7.31.2013

ICAD Grand Finally!



Well, Tammy of Daisy Yellow, has ICAD participants contemplating the following questions about the 2 month challenge. I decided to answer them here (although it was not required). I hope this helps to inspire you to join in next time around! 

Thank you, Tammy and thanks to all of those who participated and offered up a word of encouragement or instruction! This has been a blast! 

1. Have you tried new techniques, themes, mediums, materials, palettes, pens?
Most of this was new to me! I tried paints for the first time, as well as discovered Zentangles. I incorporated multiple materials together. 

2. Do you look forward to your creative time each day?
I so enjoyed getting into the creative zone in this new way. Index cards are truly approachable and addicting.

3. Have you made a little time each day for the past two months for a bit of art?
Not every day, more like 2-5 cards at a sitting. Initially every day but then I found once I started, one was not enough.

4. What did you change about your schedule to allow time for art?
Summer provided a more relaxed time with routine, so I just went with the flow of the day.

5. How did you feel when you skipped a day?
Once I got into a groove I just made my cards and enjoyed the other days for Beach or otherwise.
I enjoyed making them daily, or every other day. 

6. What was it like to make an extra card?
They just came in twos and threes...


7. Do you carry art materials in your backpack or purse for those little gaps in your day?
I did take materials for vacation, and although a couple of times I brought them along otherwise, I never did make any cards. 

8. Have your creative ideas bloomed or faded?
Stoked with ideas galore. 

9. Are there any techniques or cards that you would like to create in a larger format?
I would like to use collage with paints and stamps.

10. What did you learn about yourself?
That I enjoy creating with different mediums and I am willing to make a mess for the sake of it all. 

11. Will you continue your theme or series?
I like the idea of a quote series, so I look forward to another similar challenge, next year. 
(Or maybe sooner?)


12. Are you ready for something fresh and new?
My goal once finished this challenge was to treat myself to a real canvas to create a collage with mixed medium. 

13. Do you love flipping through your cards?
Yes, I have them in this little decorative box which came with Fancy Wine Corks. I knew it would come in handy some day! 





14. Did you underestimate the impact of this simple challenge?
Probably. I could not have anticipated how much enjoyment I would get from this little endeavor. It was also therapeutic at times. 

15. Did this inexpensive, flimsy canvas surprise you?
An index card I discovered became the perfect starting point. Non- intimidating, versatile and abundant!
16. Do you adore that pile of blank cards, that stack of potential?
Totally. I will never look at index cards the same way again! 

17. Did you surprise yourself?
I surprised myself with these leaf sketches...I don't consider myself an "artist" but I was compelled to capture these in Maine!



18. Did you stick to the challenge?
Absolutely, but not rigidly! I did not use the prompts this first time, perhaps next time I will. I think I just wanted to feel free to explore and discover. Also not every single day. But, pretty darn close!

19. Did you have fun posting to the Flickr group or the FB group?
The Facebook group had such a wonderful bunch of artists who freely offered input and encouragement! I made new friends, learned new things and appreciated seeing the amazing work of so many talented adults and kiddos! 

20. How many cards did you complete?
87!


My Final Four:



Watercolor drips and splash


Watercolor with Acrylic Gecko


Watercolor Dots


The Final Card







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7.30.2013

The Apple



Wasted energy
and much groaning

avail nothing
but longing
and painful endurance...

the loins produce 
both
blessing and cursing
good and evil
pleasure and pain
life and death


ripe fruit unpicked rots
falls
 to the ground
disintegrates,
becomes
nothing.

She pauses-
considers biting hard

the apple,
that brings
 sweet satisfaction
and 
regret...

instead
biting the lip,

lets it fall from her hand
for one 
more day.


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7.29.2013

For Those Unmarried



This post could be inspired by a couple of interactions I had today. Or it could be a word that has been longing to come out of me for awhile.

Either way, I need to have a word with those who are unmarried...

I know you think that you are missing out. You are longing to be held, cherished, honored and respected, by someone. Forever. You feel like God has abandoned you, or maybe you don't feel that extreme. Yet. Except in the late hours. When the clock ticks on, but sleep evades you. You wonder if God needs your input, help, or persuasion. Or you ponder the one (s) that got away. You think that you have done everything right, and God owes you this one thing. Oh, you don't come out and say it like that, of course. But, you think it. You wonder why God would withhold this good thing from you. You wonder what is so wrong with you. You are tired of waiting and wondering. Maybe you are just plain tired.

