Tuesday, October 25, 2016

P is for Prayers for Peace

It's been almost a month since my last post, so please accept my apologies.  Between my fast and furious schedule at work this school year, in addition to several personal engagements, I have not had the energy to write a post.  It was so hectic during the past month, that I was only able to create the four projects in this post.

A&M vs Tennessee Tailgating With Family
Smash Book, Note Pads, & Tissue Tape; Hand Lettering & Doodles; Nikon D3300 Photographs; and Ephemera
Our Beautiful World OBW ~ 170 Comfort
Sue's Image-In-Ing
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
However, I have been keeping up with the tragic state of our national election, as well as all the hatred and violence that's been contaminating our beautiful world.  It breaks my heart and makes me worry about the future of our children.  Therefore, today I want to share two prayers found in the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, from a series we are following at my church:

Happy Birthday, P!
Tim Holtz Ornate Frame Die #2, Poker Face Embossing Folder, Distress Ink Pad & Stickles; We R Memory Keepers Mini Alphabet Punch Board & Staple Board; Martha Stewart Border Punch; Pen; Glass Beads & Glue; Burlap; Cardstock; and Scrap Plastic.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Think Pink
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #386
Karen's Word Art Wednesday
Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart and especially the hearts of the people of this land, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pumpkin Doodled Calendar Page
Marvy Markers and Pens
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday P is for Pumpkin
Art Journal Journey - Autumn
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 34 Year 6
Almighty God, you proclaim your truth in every age by many voices: Direct, in our time, we pray, those who speak where many listen and write what many read; that they may do their part in making the heart of this people wise, its mind sound, and its will righteous; to the honor of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Happy Halloween!
Tim Holtz Mini and Tiny Bat Magnetic Dies & Stickles; Scan 'n Cut 2; Assorted Paper Scraps; and American Crafts Gatefold Card Base
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday - Week 251
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Autumn
Moo-Mania: Halloween Party
May we achieve peace in our beautiful world, no matter where we live or what our believes may be.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

L is for Live, Laugh & Love

During my teenage years, I became acquainted with the phrase, "Live, Laugh & Love," through a friend of mine.  I remember hand lettering it into journals and letters to other friends of mine.  I did not know where this simple alliterative phrase came from, but I knew it was powerful.  Later on, I realized they were derived from a poem titled "What Constitutes Success," by Bessie Anderson Stanley, from 1904.  Below is her poem, which I feel is timeless:

The Dead - Los Muertos (Inspired by Luke 16:31)
Mixed Media Tile
Try It On Tuesday - Sun, Moon, Stars
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 30 Year 6
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
He has achieved success who has lived well,
laughed often, and loved much;
Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women,
the respect of intelligent men,
and the love of little children;

Summer Fun 2016
Smash Book Spread
Karen't Word Art Wednesday - Weeks #250-251
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #247
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 382
Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty
or failed to express it;
Who has left the world better than he found it
whether by an improved poppy,
a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;

Pepsi Love Crate
iPhone 6s Shot
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - Letter L
Our Beautiful World ~ Paint
Sue's Image-In-Ing
Who has always looked for the best in others
and given them the best he had;
whose life was an inspiration;
whose memory a benediction.

I hope this poem speaks to you, as much as it does to me.  Thank you for following my blog, as well as for taking the time to leave a comment.  Blessings!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

K is for Kindred Spirit

Although we are opposites in some regards, my wife and I are kindred spirits.  We are opposites in the way we handle situations. However, we are kindred spirits in that we have similar values and interests.

Psalm 51:11 Mandala
Mixed Media
Denise, Leslie & Roger's ABC Wednesday - Letter K
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Inspired by Music
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 29 Year 6
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday
We are opposite in the following ways:
1- She is easy going - I am a perfectionist.
2- She is naturally social - I have to work at it.
3- She is a conservative dresser - I see dressing as a form of artistic expression.

