Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
"G" is helping an entrepreneur friend that is opening a gift/paper/stamping store in her hometown. I'll suggest she use these as a gift to others interested in her star book and ATCs on opening day.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Here are some great pieces of art work from Pilar. I won them on her birthday blog. The two in the middle are magnets. Aren't they great.
She has really worked to make the backgrounds interesting. I wonder how long it took her to create the backgrounds alone. My favorite magnet is the one on the bottom.
I have more I'll show you tomorrow. Pilar lives in California. Thank you Pilar for hostessing your birthday give-away.
Now I must run to get ready for work. The humidity here today is aweful and I seem to have a headache from it. But I will keep going. Prayers please since I will be in the ticket booth dealing with money. Don't you hate it when you're not on your "A" game? I guess the "A" game means you are running on all cyclinders and half of mine are functioning today. I'll do my best. That is all anyone can ask.
You can tell Fall is just around the corner. Out my window yesterday at work, I was on the golf course, I watched our new addition. A beautiful white pigeon has made his home on hole #3.
The players were fascinated with him. He is having difficulty flying but he can make it to the top of the water fall and perches in that area. Have a great day, off to work I go.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
At 2am this morning I flicked my tv channel over to 20 and kept it there for a second. Actually it was just long enough to see my son's church's service on air. As I continued to watch I saw my son in the praise team singing. To see my son raise his hands to worship Almighty God was, well, must I say, I felt the tears well up inside me. I am so thankful for God never giving up on any of us and continuing to draw us to Him. As I type this post I am listening to one of the songs my son has recorded. From the depths of his soul he writes, as many of us paint, draw, stitch, sew, and alter to create our art.
Nothing will ever satisfy me like my relationship with Jesus Christ. Its there that I find consolation when none seems to be found in this crazy world. To Him I owe my life.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Ok yesterday I went down to pickup the permanent tags for the Scion. So never waste a trip near an art store. I explored my Joann's store and I always gravitate toward the book section. Actually I think I've mentioned my fetish for books like some women have for shoes or clothes. Well I was not disappointed!! With my trusty little discount coupon I purchased Fusing Fabric by Margaret Beal.
I spent the evening drooling over the pics and techniques. So since I am off today thought I would give it a go. I had purchased a Creative Textile tool over a year ago but never played with it. I pulled out my felt and fabrics and started to play. I wasn't worried about failing only experimenting with unusual fabrics and fibers.
Here are two pics I finished. The larger piece is blue felt with all kinds of layered fabrics fused together. I like the burned hole in the piece. And the last felted leaf, which by the way the scan is awful, is fused too. There is a lot of technique in this one. More than someone would realize. I burned an indention in it and placed my version of a beaded caterpillar in it. Then I beaded the glow-in-the-dark green word "good" on to it also. The colors aren't even close to the real thing.
The next day I have off again I will experiment some more. Fun, fun, fun.
A GIVE AWAY BY NOEL She is an awesome beader and makes beautiful icicle dolls. Go on over and check out her give away by clicking on her name.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Life is interesting and working for the summer has opened my closed eyes to so-o-o much.
There is a little song that goes like this
Friday, August 22, 2008
Right now he's next door visiting middle son. My hubby commented, "Those sons are something else." And I agree. My youngest had to rush today to get to his first day of class at VCU. He thought it started on Monday. He also paid for two day delivery of his books and don't you know they just arrived today. Really four days late. What's the deal?
I am leaving for work in another half hour. Have a great weekend. I didn't get another leaf finished. But I did bid on another piece of art to benefit a kidney recipient. I'll post a pic when it arrives.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Off to work later. You all have a God-day.
Oh yeah - I won a subscription on Fannie's site. The subscription is for "Home Companion". I have been buying it off the newstand but now I will get it delivered to my home. Thank you Fannie for being so generous with giveaways.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Here are two more felted leaves I am working on. They are inspired from a little book Nj read to her daughter. Its titled The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I read tons of books to my little guys when they were small but never came across this one. Its really a cute green book. My leaves are a take on everything living and having a spirit. Don't you just love the little personalities of the leaves? lol You know in the Bible there is a scripture that talks about "even the rocks will cry out if we are silent". I need to go find that scripture and study it.
Its brought to light my attitude about giving. Have I become greedy, non-complacent, less caring to the world around me? How can I give back and make a difference in people's lives?
Yesterday I was thinking how thankful I am to have my husband and the man that he is to our family and everyone he meets. He is such a thorough person, so caring and so godly. Today if everything goes smoothly our son will have a new car to drive to college. My hubby is not frivolous and counts the cost not just in money, but to our family. He considers how it will affect us and what will the purchase do to our relationships. Will it cause a strain, is it too heavy a burden to bear at this time? These are all questions he asks?
Last night at closing time at work I got to see my son in an official capacity. Yet I saw the tenderness in a son wanting to make sure his mother was ok.
