". I also ask God in the name of Jehovah-Rophe to heal your deepest need - it may be spiritual, physical, emotional or mental. He is The Great Physician.
I also did a button fairy bc FAT is having a trade but I don't feel mine is very good. So don't know if I will enter there. Maybe I should try making another one.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
They are a sweet, loving couple. When I attended their wedding it was the most touching one I had been to up to that point. They wrote their own wedding vows. Each had the other's father read the vows to the spouse-to-be; it was a blessing being handed down from the fathers. So touching. I had never seen any one want to honor their family so much nor feel the need to demonstrate the father's blessing being passed on to the next generation. I am sure in the Jewish community that is probably done. What an example of a Godly desire for marriage.
I did start on lesson 4 with the cling wrap. I'm not sure I want to do a vase as big as the sample. May just do a smaller one to keep on my work desk.
Monday, May 26, 2008
The little post at the bottom of my calendar is by
Sunday, May 25, 2008
The ironic thing is tonight Gospel Music Channel had his life long's journey on Faith and Fame Marathon. When you watch him share about his struggles in life and doing God's will there is such humility in him. They dedicated this show to his little Maria Sue Chapman who went home to be with the Lord this week.
Now I don't pretend to under any of this and I never will. I'm not God and don't understand His plans for each one of us. Tonight as it moves into Sunday I ponder this loss and so many more that don't make sense to me.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
i have been working on painting pieces of fabric. One I had fun with and wrote the words "city slicker" in white after painting the fabric with bright circles. Another I did last night was practicing sunset backgrounds. I realized there is so much in making your background. It can add texture, color, and set the tone for what you place on top to make the focus. I'm not happy plopping something down on top of fabric and calling it done. I'm working on collages.
You know I realize our lives are like that too. Our background is everything in the past, it helps to shape us and make us who we are today. We can choose to let go and leave all the stuff behind or we can put a heavy load on our back and carry it around every day. Personally I am working on lightening the load. My backpack was kind of getting pretty heavy.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Happy, Happy 3rd Birthday FAT. They're having a party over there from 12:30 t0 2:30pm today. Prizes and fun stuff.
But for now I must run take my doggie for a walk before I leave for my appointment.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Today has been a beautiful day outside. The birds have been flitting all around my yard and its so wonderful to watch God's creatures enjoying life. The sun has been out and for a short time my doggie and I sat enjoying the sunshine radiating down on us. There's a peace and yet a stirring in my heart - a lingering, a pondering, a solitude that needs to be met.
I realize I have lived a simple life. Today in the mail a little local magazine came and on the front of "Next Door Neighbors" was the title "Women Making A Difference". Three of last year's honorees were on the cover and I knew two of them. One has The Hat Trader an organization with hat, wigs, etc for women losing their hair from chemo therapy. She lost her hubby this year too. She is part of my quilt guild. Her organization came from her own bout with breast cancer.
The other I know is the founder of "H-E-A-R-T" Hope Exists After Rape Trauma foundation. She was my son's baby sitter and like another mother to my son. Her attacker invaded her home and forced her at knife point into woods behind her home. All this while her hubby (a police officer) slept upstairs. Through DNA her attacker was finally caught and brought to justice. She helped legislate a bill for DNA testing and how to store it once police depts take possession of it. They also made a movie about her.
Personally I would not want to experience these situations but I am thankful they saw the need to found the organizations and help others. My simple life may not be made into a movie, and I will probably never help legislate a bill but I know as a mother and wife and woman I have made a difference in this life. Simply by "Being."
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I am trying to read the book of Ezekiel in the Bible. Oh boy!! I have listened and listened again to yesterday's song "Everything To Me." I know what its like to be one that grew up in Sunday school and went to church every Sunday and Wednesday night and every time the doors were opened. But I want more, I want that relationship with God that touches the heart of Him and moves the mountains with the faith of a mustard seed. I know its not impossible.
I have been working on my MMSD class. I made the concertina book. It's a sweet pink wool with pink mulberry bark. If you remember I don't usually work in pink but lately that seems to be the color I gravitate toward and purple. Today I began work on the box with drawers. It's only 5" square but it does involve building up layers. I have the base of the box all together. Now I just need to hand stitch the sides. That alone could stop me in my tracks - the hand stitching. I don't like to hand stitch. I've used red wool, dyed cheese cloth, purple and burgundy roving, skeleton leaves, torn pages from a magazine and misty fuse. I enclosed it all in pale purple tulle. Tomorrow I may finish it. We will see.
Interesting that I can't post pics right now.
The quote I came across in "Quotable Women - A Celebration" is
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Oh that I could say that He is the air that I breathe, I know that He is more than a story, or a page in history. But to say He is everything to me, the water I thirst for. Oh make it so Jesus during this time that I seek to hear You better, follow You more and leave flesh behind to follow You. This is the true desire of my heart.
