Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Come Christmas! {My Heart at Home}

After about 15 hours of “hard labor,” the house is ready for Christmas!


Upper level, great room.


(Tory, Mark and Kristy’s daughter; Caroline, Conner’s wife; Alyssa, Sharida and Greg’s daughter; Conner, Mark and Kristy’s son; Evan, Sharida and Greg’s son; Dawson, Sharida and Greg’s son.)


Flocked tree, upper level, Music Room.


Lower level, tree with my homemade decorations, Russell’s Polar Express train, and a few of my teddy bears and dolls.



#ReadyForChristmas #TagTree #AllMyTrees #BringontheFamily

Monday, November 13, 2017

Spiritual Gift: Teaching {You Matter Journaling}

You Matter Prompt #2

Prompt #2: Spiritual Gifts

I have decided that the only way I could possibly keep up with the weekly prompts from the You Matter Journaling Challenge is to keep each response very simple. This is a stamp that I painted with watercolor.

While there are many discussions about spiritual gifts, I think the Bible is very clear that TEACHING is one of them. I’m not saying that I have always used that gift as I should, but I believe there is no doubt that is one of my spiritual gifts.

In fact, sometimes I need to back it down! I seem to have this inner need to constantly be in a state of “instructing.” That is not good.

Guess I’m still a work-in-progress.

#YouMatterJournaling #YouMatterJournalingPrompt2 #artjournal #watercolor #spiritualgifts #teaching

Thursday, November 9, 2017

He is Near {Bible Art, HeartStrings}

Bible Art Ps 34_18

This passage came to mind today, from years of having Bible passages tucked away in my memory. I knew I wanted to art journal on this passage. I got out my She Reads Truth Bible (CSB, a version that is gaining in popularity, I hear). I love this translation of this verse.

As I was turning to the passage, one of the She Reads Truth Devotionals happened to be on the back side of that passage (you can see the shadowing of my little girl on this picture of the page). The devotional thought was meaningful and inspirational to me. Perhaps it will be to you.

Even when God seems far away, and I may not be able to see Him clearly, I do know, and trust, that I am never out of His sight. That is comforting.

Never Out of Sight (She Reads Truth CSB)

(click image to enlarge)

Bible Art Ps 34_18

#BibleArtJournaling #ScriptureArt #FaithArt #brokenhearted #crushedinspirit #Ps34_18

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

You Matter Journaling {Art Journal}

My friend Jenny Frith is hosting a year-long project called “You Matter.” There are prompts each week. I am not sure I will be able to keep up the pace all year, but at least I have begun!

This is my title page:

You Matter Journal Title Pg

For week 1, the prompt is “Giftedness.” Terrible art work, but I did want to journal something for this one.

You Matter Prompt 1

#YouMatterJournaling #YouMatterJournalingPrompt1 #artjournal #sketchandpaint

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Rock Painting–Music and Christmas Themes{Art on the Rocks}

The rock painting hobby has given me new ideas for making a few Christmas decorations for around our house. No, I don’t hide all the rocks I paint. I will mainly “drop” rocks as we travel across the country. For Christmas, these will stay at my house, along with all the tags, block art, etc., I have created in recent years.

Last week, I freehanded a few music symbols on rocks I had painted metallic gold. Those will fit just fine with my Christmas theme!

11-1-17 Rock Music

These rocks were just primed, painted with acrylic, and freehand painted.

Christmas Snow

For these, I printed off some Christmas sheet music, cut it in strips, decoupaged it onto the rocks, and freehand sketched/painted on top.

Music Collage Christmas Rocks#paintedrocks #rockpainting #artontherocks #Christmasrocks