Monday, June 30, 2008

obsession with cross continues

There are so many styles of crosses. Most have Christian beginnings. Eventually I may write about them but for now I just love the different shapes and what can be done with them.

I've made a few new cards I will share as well but this one is pure watercolor allowed to run the entire shape but you can still see subtle outlines of the celtic icon.

I've started putting special images in a wonderful watercolor journal I found. I'm calling it MELANGE since it will be a look at the images I use again and again. Landscapes, crosses, seascapes, ferns, collages, altered ideas, profiles, shadows and even simple handprints and more. I never tire of certain images and will continue to use them again and again until I can no longer hold a brush or glue stick.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

eyes to see the wonder of God

ears to hear the music from His soul

mouth to sing His praises

nose to smell the sweet aroma of His world

hands to share His love with all

Friday, June 27, 2008

Praising God

I had a health concern recently that turned out to be nothing more than the aging female body. It was a rare experience for me to get closer to my Lord and Savior. I read my Bible, pray and read Christian devotional material written by other Christians each day but even as an active, believing Christian my rountines become just that-routine and rote. Prayer becomes a grocery list. Reading familiar passages become skimming over well known and favorite verses. I've read the entire Bible about four times and once even read it completely in one year's time. I'm always looking for new ways to spark my time with the Lord each day. Journaling is another way I study and pray, making notes of things that stand out and enlighten me anew. Recently, as this health concern came about, I began going through from Genesis (the first book of the Bible) reading things I had already underlined and trying to glean new meaning for myself and my situation. God gave me this verse and I began trusting in it. Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." Exodus 14:13-14 It gave me immediate comfort and perspective and I read it and thought about it many times a day. I printed it out and placed it in several locations where I could see it regularly. It continued to speak to my heart and comfort my mind and I truly did little worrying about it. The devil surely tried to put doubt in my mind through images, words and people and each time I just said, "God, I know you have this under control and whatever the outcome, I will be fine because I have you." Well, I'm happy to report the doctor gave me a clean bill of health and I was praising and thanking GOD completely. I already knew everything was okay and the only real concern was where would the devil attack next. Well, together God and I will fight that battle as well.

I had a comment to my blog that I did not publish yet. Sometimes the comments which come to me first I just go ahead and publish but sometimes they seem to have a strangeness about them that raises a red flag. I started the moderation of comments due to one that tried to place a virus on my blog and anyone using the links there. Well, back to the comment. I hope you are reading this entry so it may help with your questions about God, faith and Christians. We are ordinary people like everyone else with problems and upsets and weak moments but we have a loving heavenly Father who can always comfort us and help us in our weak moments. If you do not know Him please try to connect with Him. If you haven't read the Bible, get a copy and read St. John first and then read St. Luke. Find a church to visit and listen. Ask questions of another Christian. Seek God with your whole heart AND He will come into it and comfort you and be there for you. Confess your sins but realize you will never be perfect as He is but He will forgive you and always take care of you now and forever.

Blessings to all readers and please comment, ask questions or praise God along with me.

Image is a small cross collage on canvas, paint, fabric and paper.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Oh what a beautiful morning!

As the sun rises bright in the eastern sky
Casting a golden hue on the tall field grasses
My peace is found in the Lord.
As the birds waken the world in song
With every perfect melody known
My soul is refreshed in the Lord.
As the sky deepens with the glorious color of Carolina blue
Sending hope to a hurting world
My life is found in the Lord.
As the pavement beneath my feet on my morning walk
Gives rhythm to my own heart
My hope is found in the Lord.

Image is inspired by The Beatles lyrics, on a greeting card mailed to my son.

Sunday, June 22, 2008


As the sun rise through the early mist

My heart will not resist.

God with us.

The birds join in song

To lift my spirit strong.

God with us.

Tall grasses heavy with rain

Bow in prayer, no glory, no pain.

God with us.

All creatures great and small

Live life and give it their all.

God with us.

Image from my own Birdland RR altered book.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

GIven by God

The light in the eastern sky
Gave a glimpse of heaven's gate.
The mourning dove cooed
A song of wait.
God sent answers
To prayers of His believers.
Among them He included
Blessings to His receivers.
The light fades in the western sky,
But never lose sight of God above.
His mercies are new every day
And sent with His grace and love.