I pray for a family that has a dad that is controlling and abusive. He does not see the value in his son and family. It appears he is like a time bomb waiting to explode. I pray he will get the help he needs but most of all that he will see that he needs the help and ask for it. Even walking my dog this morning I saw domestic violence. A couple that was having a heated discussion and turned into the man placing his hands on the woman in a harmful way. He's a big man and she so tiny. Does he really feel like that is the solution to his problem? Why do women stay with a man like that?
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
During the Academic Overview the advisor introducing this section was very knowledgable and his appearance/style drew me into what he was sharing with the new students. He mentioned he would get some of the students during their personal advisor session. Right then I prayed and ask God to let this person be the advisor for my son. There was something about him I felt my son needed to hear more from him. My son's appt was for 12:30. So we left and went to the dining hall to eat together. Their dining hall was very nice, clean and the food fantastic.
When we went back to the hall where the advisors were meeting with the students we had to wait. It was going on 1pm and I was wondering if they had forgotten my son bc others behind him had been called in. BUT God had set the wheels in motion. The advisor I ask God to provide for my son stepped out and called my son by name. This advisor drew my son right into the class selections for his major. Not only that but he made a call to get him in a closed class. He placed several other calls for us not pertaining to classes so we wouldn't have to do it later. My son really liked this guy. What a big answer to prayer for me.
And my other concern bc there are 32,000 students in such a confined area was would there still be parking spaces left. I didn't want my son going to class everyday wondering where he would park. They had one parking deck left not too far from his classes, he and I both felt like a parking deck was better than a parking lot. Another answer to prayer.
Well we were exhausted but on our way home after a long, productive day. I feel great about all the college experience so far. It even drew me into an excitement for myself in taking some classes but closer to home.
The icing on the cake: my son went with his dad and I out to dinner. We just talked. He is such an awesome young man.
Thank You God so much for loving me and most of all loving my son, your son.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
who lost her son in a car accident several weeks back. When I made this journal I selected the word "Jamestown" cut from our local newspaper and put it on the journal. I used the "health/medical" man symbol and the phrase "help shape future" on the cover.
Ok here is the strange but yet perfect journal for this mom. She is a physical therapist and natureopathic teacher. And the high school her son attended is named
Jamestown High School. Don't you think this is an appropriate and meaningful gift for her. I
think it is just like God to tug at my heart to give this away. I had actually put it on my shelf and forgot about it until ......
The other day I heard she and her hubby are going to begin ministering to the students at Jamestown. She could probably use an empty, new journal.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
working on mine. The first one is the circular inchie gold
medal. Three of the inchies will make up an Olympic participant.
This one is a swimmer. The little crown on her head is a found
earring. I am going to wire the three inchies together. So far I
like what I have created.
Now I think I will retire to bed since I have a sickening headache or its
more a bad shoulder/headache. Its from working tonight. I was short
$3.00 and I knew exactly when I did this one. How frustrating!!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I continue to be reminded to enjoy every day to the fullest and major on the important things like family and friends. Sharing my love and encouraging them to excel in their lives is so important. Just being there for them is important. My walk with God becomes more important every day bc without Him I can do nothing. What minor thing are you majoring on? Maybe its time to let it go and enjoy your life.
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
Thursday, August 07, 2008
of her pieces. Now to get them framed and hung on my wall. This is called "Free to Live". Check out her work and read the beautiful comments she wrote on the star fish. I also purchased the "Warring Dove."
I'm reading a book I bought yesterday - The 5 Lessons A Millionaire Taught Me About Life and Wealth by Richard Paul Evans. My oldest son called yesterday to ask me to find the King James Bible laying on my dining room table and find the notes his dad had written at the top of one of the pages. It fell open right to where my son had been reading while he was home over the weekend to Psalm 90.
My hubby's note read "It is God's presence that gives the task importance! not size of task." When I read that to my son, he said, "Mom tell dad even when he is not talking to me directly, he is speaking to me." He is beginning to have minor panic attacks again. They are happening as he drives to work. I know where he is working is tough but God will see him through. I trust God's direction for my son. My heart's desire - "That somehow God would provide for him to go to Bible College in the Fall" but is that God's desire for him right now.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Yesterday while working I stopped long enough to take this awesome sunset through a tour bus. I think I will enlarge the pic with the tree branches and leaves and the sunset.
The sunset was beautiful, but the best pic
was the one that got away.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Monday, August 04, 2008
Sunday, August 03, 2008
I can't wait to have an opportunity to wear them.
Saturday, August 02, 2008
My SIL and BIL rode down on their Harley to visit. They lost their bull dog, Lucy a week ago. My SIL is very depressed and lost without Lucy. They did not realize her throwing up was caused by an inoperable stomach cancer.
It was fun watching all my sons with their uncle joking about tatoos. My SIL wants to get a tatoo of her two dogs' faces on her lower back.
What do you say - everyone handles situations in so many different ways.