Thursday, August 9, 2012

Wall Art

Woo Hoo I managed to slip in some cute wall art  in the last few weeks!!
The pics stink super bad lighting in the office :/

School has started for us early this year (July 30th) so that we could get a jump on things and hopefully finish a little early this time!

I don't know what I am going to do with this yet so I guess for now it will just sit in a corner of the office with the rest of the lonely forgotten art projects!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

I'm Back!

All's I can say is WOW.... I am seriously delinquent in blogging people! But hey good news I'm back, I mean how can I not be back when I get asked repeatedly "are you back yet", "have you blogged lately", "when are gonna start blogging again", "I sure miss your blog", "what's going on with you? I can't keep tabs on your life anymore". So everyone keeps asking why I took a sabbatical to begin with. And the answer is...are ya ready for this..... Because I can ha! Because this season of serving God and his peoples had to come first, Because my family is most important to me and I didn't wanna miss out on some of the most important seconds of my family's lives over the last nine months or so by being glued to a computer, and because my photography business began to get busy! But I did miss blogging! I miss art to. I really haven't done much of anything arts or crafts wise in a while, which makes me terribly unhappy. Oh, and then then there is my sickness...yes my newly acquired sickness that keeps me pinned (literately) to Pintrest instead of blogging!!!! I seemed to waste what ever time I did have to blog gawking at what other people are blogging about, and beating myself up because I didn't turn all my old t-shirts into a fabulous scarves and head band ensembles with a matching bracelet and toe ring while baking something using Nutella thus giving my fingernails time to dry after painting little abstract designs on them as I planed the most coordinated birthday party for my kid using nothing but recycled household items!!!! Help I need an intervention!!! So there ya have it, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!
Sadly I have nothing artistic or even remotely mixed media creative to share with you today except a photo or two of some clients i just shot. I have a small triptych in the works that I should be finished in a day or so and I will post then. Until then or until I get a creative hair, see ya then!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Still Here Still in Glory!

 Still here, still enjoying my sabbatical, still immersed in the beautiful Holy Noise of family life!
Enjoying this time for every ounce it's worth! Hoping you are blessed and doing the same all is glory and grace!

Monday, September 5, 2011

West Coast Surfing?!

 Stellar day at the beach today! We had lots of things to do around the house but through laboring to the wind this Labor Day to go see the surfing! It's not very often us West Coasters get waves, but thanks to tropical storm Lee we had some motion in our ocean here on Venice beach. There were close to 40 surfers in the water at any given time and plenty soaking up the sun on the beach, and all were more than happy to show their stuff for the crowds! Surfers of all ages and skill levels were out and it was truly an exciting day at Venice. We watched the action from the North jetty where they were jumping in. Some paddled from the beach but most were jumping off the tip of the jetty to catch the bigger surf just past it. This is definitely something we all stop to see given it;s rarity!

Monday, August 8, 2011


Giving Thanks today for:

A pause: when you look at the calendar and realize nothing has been scheduled....
and busy, tired bones just....still and resting listening and looking and smiling at the quiet moments flapping by in the breeze
Curious moments , curiosity being satisfied
The food chain knowing that it's all in His plan
 Letting go and trusting God
The giddy uncontrollable nervous laughter when you find your wings and use them and discover you can really fly.

Sizing up the mountain and deciding that the size doesn't really matter
Journey's and not knowing the course before you set sail, but know He causes the wind and keeps us afloat

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Art and A Spoiler Alert for CPA Group Swap!!

Ahhhh! I'm doing art again! Just finishing up a swap due in Sept.. This one is a mini art journal page swap for CPA yahoo group and after that I have one more squash book to make before we start our schooling again! I have discovered this really great web site called Artsee Bloggers, Geri has links to hundreds of other artsee bloggers in many different mediums she is also posting tutorials, freebies, and blog giveaways and will have artist interviews!You can visit and join the site if you wish but even better you can list your blog by adding it to her site you can even enter more than one category because if you are anything like me you create in several different categories! So please go check it out. Vacation is over (boo-hoo) and as I emptied my camera card on to the computer I realized that I took almost no photos!!!!! Imagine that, the pathological picture taker not picture taking? We really had a good time, I got to enjoy my entire family for most of the week while we swam and lounged at a resort in Orlando.                                                   

                Olive Garden yummies! (Thanks Mom!!!)


