Sunday, February 7, 2016

E is for Eunoia

As I was researching topics for this post, I came across the word "eunoia," which is pronounced "u-`noy-ă."  Eunoia is a noun and is defined as beautiful thinking or a well mind.  I was not familiar with this word, but eunoia is certainly something I thrive for.

Chinese Valentine's Cookies for The Sunshines' Of My Life
Brother's Scan N Cut 2; EK Success Heart Punch; Tim Holtz Simple Sayings Stamp Set; Various Cardstock and Paper; Sharpie Micron Pen; Glue and Adhesive Foam Dots
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Ray of Sunshine
Anything But Cute: Challenge #10 - Grungy Love
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #219
Valentine's Straw Embellishments for My Wife's Gift
Brother's Scan N Cut 2; EK Success Punch; Tim Holtz Simple Sayings Stamp Set; Sharpie Micron Pen; Baker's Twine; Paper, Cardstock and Ribbon Scraps
Moo-Mania: Use Your Scraps
Try It On Tuesday: A Fine Romance
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Have A Heart
Sam & Sarah's Quinceañera Cards
Original Scanned Artwork; Tim Holtz Dies, Embossing Folder, & Stamps; Martha Stewart Flower Punch; Sequins; Ranger's Stickles; Markers; Inkpads; Cardstock
In my mind, eunoia can be achieved through the act of spending time with loved ones; engaging in religious ministries or social causes; and gift giving to loved ones and charities.

St. Augustine
Patels, Calligraphy Marker, Sharpie Micron Pen, Handmade Cork Stamp, and Gold Acrylic Paint
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday - Week #214
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 49 Year 5
Kim's Show Your Face
Julie's Art Journal Every Day
I also believe eunoia can be achieved by finding time to immerse in one's passions, such as the visual arts, music, literature, cooking, or exercising.

Post Markings - Old Del Rio
iPhone 4S Photograph
Our Beautiful World #133 - Markings
Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday - E is for Eunoia
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #349
Last, but not least, I believe eunoia can be achieved by being able to find beauty in our surroundings, no matter how insignificant these may appear.  Where or how do you find eunoia?

I want to thank all my followers and everyone that took the time to leave a comment.  By the way, I found out that I lost several of my followers due to some changes by Google's Friend Connect, so please accept my apologies.  I also found out that there is supposed to be a Google cookies notice on my blog, but I'm not sure it's showing or if it's something I need to set.  If you have any information, please let me know.  Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

C is for Cheers

According the the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the interjection "cheers" has three uses:

O Lord, My Strength, My Redeemer
Oil Pastels, Sharpies, Calligraphy Marker, Watercolors, & Mead Sketchpad
Moo-Mania - Famous People
Creating and Sharing Mixed Media Art
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #347
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday - Week 47 Year 5
Kim's Show Your Face - Focus On Eyes
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday - Week 213
1 - used as a toast to wish everyone happiness, as in "Cheers!  May we all be acceptable in the sight of the Lord."

#thankyou for the Love
Tim Holtz Mini Ticket Die; TH Tiny Things, Travel Ways, & Hashtags Stamps; TH Distress Ink Pads; DIY Shop Crate Paper; Kraft Cardstock; Recollections Flower Embellishments; Tulip Bead Paint; Micron Red Pen; & Jute Twine
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Love Is In The Air + Use Red
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Create With Critters
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #218
2 - used an informal way to say "thank you," as in "Cheers to all my followers, as well as everyone who took the time to leave some love in my 25th Wedding Anniversary post last week."

My Weekend Visitor
iPhone 6s Photograph Edited on Pixelmator
Our Beautiful World #131 - Bright
Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday - C is for Cheers
Sue's Image-in-ing
3 - used as an informal way to say "goodbye," as in "Cheers!  Hope you stop by my blog again next week."

I hope you enjoyed my very short post this week.  :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

B is for Blissful

It is hard to believe, but my wife and I are celebrating our Twenty-Fifth Wedding Anniversary… time flies!  Although it has been a blissful experience filled with a plethora of blessings, we've had our share of trials.  Throughout the years, we've also been honored and humbled when people say we are good role models.

25th Wedding Anniversary Explosion - 1/3 Closed
25th Wedding Anniversary Explosion Box - 2/3 Open Front View
25th Wedding Anniversary Explosion Box - 3/3 Open Back View
Martha Stewart Scoring Board; MS Eyelet Border Punch; Tim Holtz Tiny Tabs & Tags, Tickets Die, Cargo Stencil Number, Tattered Pinecone, Garden Greens, Baroque Photo Corners, & Mini Flourish Dies; TH 100th Collection Stamps; We R Memories 1-2-3 Punch Board; EK Success Corner Adorner Heart and corner rounding punches; Making Memories Mini Stapler; Basicgrey Notch & Die Cutting Tool; TH Kraft-Core Cardstock; Kraft & Metallic Cardstock; Vintage Print, Kraft, & Scrap Paper; TH Remnant Rubs; MS Borders & Photo Label; TH Distress Inks; Scotch Advanced Tape Glider; Adhesive Foam Pads; Thermogrip Glue Gun; Uniball Air; Silver Beads; Metallic Ribbon; Wire; and Twine.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Best Friends
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Ombre
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #20 - Time Flies
CropStop Linky Party #12 - Anything Goes
Karen's Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #218
I don't know if we are truly good "role models."  However, we do live by the words found in Joshua 24:15, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."  His heavenly grace has taught us how to deal with our inequities, and His heavenly power provides us with a stronghold during times of tribulation.

