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January 2, 2013

Welcome to 2013

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Well another year has come and gone. I am happy with my accomplishments for 2012.

  • I gathered information of our family genealogy to pass on to my grandchildren.
  • We took a cruise to Alaska with two of our grandchildren.
  • We discovered KOA Camping Cabins and had two very interesting camping trips.
  • I studied several really good books on faith with a group at our church. This later item has lead me on a different voyage.

I desire more joy in my life. The Bible gives us the promise that “the joy of the Lord is our strength” I work out with a trainer each week to try to keep my body strong. But there is a different kind of strength that we need in these turbulent times. The strength to seek peace when the world seems to spiral around us.  The inner strength to withstand sickness.  I am sure I will find many other forms of strength as I study this year.

I have decided to seek joy in 2013 since joy seems to be the root of strenth. I am not sure what this voyage will entail but I will seek to understand the meaning of joy and I am sure I will travel into creativity as I search.

2013 Year of Joy 002

January 1. Two years ago I got a painting set for Christmas. In the past 24 months I have not found the time or desire to open the box and try to paint something. Yesterday was the day of new beginnings so I took the plunge. It was a really enjoyable time. As I started with yellow in the top corner, I had no idea where it would lead. This is the result. I am well pleased in this beginning.

 

2013 Year of Joy 001

 

January 2nd Today I have started to build my own definition of joy. Here is one that I found on the internet.

Noun

A feeling of great pleasure and happiness.
A thing that causes joy.

Synonyms

delight – gladness – pleasure – mirth – rejoicing

 

I think this has more to do with rejoicing with gladness than it does in pleasure and mirth.  I look forward to seeing what this year will bring.

I look forward to hearing what others think about joy and its relationship to strenth.

November 2, 2012

Step Nine: Join Me On A Journey

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This has been an interesting couple of weeks. Life got busy and I totally missed last Friday. But I am back on track today.
I have comleted adding the vital statistics to my memories of my grandparents. Some of them were listed in the old family Bible I received from my sister. The rest I got by contacting a cousin who is into genealogy. I thought my grandparents had been married in England before they came to Canada and was surprised to learn they had not been married until they moved to Winnipeg Manitoba. I think there is a story in there but I am not sure at this point how to go about finding out the details.
The next step in the journey will be to start going through old albums and getting copies of photographs of these dear people. I will also contact family members to see what they have.

I haven’t worked on my art journaling much lately but finally got down to it last night. I find it very interesting to watch the page develope. I don’t really know where I am going until it is finished.

First I covered the background in shades of yellows with my gelatos. I find them so much fun to use and I love the results. Then I used several masks to first put some muted blue squares and then some prominent spots on the page. I used my Sew Easy Stamper to put a scallop down the left side. It then seemed that a funny little butterfly was needed.

butterfly

At this point I had no idea where I was going. I thought I would try a person. I cut some patterned paper and tried to decide how I would draw the arms, legs and head. I drew a head and put on a face and penned in some hair. I did not like the face at all. I then cut some wings from the scraps on my table and went to be.
I woke up in the morning and knew exactly what I wanted. I cut out a face of my grand-daughter. It looked cute but her face didn’t cover the hair I had penned in. This little circle with a heart was sitting on the table. When I put the face peeking though, it was just what I wanted.

I put little silver glitter shoes on her and added glitter to the spots at the top of the page and pink glitter to the wings.

shoes

She is the angel that reminds me to smile. She is so filled with joy. And now I understand the butterfly. She loves butterflies. She is like a butterfly as she flits joyfully from one activity to another. I am well pleased with this page.

She is the angel that keeps me in the joy of the Lord.

I would love to see what you have been doing. Please add links in your comments to what has been keeping you busy these days.

September 7, 2012

Step Five: Join Me on a Journey

This week I am visiting my 6 granchildren out in Victoria so my crafting time is limited. I have continued to write notes about my mother’s father and mother and I have completed another page in my art journal section.

Again I can only write what I have in my memories at this point. After I have written a page for each of my grandparents, I will go back and fill in dates and look into things that other people have written.

Psalm 104:14

For my art page I was thinking about the fact that my grandfather was a farmer. For me the page I created reflects that the farmer plants the seeds and our Father in Heaven sends the sun to warm the ground and warm the plants. Again I used Gelatos to colour the background, starting with a yellow in the middle and then blending it out to medium and then dark blue. I used a baby whip to blend the colours together. I used a medium green and a dark green for the foreground. Using the darker green in the brush paints and a stamp that I picked up, I put plants in the forground and dotted them with little silver buds.

I then chose a verse from Psalm 104:14. He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food our of the earth.

I am still very new to mixed media but I am starting to pick up a few techniques.

Please add you comments below. Thanks.

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