Tuesday, November 22, 2016

T is for Thanksgiving ( ABCW, WOYWW & PPF)

On Thursday, November 24th, many Americans will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day.  However, it has become controversial, due to the abuses and discrimination that Native Americans suffered due to the European settlements all over the American continent.  Although I am primarily of European descent, I have some Mesoamerican ancestry too.  Therefore, I thoroughly relate to the controversy, but honor the holiday as a way of giving thanks for all my blessings.  In that regard, I am thankful for my family, my friends, my home, my pets, my job, my gift of creativity, and above all, for living in a country where I have the freedom to praise my God, who is my creator, savior and redeemer.

Art Journal Trio
Sketching, Doodling, and Lettering in Pen, Watercolor, Pastels and Markers
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday - Week 255
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 38 Year 6
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Candy Cane Trio Christmas Cards
Products Used: Tim Holtz, Fiskars, Martha Stewart, K&Company, and More
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Trio-Tastic
Moo-Mania: Stripes
Karen's Word Art Wednesday
Tarnished Pole on 6th Street - Austin, Texas  USA
Our Beautiful World: OBW 174 ~ Worn
Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday - T is for Tarnished
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #390
In closing, I want to leave you with a piece of scripture found in 2 Corinthians 9:11, "You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.  I also want to thank all my followers, as well as everyone who takes the time to leave a comment.  May your life be filled with blessings, no matter what your race, ethnicity, culture, gender, personal belief system or any other difference may be!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

S is for Saint - WOYWW - PPF

With the continued political, public and other discord in the United States, I believe prayers for peace, love and reconciliation are necessary.  I also find myself praying that the Lord work through the hearts and minds of all our newly elected officials, so that His will be done, not ours.  However, I like to begin by praying to make me a better person, so at this time the one attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi is one of the best. 

Art Journal Trio
A Blend of Tangling, Lettering & Collage Techniques
Art Journal Journey - No Faces, No Wings, No Leaves but Collage
Pia Rom's Mix It Monthly - Matisse
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #389
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 37 Year 6
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith
where there is despair, hope
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

Hostess Pocket Gift Tag With Card
We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punchboard; Tim Holtz Book Plate Die; and More
Karen's Word Art Wednesday Weeks #256-257
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Thanks
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Thanks

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Knitting Group's Coral Reef Exhibit
Firehouse Museum - Del Rio, TX
Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday - S is for Sea Scene
Our Beautiful World: OBW173 ~ Strange
Sue's Image-In-Ing
May the peace of the Lord be with you and your loved ones.  Blessings!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

R is for Restlessness

I have been fighting a feeling of restlessness these days with our presidential elections here in the USA.  I don't feel comfortable with any of the candidates, which made for the most difficult decision I've ever had to make when voting.  Although I am a very prayerful man, I believe that our flawed human nature can cause anyone to make a wrong decision.  Therefore, I've been praying that the Lord will work through the heart and mind of whomever gets elected, so that His will, not ours, will be done.  I also found the following scriptures very helpful, no matter whom your candidate is:

Daily Doodling Blocks
Mixed Media Art Journal Page
Try It On Tuesday - Trees Are Green... Or Any Other Color
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday - Week #253
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #387
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 36, Year 6
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:2

Happy Birthday, Mike!
Tim Holtz Embossing Folder, Stamp, & Distress Ink Pads; Cardstock; and Staples
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Thinking of You
Moo-Mania - Wheels
Karen's Word Art Wednesday - Weeks #256-257
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
Matthew 6:33-34

A Monarch Butterfly In My Garden
Nikon D3300 Photograph
Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday - Letter R
Our Beautiful World 172 ~ Hobby
Sue's Image-In-Ing
Jesus told him, "Don't be afraid; just believe."
Mark 5:36

These scriptures are applicable to any restless situation, so I hope you find them as comforting as me.  Anyway, I want to thank all my followers, as well as everyone that takes the time to leave a comment.  May the peace of the Lord be with you.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Q is for Quietness

