Prayer for Peace

 

I have had these antique chandelier Crystals for several years.  In a world that is filled with war and violence I decided to create a Christmas ornament that would be a visual reminder of my prayer for this Christmas.

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I started with Sandra Evertsons Dresden wings and Relics and artifact Milagros.  Tim Holtz bottle brush wreath cut in half and reformed and peace from Tim Holtz sizzix handwritten holidays.

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I covered the wings with glossy accents and then sprinkled them with Diamond Dust and let the wings dry.

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I then covered the praying angle with Pebeo glitter medium and let it dry.

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I assembled the ornament by using E6000 to attach wings, praying child, crystal, peace word and wreath .   After they dried I hung it on the tree.

Here is how it looks on the tree with and without lights.

I hope that the peace of Christmas will invade your life this year.

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Journey through Advent day 5

Advent day 5

Romans 5:12The Message (MSG)

The Death-Dealing Sin, the Life-Giving Gift

12-14 You know the story of how Adam landed us in the dilemma we’re in—first sin, then death, and no one exempt from either sin or death. That sin disturbed relations with God in everything and everyone, but the extent of the disturbance was not clear until God spelled it out in detail to Moses. So death, this huge abyss separating us from God, dominated the landscape from Adam to Moses. Even those who didn’t sin precisely as Adam did by disobeying a specific command of God still had to experience this termination of life, this separation from God. But Adam, who got us into this, also points ahead to the One who will get us out of it.

It is hard to believe that one little bite of fruit could cause such damage!  However that is how SIN works.  Humans didn’t understand what Adam had gotten us into until God gave Moses the law.  The law gives us instruction on what it means to be in a proper relationship with our Creator and our neighbors.   God points out through Moses that relationship is paramount to Him and if there is broken relationship there is SIN.

God had a plan and that is what advent is all about.  Walking through the darkness waiting on Gods perfect plan.   Just as the world waited for Jesus to be born and begin the revolution that will ultimately be culminated with the return of Jesus and his reign.  Until that day we wait and we HOPE because all because of a baby born in a manger……

Are there any broken relationships in your life?    I can’t think of a more perfect time to work on reconciliation than this Advent season.  I encourage to reach out and start bridging those gaps today. I couldn’t think of a better gift for God this Christmas than a mended relationship.

Journey through Advent Day 3…

Advent journey day 3 

John 1:9-12 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.[a]

10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own,[b] and his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God

Today I am reminded that I am only a traveler here on earth.   We all begin our journey in darkness and don’t truly know who our creator.is or that He wants to have a relationship with us.  I remember the first time I experienced the LIGHT of Jesus.  I was ten years old,  It was an overwhelming experience to embrace Christs unconditional love and become aware that I am a “Child of God”.

If during this advent season we say we retelling or reliving the story of how dark the world was before Christ.   It should also should remind us what our lives were like when we too were living in darkness.

When I was young I couldn’t begin to understand what verse 12 ment. ” But to all who have received Him, who have believed in His name, He gave POWER to become children of God.”  My favorite Spider man quote “With great power comes great responsibility”.  I am reminded that because I am a Child Of God I too have a responsibility to be a light to the darkness that surrounds our world: To bring hope not despair, generosity instead of stinginess, offer forgiveness instead of hate, and peace instead of violence! 

I hope as you travel through this advent season that you will truly embrace what it means to be called a Child of God…

Lady in Green

Lady in green Continuing to practice what I learned from Dina Wakley.  When I took her online class she mentioned an artist by the name of Tina Berning and a book she did titled “100 women on Cheap Paper”. after looking Tina Up I was inspired me to look for something unusual to draw on.   I found these old Scan Tron ballot sheets in my office that were used a couple of years ago and decided to do a series of faces on them.  I always had test anxiety when we had to take test in school so some of them will reflect that.  I drew about 25 faces in one evening and I am now in the process of going back and collaging them in a book.    I continue to use Dina Wakley’s paint and even one of her masks in this collage.   I also used a Tim Holtz stamp for the phrase that is at the bottom.  Hope you enjoy. 

Just Dream…..

Dream Girl

Dina Wakley was in the city a few weeks ago and I as unable to go.  So I took an online class with Dina Wakley and I can’t seem to stop drawing faces. She is a great teacher and makes you believe that you can draw anything you want to. I will be posting some of my favorites over the next few weeks for you to enjoy. Most of faces are painted with Dina Wakley paint from Ranger. The paint is so and rich and thick I really enjoy working with it. I hope you enjoy my drawing journey.

Too all the Red Head Girls in my life…

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Too all the Red Head Girls in my life...

I have been practicing my drawing skills. I have been focusing on faces of both women and men.

This is one of my favorite pictures so far. I know it isn’t perfect. Her eyes are not symmetrical nor are they the same size but there is something I find intriguing about this picture.

According to Marion Roach “All the action adventure girls have red hair,” he said. “Whenever it is an independent girl, not a sidekick person, when she has her own mind or does as good as the guys, she has red hair.”

Maybe that is why I like the picture so much. Lets hear it for the Red Heads!

Transitions

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Transitions

Today I am thinking about transitions. We all go through them. In just a few months our twin Daughters will be graduating from college, getting a full time job, getting married and establishing new homes.

I am amazed how fast time goes and how things change. This is a card I made a few months back but never posted it. The man is very pensive and reflective.

It is important for us to look at life with a questioning eye. What’s next? Where should I go? What should I do? How could I have done that better? Who should I have embraced today? Who could I help? What gives life meaning?

You only live one life so make it count!