Thursday, September 18, 2014

Live with Grace

My newest creation, inspired by the wonderful art of Kelly Rae Roberts & Christy Tomlinson.
And reflected by the grace given to us each day by the Father above.
In each day, God's grace can be seen by the blessings and the beauty around us each day.

I encourage you to find God's grace in each new day given, and giving him thanks always for such a gift.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Although the weather here in the Ohio Valley, has been much cooler than normal for September, and has been gray and gloomy, I choose to look for the "son".
Doesn't matter the weather, God has given us each new day as a gift, what we do with it, what we make of it, is entirely up to us. So today,  (and everyday) I choose to be glad, finding the joy's of the Lord in everything I see, and in everything I do.

And on the crafty side of to do the finishing touches on my newest project!

To everyone that reads this, BE BLESSED in everything you do! And always, GO WITH GOD!

Monday, September 15, 2014

God makes all things beautiful.

 In reading the following, an opening statement from a devotional this morning, my heart has been stirred. Stirring in the knowledge that I have gained in the recent storm and obstacles my family has been facing, not only for the last 3 months, and seeing the beauty God is working through the struggle.

“Life is full of surprises…Anyone who has experienced life for any length of time is clearly aware of the “suddenlies” that can happen, changing life as he or she knows it forever. Tom Hank’s character in the movie Forest Gump famously quoted “My momma always said ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Indeed, we do not. These surprises can be for the better, bringing joy. Or they can be challenging, a trial that we must face and go through, in order to grow and build character. As a believer in Jesus Christ, we must hold onto our faith and trust, knowing that He has the best plans for our life”.

Wow. Powerful. Just these words, gave me a different view of how I had been dealing with, and seeing the troubling situations. We truly never know what each day has in store.

 In our times of struggle, we can so easily be bombarded with what is going on, instead of seeing what God is doing, where God is taking us too. Many times, we trust in what our eyes can see, instead of trusting in the unseen, which God is working on, that which He is making beautiful. We can look and see the beauty of God around us, and very well fail to recognize that we are seeing some of God’s greatest work. The sky of blue, the beautiful color and fragrance of the flower, the green grass, and we can feel and hear Him in the gentle breeze on our face, and the rustling leaves of the trees.

 Today, I recognized that God can make all things beautiful. Regardless of what we see before us. Our storm is just a passing moment in life. In my own life, just in the last few days I have seen beauty arise from a troubled past. I have seen not only my own hope restored, but the hope of one who had thought everything was lost.

 So today, regardless of what you are facing, remember, that God gives us beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3 KJV) To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. What we see as desolation, God see’s an opportunity.
I do not own the rights to the photo. Photo found on Pinterest.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Crafty Year

Just wanted to share a few more projects that I have created over the course of this year. No more am I timid about taking chances on creative mediums that I have never tried.....won't know the how I will like it unless I try, right?

My altered bottle designs.


Some Canvas art;

Okay, so there is a handful of the designs I created since last fall. Keep an eye out, more to come in the upcoming days!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Creative Break

Been busy in the crafting corner this week. Very excited with the results and very excited to share.

First, my project entry for the September Challenge with Laurie D Moore's 2014 Challenge, Unused items over at Facebook. An altered dress form (of sorts).

My idea; "Day at the Races". My source of inspiration; My Fair Lady and the beautiful
Audrey Hepburn of course!



Next, my projects for the partner swap of Altered Mousetraps, over at Girls, Giggles, Glitter & Glue on Facebook, hosted by the lovely Cynthia Bryant.

And, my very first handmade paper flowers, also a swap over at Girls, Giggles, Glitter & Glue.

A week of firsts for me, with all three projects. Not to shabby for first time efforts!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

What A Long and Winding Road

It has been far too long. Two and half years to be exact. What a long and winding road. So many life changes, some great, some terrible. Along the way, I have fallen, got back up more times than I like to count, and yet somehow, I have begun to find strength in my faith
(although the last few weeks have been a real test of my faith).
And also along that road, I have met many, m any beautiful, loving, kind, encouraging and talented women along the way, and have built many friendships.
I have also been blessed to test my talents in crafting. I have l learned many new skills, and found my creative "chi".
So, this is my new start to blogging. Here I am going to share some of my own crafts and designs, but it is not all about the crafting, I hope that I can encourage and inspire from this blog. I know that I am not the only one that has been traveling this road, nor will I be the last. So if I can share my perils, and the wisdom I gained in teachings and learning many times the hard way, I hope it will bless others. So, here I go, another new adventure!