Father's Day & 4th of July Pages
Smash Book Folio with We R Memory Keepers Punched Embellishments
Karen's Word Art Wednesday - Weeks #248 & 249
Moo-Mania * Alphabet
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday - WOYWW #381
We are kindred spirits in the following ways:
1- We both love food, mysteries, and antiques.
2- We both put family first and have compatible parenting skills.
3- We both have an intimate relationship with God, our creator, savior and redeemer.

Nikon D3300 Photograph
Our Beautiful World ~ OBW 165
Therefore, although we have our differences, our values and interests are strong enough to make us kindred spirits.  Anyway, I want to thank my followers, as well as everyone who took the time to leave a comment last week.  Blessings!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

J is for Just Do It

Do you ever just do it?  I am very methodical, which makes me a creature of habit, who feels much more comfortable planning every detail of my life.  This stems from my inherent perfectionist tendencies.  However, I sometimes make a conscious effort to go out on a limb and "just do it," and I like it!  It is a freeing feeling to just take a ride to the lake with my wife on the spare of the moment; make an impulse purchase of a new art tool or spiffy shirt; or have a fresh creme filled doughnut every once in a while.  I have learned to "just do it" too, when working on my artistic endeavors.  My perfectionism was so severe during my youth, that it stifled my artistry causing me to have creative blocks.  I still enjoy the comfort of routines, but I feel it's much more healthy to "just do it" sometimes.  What do you think?

Psalm 82:8 Cross Mandala
Art Journal Marker Hand Drawing and Lettering
Mead Sketchbook; Faber-Castell Pitt Brush Pens; Unibal Air Pen; Pencil; and Blending Stump.
Karen's Word Art Wednesday - Challenge Weeks #248 & #249
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 28 Year 6
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Top 10 Words to Live By
Smash Folio Layout and Hand Lettering
We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board; Marvy Le Plume II Markers; Prismacolor Colored Pencils; Uniball Air Pen; Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch; Photographs; and More.
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday: Letter J
Moo-Mania: Alphabet
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #380
Rose at Tyler, Texas' Rose Garden
Nikon D3300 Shot Edited on iPhoto
Our Beautiful World: OBW 164 ~ Bloom
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday - Week 245
Sue's Image-in-ing
Anyway, thank you for following my blog, as well as for taking the time to leave such thoughtful comments about my work. I am humbled and honored by your kindness.  Blessings!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

H is for Happy

I choose to be happy!  As a recovering perfectionist, it has not always been easy, because I used to focus on an issue's negative point and overlook all the positive ones.  Perfectionism used to stifle my creativity and my ability to have good relationships during my youth.  It helps that overall I am an optimistic person by nature, so I know how to look at the glass half full instead of halfway empty.  I also learned to find the good in all people.  I hate to admit it, but I will avoid pessimistic people, because it is easy to be sucked into their negativity.  However, I will listen to them and help them find the positive in situations if they choose to seek help.  A major influence in my life has been my faith in God, which was instilled in my by my parents at an early age.  I know that I can do anything, if I just stop being afraid and believe in the strength, courage and wisdom that can be found in Him.

1 Samuel 16:7 Mandala
Art Journal Illustration
EK Success Circle Ruler; Uniball Air Pen; Jolly Exakt Pen; Talens Opaque Watercolors; Sakura Calligrapher; Marvy Calligraphy Duo; Mechanical Pencil; and a stump.
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #244-245
Art Journal Journey - Nature's Wonders
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 26 Year 6
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches - Week 6
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday
It's 5 Somewhere!
Greeting Card
Tim Holtz Wild West Stamp Set; Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils; Ink Pads; Embossing Powder; Uniball Air Pen; Jolly Exakt Pen; Sticker Studio Tag; Martha Stewart Bandana Print Paper; Inkssentials Manila ATC; Kraft Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - It's A Stitch Up
Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday - H is for Happy Hour
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 378
Kelly's Dog
iPhone 6s Shot
Our Beautiful World ~ OBW162 Sunlight
I hope you all can find happiness in your lives, as I have.  Thank you for following my blog and taking the time to leave a thoughtful comment.  Blessings!