Sunday, July 31, 2011

Take Captive My Thoughts Lord

I hate it when my thoughts go all over the place and I can't seem to focus. This is when I start doing too many things at once and then I get all flustered because I can't remember all the things I have going.

This is also when doubts creep to the surface and I begin to question my abilities to accomplish anything at all ~ I hate it I tell ya!

One thing my hubbub tells me is that I think too much! Do you have that problem? Last night he asked me if I am even capable of holding only one thought in my head at a time... I thought about that and realized that I CAN do this, but only when I am Art Journaling. When I am focused on a page I can actually manage to think about only the topic of the page. I realize that this process is a meditative healing balm to me as I think about how God has and is working in my life.

I pray that He holds captive my thoughts and so that they do not go off in all directions. I pray that I stay focused on Jesus so at the end of this race we call life I will receive my crown.

I hope and pray you are all having a very blessed long weekend. Hugs and many blessings to all of you.


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tshirt Image

I am helping with a fundraiser for my Church and I am trying to come up with some t-shirt ideas to sell. I was really wanting to design a t-shirt that would speak to women in regards to God's love for them. I'm not too sure how these images would look on t-shirts. What do you think? Do you think they need a border around them? Hmmmm... I will have to think on it some more.

I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend - forecast here, sunny and warm! Yay!

Hugs and many blessings to you all.


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Journaling While Camping

My family and I just had the coolest weekend of camping at Glennifer Lake. I am posting three days later because it has taken me that long to recover... but it was so much fun. Our entire Church booked a group site so there were so many people and the best thing was that we actually got to know many of them over the weekend that we hadn't been able to connect with yet! Awesome times, great fellowship and beautiful beach time!

I was able to pull out my journal a few times and work on the above page, I call it my 'James Tree' as it is covered in scripture from James. I drew the tree really whimsical looking, and I was thinking about the 'taming the tongue' part of James. Why is it so hard to tame anyway? I think it is because our brain just doesn't think about what is going to come out of our mouths most of the time! As Christians we represent Christ so shouldn't our speech also represent Him? So I ask God to help me, to bless the words that come out of my mouth, to help me encourage others and build others up... I guess that should include myself too! I tend to put myself down at times... I think I need to tame my thoughts too!

My youngest (14) had some journal time too, when he had a headache. He loves to draw crosses. He went and spent some time in our van (where all my journal supplies were) and he came out with this lovely page. I knew art journaling was healing! His headache was gone by the time he finished! :)

Here's Ben and his friends at camp getting ready for their awesome tube ride behind a speed boat! Ben went on twice and loved it! Josh was gone most of the weekend with the youth but he had a blast not having to check in with his old mom and dad!

I snuggled in to the back of our van at night with a mattress, memory foam topper and all my warmy blankets. I brought tons of extra blankets and sheets to cover the windows and had my own little sanctuary to sleep in. I felt so safe in there I slept like a baby! The boys and hubbub all slept in the tent!


Thursday, July 21, 2011

I Just Found A Lovely Blog Filled With Inspiration

Cori Lynn Berg of Sacred Art is now another favorite of mine. Just by chance I found her website and I LOVE her style.
Click on Sacred Art to link to her blog.

This piece spoke to me and the words that went with it, read her words on her blog. She is such an inspiration. This painting is the cover for a journal, wow! I am amazed. Thanks Cori for sharing your inspiration with the world!

I hope you enjoy her blog and are as inspired as me!
Hugs and blessings everyone!


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Truth Shall Set You Free From Comfort Cottage

I have been unable to post lately, sorry. However, today I would love to share with you a friends post over at Comfort Cottage. Terri really shares her heart and it is truly apparent in todays post.

Please go take a look at her blog and see her lovely art work. http://terrimorse.typepad.com/comfortcottage/2011/07/true-freedom.html

Many hugs and blessings to all of you.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hypermobility of The Joints

Do you remember doing this as a kid? I think I must have lived in this position as I layed on the floor watching tv. To me it was the most natural position to be in. I remember my sisters teasing me about how double-jointed or flexible I was and I was happy to entertain them.

Last week I had an appointment with a Rheumatoid Specialist and they did a head-to-toe exam on me (the first I had ever had which is pretty ridiculous considering I have had pain in my joints since I was 9 years old). Anyway, they tested ALL of my joints and what they discovered was that I did not have Rheumatoid Arthritis, or Lupus (which is good), but what I do have is a hypermobility of all my joints.

Most people grow out of this (double-jointedness). But some do not. I still have it and this is the reason for all the pain in my joints. I am still in shock that no-one has told me this before! I don't know that it effects everyone in the same way but for me there is too much movement in my joints and this causes immflamation and pain ~ that is why I cannot exercise like everyone else because my joints are already overextended as it is.

They also told me I have a bad case of Fibromyalgia (which I already knew) but it was funny because the specialist knew exactly what points on my body gave me pain (and unfortunately she kept poking at them! (OUCH! QUIT IT! OUCH! QUIT IT!...LOL)
I was so impressed with this clinic because they really understand pain and were so helpful in explaining what was actually going on in my body. Chronic pain is not understood by many in the medical field but the specialists are so understanding and they treat you like a person, unlike others who treat you like it's all in your head.

For some reason I have extremely sensitive reflexes and at one point during the session there were two Rheumatoid specialists, one physiotherapist and an RN all using me for entertainment because my reflexes were so brisk and sensitive! Because they were all so nice, and that day was a good pain day, I was once again happy to entertain.:)

I am so glad to finally know the reason for my joint pain, and now the Specialist clinic is going to set me up with exercises that are for people with hypermobility so that I don't keep hurting myself. It feels good to get some answers and to be on the right road to not hurting myself anymore.