Sisters making a tote bag together

 Brianne got to Tie dye a shirt at the resort (I think this has heavily influenced my choice of colors for this swap I am doing!)

Monday, July 25, 2011

God of Even the Small Things

 I must say, that even after counting the gifts into thousands I was failing to "see" fully, the beauty and goodness of God in the everyday, small, seemingly mundane living, I'm slow like that, thick headed to boot but I keep at it, this counting.

Am I so caught up in the world that believes that only radical healing, and cross country moves are miraculous? For such a long time I have cheated myself of days and hours pregnant with the greatness of God's glory because I could only "see" if the Glory was glaringly bright, blaring loud. Or large. Isn't that just like the enemy always flashing and wowing to get our attention of kilter, to instill ingratitude, to discredit and corrupt everything that God said was good.

 Me, so lightning fast to grab hold of the enemy's lie that it can only be gold or good if it is big, obvious. Skipping the trail of bread crumbs of erroneously perceived "small" graces to the point of ingratitude. Until it dawns clear these last few hard and thorny years And here again I am amazed by Grace and the goodness of God in something "ordinary". Looking again at the familiar is indeed helping me to see it as unfamiliar and the novelty of it all is welcome. Going back over now, a life lived in the fast lane which is not really lived at all, with a fine tooth gratitude, moving all the rocks to look underneath, using this Eucharistic magnifying glass of thanks to re-know with a renewed mind and exalting Him the gift giver the grace giver and aggrandizing all the things and moments that were once taken for granted or begrudged because of it's smallness or because it was  commonplace. Because when I stop and do the heart work the daily getting on knees work the gut wrenching 'praise no matter what 'the seeing God's face in all the all the unexceptional makes it all exceptional again and I see no smallness.... nothing is insignificant and everything is wondrously a gift from the One Perfect Gift Giver....... and seeing IS believing! Seeing all the worth in a single moment of ordinary, knowing more than skin deep that you are loved and thought of, not forgotten, never ever alone, and that all for you.  I do this sort of thing often, take pictures of the not so obvious and obscure things and go back over my days and minutes, just to make sure I didn't miss some sweet, small, delectable detail that was full of Glory and God and see or rather re-see the stuff that some take for granted. You know the really little common things like your child's shadow, it grows you know, and I glory in the fact that she is healthy, and growing. Like the way the light lights the top of the keys of the keyboard while the shadows are kept at bay, because we have light and He is light and now I am light in this dark world.
The grains of sand between me and her, the distance and grains will increase reminding me to cherish the time with her now, reminding me that Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:7) Always reminding me that He is Jehovah Shammah, "the Lord is there" He is there present in every tiny detail.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Man have I been busy! I have not had time to sit and post anything since June! My aunt had asked me several months ago to make up a few mini albums that she could give to her friend and some ladies in her quilting group as birthday and thank you gifts. I obliged and sent her two for starters. Well, I guess my aunt liked them so much that she showed another friend the mini album and her friend loved them and decided to order TEN to give to her employee's as appreciation gifts!!!!! Yikes! Let me just say they did keep me busy for a little while!!! I really could have taken a bit longer but I wanted to have them done before I went on vacation this Saturday, so I managed and they went into the mail Yesterday. Here is a few photos. The rest of this week I will be cleaning and packing for a week in Orlando with the family for some much needed relaxation. Hopefully I can get some journaling done this week, I haven't been able to do any lately.
This is the inside of the mini album, they are all different but have some similar features on the inside like tags, and small pockets and little folded booklets. 

                                                         Lots of buttons and ribbon

                                                 tons of paper flowers and fabric roses!

                                                                 See ya all in week or so!