Luke 1:37 Art Journal Page
Mead Sketchbook; EK Success Circle Ruler; Caran d'Ache Water-soluble Wax Pastels/ Prismacolor Pencils; Sharpie Micron Pen; Uniball Air; and Scotch Decorative Tape
Creative Tuesdays
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #346
Creating and Sharing Mixed Media Art
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 46 Year 5
Kim's Show Your Face
Secondly, we thrive in having open lines of communication, honesty, and respect for each other.  For example, we serve as sounding boards for each other when issues come up at work; we don't keep secrets about our children or spending habits; and we cherish each others passions, like the time I spend in my art studio.

Circle of Love
Nikon D3300 Photograph
Our Beautiful World - Blue
Sue's Image-in-ing
Denise and Roger's ABC Wednesday - B is for Figure in Blue
52 Photos Project: Week 38 {Blue}
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #212
Last, but not least, we value the time that we spend with each other.  Rather it is time spent with our friends and family, devotional time, or simply going antiquing at a local thrift store, we have fun!  These are the special moments that we treasure and provide uplifting conversational themes during our low times.

Therefore, although I'm not sure we are good "role models," I can certainty say that the 25 years I've spent with my wife have been truly blissful… thank you Lord!  I also want to thank all my followers, as well as everyone that takes the time to leave such thoughtful comments.  May you be blessed with blissfulness!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Z is for Moments of Zen

I believe that moments of Zen are not exclusive to Buddhists.  According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Zen is the Japanese form of Buddhism that aims at enlightenment by direct intuition through meditation.  Hence, centuries ago Zen Buddhist priests designed their austere sand and rock garden configurations to enhance meditation and as an appreciation of beauty in simplicity.

NOLA - Summer 2015
iPhone 4 Photograph
Our Beautiful World #128 - Calm
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #209
Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday - Z is for Moments of Zen
It is my understanding that Zen is a sensory experience that allows a person to be fully aware of the "here and now."  It is about being so totally focused introspectively, that time and space are irrelevant.  It is about filling the present with profound joy, peace and clarity, so that it may become a peak experience.

2 Corinthians 5:17 - The old has gone; the new is here!
CaranD'Ache Watersoluble Wax Pastels; Cray-Pas Oil Pastels; Gelli Prints; Hand Carved stamps; and More
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
The Mixed Media Challenge #20 Time Flies
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - #344
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 44 Year 5
Kim Dellow's Show Your Face
I believe there are other ways to achieve moments of Zen.  Quality time spent with loved ones, recreational reading/writing, and quiet nature trail walks are just a few examples.  Even in the hustle and bustle of daily life, I have achieved moments of Zen when looking through the eye of my camera lens or sketching in public areas.

Neighborhood Christmas Celebration
Tim Holtz Artful Dwellings, Mini Openings, & Tiny Shapes Dies; Cardboard & Paper Scraps; Plaid Royal Coat; Hand Illustrations; Words&Crafts Word Stamp Kit; Martha Stewart Sequins; Fiskars 1/16" Hole-Punch; and wire.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Winter Wonderland
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Party
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #217
As a Christian, I believe that a major moment of Zen is Epiphany, which is observed on January 6th, and commemorates the coming of the Magi as the first manifestation of Christ to the gentiles.  I can only imagine the feeling of awe the Magi experienced when realizing they were in the presence of the King of Kings.  Wow!

Anyway, thank you for stopping by.  I also want to take this opportunity to thank all my followers, as well as everyone who took the time to leave a thoughtful comment during 2015.  May 2016 be filled with moments of Zen for everyone around the world!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

W is for Warmth

Our home is filled with the warmth that hope, love, joy and peace can bring during Advent.

Romero's Christmas Tree
Nikon D3300 Shot
Our Beautiful World - #127 Connect (the lights)
Sue's Image-in-ing
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - W is for Warmth
It is that filling of expectancy a parent can feel when expecting a child, which in this case is our Lord, Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

Luke 1:42
Uni-bal Air Pen, Caran d'Ache Watersoluble Wax Pastels, and a Silver Prismacolor Pencil
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - #19 Silver and/or Gold
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday - #206
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #341
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 41 Year 5
Julie's Art Journal Everyday
Kim's Show Your Face
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
I consider the birth of any child a gift, and with a birth comes responsibility.  Although Jesus does not require the care a new born would, responsibility is still a must.  As Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-40, our first and greatest responsibility is to love the Lord with all our heart, mind, and soul, and the second is to love our neighbor as ourselves.  If we are responsible and follow this commandments, everything will follow.  What do you think?

Christmas Gift & Tag
Tim Holtz Carved Ornament, Love, and Season's Greetings Dies; Fiskars AdvantEdge Punch System & Sand Dollar Cartridge; Martha Stewart Gem; Wire; and more
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Tag It
The Male Room: Challenge #25 Christmas
Karen's Word Art Wednesday - #214 
Christmas Envelopes
Brother Scan'n Cut 2; Inkadinkado Holly stamp; Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils; Glossy Accents; Martha Stewart Snowflake Washi Tape; and More
Let's December Daily: 2015
Moo-Mania - Favourite Stamp
Try It On Tuesday - Snow Flakes 
Colleagues' Christmas Treats
We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board; Tim Holtz Mini Poinsettia Die; Plaid Decorative Edge Ruler; Sequins;  and More
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Just a Pinch
Thank you for your visit, as well as for taking the time to leave a warm comment and following my blog.  You inspire me to continue to create and share my thoughts.  May your holiday season be filled with warmth!