Phillipians 3:14

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Monday, June 18, 2012


Aloha blogging friends!  Just thought I'd share a little snapshot of one of the many lovely trees here in Hawaii that I get to see on my daily that my son is on his vacation it is just me and my rotten little poodle who is high demand!  The great weather and beautiful foliage are good reward for me during her many outings.  Anyhoo....I have not heard from Lisa to claim her prize, so I took the liberty to pass it on to a loyal follower whose address I just happen to already have ;0).  Drumroll please..................NATALIE your package is in the mail!  I hope that you enjoy it!  I am also taking advantage of this quiet time to REALLY organize my craft space and all the closets that just got crammed when we moved in. Mahalo Nui Loa for taking the time to stop by and  I hope to be back with fun stuff to share soon!  

Monday, June 11, 2012



I randomized the list of comments and pick, so it looks like Lisa is the winner of the blog candy!  Send me an email so that I can get this in the mail for you!  I also learned how to use a snippet tool, so it is a win-win!  Thanks to all who took the time to visit and comment :0). 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Finished Journal Cover/Project...

Here is the finished cover for my journal project.  I have to say that this is far and away my favorite work.  It was a labor of love and I know that he will be blessed by the hours of thought,prayer and effort that went into this.  This deployment was unforeseen and unwelcome.  We both have to daily choose to view this separation in the right light.  I have seen the Lord at work in both of us individually sharpening and maturing us in faith.  He has also given us great joy in finding different ways to deepen our intimacy...choosing to encourage one another in love and unity despite the distance.  I left the back cover blank so that he could write in it in response to the pages I have made or whatever is on his heart and mind.  This will be a treasure for us both and I can't help but be so joyful that in this time of would be trial that the Lord is gracious to give us means to grow more in love with Him and each other.  I am including some sneaky peaks of the rest of the inside pages too (couldn't resist)!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Beauty for Ashes...

 So....this page sarted out VERY colorful too much so in fact so I put modeling paste and stencils in white all around the page to tone it down.  It still was just way too busy so I painted over the whole thing with white gesso.  This is where I ended up and I love it!  Had this been my initial direction, I may have gotten it a little tighter, but that is the beauty of this.  the layers, mistakes and corrections all lend to the finished product.  That is very much how I view my life in Christ.  I ended up adding a "secret" message to my love and sealed it with wax--fun!  As  result I turned this whole journal into something for him.  I won't show most of the pages as they are personal and I know that he will enjoy them.  I had to "man up" the cover since I am sending it to him too!

I need to add a little more detail, but not too much.  Instead of the butterflies and flowers, this is a nod to the catepillar...

At any rate, as I was developing this idea, Isaiah 61 came to mind and I think it is very fitting .  For those who would want to ponder this a bit more, Charles Spurgeon speaks beautifully to this passage here.


Blog Candy Update...

 I have not forgotten about the blog candy and wanted to do an update with more photos! There will be at least on small canvas included too (didn't think you needed a photo of that).  I will draw a winner on Monday the 11th.  So any comments made on the original post or any posts between now and then will be eligible.  Hopefully that will give me time to figure out how to do the random generator...or I will just type out all the names and take a photo of the drawing.  I think that may be more fun.  Any comments are appreciated and I will still double the chances for blog suggestions.  Oh, and I will probably add more to the stash between now and then...I like there to be SOME surprise on arrival ;0).  Thanks for checking me out and I am looking forward to sharing some of my stash!
Texture Stamps
New Stamp Set

Paper Assortment