Well, I hope and pray you all have a wonderful day. Here it is raining... but I'm okay with that as this gives me time to work on my book.

Hugs and many blessings to all of you.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

I Am My Beloved's

Yesterday was a doodle day for me as I watched some movies/tv shows we have on DVD. As most of you know we do not have cable tv or satellite or whatever they do these days... LOL! We are not completely out of it when it comes to world news, we still listen to the radio and whenever we check our emails the news comes up... so we aren't COMPLETELY out of touch. We like it this way... we do not like all the STUFF that is thrown at you in commercials and some tv shows ~ NO THANK YOU! We are simple people I would like to think, and we strive for the simpler life.

Anyway, yesterday I got to doodle some and as I doodled I thought about my Savior! I can't help but think of Him... where would I be without Him? My life could have taken a far different path and I would have been lost forever! Jesus came and rescued me right at my breaking point... and for that I will always be thankful. So many are lost to the world these days, left in pain and sorrow. HE can take it all away, we need only ask Him.

This reminds me of the week after my Dad passed away, I went to Church that Sunday. For some reason Pastor Barry called an altar call (which was highly uncommon for this Church) and I went up for prayer. A tall grey haired man came to the front to pray for me, I had never seen him before and he did not know my situation having just lost my father. He looked into my tear-filled eyes and said these words, "Jesus takes the place of the ones we lose." Then he prayed for my healing. I never saw that man again but many years later our paths crossed in a most peculiar way... He was head of the Board of the Foursquare Church in Canada and I was working at a Foursquare Church as secretary. I was given the task of putting together a scrapbook for him and I saw a picture of him and knew instantly this was the man who prayed over me after my Dad passed away. For years I thought he was an angel because the words that he told me began my healing journey to grieving for my earthly Father. Because of my job, I was able to place a tribute in the scrapbook telling him how thankful I was for that prayer. He may not have been an angel, but he was certainly like an angel to me by saying those words.

Jesus cares for us and looks after us when we are hurting. I am so in love with Him. Thank you Jesus for this beautiful memory.

Hugs and many blessings to all of you. I hope and pray you are all having a lovely weekend.


Saturday, July 9, 2011

D.T.W. (Aka Duck Tape Wallets!)

One of my son's friends at school came to school one day with a DTW (duck tape wallet) and he sold 10 of them, quite the entrepreneur I would say! Ben really liked the idea of these wallets so I 'you-tubed' it and found a great video tutorial

We went to Michael's this morning and loaded up with all sort's of Duck Tape! Ben spent two hours making his very first wallet!

Then we kept going and I made one and he made another.

These wallets have two main pockets to hold money and receipts or whatever, card holders and a window slot to put I.D. They are so cool and fun to make!

I love the window slot ~ every wallet needs one right?

When we finished making them Ben turned to me and said, "I enjoy making new things with you Mom, we should do this more often... yes indeed." I agreed. LOL! I love my time with my boys!

Hope you enjoy this awesome video tutorial and our wallets.

Have a blessed day!


Friday, July 8, 2011

Paper Dolls

I have not had the opportunity to load these pictures and tell you about my fabulous Saturday with my girlfriend Charlene and her adorable daughters Brooklyn and Tessa! Hubbub went on his very first motorbike trip to Fernie, BC with a group of guys from Church and I had my girlie time!

Girls are so wonderful ~ it's true! I am not used to having girls around and I'm definitely not used to making arts and crafts with them, well let me tell you what a treat this past Saturday was!

When the girls sat down at the table to look at the book (Julie Nutting's Collage Couture) their eyes were so dreamy and full of wonder, they couldn't wait to get started! I had already cut out the paper doll parts and attached them with brads (it could be kind of tricky for little fingers to do). Now, they needed to decide what kind of outfits their dolls were going to have... Brooklyn chose an elegant style dress that is sort of country-like in the book, but we made it more into an evening gown; Tessa was frilly all the way, she chose the most colorful dress in the book and she wanted to use just as many colors!

After choosing their dress styles I had them choose their colors of papers (I had a number of beautiful scrapbook paper that are all girlie that I was just waiting to use), again their eyes went all dreamy as they ooooed and aahed their way through the pages. I LOVED SEEING THIS and was so blessed by this girlie time.

Now it was time for cookies and milk while I drew out their gowns on tissue paper then cut out each piece separately. The girls were so patient as they waited for me to finish.

When their gowns came together they were in awe, they LOVED them! After placing the dresses on their dolls I created some hair and headbands for their new dolls.

Brooklyn named her doll Jessica using her middle name and Tessa named her Kelly after ME! (Super awesomeness!)

And here are Jessica and Kelly fully finished! I hear they played with them the entire day at home.

Thanks Charlene, Brooklyn and Tessa for coming to play with me, I had a wonderful time!

Hugs and blessings Everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Introducing #714 Kerry Estey Keith

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a fabulous summer day! I have not shared inspiration from the Artists on the All Kinds of Artists Blog Hop in a while and a new member has joined today and I just had to share with you her beautiful photograph. Her name is Kerry Estay Keith from A Woman and A Wild Place (LOVE THIS NAME BY THE WAY!)
Her blog took me on a mystical journey through wildlife and photography as you can tell by this fantasy-like photo of hers. If such a journey appeals to you go take a look at her blog.
Can you believe the number of Artists linked up is at 714????? What a blessing!
Hugs and happy sunshine blessings to you.