Can I tell you one little thing that God has shown me. One thing I know, if nothing else. I say this not as a "pat" Christian answer. I tell you because I have spent many nights listening to the clock tick, wondering whether God remembered this child. The fact is God does not withhold from you what is for you. 

But also, God wants to be your number one.
Not your fallback. Not your I'll check in after the heartbreak. 
Not your Sunday buddy. 

God wants you to desire Him more than a husband or wife.

It's not that it's wrong to desire a husband or a wife.
But, it is wrong by His standard to desire anything or anyone more than Him.
You can believe it or not, but it's the truth.

Because God is the only faithful one.
And He loves you more than any earthly love will.

If He gives you the desire of your heart, He still longs to be your One True Desire. 

Another thing I want to tell you, is once you are married, longings can still keep you up late into the night. They may be different, but the fact remains, He is the only one that can bring peace, contentment and joy whether you are single or married.

If you are not completely satisfied with Him and what He gives NOW, trust me, you will not be MORE satisfied with what He gives after you are married.

Work on the relationship that matters most-
your relationship with Him, because He is the only one who will sustain you.

Lastly, I want to assure you that marriage is a continual turning to Him, and laying down your rights to yourself within that context. Not before (but that's another post).

Marriage does not eliminate loneliness. There is nothing more lonely than being lonely in marriage. Marriage does not guarantee scheduled sexual bliss. Or regular intimacy (and that's also another post!)
Marriage will not free you from financial obligations.
Marriage is not a one way ticket to your personal Happily Ever After.

If you want a good picture of Marriage,
 look at Jesus.

Then never take your eyes off of Him.


 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:3-11



When you can look at the person you THINK you want to say I do to,
without compromise ask yourself the following- 

Am I ready to love like this? 

Selflessly?
Laying aside my own personal ambition for the well being of the one to whom I am committed?
Can I count the other person's needs and desires above my own?
Am I able to be emptied of myself, to serve even when and if I don't "feel it"?

Ask yourself:
Are you ready to die to self so that Christ can live and love through you?
Are you willing to "serve" this person, even when you feel you are not being served yourself? 
Can you forgive the way Christ has forgiven you for every sin...including hidden or repeated sin?

Because friends, I am pretty sure that unless you are living in Disney World, this is what it will take.

So know this...
He loves you More than you can ever know.
Trust Him. Know Him.
Make this verse your heart's prayer and affirmation:

"Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you."
Psalm 73:25

Lord, I pray that you would bless my friends out there who are single with peace, joy and contentment. Increase their confidence and trust in your complete ability to do abundantly more than they can imagine. Satisfy them with your love and remind them that your mercies are new every morning, great is your faithfulness. For my married friends, I pray your blessing and protection over their sacred vows. Help them to be good forgivers and willing to yield their hearts and lives completely to you in good times and trials. Encourage all of your children with your faithful, gracious, merciful love and empower them to learn to love like you. In Jesus Name, Amen.


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7.28.2013

It's Almost Shark Week (ICAD Update)


Shark Week Tribute


OK, so we are in the Home Stretch in this ICAD challenge. I have been collaging and messing with paints. Literally messing. Unlike the amazing art I see at the Daisy Yellow Facebook Page. However, I do not let me artistic lack hold me back...NO WAY! I am loving every minute of it!

Enter Loverboy flashback...

Due to my hectic Beach Schedule, I usually post only a little on the FB page. 
Summer's short after all. But, I am daily inspired by those who post their beautiful efforts regularly.

Thanks for taking the time to peek at these mini canvases. 
Art really is therapeutic!
AND SO FUN!


Bliss


Chinese Dragon


Vacation Anticipation


Roses 


Phillip and William


Simple



More Precious than Gold


Reminiscing  


Acceptance


Orange Stamped Tangle


Relax 


Get on Board


Color Tangle


Find Joy - Stampin' Up


Lucky Day


hello kitty


Boots on Brown




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7.27.2013

Are You Addicted to the Internet?

