Phillipians 3:14

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

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Some of my DIY projects....

Aloha blog friends!  These are not necessarily my most recent endeavors, but I took some time to upload several photos this morning so that I can begin posting again.  The first photo is the up-cycled filing cabinet project that Chip helped me with prior to our move....I was an ugly (and moldy) mess when we picked it up....but with some bleach, paint, wallpaper and molding it is now a beauty!  I used the same treatment on the adjacent drawers to my craft table and LOVE how it turned out.  The two tier stand is just two dishes from Target, a wood candle stick from the craft store, paint and glue.  Easy peasy and cute!  The twine flowers in the bottom dish are also a diy project that were really fun to make--even though I have no idea what I will use them on....YET ha!  Finally super simple magnet board made from a peice of galvanized metal, scrapbook paper and a frame to hold my movers and shapers dies.  Hope you enjoyed seeing these projects and that you will not just "pin" your ideas but put some into practice!
I have been busy with getting my house to look more like a home, volunteering more time at my church and dealing with all the day to day "stuff" that we all have, but will be more faithful to not only blog but visit and comment as well.  THANK YOU to those of you who keep up with me and check in on me from time to time---it has blessed me more than you know!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Inner beauty....

This little canvas was done over several times and  has seen a lot of manipulation...like it was only 50 cents on clearance, but I was determined to salvage it.  I spent a lot more money on the wasted paint and embellishments, but that is the way my mind works sometimes.  I refuse to give up or settle for something that just doesn't look right to me.  As I literally ripped off the front of round 3 of this little piece of art I began to change direction completely in where this project was going.  The base for this finished piece started with a scrap of computer paper that had sprays and ink on it from another project I am working on.  Taking off the old undesirable work was necessary to make way for the new start using that piece of paper that was more representative of my current work which I am more pleased with.  Once I had that base down, the layering and painting started taking a new direction.  I really had no intention of putting a girl on this canvas until the background was completed and was so busy and colorful...then the words were already typed and cut out in a loose stash that just happened to be on my desk.  It pretty much just came together over the course of a couple of days while I was struggling to make anything presentable even as I struggle to feel that way about myself.  Well,  the bottom line is this I am happy with the final outcome and I am reminded of all that God has done and is continuing to do in me.  I do not feel very beautiful these days in any capacity....but that is when I must walk by faith and not by sight.  The beauty within me is not of my own making....it is the finished work of the cross--my faith in Christ alone. Praise God that I am dead to my old life and that He is faithful to continue to work on me for my good and His glory. 
  I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the lifewhich I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. 
Galatians 2:20