Relaxing by the swimming pool with my wife, a walk at the park with my camera, working on my artwork, sitting in my favorite seat reading with my dogs by my side, and taking a small break to say a prayer during the day are all quiet moments that I cherish in my life.  They help me stay centered and bring peace into my often hectic life.  As is found in Psalm 23:2-3, during these moments, "He leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul."  It is during quietness that my strength, physical and spiritual, are regenerated.  Even if I'm not in prayer, I know that the Lord is present in my moments of quietness, so I find comfort, peace and love as well.  These quiet restorative moments aren't always easy to attain, especially when my hectic life is in extreme mode, and I'm too stressed and tired to focus.  This is when I just have to "fake it until I make it," and believe me, it works!

Día de los Muertos Matchbox Shrine in Memory of My Father (Papi)
Tim Holtz Matchbox, Mini Skull, Mini Ornate Cross, Tiny Cross, & Bookplate Dies, as well as Distress Grungeboard, Alcohol Inks, Pads & Stickles; Martha Stewart Eyelet Punch & Glitter; Fiskars Triangle Handpunch; Various Flowers, Beads, Sequins & Pompoms; Acrylic Paints; Various Glues; and Scrap Cardstock.
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday - Week 252
The Male Room: Challenge #47 Colors Blue, Orange & Yellow
Try It On Tuesday: Hand Made By You
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Thinking of You
"To fear the Lord is to hate Evil" - Proverbs 8:13
Stratmore Cardstock Tile; Prismacolor Watercolored Pencils & Colored Pencils; Bienfang Watercolor Brush Pen; & Sharpie Micron Pen
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 387
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday: Week 35 - Year 6
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
The Big Pumpkin Storybook Character Day
iPhone 6s Shot Taken By My Wife (I'm wearing a vintage costume made by my Great-Aunt and holding my daughters' favorite childhood book.)
Our Beautiful World: OBW 171 ~ Orange
Sue's Image-In-Ing
Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday - Letter Q
May you find the courage and wisdom to carve quiet moments to regenerate your strength.  Anyway, I want to thank all my followers, as well as everyone who took the time to leave a comment.  Blessings!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

P is for Prayers for Peace

It's been almost a month since my last post, so please accept my apologies.  Between my fast and furious schedule at work this school year, in addition to several personal engagements, I have not had the energy to write a post.  It was so hectic during the past month, that I was only able to create the four projects in this post.

A&M vs Tennessee Tailgating With Family
Smash Book, Note Pads, & Tissue Tape; Hand Lettering & Doodles; Nikon D3300 Photographs; and Ephemera
Our Beautiful World OBW ~ 170 Comfort
Sue's Image-In-Ing
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
However, I have been keeping up with the tragic state of our national election, as well as all the hatred and violence that's been contaminating our beautiful world.  It breaks my heart and makes me worry about the future of our children.  Therefore, today I want to share two prayers found in the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, from a series we are following at my church:

Happy Birthday, P!
Tim Holtz Ornate Frame Die #2, Poker Face Embossing Folder, Distress Ink Pad & Stickles; We R Memory Keepers Mini Alphabet Punch Board & Staple Board; Martha Stewart Border Punch; Pen; Glass Beads & Glue; Burlap; Cardstock; and Scrap Plastic.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Think Pink
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #386
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #254-255
Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart and especially the hearts of the people of this land, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pumpkin Doodled Calendar Page
Marvy Markers and Pens
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday P is for Pumpkin
Art Journal Journey - Autumn
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 34 Year 6
Almighty God, you proclaim your truth in every age by many voices: Direct, in our time, we pray, those who speak where many listen and write what many read; that they may do their part in making the heart of this people wise, its mind sound, and its will righteous; to the honor of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Happy Halloween!
Tim Holtz Mini and Tiny Bat Magnetic Dies & Stickles; Scan 'n Cut 2; Assorted Paper Scraps; and American Crafts Gatefold Card Base
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday - Week 251
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Autumn
Moo-Mania: Halloween Party
May we achieve peace in our beautiful world, no matter where we live or what our believes may be.