Another image from the black and white journal.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Heaven on Earth

I've neglected my word focus for the year THANKFUL so today is a tribute to it and all the bits of HEAVEN I find on EARTH:

  • cool mornings in June after brutally hot ones

  • the sun's golden hue on everything in its path

  • God's good graces

  • a loving faithful husband who still loves me after 27 years (28 soon)

  • a smart hardworking kind son who calls everyday

  • dear parents who taught me right from wrong and still are my best role models

  • creative time every day to make art

  • neighbors on whom you can depend when a favor is needed

  • friends too many to number who never give up on me

  • inspiring words of God through The Bible

  • email buddies I've never met but continue to support, encourage and inspire me

  • prayer warriors of all ages

  • church family who care about me

  • freedom to be just me

  • good books and movies to escape with

  • trips to Kiawah (beach) or the mountains, with views that put a whole new perspective on life and living

  • backyard retreats with my journal and Bible where I find peace and serenity

  • 52 years of privileges

  • this blog where I can share my true self, good and bad

Today's image is the completed AB page from the RR with the paper dolls from yesterday's blog tucked in the bandana pocket

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Morning words

Morning walk

God and I talk

Thanks and praise

To Him I raise

Hopes and pleas

With Him I leave

Sending me new balance

Among His many talents

Knowing another day

He makes my way

To find a new lease

And His loving peace

Image is from a spread for an altered book round robin I am participating in. These are the cowgirl paperdolls for the How the West Was Fun altered book.

Monday, June 16, 2008

simple start

as the day awoke

the sun lit the sky

the birds' songs reached to the heavens

nature came alive

the world was awake and

my soul rejoiced

Sunday, June 15, 2008

borrowed thought


Marcus Aurelius

I felt this was a wonderful quote to ponder. Give it some thought. Journal about it. Create art with it. Share it.

Image from BW Journal...

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Peace is found when

This list was inspired while watching The Bucket List. If you haven't seen it, you must. Really teaches us what is important in life.

Peace is found when:

you have salvation through Christ

you meditate on God's word

you spend time in prayer

you give love freely

you forgive and forget

you trust and accept God's will

you love your neighbor as yourself

you spend time in nature

you practice faith

you practice self-control

you respect others and yourself

you practice the Golden Rule

you take yourself lightly

you give your child roots and wings

you cherish your family and friends

you do right

you appreciate blessings

you give thanks

you listen with your heart

you share yourself and blessings

you find your soulmate

you honor your parents

you dream big

you never lose hope

you persevere under trial

you believe in life lived fully

you find joy in living

you give joy to others

yougo the distance

you are truly happy with yourself and where you are this moment!

Image is from a black and white journal I've been working in.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

New projects and other ramblings

I have so many ideas for projects and time just isn't sufficient to get to them all. While doing other chores, my mind is always busy planning and thinking up things I want to work on. I'd love to hear of creative ways others find extra time for what they really want to do. So many things we do seem frivolous to others. My art probably seems that way to some but it is my therapy. It keeps me sane, focused, on track and yes very happy. Even if I never show the work, sell it or even find someone who would like to have it given to them-I would still make art, create, write, invent.

Image shows pages of a new little booklet on house and home I am working on. I purchased the form and have covered it with my own digitally made papers.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

scavenger hunt for creative inspiration

While walking this morning I began to search for images in all the colors of the rainbow.

Remember ROY G BIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet)? I'll share what I found later but thought it was a good way to approach an art project or writing project or even a solution to a problem. Whatever your starting point, make a plan of theme and begin to look for something to represent each part and by the time you finish, you should have a solution. Like I could use all the things I found in the rainbow to start a collage or painting. You could think of the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5: 22-23 love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) and find these things in a person or persons or life situation and when you have it all in line, maybe the solution will solve the issue. Try this and let me know if it works. Maybe it's just my creative mind gone haywire, but it did make for a pleasant walk and a good diversion to worrying or obsessing over prayer needs. God always puts in front of me what I need to think about and make my walk pleasant and refreshing.

Here is my list:

Red Robin's breast in the yard seaching for worms

Orange sun in the sky beaming brightly

Yellow Daylilies dancing in the morning light

Green grass and leaves on this warm almost summer morning.

Blue feathers on the happy Bluebird (of happiness)

Indigo petals on the neighbor's clematis vine by the road

Violet petals on the last Johnny Jump Ups in my favorite pot

Now wasn't that fun?

Today's image is the latest from my cross series, departed from the square orderly mosaics and just decided to cut and tear up pieces of old art (mine and my students {thet want to throw way too much away}) and attach to my cross form (drawing paper).

Monday, June 09, 2008

New Every Morning!

On the morning walk, I observed the importance of being awake and alive in the senses. The neighbor at the end of the street was letting the eldest son's dog out for her morning visit to the privileges. (They are dog sitting.) She was quiet but curious (unlike other neighbor's dogs whom shall remain nameless). She was excited and stimulated by all the new sights and smells, truly happy to be alive. It dawned on me that we as Christians should be that way. Excited every morning to see what God has placed in our worlds just for us and our enjoyment:

* Sunrises to see created by the Master artist himself just for us to enjoy.

