Phillipians 3:14

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

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013 and GCgirl....

 I took an admittedly bad photo, but wanted to share my new craft space that is ALMOST finished. I could not in good conscience keep it all for myself!  We have a place for reading, movie watching and generally just all hanging out.  It is a great space for the family to do different things but spend time together (even the dog as you can see).
I am pretty excited about this new space finally ready crafty goodness, and if the Lord is willing I hope to really spend time honing my skills this year.  Having said that, I am retiring this blog..  It has been a blessing and has been good for a season.  That season is over, and I look forward to a new chapter in my creative, spiritual and online life.  I am praying that I will find a way for those to all be seamless and to God's glory alone.

I do want to express my thanks to each and every one who has commented and encouraged me along the way here.  Kindness is always appreciated and some of your comments helped to sustain me on some very down days.  I will cherish some of them always.

With no further ado, may the Lord bless and keep you and make His face shine upon you.

Soli Deo Gloria
Marsha


Monday, December 30, 2013

Some projects as of late...

 These are some of the girls that have shown up around here while I have been getting my room together....I am liking a few of them, but a couple will hopefully find a new home soon.

I also wanted to share my Christmas stocking project.  I have wanted a girl one for a while now and have been collecting the stuff to make one...so I finally decided to go for it (the day after Christmas).  We are going to do a family gift exchange on NewYear's Day here since my son has been gone over the Christmas holiday so it works out fine.  I have a little more hand stitching to do on this, but it is pretty much as complete as I want it for now.  I thought I may add more next year, but I am mostly happy with it.  If you are a seamstress...don't look too closely because I am not!  I just dive in and do things the hard way, the wrong way, but if I don't just go for it I will never do anything new!  I learned a lot and could make another one much more pristine...but where is the fun in that?

I have really been learning how impatient I am AND how perfectionism can get a grasp on me so I can fluctuate wildly between the two.  It is my desire and prayer to just be more even keeled and enjoy the day, the process and even the imperfections.  We all know that perfect is a lie anyway, right?

That's all for today, and I already have my post done for tomorrow with my room reveal (sort of) to finish out 2013.  It has been a fast and full year for my family and I am hoping for a blessed new year that is at least a tad bit less transitional!


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas




This is a photo of my newly planted crab apple tree in a recent ice storm.  I will be back soon for a lengthy year end post with some photos of recent work and direction for the new year.  In the meantime, I want to wish each one who reads this post a very Merry Christmas in celebration the incarnation of Christ..

God did an incredible work in sending His only begotten Son into the world and providing us with a salvation we do not deserve. Praise the Lord for that moment in which “the Word became flesh.” We are now redeemed “with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Peter 1:19).

Read more:http://www.gotquestions.org/incarnation-of-Christ.html#ixzz2oP2DWgIQ

Friday, October 4, 2013

House collage photos and Friday thoughts....

I thought I would share some collage photos of some work in progress first...

Now, for a collage of my master bedroom (which I am very happy with)

From the time I was a young girl, I wanted to be a wife and mother.  I have done many other things and have worked most of my life...only being a full time homemaker the last couple of years.  It is not a popular life choice esp. since I don't have a bunch of little ones...but I have never been more content than I am right now making our house a home and loving my family.  I am finding joy in making my bed, packing lunches and providing yummy dinners for my guys.  We are blessed, but our pleasures are truly simple and I love it that way!  One more photo and a thought to share on the Friday....

For the last couple of years I have had a significant commute with my son every day for school...to the tune of 2 to 3 hours a day spent in the car.  This has proven to be an annoyance at times, but in a MUCH bigger way a blessing.  It affords me an opportunity to have conversations that would not otherwise take place, I pray and listen to many sermons and the Bible on audio.  It is a season and the Lord has blessed me in it.  It has helped me to be quiet and reflect on the goodness of God in ALL circumstances because there will always be many trials, worries and circumstances competing for my time, energy and attention.  I wanted to share this photo taken with my phone this morning on the way back from dropping him off.  It is not unusual for me to be blessed by the beautiful compositions in the sky that I am observing during my commutes, but  I was particularly struck this morning by the dark clouds juxtaposed by the brilliant light and blue sky peeking through. I don't see this blog as a venue to share my opinions and thoughts about what is going on in the world or to engage in divisive theological debate.  I will only say that truth is truth even if no one believes it, there is hope that is sure and supersedes any trials, pain or conflict.  It is Friday.....but Sunday is coming

May the grace and peace of Christ be with you 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Opinion poll please....

