Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dear Girl, it is time to open up.

I know your hesitation. I can see your pain. Sweet girl, you are beautiful still.

It is so hard for you to share the burdens that you carry around your shoulders, so heavy, so obviously there. You have been badly mistreated, time and time again. You know that you are drawn to that type.

But this time, it is different. You are surprised and even confused by the way he treats you. You are sure he will not love you. Just give it time. Time for the truth and the burdens and the baggage to get unpacked, then surely he will not love you.

But this time it is different. He gently slides the backside of his hand across your brow pushing back the few hairs that have come untucked and put them back in their place. His touch is gentle this time. His heart is steady and he feels safe.

His heart belongs to the One that you know. The one true God. The One that will always be there.

And He says, "My dearest, it's time to open up. You have carried this weight for far too long. You are beautiful and precious and radiant and you will become stronger because of this. Open up to me. Open up to another. Open up to a life more abundant. Yes, YOU deserve the best."

We are all mistreated or carry pain that we cover up and try to bury deep in our hearts. God wants us to uncover it and to heal. He is our ultimate healer. It is time to open up, my dear friend. Your life is waiting and it will be wonderful. Believe it.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Scrappy Burlap Fall Wreath

Continuing my simple inspiration challenge, I was feeling more creative and in the mood to make something relatively simple, but festive and fun. So, I made this "Scrappy Burlap Fall Wreath". Every once in a while my Fine Art education gets trumped by Arts and Crafts. :) There is certainly a feeling in the rustling breezes around here and I am in the mood to celebrate my favorite season-Fall!
I was surprised with how simple this project was. I have seen these made before and so I went to the store only with a vision in my head. I found this wire wreath base at Jo-Ann's for only a couple of dollars. Originally I had envisioned regular brown burlap, but happened upon a whole shelf of interesting colors and patterns. I fell in love with this burnt orange glinted with gold glitter. I knew it would look striking against our black front door. I think knowing your front door makes all the difference in wreath choice. I always love a good contrast. 

I chose the 18" wreath frame and bought 1.5 yards of burlap. I cut the fabric into roughly 4"-5" strips.  I also bought a small wooden letter 'D' and some bits of flora and golden leaves to accent the letter.


Then all you do is tie the strips in half all over the wreath until they are all bunched up next to each other and hardly enough room left to tie on the wire. Pretty simple! The strips don't even have to be the exact length, I preferred them all a little bit different. I used a hot glue gun to adhere the little bits of flora on one spot of the wreath and then also glued the letter on top of that. This part is a little tricky but it just takes some trial and error.And that is basically all you do!

I'm proud of myself for actually carving out an afternoon to make something! I think that is so important to MAKE the time as a Mommy. I hope you make time this week to do something you LOVE.

        Happy Fall,

Friday, October 3, 2014

Simple Inspiration Challenge

One of the hardest things that I have found to maintain about myself since becoming a mother 5 years ago, is to keep making art. 

Part of the problem is that I always have grand ideas for paintings or projects that I just never seem to find enough time to complete, or start for that matter. 

I'm stripping it down and lowering my expectations (a common theme?). I am challenging myself to simply notice and allow myself to be inspired in small manageable moments. Anytime I have a moment where something strikes me as beautiful or interesting, I am going to try and capture it either by a photo or a rough sketch or some sort of small way of studying it further. 

This morning I pulled into our Pediatrician's office parking lot and noticed the field was full of beautiful grasses all bursting in crimsons, ochres and chartreuses. It was a moment where I had a couple extra minutes and so I took a photo.

That is a simple inspiration. And a beautiful one.