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These are the telltale signs:

1. When the phone or doorbell rings, you assume that it is part of the online experience (if you hear it at all) and instead of getting up from your seat, you click through your tabs to "seek" the source of the sound.

2. If you answer the phone at all, you simultaneously surf the web while "listening" to the person on the line.

3. You refer to the person on the phone line, regardless of relation as "nuisance".

4. Bathroom breaks are considered an "interruption" and indulged in rarely or for emergency only.

5. Dehydration is an acceptable state to prevent any "interruptions". See #4.

6. Glazed is not your donut choice but your eye description.

7. When you are away from Facebook for more than an hour, you begin to click your heels together, chanting, "There's no place like home. There's no place like home."

8. When you see birds you wonder what their User Names are and how many followers they have.

9. You can define the following terms without hesitation: hashtag, SEO, HTML Code, Captcha.

10. You have developed a rash or callouses on both wrists.

11. You have a case of Blogger's Butt. (opposite of Yoga Butt, trust me on this one.)

12. You are unsure if the US Postal System is still in operation. You have serious doubts, but haven't checked your mail recently.

13. You speak in status updates, as opposed to actual conversations.

14. Conversations annoy you. See #3.

15. You still have a My Space account.

16. It is possible to eat and sleep with your computer. See also #4.

17. You don't believe in Internet addiction.

18. You don't believe in Fairy Tales.

19. You do believe in Mark Zuckerberg.

20. There's no place like home, There's no place like home...

Now share this with those "other people" who are really addicted. 
You know who they are...right? 



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7.25.2013

Wings for the Broken (5 Minute Friday- Broken)





You look, and see with your eyes.

But I know One who sees beyond

the visible.

You listen and hear through your desires,

agendas,

needs...

like a hungry baby

without wisdom,

only tears and giggles and moments.

But I know One

who hears my heart cries,

knows the inner workings 

of my very soul and spirit...

You touch- reaching out for more, more, more-

ever grasping,

never content

rough- taking,

never satisfied with more...

But I know One who satisfies the ever longing

completes to the uttermost

upholds with the Everlasting Arms.


We long to fly

rise from our brokenness.

I know the One who heals, 

mends,

gives wings,

fills in the broken places

with grace and truth and love.


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On Savoring the Good @ 5 Minutes for Faith



I am over at 5 Minutes for Faith today sharing a bit of what God has been working in me recently. Instead of sharing a piece of that story- although the lesson is related to my message there, I thought I would share a bit about the picture I used in the post.

On our recent family vacation to Maine, this mama and her 7 ducklings became a springboard for God's messages and ministry to my heart. You see the owner of our cottage explained that this particular mama had nine babies, but the foxes had gotten two. Now there were a number of duck families about the lake we stayed but there was something about the freshness of these babies and the way they made their way every morning and evening by our cabin that was significant, tender and oh, so sweet. We found ourselves looking for them and I began to measure God's faithfulness daily by the assurance of those 7 baby ducklings rummaging through the berries in front of our cabin each morning. Then one day after a rainstorm, they did not return. Coincidentally we were experiencing some unexpected disruptions and discord in our vacation plans. I found myself feeling extremely sad and down, and the feelings seemed magnified by the absence of those sweet babies and their mama.

There are times when all of our circumstances seem to magnify the bad side of things in our lives.

 But God longs to be our Good. Always.
He is good even when things are bad. 
And there are times when they, in reality are- 
BUT He remains the same Good God. 

Ironically, the weather cleared. Blue skies returned as did our mama with her 7 baby ducklings. You know, friends...God knew I needed to see His faithfulness in a special way and the return of blue skies and ducklings reminded me of the hope I have in Him, in all circumstances.

I know God wants me to learn to really savor the good so that in difficult moments I am not overwhelmed by despair. To savor is to pause and recognize in the present moment. It is a powerful reckoning. We so easily can lose perspective, miss the small gifts that God lays in our path daily. He reminded me ever so faithfully this vacation, to savor the good. Recalling in all of my moments His faithfulness. His hope. Remembering that He is Good, regardless of the weather, or circumstance.

So today's message is brought in part to you by the Mama and her 7 ducklings. 
I would love it if you joined me there!

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