Monday, February 7, 2011

Live the Life You've Imagined - A Polyvore creation

Sue Ring
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Wave ring
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Engraved Skull Ring
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Wall Art - Decor: - At Home
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Tulips Faux Flowers

Art Pages - Unwerth 16

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Here's to spreading blessings....

Why are we here?

Ahhhhhhh, the "BIG" question that everyone, at some point in their lives, ponders. I felt that today's quote made me think about what our ultimate purpose might be....

David Steindl-Rast says,

"The more alert we become to the blessing that flows into us through everything we touch, the more our own touch will bring blessing."

David Steindl-Rast
A Listening Heart

How do we TOUCH others?
Are our heart-hands gentle, kind, loving? When we hold the hand of an innocent child, what blessing do we give them? Security, love, direction? And what blessing do they give us in return? Their trust, laughter, unconditional love? This analogy works so well for me right now as I have sweet memories of spending time with three little souls, Maddy, Alex and Jack. Wow, talk about high-wattage love flowing back towards us through them!

And so, i think that if you substitute the world love for blessing in Steindl-Rast's quote, it would help make my analogy even clearer.

Another quote from the Book of John reads,
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

And so, why not look for opportunities today to bless someone you meet? Go and give away that special blessing you have to share.

GO!!! Spread the love!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Attitude.... is possibly EVERYTHING!

One of my birthday cards reads, "It's not about age, it's about attitude....."

When all is said and done, one could argue that this IS true. This morning I found this quote waiting for me in my inbox.

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.

It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.

The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes."

~ Chuck Swindoll

Wise words from a wise man.

So, let's just try to live our lives with the Attitude of gratitude and see what we can make of this world, this life, this day.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Today I thought I would start yet another blog! I never thought to create one using my name. Much to my surprise, when I did a name availability search, I found out it was free! Yes!

I decided this might be the place to record my personal, creative daily adventures. I might just choose this venue for recording the things that move me creatively at any given time. Will I post regularly? I don't know. Knowing me, probably not. I haven't even been working in my physical creative journal very regularly in the past few months. Maybe this will be easier.

And so today, Larissa, my dear art sister, challenged me to create a garland for my tree (or for wherever else I chose to display it!)

She graciously handed me a plate loaded with popcorn, dried orange segments (with rind), rowan berries, catoni astor berries, acrylic thread and a needle.

I hesitated and then thought, why not. I still remember a lovely little ornament she created a few years ago. She'd managed to feature a dried, small sunflower at the bottom, berries and felt balls that she'd dyed and created. I still have it and admire it often!

And so, my brain started working. Suddenly I thought, let's gather more things!

It began with my gathering some tiny pine cones from the front yard's spruce trees.

Then I found myself wanting to make a little ornament from a rolled, tied and cut foil and plastic chocolate wrapper.

Next, I wanted to create those paper rolled beads.

I sat down at the computer and search for paper rolled buttons. That showed up with nothing! And then I stumbled upon something with paper rolled beads/necklaces. That was it! I'll post a link that I found here on how to make those. (Very addictive little project once you know what you are doing! I'd tried some ideas on my own, and two things made a world of difference!

1. Using a brush to roll it around (I was trying to roll it up on itself with very poor results!)
2. Using glue on the inside to help it stick and stay together.

Other things I added. I used markers to colour the white paper red so that I would have better Christmas reds for the garland.
I am using some raffia to tie into the garland as well as a more natural looking ribbon element.

So if you have some time, and want to make your own Christmas garland, give it a try!