My New Creative Venture… Making Jewelry

September 27, 2009 at 7:07 pm (Jewelry)

I have been waiting patiently and praying for the past four months, that the Lord would show me what else he would have me do.  “Waiting patiently” is probably too glib…  I am not patient.  But I really felt that I needed to be still so the Lord could speak to me.  I finished one adventure — 13 years of accompanying the Central Cambria High School Choir.  I wasn’t sure of my next move.
I love to paint and am learning so much as a decorative artist, but I felt I wanted something to work in conjunction with my painting.   I picked up a Bead and Button magazine at Walmart because I liked the picture on the cover 🙂
I was immediately drawn to the seed bead art, but quickly recognized that it probably was beyond my physical limitations.  But… I can still move my large arm/hand muscles.  I can bend wire! 
I gave myself a $20 a week budget and slowly bought the necessary tools.  I researched, read, practiced, researched, read, practiced… (hey, I have OCD!)  The following pictures represent my first real attempts.   I have a long way to go, but I have started a new journey!   Yay!!
My first bracelet

My first bracelet

My first "bent wire" earrings

My first "bent wire" earrings

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Multiple Sclerosis — Learning to Accept its Consequences

September 23, 2009 at 11:50 am (Multiple Sclerosis)

The result of my MS

The result of my MS

I have been battling multiple sclerosis since 1990.  I have fought hard and successfully, but there is one symptom/result that I cannot change… look at my face…  This picture was taken of me after about 3 1/2 of working on an art project at a seminar.  Exhaustion had set in.  The muscles in the lower part of my face were collapsing in fatigue.

When I first looked at this picture, I was ashamed.  Instead of focusing on my OWN design and the great job I had done on the door crown, I honed in on how I looked.  (You can see the final product in an earlier post). 

I wanted to weep… in fact I did, embarrassed that my carefully-crafted public persona was unmasked.  I am still not comfortable looking at this picture, but I am reminded that I am “fearfully and wonderfully made.” 

I am sharing this with you in the hope that when you see someone who looks older than they should, or worn from the ravages of life, that you say a prayer over them… the that Lord would bless them and lift their spirits.

I sincerely pray that someday I can accept this very public consequence of MS.

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Review: The Euro-Pro Shark Steam Mop

September 22, 2009 at 8:28 am (Product Reviews)

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I have never used my blog to review/rate a product, but today I am making an exception.  I have a tile kitchen that cannot take any product.  I have been cleaning with rags, on my knees, for 25 years.  Our yellow lab, Tess, is 12 and can no longer walk down the basement stairs.  I had to move her food and water up to the kitchen.  She makes a MESS!!!  All I could see were the germs (not really… again… OCD) flying around her food and water bowls. 

My best friend, Jana, has a Shark Steam Mop and recommended it to me.  I bought one at Walmart.  $79.99 — no bells and whistles, just the mop and two micro-fiber pads.  I saw it featured on QVC, but for $119.00 plus shipping.  The QVC version had a triangle-shaped head and more cleaning pads, but I didn’t need them.

What a wonderful mop!  It was easy to put together, easy to use.  My kitchen floor was clean, clean, clean!!  I also used it on my upstairs bathroom.  It steamed through some hairspray build-up in the corner.  I would recommend it.  I don’t think you need to buy the fancy version… unless you want to spend $30 more  (plus shipping). 

I am excited to use it again… today… after Tess finishes making her mess 🙂

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My One(!?!) Fall Decoration

September 21, 2009 at 3:29 pm (Musings...)

My Pumpkin Decoration

My Pumpkin Decoration

I do not decorate for holidays or seasons… I am surrounded by things that I love and that make me happy.  Anything more is clutter.(remember… OCD )  🙂

I have a tin star by my front door — it fits the style of our home — simple, somewhat modern, but in a country setting.

However, I DO try to put a wreath or decoration of some kind by my back door — the door people walk through.  It was time to take down my summer flower wreath.  I must have thrown my fall wreath away… I looked high and low for it.  I didn’t want to spend tons of money nor did I want the “store-bought look.” 

I made a trip to my local “Big Lots.”  The metal pumpkin was $12.00.  I had the artifical fall flowers and leaves.  (See, I MUST have made an Autumn decoration in my past life).  After 20 minutes of work, I have a beautiful, dimensional piece of art!! 

I am set for two months…  I’m going to start looking for the Christmas wreath right now!  🙂

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“Bring Them To Me”

September 17, 2009 at 2:56 pm (Musings...)

Amanda

Amanda

Brent

Brent

Being a parent to adult children is new to me.  I’m not always good at maintaining balance.  I was a pro-active parent when my kids were young and as they say, old habits die hard.       
                         
I have been in sincere prayer for both as they navigate their own lives.  Sometimes I feel despair, as I pray, because I am not seeing answers.     
           
This morning, by Divine Intervention, I believe, I decided to read from the devotional “Morning and Evening” by Charles Spurgeon.  He talked about being a parent, using Mark 9:17-29.  Jesus simply told the boy’s father to “Bring the boy to me.”                                                                                                       
 
That is what I need to do… bring my children before the Throne of Grace, where there is much mercy.  As Charles Spurgeon says, “We must never cease to pray until they cease to breathe.” 
 
I must go to “the strong for strength.”    Bring them to Me…

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Happy Birthday To Me

September 7, 2009 at 8:40 pm (Memories)

I am 50 years old today.  It is very hard to wrap my brain around that fact — that I am well beyond the half-way point of my life here on earth.  I am still waiting for the Lord to reveal my next chapter.  I have a few ideas rattling around, but want to be very purposeful (one of Amanda’s favorite words) as I move forward.  Above all else, I want to hear “Well done, faithful servant.” when I meet Jesus face-to-face.

 

Me at Age 1

Me at Age 1

Sue and Me

Sue and Me

Second Grace

Second or Third Grade

 

 

 

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Fruit And Rooster Trunk

September 7, 2009 at 8:31 pm (Decorative Painting)

I took a seminar in July from Cathy Seymour at Seymour’s Creative Legacy Studio.  We painted a folk-style trunk — Danny O made the trunks.  It was hard work and time-consuming, but I’ve finally finished!  I am so proud of my work!!  I have a place ready for it in my kitchen!!

Fruit And Rooster/July 2009

Fruit And Rooster/July 2009

Fruit And Rooster/Lid

Fruit And Rooster/Lid

Side View

Side View

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