In a world that often bombards us with negativity, I choose to have a sugar sweet sensibility. I thrive to surround myself with positive people, involve myself in positive activities, and make the best of all situations. It is not always easy, since I do get stressed sometimes and feel a need to vent. It is part of our human nature. However, through prayer, my artful life, and the support of my loved ones, I am able to move forward and not dwell on the negative aspects of life. Inspired by the positive aspects in my life, I have 3 artistic pieces to present this week. I hope you like them!
|Sweet Beautiful Thought|
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My first piece, which reminds me of the shadow boxes of the 70's, features colorful items representative of the joys in my life. The theater ticket stands for my love of fine arts; the butterfly stands for my love of nature; the wishbone stands for my love of food; the rose stands for my love of the Lord; the license plate stands for my love of travel; and the pen nib stands for my love of writing. These "Sweet Beautiful Thoughts," are blessings for which I'm ever thankful.
This next piece is inspired by my dog Rossy, a Chihuahua/Rat Terrier mix who was abandoned in our mall's parking lot when she was just a puppy. We found her when my girls and I were going into a department store named Ross, hence her name. We tried finding her a home, but after 7 years with us, I think she's found one on her own - LOL! She brings so much joy to our daily life through the unconditional love she gives us. (She's not just sweet, but she's very smart too!)
The photograph above is a shot I took during my family's last visit to my mother's home. Abuela, which is Spanish for grandmother, makes the best arroz con leche (rice pudding) that I've ever had. It's creamy, not too sweet, and you can literally make a meal out of it. My girls love it too, so she always makes it for them when we go visit. My oldest daughter said she found the biggest spoon she could find in the kitchen to serve with, but I think she was intending to eat with it - LOL!
In closing, I want to leave you with a Bible verse found in Nehemiah 8:10, which summarizes my philosophy, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." I also want to thank everyone who took the time to leave a comment during my last post, as well as to all my followers. Have a blessed week!