Blessing Thorns

April 28, 2009 at 11:29 am (Musings...)

I was working with dried roses this morning.  They are both delicate and beautiful, pale yellow and soft pink.  They also have thorns on their stems.  The Lord spoke to me as I was arranging a bouquet.  The thorns didn’t prick me!  They had no body and bent to my touch. 



As the thorns lost their nourishment (water), they lost their stiffness and became as pliable as paper.  They no longer were useful as thorns.


If you are dealing with a “thorny” issue, and stop watering it, the thorn will wither and no longer hurt you.


“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.  Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing…”  1 Peter 3:8,9


May we learn today to stop adding water to the thorns in our lives… May we learn to take a step back and begin to pray blessing over the thorn!


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Monday Surprise + Coffee = Energy

April 27, 2009 at 12:21 pm (Decorative Painting)

I didn’t have to go into work this morning… I LOVE these kinds of surprises!  I was already awake, showered, dressed and had the first 8 ounces of coffee in my system.

Since I am following my new plan of not spending unlimited amounts of time on the computer, I had time to do some other things.  I read the Bible (I am studying Isaiah 43.)  I sweated for 40 minutes on the eliptical and cooled down with my yoga.  I cleaned our entry room (it was really dirty) and re-arranged some artwork, swept the downstairs.  I started to alter Devon’s prom dress ~ think lots of beads ~ could make a Christian swear 🙂 I worked on putting harmonies on some praise music pieces for EBC.

I finished my global blending piece — designed by David Jansen, taught by Paul Seymour.  The leaf under the purple flower looked like “a big hole.”  Paul looked at it yesterday and gave the final critique.  I’m very proud of this piece!

Global Blending Technique

Global Blending Technique

I really need a nap, but I’ve got to get ready to go to the middle school.

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Lesson Learned

April 25, 2009 at 10:14 am (Decorative Painting, Musings...)

One of my favorite module pieces!

One of my favorite module pieces!

I have been “fighting” (I use that term loosely) with Hughesnet for the past week.  I have learned something…  I spend too much time on the Internet.  It happened gradually…  I didn’t realize how much time… until we were essentially “black-flagged” three weeks in a row for too many uploads/downloads.  I fought with the lady on the other end of the phone, although it wasn’t her fault.  I argued until the Lord hit me over the head with the fact that it was MY fault!! 

I need to spend less time surfing the “Net” and more time in the Word, cleaning my house, and designing and painting.   I am pulling back, picking up my Internet anchor, turning the computer OFF and getting back to what really feeds my soul!

Of course, because timers work, I am going to use my timer to make sure I don’t spend unlimited amounts of time on the Internet.

Let’s see how this works 🙂

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“Morning Mercies”

April 21, 2009 at 12:08 pm (Decorative Painting)

"Morning Mercies"

"Morning Mercies"

I love to read the Bible and do “word searches” with a concordance.   I also love to paint.  I was introduced to using calligraphy in painting by an artist, Debbie Slavin 

One of my favorite Bible passages is Lamentations 3:22,23,24 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions (mercies) never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.'” 

I had an idea for a design — using part of the verse and a rooster, but had no idea where to start — except it was to have a rooster and the verse.

Enter my mentor, Paul Seymour of Creative Legacy Studio.  He showed me how to find inspiration for my rooster.  I drew up the design — he showed me where I needed to fix things — I had some elements pointing the eye right off of the painting!  The color scheme was another “trial and error” process.  I used a limited palette — and mixed colors.  I used texture medium in an unusual way — and of course it didn’t work the first time I textured the piece.   The first time I calligraphied the verse, it was too light.  Some of my rooster feathers weren’t long enough.  The rooster needed to be grounded, because he was floating 🙂

Paul patiently worked through all of these challenges with me.  I must admit that I was reluctant to finish it (re-paint the verse) because it didn’t look anything like my brain said it should look.  But, I have come to terms with the fact that my original idea has morphed into what you see in the picture.

I am very proud of it — I am going to make it into a pattern packet!   I appreciate Paul’s help.  I understand the importance of finding a mentor to bounce ideas off of.  Paul is my hero 🙂

I pray for new grace and mercy each morning —   This piece is very special to me!

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Amelia ~~ Amanda

April 20, 2009 at 1:13 pm (Memories, Musings...)

I think the resemblance is remarkable!!


My Grandma, Amelia (Bombach) Gay

My daughter, Amanda Joy

My daughter, Amanda Joy

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Fun Family Day

April 19, 2009 at 10:46 am (Musings...)