* Heavenly scented honeysuckle and magnolia blooms specially concocted from the Master
perfumer just for us to inhale.

* Refreshing morning air, before the day's heat and dirt get to it, just for our lungs to taste and our skin to feel.
* The lovely melodies of the birds' chorus, written by God's own hand, provide glory for our ears and a wonderful beat for our moving feet.

So if you missed this morning try another morning. Get out early. Live and breathe what God has prepared for you. Don't forget to thank Him and tell Him how much you enjoyed it. Remember, it's new every morning.

Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

Image is from my Metal ATC series featured in the current ATC Quarterly published in Canada. You can find out info for subscriptions at this link:

Sunday, June 08, 2008

More Cross Art

Crosses are beautiful inspite of the awful death they remind us of, but without His death on the cross, we could not know the wonderfulness of salvation and a chance to spend eternity with him in heaven. Do you know the meaning of the cross and the wondrous story it tells? Do you know Christ as your personal Savior? I would love to tell you about him.

Friday, June 06, 2008

A Prayer for All

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayers for








Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayers


Thursday, June 05, 2008

My Adventurer

My son who works for a newspaper in New Bern NC had a thrilling day yesterday. If every work day could be so exciting. He was preparing to cover an air show this weekend and was asked to fly with a son and father aerobatic team. He went in with no doubts and had the time of his life.

I so wish I was as adventurous but I am not. I'm a land lover with both feet firmly planted. Always have been and will be. Don't think there's much changing a 52 year old woman set in her ways. Attaching a neat photo of him in the plane and if you care to read his articles, check out

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

another free image

A reader asked for help in what to do with these digital files I've offered. It can be a total digital project or printed for other uses. This is very bright and colorful and could look great with a silouette attached. Just right click to save to your pictures. Open in any program that works with pictures and you can resize it to whatever size from an inchie to a full sheet that your printer will do. If you don't use your printer much or wish to save ink. Take the image on disk to a copy shop and have them print it for you. You could do a whole sheet of ATC backs for less that a buck, much less if they are having a color copy sale.

Art Goes Green

Really love the shapes of crosses. There are so many great forms. I have been recyling lots of old art work to save time, money and paper. If it's been around a couple years then it's fair game. Cut into favorite shapes and mount on other background art, cut into ATC backgrounds, cut out favorite sections and mount on greeting cards, make a puzzle out of it, alter books with it, tear into smaller pieces and collage or make mosaics of the pieces, and so on; the list goes on and on.

This image was cut from an old acrylic piece using an exacto knife.

Monday, June 02, 2008

colorful grunge freebie

Today's image is another set up for ATC size art work but the quality should be good enough to separate and enlarge by computer or color copier and use for other artwork such as notecards, altered books, collages, art journaling and many more ideas you have.

By the way, I would love to see some of your creations if you care to share and I'll share the images here.

Also, Thanks to all who have encouraged me, my art and my words on this blog. I really appreciate them all and hope the freebies are a small way to give back to you!

Light for your day

In the morning light;
I find hope for the day,
Solace for the journey,
Peace for living.

In the afternoon light;
I find strength for the day,
Grace for the journey,
Joy for living.

In the evening light;
I find respite from the day,
Renewal for the journey,
Blessings for living.

Image is another from my new cross series. This is prismacolor mosaics on a textured canvas.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

You only get this day once!

While walking last evening I began to think again about a great response my son, Matthew, had to a text message prompt I sent a day earlier. To set the stage I must first explain that when he was in middle school, a time when kids don't like themselves or anyone else, I began to write a Bible verse on a post it note and leave it with his backpack each morning. Just a little something to give him strength for the day and a focus other than adolescence angst. He carried it in his pocket throughout the day. This continued through high school and then when he went away to college, I would email it to him each morning along with a favorite quote. There were various themes and I related the two when possible, another way to focus on something positive for the day. Now he's been on his own for over a year working 300 miles from home and I continue this tradition. He really enjoys and is inspired by it. Being a journalist, he loves words and writing and occasionally I send an interesting thought or journal prompt to again give him new perspective and focus. Now back to my beginning, he certainly can write rings around me and thinks much more clearly and quickly. Sometimes the focus is thought provoking and sometimes a laugh but the other day when I could think of nothing funny to send I simply texted " is..." He very quickly sent back this response, "the only May 30, 2008 we get." I sent back "excellent". It was the perfect response to my prompt. I was wowed! What a great way to think and we all should think this thought every single day. Each is special and precious and we do not know what it will mean to us in years to come, maybe even the next day! So remember you only get ONE today...make the MOST of it!