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New Beginnings

Well, it’s now 2012 and I’ve decided to start it out with creating my bucket list and moving into a new place, which was actually number one on my bucket list. Tomorrow I’m starting the Daniel Fast. It’ll be two weeks of juice, water, and veggies. I’ve never done a fast like this before and I’m a bit nervous and excited about it. I know God’s gonna do something cool, and I’m hoping it will allow me to break some bad habits I’ve developed around food.

School also is starting back up on Tuesday, so I’ll be back to 8 hour work days and then 4 hours of class 3 days a week. I’ll have a sewing class, an art class and a lecture class. I’m super stoked about all of them!

I don’t have any photos to download at the moment, sorry. 

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In the Night…

So I have been searching daily for a job doing anything that will pay rent, car, and school and possibly a meal every now and then. I have yet to find someone to hire me, but I know I’ve got a pretty amazing Provider and so I’m not going to stress about it. But it has made me think of stories that I love and how the nights in those stories are always the deepest and darkest nights ever. But there’s always a morning after those nights and that deepest and darkest black seems rather foolish in the light of the sun. I think there was only one real darkest night and that was two thousand or so years ago.

Recently, I went up on the roof of the apartment at night to photograph the city lights. It was amazing to see all the bustle even so late at night. It was a little overcast, so I couldn’t see any stars and I wondered if you’d be able to at all anyway.

Portland Lights

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Technical Difficulties

Today begins a week long vacation for me, which I am very excited about. I will be spending as much time as possible working on my etsy store, creating and designing new things and hanging out with Jesus. It’s going to be AWESOME! And I’m going to paint, too. And clean and organize my house. And do laundry…. Yeah the not so fun stuff to do but great when it’s done. 🙂

The only glitch to my plans is the Black Screen of Death that has taken over my HP Mini. 😦 So sad and annoyed! Such a great machine that is now being flown to where ever HP fixes things. Hopefully it will return to me by the end of next week. So to overcome the technical difficulties of being ‘puterless, I have borrowed a “laptop” from work. I say “laptop” with quotes because it’s about the size of a small-ufo. LOL! It makes my Mini look like a pocket calculator! I actually think the screen size on this thing is bigger than my TV. I’ll have to test that out.

The good thing about technical difficulties is that they tend to get you out of Cyberspace and back into Realspace. I imagined myself working diligently on all my creative endeavors over the next week up until my Mini booted up to nothingness. I realized that I REALLY would have spent a lot of time “researching” marketing ideas and packaging ideas and “reading” articles about how to be a successful etsy-er. But all those things, while good, are nothing but distractions to why I want time away from the grind of grant-writing and government reports. The why being to see what God has in store for my imagination and how those things will manifest themselves in my art and crafts.

So, if I don’t post on here at all in the next 8 or 9 days, I have not disappeared forever. I will return and hopefully have a plethora of new and fun things to share with you! 🙂

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Awake

For I was like one asleep, a dimmed lamp in a dark world. You awakened me to Your light and made me shine.

Got out the color pencils I was given one Christmas in high school when I was in love with the medium. I still love the medium and how layering the colors create such interesting effects.

Light in the Dark

March: The beginning of March has been a whirlwind of opposites. Snow most of last night, then 55 degrees and sunny all day today. Joy and sorrow mixed together as old things fade away and new dreams are given birth.

These sheep stand at the door in expectation. What does God plan for this next moment?

March Sheep

Sheep

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Lotus

Day 1…the art journal begins…

I was very excited to finally receive my sketch book in the mail, but after looking at the pristine white pages I panicked. What would I put in this book of possibilities? What style would it be? What if I change my mind after 50 pages and want to do something different?

The first stroke of the pen was terrible. A timid, fearful line that squiggled where it should have been straight. *sigh* It was a good way to start. Get the shakes out now so the rest will become confident and certain…

Art Journal: Day 1

On a knitting note: I finished a new hat last night and wore it all day today because it was soooooooo cold out! It’s 19 right now and windy. The wool is merino in the colorway Flannel. It came in the mail from Spunky Eclectic a few months ago as part of the Spunky Club. I love how the colors mixed together in the plying on this hat. And I have enough left over to make a pair of mittens (I hope!) The pattern for the hat came from Interweave Knits Fall 2010 issue and is called Brattleboro Hat. The buttons are old shell buttons I’ve been collecting for years.

Brattleboro Hat in Flannel

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Spent the morning worshiping Jesus and learning about His love. Sometimes it hits me all over again like it’s a new thing. Awhile ago I wrote the following poem, when I was encountering His peace. I had been doing my own thing and not considering really what He wanted me to be doing. The result was that I felt very restless and lost and unsatisfied with my life. The words He gave me in the poem below is a great reminder of His love for me.

Sleep Now

Sleep now while rest can be found

The battle shifts on the horizon

And soon will be near

Sleep now, the birds still sing

And darkness has not found you

Dream of the victory that is already written

A script of perfect hand

When you awake, you will see the road before you. 11/21/2010

 

Also today I finished the EDM Challenge #3. I decided to try something different this time and did a small oil painting on canvas paper. I’m keeping with the artist trading card size. Here’s the result.

EDM Challenge #3: Draw a purse, wallet, or bag

And also this afternoon I finished my Mushroom Family painting. It’s a pen drawing with watercolors in the same vein as Park Bunny.

Mushroom Family Sans Paint

Mushroom Family in Color

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