Yesterday, Danny O and I drove down to Arlington, Virginia so that I could attend my nephew’s wife’s baby shower.  Tricia and Jason are having a little girl, Ava Maria, so the presents were beautiful baby girl gifts 🙂 

The great thing about the Olsavsky family is that they continue to stay in close touch, no matter their proximity.  My sister-in-law, Bernie, and nieces, Rebekah and Jessica spent 6 hours on I-95 traveling from Virginia Beach/Richmond!  I got to catch up with my nieces’ lives — and enjoyed talking to Georgina, my SIL, about God speaking to us in different ways.  Georgie, that was such a good discussion!!  We need to pick up those threads another time!

Nieces Jessica, Teresa, Rebekah, and darling daughter, Amanda

Nieces Jessica, Teresa, Rebekah, and darling daughter, Amanda

BR-Teresa, Rebekah, Amanda FR-Jessica, Tricia, Jason, Miranda, Catie, Michele

BR-Teresa, Rebekah, Amanda FR-Jessica, Tricia, Jason, Miranda, Catie, Michele

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Grammy, XX-Stitch, Angels Unaware

April 17, 2009 at 6:34 pm (Decorative Painting, Musings...)

I realized today I was eating a Raspberry Cheese Danish just like my Grammy used to eat sweets… a sliver at a time, evening out the edges as she went along.   She never saw a cake she couldn’t make look better by straightening out the edge 🙂

I used to cross-stitch, until my eye-hand coordination got so bad that I couldn’t.  The last major piece I xx-stitched is pictured below — tea-stained linen stitched over one thread…  I think my OCD briefly got out of control — WHAT WAS I THINKING!!

It contains one of my favorite Bible verses.  “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13:2

Kindness indeed goes a long way!!

Angels Unawares

Angels Unawares

Started in 1992-Completed in 1996

Started in 1992-Completed in 1996

One of my favorite decorative painting pieces I completed early in my journey — the Bird and Heart Plate.  It makes me smile 🙂
Bird and Heart

Bird and Heart

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How Sweet The Name

April 11, 2009 at 9:35 pm (Musings...)

What would I have become
If you'd never stopped to pull me through
What would this life had done
If you'd never whispered liberty
I heard you sing so sweetly a song of love

Jesus how sweet the name
The name that saves
Jesus how sweet the sound
The sound of grace
The sound of praise
The sound that saves

So many songs I've sung
But there's none more beautiful than you
And here I've found myself
So I'm happy to be lost in you
I hear you sing so sweetly, a song called love

Every soul needs a saviour
Oh My Soul Needs a Savior!

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Florentine Roses and Flip Folds

April 9, 2009 at 10:27 am (Decorative Painting, Musings...)

It is sunny outside today and my house is warm and happy.  I have all day to do exactly what I want to do!  I like the alliteration of Florentine and Flip-Fold 🙂

One of my favorite new pieces that I’ve painted is my Florentine Rose Door Crown.  I painted this technique about two months after I started my journey and quite frankly, it was a failure.  We re-visited the technique a few months ago and I think I figured it out!! 

My Happy Kitchen

My Happy Kitchen

Florentine Roses

Florentine Roses

Since I have readily admitted to having OCD, it should come as no surprise that my new most important household item is my Flip Fold.

Flip Fold
Flip Fold

 I paint better when I am organized… heck I do anything better if I have a list and things are in order!!  My newly organized fabric shelves make me smile.  You should see my drawers!!!

My Happy Sewing Shelves

My Happy Sewing Fabric Shelves

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April 4, 2009 at 12:05 pm (Musings...)

I couldn’t find my umbrella.  I spent Friday unsuccessfully dodging sideways rain since I can’t walk quickly.  I knew where it usually was… on the back seat on the driver’s side of my car.  I had to go to a hair appointment after my first part-time job was finished.  Then my second part-time job took more time.  I limped home at 3:00  p.m., barely able to walk and soaking wet.  When I inquired about the whereabouts of my umbrella, Danny informed me that it was in his golf bag…  MY girly umbrella!!  I was NOT happy!

Then I had trouble falling asleep.  I remember seeing 12:28 and then had two bouts of tremors, but didn’t have my medicine by my side and didn’t want to wake Danny O.   A hot flash hit at 4:23.  I fell back asleep at 6:00  only to be awakened at 7:25 by the noise of the television thanks to my son, Brent.  The first words out of my mouth this morning were angry, tired words, “TURN DOWN THAT TV!!!!!!!!!!!”

Okay, I had to re-group.  I had to change my grumpy attitude.  24 hours of grumpy is enough! 

Armed with a grocery list, a large cup of coffee and my Ipod, I went to Walmart.  I listened to praise music as I meandered through the aisles of our local super store.  I got everything on my list and some lipgloss and a “Lucky” magazine.  I am doing laundry, making macaroni salad, blogging and coloring my hair.  I am choosing to be happy…  well, “happy” perhaps is too cheerful of a word 🙂

I am choosing NOT to be grumpy!!  I can’t claim to have great joy yet, but, hey,  it is only 11:49 a.m.

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