It is times like these when I wish I had a sister....or a close friend that lived within 100 miles!  Buying and decorating a new home with a specified budget SHOULD be fun...but I would love to share that process at least in part.  Since that isn't going to happen in real time for now...I thought I would ask you guys for some feedback :-D.  I am going to post two options for curtains in my craft room....I would love it if you tell my which one you like more.  These options are both from an etsy shop.....
Option #1 Fun Chevron

Thanks in advance for any feedback!
Option#2 Equally fun more random pattern

Monday, September 30, 2013

Vintage find

Over the weekend, we did a lot of shopping.  On Saturday we first went to the farmer's market (YUM), then Chip took me to Lucille's.  I had read about it but had NO idea how big and fabulous the place was going to be!  I found this very cool (imho) wood rack that will be perfect storage for my hoard of 6x6 paper--of course I also intend to use the chalk paint I picked up to give it a more fun and funky vibe.  In this photo it is sitting where I intend to put a hall tree... which we are going to make from a great old door that we also found there.  I have projects in progress in every room of the house.  That is not really my normal way of doing things, but since Chip has gotten on board with my need to purge...I am adapting to his method of approach to projects!  I will say it keeps me from getting bored, lol. I promise to post some pics of some of them soon...but only when they are done!  Only one messy photo with no after shots allowed on my blog...just kidding.  Seriously though, my craft space has never been such a disaster, but in fairness...I had to dump every box in search of certain other household items.  The packing choices that the movers make never cease to amaze...and I have yet to find a couple of my favorite Tupperware pieces.  Anyhoo, we also went to Nashville on Sunday and had a great time looking around and picked up a couple items from the World Market there.  As much as I enjoyed our outings, it did limit our time to work on the house, but things are  moving along and I try and accomplish at least one thing every day in terms of decorating progress.  The reality is that it takes time to really settle in and make it truly home. I especially love to take the time to pull together the old, the new, and the refurbished/repurposed to make it feel collected but intentional.  That is where my creative energy is these days.  That, and reconnected with my southern cooking roots....I made some delicious okra last week that even my teenager loved....wonders never cease!  #1 on my project list this week is to make my VERY generic mantle look inviting....I will let you know how that works out in my next post!  As always thanks so much for sharing in this blog journey with me :0)
PS...I will also post a picture of the finished cabinet from an earlier post...just waiting on new magnetic closures so the doors aren't hanging open before a take a photo.

Friday, September 20, 2013

The ugly truth....


Since Chip returned from Afghanistan (almost a year ago), I have put my crafting hobby on the back burner. Seems like our family has been in a very LONG process of transition with more than a couple of twists and turns in the process.  I have also made putting my new space in order the last priority here...and thought I would share the ugly truth of what it looks like while working on everything else in the house.  


This will no doubt be a GREAT space once I have the time to get it together.  For the time being, my
solution has been to shut the door and focus elsewhere....looks better already lol. To be fair we have had a TON of other stuff to do, so this was the least pressing, but I am seriously looking forward to getting it together SOON!  

Monday, August 26, 2013

Are we there yet??

I feel a bit like a kid in the back seat of the car on a long trip....aren't we there YET??  The answer is not yet, but we are getting closer :-D.  Our household goods will arrive next week, we pick up our car Friday (ironically an 8 hour + round trip) and every day in between we have more tasks than hours. We seem to go full tilt each day, but the tyranny of the urgent always being updated. I tend to keep compounding that which has been a VERY bad habit of mine since meeting my super hero husband :-p.  I was given this fab cabinet by a sweet friend in Ft Benning....and we painted it red which was perfect at the time, but in no way will work with our new color pallet.  So....we are stripping it down to paint it white.  In all fairness, the first time we painted it we were also in a time crunch and took a few short cuts, so the finish wasn't ideal.  I have been helping, but wanted to capture Chip in action with my very favorite around the house tool....the heat gun.  Seriously, if you ever want to strip paint it is THE way to go!  I can't wait to see this cutie with a new coat of paint and slipped into the perfect spot.  I will gladly post an updated photo when that is done.
Step 1 remove the red!

