Phillipians 3:14

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

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)