Archive for April, 2011

Farewell, Silver Bella; Hello, Art and Soul

I have officially registered to attend Art and Soul in Portland this fall! Not only do I get to learn new crafting skills (more to come on the classes), but I get to stay with the ever-fabulous Joan!! And, Amelia is joining us! Can I use any more exclamation points before the exclamation point police come after me?!

While I am still sad about Silver Bella, I am excited about Art and Soul!


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See, What a Morning!

See, what a morning, gloriously bright,
With the dawning of hope in Jerusalem;
Folded the grave-clothes, tomb filled with light,
As the angels announce, “Christ is risen!”
See God’s salvation plan,
Wrought in love, borne in pain, paid in sacrifice,
Fulfilled in Christ, the Man,
For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!

See Mary weeping, “Where is He laid?”
As in sorrow she turns from the empty tomb;
Hears a voice speaking, calling her name;
It’s the Master, the Lord raised to life again!
The voice that spans the years,
Speaking life, stirring hope, bringing peace to us,
Will sound till He appears,
For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!

One with the Father, Ancient of Days,
Through the Spirit who clothes faith with certainty.
Honor and blessing, glory and praise
To the King crowned with pow’r and authority!
And we are raised with Him,
Death is dead, love has won, Christ has conquered;
And we shall reign with Him,
For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!

Keith Getty

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Karla’s “Cut From a Different Cloth” Giveaway!

I was so excited to be the winner of Karla’s giveaway on her Cut From a Different Cloth blog!


I am SO thrilled with the contents of this package!


While the rick-rack, lace, medallions, ribbon, buttons and hooks and eyes are fabulous in-and-of themselves, it is the FABRIC that makes my heart go pitter-pat. Look at those TEN scrumptious pieces of fabric! They are calling my name. They want me to embroider them! Just look at them. Look at their textural variety. YUM!


The additional fun associated with this giveaway was that, since I am in Karla’s neighborhood once a week, we planned to get together instead of her mailing my fabulous gift. That ended up being easier said than done because of illness and unforeseen circumstances, but this week, we were able to meet up at her house. AND I had the bonus of seeing Lynn. It was a mini-Silver Bella reunion!

And that reminds me: I am still sad about Silver Bella’s cancellation. I met Karla and Lynn through Silver Bella. My Google Reader is filled with the blogs of women I met at Silver Bella and who I now consider friends. I can honestly say, without drama or exaggeration, that attending Silver Bella changed my life. I met so many women who also have the desire to create art. Through these women, I made connections with other women. These relationships encourage me to keep making art, even if it is challenging in my responsibility-filled life. Through these relationships, I have discovered resources that help me prioritize art in my life: instructors, classes, supplies, books.

So, I even though Silver Bella is canceled, I want to keep the momentum going in my creative life. I did a little searching around and I think I have a plan. Stay tuned….

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Levi’s Henna Art

Levi is an amazing henna artist and after he had completely decorated Clara’s baby tummy, he had some henna left over.


So, I have a happy little decoration on my foot for awhile.


(Too bad I’m such a faithful shoe-wearer, a la Flylady: I’d like to admire the artwork throughout the day before it fades away. I guess I’ll just have to get another design when it is sandal weather. How does that sound, Joey?)

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A Little Day Music

We experienced some musical creativity this past weekend since Tim, Margaret and Eleanor had their strings recital.


Anne studied the program carefully and found out that Eleanor was playing “Edelweiss,” Margaret was playing the theme from “Jurassic Park,” and Tim was playing Papini’s Theme and Variations. (And Joey really was alert…not sure what was going on photographically here.)


Charlotte waited patiently, sans tooth.


Then, the recital began…




and suddenly, it was over as their fab teacher, Amy, treated us to a duet with her dad: “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.”


Amy has a tradition of presenting roses to her students.


Can you tell there is happiness in the room?


And since I accompanied my crew on the piano, Amy gave me a rose, too.


After the recital, Joey had the brill idea of going to the fun, wheelchair-accessible playground for the rest of the afternoon. Music + playground = Total Family Fun. It was the nicest weekend.

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Windows to My World Art Journaling: Last Spread–For Now

Here’s my final spread from the class:


We randomly chose several of the techniques we had learned and incorporated them into the final spread.


I used paper, doodling and stamping on this spread. It gave me a nice, clean lay-out and plenty of room for text. I almost hate to admit, though, that I kind of think it looks a little too clean.


Probably the only thing I would add to this spread is a little watered-down acrylic somewhere and perhaps a background paper (like the graph paper I had used in earlier spreads). Once again, I really liked the opportunity this journaling has given me to compile the important Scripture that represents what I’ve been learning lately. I think that I’ll keep adding to this journal for that very reason!

Thanks for looking at all of my journal pages!

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Windows to My World Art Journaling: Just a Few More Pages

Jacob helped me out with this spread.


He shrank some of my previous spreads for me on his color printer. I then incorporated them in their new form into this spread.


I also liked having adequate space for text.


The one thing that I would change about this spread is NOT using the scrap-booking text that I cut out and glued on the second page. Blech. Other than that, I also really liked this spread. I’m much more satisfied with these spreads lately. Maybe I’m just learning to utilize what I’m learning while retaining my own “style.” That’s my goal, anyway.

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