Step 2 sand...next prime and paint!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Success!

I wanted to share a picture of my soon to be new kitchen!  I am looking forward to dressing it up and making lots of yummy delicious food here :0).  Traveling makes you appreciate your kitchen more!  We put in four failed contracts before sealing the deal on house #5.  My husband actually called the builder while we were viewing this house and negotiated the necessary compromises to make this a successful deal.  We are even going to be allowed early occupancy, so we are off to visit family for a week or so then will move in with just our suitcases for now...but that won't last long!  Between the two of us, we have purchased 7 homes, so this adventure just baffled us! At the end of the day after MANY twists, turns and changes over the last several months,  I am SO excited to finally be in a new home that is going to be perfect for my family at this time and season in our lives. These are my first ever granite counter tops--yeah!  There is a large bonus room upstairs with great light that will be home to my new studio too.  There has still been no time for me to bust open my art supplies, but I did get to go to Hobby Lobby today....and purchases some yummy paint colors to play with :-D.  Thanks for letting me share and I look forward to posting more art sooner or later!  

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Moving day

The last of our household goods all crated up to be put on the slow boat to Tennessee!  I will not see it again until September.  There has been so much to do, but also so much limbo that I can honestly say I am relieved to see it go.  After these guys left, we went to the post library to print and scan yet another offer for a home (I am optimistic that this is THE one)!  For one reason or another we have had 3 unsuccessful contracts and several inquiries that have went bust.  We then  packed our tiny Ford Focus to the brim with the 3 of us, the dog and all our baggage (to include her kennel).  We had quite the drama trying to find a hotel for our last days on island that would accept our dog, but thought we had that all taken care of.  Instead, we pulled into a section of Waikiki that I have never seen before (for a reason) and my heart sank and my stomach started turning.  The lobby didn't yield much better and by the time we went up to our room I was in full dread mode.  I tried to rally and find something positive to say about the room and reassure myself that it would be fine...meanwhile we could hear a very loud ruckus going on outside the window because a man was getting arrested and was protesting profusely in very colorful language.  My wonderful husband marched us back down to the lobby and we were able to get a full refund and start over.  This is peak season and most hotels are full to the brim, but we were able to find accommodations in a MUCH, MUCH nicer hotel and even ended up with a 3 bedroom suite for our first couple of nights.  This place is huge and the check in clerk was wonderful.  A long day ended on a great note and I am very very thankful to God for His unfailing love, kindness and mercy.  It is not our competence or planning but His grace that ALWAYS sustains us.  I have my craft suitcase and I am going to bust it out tomorrow and will share what comes of it.  Thanks for letting me share a bit of my life with you...as just a sojourner here anxiously awaiting my final home!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Butterfly Canvases with friends

My last project before leaving the island...so happy to have had the opportunity to share with my church gals before saying goodbye!  There were another two ladies present, but they left before I had the chance to photograph their projects. It was a lot of fun to see how differently each one turned out and I hope to be able to do more group projects once I am settled into a new home.






For now, my craft room is all pre-packed and ready for the movers.  I did send a large foot locker ahead with some paint, paper and goodies in it and also have a small suitcase just for "emergency crafting" during my transition!

I did not make those provisions when I moved here and went several months without crafting, and did not want to do that again. I really do enjoy the creative process too much to just put it completely on the back burner for long periods of time.  I will share my traveling kit and some journal projects from that soon.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

New Beginnings...