I love how our youth express their deepest longings, short and sweet, to the point.
Monday, May 19, 2008
it was much more than that. it has to do with seeing without using your eyes. have you ever tried explaining in words only what you are seeing? i love pics, i love posting them. Here goes:
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
It was on the island of Antigua.
I think as a parent one of the worse things is watching a child suffer and knowing you can't do anything to take away the pain. Ok, well the Word says "the testing of your faith produces perseverance." That's a tough one for me, but that's where the Lord seems to have me right now. What was James thinking when he penned that scripture?
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Today my oldest comes home to go to an orthopedic doctor for his neck injury. I know he is not sleeping very much. Looks like I am right there with him. I want to spend a little time creating something. Please keep him in prayer.
Remember the testing of your faith works perseverance. Well I would say my hubby's is definitely being tested. I am a little concerned but I know we must trust God in all things no matter how they look.
Monday, May 12, 2008
So I am posting a few more of her
beautiful pieces she had on display
at the lettering class.
I've been practicing my letter
writing and my calligraphy.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
He shared the favor of the Lord on his life for being on the praise team at his church and playing guitar. He's learning that God does not forget His own but learning that God is faithful. His conversation was precious to me and a great early morning blessing and gift for Mother's Day. He didn't want me to think he had forgotten today. How precious - that is all I can say.
I cherish every moment I have like that. Today think on all the good things you have and don't focus on what seems not to be happening. God is so very faithful!!
I remember the day not so long ago when my son's little head peeked over the top of the pew when we were in church like the crown of this little guy. This was the little ring bearer's head in my son's wedding. He was so serious about being the ring bearer that he came early just to practice what he had to do. He adores my son and they have the same name.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Here is my MMSD Week 1 - sample 2 book. It is 5 3/4 by 16. I know you are thinking that's an unusual size. I hate to waste anything. When I made the pattern journal the cardstock was cut down and what was left I need to use. So this book is made bc of the leftover cardstock. I really like my skinny book. I tore up a local retail store booklet of mother's day ads. I chose mostly the legs, arms and body parts of the women. Then I picked words, i.e. - mother, our gift, mom, and whipsers. The pasted everything down then painted the cheesecloth a blue/purple. I even used the small little pieces of cardstock in between the pages to make them stronger. Like I said I hate waste and I had to use it bc I didn't want to pack it in my "stuff" junk box.
Friday, May 09, 2008
My hubby has been off all this week from work. So I have tried to spend time with him. But after I meet a big deadline my system seems to shut down. I have not been on my FAT group at all. That's not like me. My son came home last night hoping to get in to see the doctor today. He is my first concern.
And then my hubby decided he had had it with our bed. He wakes up every morning with his back in spasms and hurting until he can't really walk. So he decided to try a tempurpedic. It is suppose to be delivered today. That meant I had to remove the bed in my art room out. It went to the neighbor next door. They needed an extra bed, so my son and DIL will have a nice queen bed for their spare room.
With this happening I figured I needed to clean out my mess from all the deadlines I had been pushing to finish in my room. So there was another big undertaking. But all I really wanted to do was - create. I did pickup and put away quite a bit of stuff and sorted out things into designated bins. Wow really I accomplished a lot. Then I was able to play for a little while - the results which I posted above.
The weather has been great so out came the motorcycle and rides with my hubby. Balance - yes balance is what I need. I get tunnel vision and need to be brought back to expanding my vision and the needs of others.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
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Saturday, May 03, 2008
Friday, May 02, 2008
On May 14th Israel will celebrate its 60th birthday as a Nation. During the next fourteen days Christians from all over the world will arrive in Jerusalem to celebrate with the Jewish people. Also The Call Israel will take place. My hubby and I took our boys to the first call, The Call,DC
which was the first call ever and since then they have chosen strategic places to continue The Call.
I would love to be in Israel to celebrate their nation's birthday. May God bless their nation and the US stand by Israel always.
Thursday, May 01, 2008
My sister called me to ask if I could get a Richmond paper. Her son who graduates in June went to Richmond to sign up to join the Army. When he was being sworn in they called him Chris. He told them that's not my name, they said are you sure that's what we have. Then they realized there were two with the same unusual last name. They ask my nephew if he had a relative signing up too. He said no, the person couldn't be related. They replied well he probably is related bc your name is very unusual. My nephew met the other young boy and sure enough it is his cousin. My sis and hubby were divorced long ago and my nephew never met the other extended family except when he was a toddler.
This group of boys were in the 8000's sign up so a 3star General swore them in and a big article is to be in the paper. What are the odds of a cousins, who don't know each other, signing up on the same day? The recruiter said they had siblings, and hubby/wife sign ups but never cousins and esp. when they didn't know each other. God is interesting.