We have had quite the interesting and extended goodbye from this Hawaiian tour, but are finally within a month or returning to the mainland.  After looking online at homes for over 2 years in three different cities, we put in an offer on this one last week and it was accepted...shockingly with NO counter.  It is not ours until the closing date, but all things are moving ahead smoothly so far.  I am super excited to be in my own home again and will immediately be making some cosmetic changes to the interior, and adding color to the landscape...I will blog about that and post pics along the way if I do continue on here.  I apologize to those of you who are faithful to follow me here....I have not been diligent to find a replacement for google reader so I will have to address how to keep up with you guys moving forward.  I am open to suggestions :0).  Also, I have taken some time away from being so active online to re-evaluate what that looks like for me. I hope to revive my blog, but to be more transparent and inclusive into all the things that I love about being a wife, mother, homemaker and aspiring artist.  It is always a supreme effort for me to be concise and winsome while not compromising the truth of the gospel which is the most important aspect of my life, heart and art.  The one thing I know for sure is that the blessings and trials of this life are always ebbing and flowing, but the peace of God is the constant joy that sustains all who have put their faith in Christ.  I pray that you are enjoying His grace and peace today.  Thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Persevere

Flight
Anticipation

Girls!
I have become enamored with making ATCs as of late to trade with other ladies and as a quick gratification project, so I thought I should share them here too. My goal is to be able to make some art to actually display in my home...have the big canvases, but can't make the leap.  I am going smaller instead of bigger lol!  Oh well, all things in due time I suppose.   As we are preparing to leave the island, it seems like life has opened up more here.  I have finally found a groove and regular fellowship...right before it's time to go.  That happened in GA also...ironic.  I am learning more and more to be content in the present even though that is always changing.  God is amazingly patient and gracious to continue to work in and on me...and is faithful to bring whatever it takes into my life to accomplish that.  There are so many wonderful things to learn in the every circumstance whether good, or awkward.  I am so very thankful for the gifts and abilities that God has given me and strive more and more to use them to glorify Him and to bless others.  I am also exceedingly thankful for those who do love and encourage me in spite of my many flaws and gabby jaws!  At any rate, thanks for stopping by and I hope that you are making something beautiful no matter how big or small.  

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Gelli Fish!

This is a water-color journal that I made for a friend using my new favorite fun tool the Gelli Plate.  I guess mono printing has been around for a long time, but this commercial plate has made it more accessible the crafting masses.  I have not always enjoyed the latest crafting craze as much as I'd hoped, but this little baby is a TON of fun.  This is crazy bright and whimsical ..hopefully my friend will like it.  I think so, since she is a native to Hawaii and loves vivid colors.  She also has creative writing skills, so I am hoping that this will become a fun fictional story book to share with her grand children. I coated the inner pages with gesso and plan to include some water color crayons to use for her illustrations.  She has been a blessing to me during our time here, so I want to bless her.  Thanks for stopping by, and I encourage you to use your gifts  to bless others, enjoy the process and thank God in all things because every good gift comes from Him!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

True Love...

I made this super CAS card for my husband today.  He was so sweet to have flowers delivered for me today, so I thought maybe I should show my appreciation by doing more than just conquering mount "washmore" today ;0).  I haven't made many cards over the last year and a half, so I enjoyed the opportunity to make this one, and I know that Chip will love that I took the time to do it for him.  I thank God EVERY day for this blessed union with Christ as our Lord.  It is in Him that we have such love and appreciation for one another.   I was a few weeks shy of turning 40 when we were married.  I had given up on true love and was resigned to a single life.  How amazing is it that my heavenly father had such better plans for me?  Happy Valentine's day and I pray that you have TRUE LOVE in your life through Christ.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Glue Gun Holder...

I have been looking at hot glue gun holders on eBay for almost a year, and finally convinced my husband to make one for me!  I LOVE it and think mine is way cooler than the ones I was looking at ;0).  Because he took the time to make it just so, I chose to keep the embellishments pretty clean also by using the gorgeous rub on from my stash. He used a piece of wood and spray paint that we had on hand and  I found the perfect size and color cup for the glue sticks at Target for $1--score!  He was able to make this in no time at all by going over to the wood shop on post and so it was a win-win.  He got to "play" with all the cool tools and I got a sweet new accessory for my craft desk.  It also happened to be our 6h anniversary.  We stayed home and grilled steaks and I can't imagine a more perfect way to spend the day with the one I love! It was a cost effective, but JOYFUL day.
I also want to just thank you guys SO MUCH...your comments and care bless me beyond words.  It is a joy and privilege to share little snippets of my art and life with you.  
As I begin to prepare for our retirement move, I plan to seriously clean out my craft room and will offer up some of my stash in the weeks ahead, so be on the lookout if you are interested!  May the Lord bless and keep you :0)

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Hope


I made this sweet little canvas the other day from a class taken in the fall that I never got around to finishing!  Junelle Jacobsen is super sweet and talented and I always enjoy learning from her.  This project seemed so fitting for me and I love how it fits perfectly into my room decor and into my thought process as I continually reevaluate my source of peace.  It does NOT come from my circumstances, but from the promises of God found in scripture.  I do not walk this out perfectly and have been tried and tested physically this year like never in my life.  I have been tired, weak and even weepy on several occasions, but I have not fainted or faltered for long because of the hope I have in Christ alone.  I am still on the road to recovery from a silly gardening accident...it has really helped me to understand just how quickly things can change.  Speaking of changes, there are many big changes on the horizon for my family in the coming months.  I am not sure how that is going to affect my blog...I have been praying for some time about the direction I would like to take here.  There are many blogs with beautiful art and I know several women who are so gifted at giving an uplifting devotion.  I am just here sharing honestly about my love for God, my family and crafting.  We shall see what the future holds...I do have some small secret dreams for the future, but it is whatever the Lord wills for me.  For now I would like to end by sharing this verse about hope: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Gelli plate play...

I purchased a Gelli plate a couple months ago and finally sat down and played with it the other day.  These are a few of the pages in process that resulted from it. I am planning to make an art journal with them to continue to fine tune them and also write my thoughts/prayers in.   If you are curious to know about the Gelli plate, here is a video with one of my current favorite artists showing exactly how it works--Gelli Arts Monoprinting Plate Tutorial I really enjoyed just randomly getting my paper, hands and table all messy and let the saturation of color take its own natural progression.  I bought a small folding table the last time we were at Costco for just this purpose and it worked out great. The rest of the story is about my leg wound saga..I have shared some on Facebook, but not here.  On November 30th I inured my left leg while working on our back patio.  I immediately knew I would be making a trip to the hospital because of the nature and severity of the puncture wound (from the pointy end of the pick axe I was using.)  What I did NOT know is that it would last for months and continue to escalate to the point of needing surgical intervention and a hospital stay.  I still have a way to go before being completely mobile and functional...as such I have not been able to craft much.  The time I spent at Christmas was painful and I paid for it!   I have missed being creative, and my completely adoring husband set up a place me to prop my leg under the table so that I could play in paint for a while--which was very enjoyable.  Those are the kinds of tender kindnesses that he is so good at showing, and they cause me to  appreciate him even more than I already do.  He "gets me" and shows me love in every way he can...I do not deserve such a wonderful husband, but am very grateful to God that I don't get what I truly deserve in any aspect of my life. In His sovereignty He has chosen me for His own and continues to use ALL things for my good and His glory.  It is my growing understanding that in the good, bad, painful, fun, sorrowful and beautiful aspects of daily life....NONE compares to the joy and the hope that I have in Christ alone.  It is my prayer and deepest desire to be more and more consistent in ascribing to the Lord the glory due His name in every circumstance.

Monday, January 7, 2013

ATCs for swap...

Romans 5:8
I signed up for an ATC 2 for 2 swap this month with a heart theme and these are what I came up with the other day.  The top one was once a diet pepsie can that I die cute embossed and painted.  I wrapped it with some colored wire and hung a cross charm from it.  The background is my usual mixed media mayhem!
The second one has less paint, but still interesting I think.  I used my MS border punch for these pretty butterflies and a mover shaper die for the heart cutout on the atc front.  I layered some of my favorite pp underneath and accented it with some markers, little bit of pain and stamps.


Titus 2:13

Hearts are for sure one of my favorite things and I have several hanging around my space...some bought some in stages of being made.  I love to be loved and am striving to be more loving...even the unlovable (as I myself can be). 
I am sure I will have more heart art to share soon :0)